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A 27-year-old male asked:

i had a accident last month. now the wounds have healed and i want to know how to minimize the marks of the scars and get it closer to my skin color.

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Kitchen
Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
Stay out of sun: The best way to reduce scars/darkening is to protect them from excessive sun exposure. If they are exposed, be sure to protect them with high spf sunscreen. Also vitamin e oil can help.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Patience Needed: That is amazing that you already have healed wounds. But, it is so early for what will happen with the wounds and the color of the healing wounds that the only and best medical advice is to leave it alone. The normalization of this healed skin will take months and will proceed at a natural pace. There is nothing to do to speed up nature in this matter.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Time will improve: One month is very short time relative time of wound healing which often takes 6-12 months to settle. Early on you may try otc silicone gel products to apply to surface scars to keep them moist and help the redness reduce. Be patient, it is a process that is outside your control.

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Last updated Feb 19, 2015

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