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How To Prevent Burned Skin From Scarring
Sometimes scarring..: ...Occurs no matter what you do. Other times it depends on the skin lesions. With acne, you can often prevent scarring by not picking or squeezing your zits. Wound scars heal with smaller scars if kept clean and free of infection. Some people just naturally inherit skin that scars easily (or less easily). ...Read more
Sun damage: It would be quite easy for me to say start growing mushrooms and live in the basement but obviously that's impractical. As different technology stands, a good high number sunscreen somewhere between 70 and 100, plus a broad brimmed hat through which you can see no sunlight if held up to the sunlight. ...Read more
Good wound care: If a burn is deep enough (third degree) it will scar no matter what. Burns are classified according to the depth of tissue burnt. First degree- epidermis only second degree- dermis superficial second degree is as name implies deep second degree is more dangerous third degree- goes thru dermis and into the fat layer. It is important to do daily dressing changes with topical agents (silvadene). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depend on depth and : Resultant scar from cut depends on depth, contamination, incision or jagged, timing of closure and method of closure and postoperative management.If you go to a well trained surgeon and if he uses all the basic principles of wound closures then you can expect a good scar.But, remember once a scar always a scar. ...Read more
Scar managemnt: 1st month after tape scar at all times with medpor tape. After it is healed start massage with firm pressure several times/day. After a month add either a silicone scar cream (massage in) or silicone sheeting. Avoid sun on scars--very bad for them. If ur going to be in the sun wear spf 50 directly on the scar. Keep up with massage, cream or sheeting and/or taping for a year; sunscreen for life. ...Read more
Physical sunblock: The use of a good quality physical sun block that blocks out both UV A and UVB rays. The skin will still tan but to a much lesser extent. The physical block should be either zinc or titanium . Theses products can be purchased at a dermatologist office and in many spas. The better products are PCA, Skin Medica, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and others but these are most popular ...Read more
Prevention...: How well your body heals scars is very variable between different people. It's possible that you will always have some scar, how bad it is depends on the depth of the burn and your ability to heal. Keeping the wound moist with neosporin will help, avoid sun on the wound for 6 months as this will change the color of the skin. After the wound is healed you can use silicone stick on the scar. ...Read more
Piercings: Brush & floss teeth twice a day after receiving a lip piercing. Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). ...Read more
Sunblock: Sunblock is the cornerstone of management and prevention is the key. Once it has developed there are a variety of bleaching agents that can be used that combine varying proportions of retin-a, hydroquinone, kojic acid and topical steroids. On occasion chemical peels with glycolic acid may also help. Lastly laser resurfacing is an option but not without more risk. See your dermatologist for options. ...Read more
Simple Care best: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Local hygiene: There will always be a component of scarring with healing. Wash the area with plain old soap and water. Apply some antibiotic ointment. Cover with dressing. Don't leave open to air. When completely healed. Obtain mederma cream and apply as directed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Leave blister intact: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more
Moisture: Preventing a sunburn is a lot easier than curing one. Sunscreen or shade can prevent them. To cure or reduce it, add lots of moisture and clean gently with mild cleansers. Vaseline or aquaphor can be soothing to these areas. If it blisters, you may want to see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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