Advice from the Skin Care Experts at Vaseline:

How to Prevent, Treat and Care for Scars

Scars result when you’ve injured your skin. They develop when the dermis (deep, thick layer of the skin) is damaged. The body then forms new collagen fibres (a protein found naturally in the body) to mend the damage, resulting in the formation of a scar.
Advice from the Skin Care Experts at Vaseline:
Various factors like acne, rapid weight gain or loss; medical procedures and various types of accidents can all lead to wounds that produce scarring. Luckily there are various skin care products available that can help diminish the look of scars.
  • Acne scarring
    Acne scars result when the dermis becomes inflamed. Sun exposure can exasperate acne and slow the healing process. The best way to ensure your acne does not scar is to resist the temptation to pick at the spots. Squeezing them will only lead to further inflammation, discolouration and scarring. Speak to your dermatologist about an appropriate treatment to diminish the appearance of acne scars.
  • Scarring due to an injury or medical procedure
    Whether it’s a wound brought on by a medical procedure, an accident, or even a simple cut, the key to preventing scarring is to dress the wound properly and promptly. Cover it immediately and don’t let it dry out and scab. Keep the area moist with Vaseline petroleum jelly with Vitamin E and cover for a week. After removing the bandage or plaster, keep the cut moist until new skin forms. This will greatly minimise scarring.
  • Stretch Marks
    Stretch marks occur when the skin is forced to stretch faster than its capacity to expand. Pregnancy, excess weight loss or gain can all result in stretch marks. By applying a good skin moisturiser twice a day, you will keep the skin soft and supple, and thereby minimise the risk of developing stretch marks. Vaseline firming body lotion combines collagen and minerals, which are natural spring-like proteins known to firm up skin. This Vaseline body firming lotion replenishes the skin with moisture and helps restore firmness and resilience. In just two weeks it significantly improves skin firmness.
  • Caring for scars
    Always protect your scars from the sun. Ultraviolet rays can impair the healing process and cause the scar to discolour, so it’s essential that you cover them with a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Scars have a smoother texture because they don’t contain sweat glands, hair follicles or sebaceous glands; which makes them prone to itching. Applying a good moisturiser daily will counteract this. Choose one that contains Vitamin E. Vitamin E’s rejuvenating properties are well known and Vitamin E also speeds up the healing process.