June 20, 2021
There can be many different causes of scarring of our skin -- whether from burns, acne, cuts, surgery, scrapes, or accidents -- but the frustration that comes from a scar's stubbornness to go away is universal. With countless products and treatment options claiming to reduce scarring, we tried to find a scar cream that really worked.
Because we couldn’t find such a product, we ended up formulating our OWN scar product, to soothe and comfort the scar and the skin around the scar. This is the origin of Aprisa ERASE® Gel.
So if you’re wondering “how does scar cream work,” read on to learn from an industry expert.
In general, scars are the result of collagen fiber regrowth after a skin injury. Most minor or superficial injuries can result in temporary changes in the color of the skin (red or white depending on your skin type), whereas deeper injuries can lead to depressed scars (as in acne), raised scars or flat, shiny scars (as in deeper burn scars).” The majority of scars, regardless of their origin, will eventually change color and naturally fade over time, but specific treatments and products can be helpful to significantly reduce their appearance.
Dermatologist research in scar reduction has shown that silicone is the most effective ingredient in helping to reduce the appearance of scars. This is because silicone can reduce collagen overgrowth, which leads to scarring. Silicone also works to flatten and fade scars by hydrating the tissue. Other ingredients to look for are vitamin E oil and allantoin, which also help soften the skin. To help reduce the appearance of scars, products such as Aprisa ERASE® Gel are formulated to hydrate and smooth the area around the scar, thus reducing redness and evening out the skin tone and texture.
Although most scars cannot be completely removed, there is a level of scar minimization, both physically and mentally, that contributes to us feeling more confident and not as self-conscious that everyone can see our scar(s)!
Always remember that ANY scarred area should be protected from the sun with sunscreen, a protective garment, and even a hat! Let’s not exacerbate the scars we want to get rid of by incurring sun damage that can impair the healing process as well as result in prolonged scar discoloration!
What an amazing feature of our bodies that our skin itself is literally a seamless organ, wrapped tightly around us for protection. But just one small burn, injury, or other trauma can make a huge difference in how it looks. Now a scar isn't necessarily that bad if it's small or in a location that's easy to conceal. But when it's not, you may wonder if there's a way to treat it, other than hiding it under your clothes, that will make it go away or at least change how it looks to both you and the outside world.
The truth is that the scar will never completely go away. HOWEVER, some methods can help reduce its size and change its appearance and the condition of the surrounding skin.
Scar treatments may include:
If your scar physically impairs you in any way, there is a possibility you might be under coverage from your health insurer. Be sure to ask your doctor to write a letter detailing your particular case. Your doctor can also take photos to support your case. In some cases, like work injuries, treating the scars might be part of your getting back to work, and to life.
If you are undergoing scar treatment for cosmetic purposes, you will most likely have to pay for it all by yourself. If you have scars that result from cosmetic surgery, make sure you know what your insurer will cover. Health insurers usually will not pay for any cosmetic surgery that isn't medically necessary.
September 24, 2021