Scars are often reminders of past events, old accidents, mistakes made, or incidents that can feel like they’ll never leave you. But they don’t have to be permanent. It’s easier to mask and fade the appearance of scars on the face and body than most people think. Use these five tips to reduce the visibility of scars while treating textural irregularity:
While a go-to liquid concealer or powder may be best for camouflaging dark undereye circles or the inflammation and redness caused by acne, these aren’t the best options for masking scars—particularly when dealing with irregular textures. For best coverage, consider color-correcting before applying a quality mineral makeup powder that reduces the appearance of scars without caking and drawing attention to textural irregularities. Alternatively, for more pronounced scars, use a full-coverage cream concealer created specifically for masking scar tissue and color in tandem with a light setting powder for a smooth, flawless finish.
Skin around scars tends to become easily inflamed and can be more sensitive, leading to frequent redness and irritation that can emphasize their appearance. Moisturize often to cut down on these symptoms. Opt for a body or face moisturizer that’s best for your skin type, and don’t shy away from oil-based moisturizers or moisturizing oils—it’s an old wives’ tale that all oils are bad for oily skin. Of course, it’s always a good idea to increase water intake as well to help moisturize skin from the inside out.
Scars that are depressed (dip into the surface of the skin) can be harder to hide with concealer, risking a buildup of too much product for the sake of a seemingly smoother finish. To minimize the appearance of divots and concave scars without clogging pores with too much makeup, try dabbing a light, creamy highlighting makeup on the scar. This will reflect light from the area and minimize the appearance of the scar’s textural irregularity overall.
Your body has its own way of masking and minimizing the appearance of scars, but its natural healing process takes time, so patience is key. After an injury, the body produces an increased level of collagen to prompt the healing of damaged tissue. Using treatments too early on in the healing process may cause more harm than good, so ensure the body has ample time—three to four weeks—to heal before pursuing any further scar reduction treatment.
If the body doesn’t seem to be holding its own in helping to heal and minimize the appearance of scar tissue, try boosting skin’s natural collagen production levels with a NanoFractional radio frequency treatment. Using tiny needles and high energy density to create micro-dermal wounds in the skin’s surface, heat produced through radio frequency technology is delivered below the skin’s surface, prompting the body to begin its natural healing process and revitalize collagen and elastin production. These radio frequency treatments boost collagen levels and stimulate a natural healing response, leading to the correction of scar tissue and a reduction in the appearance of scars and textural irregularities of the skin.
To learn more about radio frequency skin resurfacing treatments, contact a certified treatment provider near you today.
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