MAKE SCARS DISAPPEAR
Most of us have enough basic first-aid knowledge to run cool water on a minor burn and keep cuts clean, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave their mark. Here, dermatologist Dr Kavita Enjeti and skincare expert Emma Hobson of The International Dermal Institute reveal how to prevent and minimise scars, whatever their cause. If you recently cut or burned your skin, Enjeti says the most important thing to do to prevent scarring is to keep the area clean to avoid infection. “However, using strong antiseptic solutions isn’t required because they can impede healing,” she adds.
“If the area looks weepy, oozy or is crusty, use a clean cotton ball soaked in salty water (mix 1 tsp of salt into 1 cup of cooled boiled water).”
She adds, “Vaseline is a good barrier moisturiser to apply three to four times a day to avoid a scab building up. This ensures quick healing while minimising scarring.”
Once it starts to heal, Hobson advises covering the skin with sunscreen when you’re outdoors to reduce the risk of pigmentation. After the skin has completely healed, gently massage the area with an emollient to help the scar fade, Enjeti says. Try: (1) 10C Moisturising Body Oil ($ 34.95, 10andco.com) will help soften scar tissue when it’s regularly massaged into the area. There are several ways to minimise the appearance of a long-standing scar. “Laser and steroid injections can help the appearance of scarring,” Enjeti says, adding that the treatment depends on the type of scarring. “Laser can help blend the scar