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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, 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

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