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The Sun & Scars: How to Minimize Scar Visibility During Summer

Posted April 19, 2024 in Self image, Skin Smoothing
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Summer is a season of sunshine and carefree adventures, but for those with scarring, whether from surgery, injury, or acne, the thought of baring their skin can be daunting. Scars form as part of the body’s natural healing process following injury or trauma to the skin. While they are a normal part of the healing process, they can be unsightly or cause self-consciousness, especially when they are prominent or located in highly visible areas. Fortunately, there are several options you can invest in to minimize scar visibility and feel more confident in your skin. Read on!

Sun Protection Is Key:

Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can exacerbate the appearance of scars, causing them to darken and become more noticeable. To minimize visibility during summer, it’s crucial to protect your scars from the sun by:

  1. Applying Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that is suitable for sensitive skin; reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  2. Seeking Shade: Seek shade or wear protective clothing like hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses to shield your scars from direct sunlight.

Scar Care and Camouflaging:

In addition to sun protection, there are several scar care and camouflaging techniques you can employ:

  1. Moisturization: Regularly apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer. It can help soften and flatten scars, making them less noticeable over time.
  2. Makeup: Use makeup products specifically designed to conceal scars, such as color-correcting concealers and full-coverage foundations. Experiment with different techniques, such as stippling or blending, to achieve a natural-looking finish.

Professional Treatments:

For individuals seeking more permanent solutions to minimize scar visibility, we offer several professional treatments available:

1. Laser Treatments: These can help reduce the appearance of scars by targeting the pigment and stimulating collagen production in the skin. Depending on the type and severity of the scar, multiple laser sessions may be required to achieve optimal results. We offer treatments like Erbium, IPL, and CO2; click here to learn more!

2. Chemical Peels: These exfoliating treatments can help improve the texture and tone of the skin, reducing the appearance of scars and promoting smoother, more even skin. View our options here!

3. Fillers: Facial fillers are a gel-like substance injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases, and minimize scarring. You can view the different options we offer here.

Scars can seem daunting, especially during summer! Remember, scars are a testament to your body’s strength and resilience, and with the right care and attention, they can become a part of your story without defining you!