If your skin is burnt, proper medical treatment should be sought immediately to prevent further damage and to encourage healing, which will hopefully lead to less scar tissue from developing. Depending on the severity of the burn scar, you may be able to lighten it using over-the-counter medications. Scars that are raised and discoloured may require surgery to reduce puffiness or lighten any discolouration.
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Things you need
- Over-the-counter creams containing vitamins and other natural ingredients
- Steroid injections
- Laser treatments
Identify the type of scar you have to determine the best course of action to reduce its appearance. Your physician can tell you how severe the scar is and possible treatment options. Surface burn scars and acne scars are the easiest to treat. Scars that are raised are classified as hypertrophic or keloid scars, which are more difficult to get rid of.
Wait until the burn heals before trying to reduce scarring. To reduce the appearance of surface scars, visit your local drugstore to find creams and topical ointments that contain vitamin E, vitamin A or vitamin C. You may also want to try creams made from cocoa butter as the oil has been known to help skin become more supple, which will reduce the appearance of scarring.
Herbal remedies include essential oils containing rose hip or lavender. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully when using creams and essential oils.
Prescription medications that are taken orally can also help reduce the appearance of burn scars. These medications usually contain antihistamine or corticosteroids. Skin patches containing these medications are also available depending on the size and severity of the scar. You will need to visit your physician in order to receive permission to take this type of medication.
Severe scars may require steroid injections to the scar site or laser treatments to remove scar tissue. These treatments are usually reserved for those who have third degree burns or if the scar tissue is interfering with daily activities. Those who have scars on joints or scars that become itchy may qualify for this type of treatment.
Tips and warnings
- Always seek the advice of a physician if you're unsure of what to do to reduce the appearance of a scar.
- Don't expose hypertropic or keloid scars to sunlight, as this may only darken the scar.