What Are Treatments for White Scars?
White scars may result from injury, surgery, stretch marks, acne or anything else that causes the skin to break. When the damage skin begins to heal, it sometimes loses pigmentation, so white scars are often referred to as hypopigmented.
There are several ways to treat these scars, including home remedies, topical creams and procedures done in the doctor's office.
There is no proof that home remedies for treating white scars work, but some people claim that you can get rid of your scars at home using common ingredients.
Aloe vera is known for its healing properties, and many claim that if you rub the aloe vera gel that is commonly used on sunburns onto your scar, it will begin to go away. This method is said to work best if the scar is fairly new.
Cocoa butter is known for its hydrating effects, and some people use it for scars as well as stretch marks that cause hypopigmentation of the skin. The key is to massage the cocoa butter into the skin where the scar is, creating friction. This massage action, along with the hydrating properties of the cocoa butter, is supposed to encourage your scarred skin to heal completely.
Topical creams available over the counter for treating scars. These creams work with your skin to diminish the appearance of scars, but they are less effective on white scars than they are on darker scars.
If over-the-counter creams don't work, you can see your dermatologist for a stronger prescription topical cream. Prescription creams work much like over-the-counter creams, but are more powerful and may be more effective in diminishing white scars.
The most effective treatment for white scars seems to be a new light procedure called ReLume. Relumine can treat hypopigmentation of the skin due to stretch marks, acne, surgery scars, trauma scars, skin grafts, burns, laser treatments and chemical peels.
Relumine treatment uses a UV light to stimulate melanin production in your skin, which actually helps darken the scar, bringing its colour closer to the surrounding skin's colour. The treatment is painless and quick. Many patients have treatments done on their lunch breaks. A doctor simply targets the light to your scar, and you can resume your normal activities immediately. The only reported side effects are redness and irritation for several hours after a treatment, which feels like a minor sunburn.
It takes anywhere from six to 15 ReLume treatments to darken the scar effectively, and depending on the size and age of the scar, as well as the colour of your skin, you may need long-term maintenance treatments. However, ReLume is proven the most effective method for treating scars, and it has been FDA approved since 2002.