The primary reason why a woman like you might consider outdoor sports such as hiking and rock climbing is the possibility of contracting scars.
Though these skin discolorations present a victorious mark after a seemingly frustrating battle, they aren’t the most beautiful things to accentuate your skin.
Scars don’t occur after superficial scrape offs. They are a result of, most often than not, a more serious injury that resulted to a deeper wound.
How these skin hitches did came to be? Well, scarring is the primary method of the body to repair itself. Scars are composed of collagen fibers (protein-based fibers which are essential in skin structure) which act as a stitch to mend injured areas.
Will they ever fade? For some, yes. For the other half of the female population, though, they aren’t resolvable by time. You can probably blame genetics on that aspect. However, there’s still hope. Frail as it may seem, there are ways to remedy these pesky skin issues.
Here are some healthy tips you might want to consider when you are caring for your skin.
- Avoid hydrogen peroxide of wounds. According to medical experts, hydrogen peroxide is only good for the first wash. Meaning, the consecutive washes of your injuries should only be composed with sterile or clean water and gentle soap. In contradiction to this is the claim of some medical doctors that swabbing hydrogen peroxide in whatever instance isn’t advisable. This substance destroys the healthy tissues which try to recuperate after the injury.
- Vitamin E on scars is a no-no. Contrary to popular belief, vitamin E isn’t as helpful as it may seem (or as it is plugged by the media). Studies and evidences showed that application of vitamin E delayed wound healing in majority of the clients and about 1/3 of the tested respondents showed allergic reaction to the substance.
- When you have a scrape or a cut, cover it up. Though some might suggest to let the fresh wound heal by room air, this isn’t what the medical field supports whole-heartedly. According to an associate clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians, moisture keeps the scab from forming and eventually covering the wound. If you want timely wound healing, apply necessary antibiotic ointments or creams over the affected area and cover the wound with clean or sterile gauze or bandage until the new skin covers the area affected.
- Constant pressure over the wound (such as silicone sheets) tends to flatten and/or prevent the appearance of unwanted scars.
- Avoid the sun. New scars shouldn’t be exposed to the sun a little too early that it should be. UV rays impede the healing process. Furthermore, they stimulate production of melanin which causes severe hyperpigmentation.
- Massage the areas surrounding the wound on a regular basis. Frequent massaging helps break down bands of collagen underneath the skin tissue. This, in turn, decreases the possibility of raised scars.
Keeping scars at bay would mean keeping your skin at a healthy stand. Better start today!