Roshini Raj, MD, Health’s medical editor and coauthor of What the Yuck?!, fields your most private and provocative questions.
Q: I have a scar on my face, and I actually hate it. How do I get rid of it?
A: You might not be capable of utterly (sorry!), however there are methods to make it almost disappear. First, know that whereas lightening lotions might fade darkish spots, like people who linger after a zit, they don’t work as properly on the raised scars you get from a reduce. Scar-targeting merchandise akin to Mederma and silicone sheets can reduce the looks of each varieties.
If these don’t work, turn to the big guns: a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They can attempt laser resurfacing, through which pulsating beams of mild take away skinny layers of pores and skin to even out look, or dermabrasion, which makes use of a rough-surfaced brush or wheel to take away the highest layers of pores and skin and stimulate new progress. In the meantime, apply sunscreen over the scar day by day to maintain it from darkening. The excellent news is most scars soften and lighten on their very own with time.
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