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While wrinkles are bothersome, dealing with scars on the face is frequently even more difficult because the scar may remind an individual of a traumatic event. Although a scar is permanent, there are a variety of treatments available to reduce their size and diminish their appearance. The type of scar typically determines which treatment will provide you with the best results.

What Causes a Scar to Form?

Following an injury, fibrin and collagen bind together to begin the healing process. If the deep layer of skin (dermis) is damaged, a scar will most likely form. However, a scar may not form if only the top layer of skin (epidermis) sustained damage.

Other factors that determine whether a scar will form include:  

  • The size, depth and location of the wound.
  • Age plays a significant role in the formation of scars: The younger you are, the more resilient your skin and the less likely you are to develop a scar.
  • The color, type and thickness of your skin.

Types of Scars

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars occur due to overly aggressive healing. These scars are typically raised with a smooth top. They form beyond the boundary of the wound and appear purple or pink in color. People who have dark skin are more likely to develop this type of scarring.

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Hypertrophic Scars

These scars are like keloid scars; however, they do not form beyond the wound’s boundary.

Atrophic Scars (Acne Scars)

Atrophic scars may appear angular, wavelike or look like deep pits in the skin: These are the most common type of facial scar. Although frequently referred to as ‘acne scars,’ atrophic scars also form after scratching the itchy, blister-like rash that appears when an individual contracts the varicella virus (chicken pox).

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Contracture Scars

This type of scarring is common when an individual is burned. This scar causes the damaged skin to become tight. Since the muscles and nerves are frequently affected when these scars form, an individual may lose flexibility and have difficulty moving the damaged area(s).

Treating Scars

Although some scars do require assistance from a dermatologist, estheticians can perform a variety of treatments to reduce the appearance of facial scarring.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are similar to microdermabrasion treatments in that they remove the uppermost layer of skin to reveal the new skin beneath. Just as with microdermabrasion, the top layers of a scar will be removed with this treatment. However, to achieve the best results possible, a series of chemical peels must be performed. When compared to the microdermabrasion technique, chemical peels tend to provide faster results.

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Microdermabrasion

This treatment involves exfoliating the epidermis (top layer of skin). If a facial scar is raised, the raised portion is also removed. Microdermabrasion treatments must be performed multiple times.

 

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

Carbon dioxide laser treatments can smooth scars and lighten discolorations on the face. This treatment works quickly; however, when compared to the other treatments listed here, it does require the most downtime.

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If you have facial scars that you would like to diminish, an esthetician in your area may be able to help.

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Scars are caused by the natural healing process after tissue damage has occurred. The most common reasons for tissue damage include accidental injuries, surgical incisions, scratches and bites, scalds and burns, injections, and body piercings and tattoos. Some scars are also the side effect of certain health conditions, such as acne. While it’s not always possible to prevent a scar, you can help to minimize the appearance of one. If you prefer to go the natural route, try these simple, natural solutions for lightening scars.

1. Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serums are rich in antioxidants that repair and renew human cells, giving the skin a fresh, healthy appearance. Choose an organic formula packed with nutrients.

2. Lemon Juice

Pure lemon juice is an age-old remedy used to lighten imperfections on the skin. Wash the skin with a mild cleanser, dip a cotton ball into lemon juice, and apply to the scar.

3. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is effective on all skin types and works to blast away the top layer of skin to reveal the new skin beneath.

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4. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip seed oil is commonly used in skincare products due to its scar lightening properties. Just a few drops of the oil applied directly to the scar twice a day can help to reduce its appearance.

5. Probiotic Mask

Probiotics contain large amounts of lactobacilli, which help to slough off dead cells and sooth dry skin. Apply a mask directly to your scar, let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it with clean water.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has numerous health functions, from inflammation reducer to scar fader. Apply aloe vera gel to your scar to help decrease its size.

7. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a popular herb that can be used to fade scars. Create a fine paste using the leaves and apply it to the scar.

If you desire a safe alternative to get rid of unsightly scars, there are plenty of natural options available. Try these safe and effective solutions for minimizing the appearance of scars.

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Until very recently, an online search for “snails” would yield plenty of tips for removing the slimy suckers from your garden and a few escargot recipes, but not much else. Recently, though, these garden critters are making waves in a whole new industry – skincare.

Why are beauty brands from the US and around the world suddenly touting snail essence and snail based products to customers? A look at the goop that snails leave behind – and the way it interacts with human skin – reveals why the gastropods are suddenly so popular.

Gastropods Making a Mark on the Beauty Industry

Snail essence is not a particularly new trend, according to ABC news, snails were used for skin treatments by ancient Greeks. The new wave of snail based products began today in Korea and France; with big brands shelling out lots of cash for the tiny critters.  High end salons are also offering “Escarglow” facials that offer all of the benefits of snail mucin in a spa environment.

Is it Really from Snails?

It is. When snails get upset and defensive, they emit a thick, gooey fluid to protect themselves; this mucin can help benefit human skin in a variety of ways, according to dermatologist Tabasum Mir, speaking to the Huffington Post. This snail goo, or mucin contains hydrolauric acid and can hydrate skin, prevent the signs of again and even improve the appearance of scars or wrinkles. In one study, 25 participants tried snail mucin cream and found that they had improved texture and fewer wrinkles after 12 weeks.

Are Snail Products Worth Buying?

Possibly. For home use, the mucin in products may not be as concentrated as it needs to be to gain the advertised effects. Salon use is likely better, since products for professional application are more concentrated and likely contain higher amounts of beneficial mucin. The bottom line? Snail products could be beneficial for home use over time, but due to differences in concentration and even snail types, your best bet is a visit to your local spa or salon for a facial or for products designed for professional use.

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It’s high time that biology has melded with cosmetics to create a perfectly in-sync product that has real, biologically-proven results. In this case, there are three bio-beauty products that should be on your radar.

1. Biossance

Biossance is a line of skincare that contains squalane. Squalane is the molecular equivalent of squalene. If you don’t know what squalene is, it’s the oily stuff on your skin that gives it that shiny glow. Obviously, too much squalene isn’t attractive. Nevertheless, your skin needs it to retain its moisture properties. Too much squalene is actually a sign that your epidermis is dehydrated. Once you start using the Biossance line of skincare products, you can look forward to a renewed balance of skin hydration that will prevent that oily skin look, yet keep your skin looking dewy and hydrated.

2. Bioeffect

EFG is an acronym that stands for epidermal growth factor. Your body makes EFG naturally, but its growth can be stunted by inflammation, age and sun damage. Enter Bioeffect. This miracle product helps to renew the skin’s production of EFG, thereby making you have the appearance of fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin. After just two months of use, you could have skin that is 60% thicker and 30% denser, according to manufacturer claims.

3. Virtue

The same ingredients that have been proven to minimize burn scars are now being utilized to achieve healing results in skincare products like Virtue. This hair care product line promises to make strands up to 22 percent thicker. Just five uses will yield results, according to the manufacturer. The creative director of the brand is none other than celebrity stylist Adir Abergel, so the outlook is more than promising.

These bio-beauty products are changing the face of beauty from the inside out. When science meets beauty needs, it’s a win-win scenario everyone can feel good about.

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There are several skincare trends in 2017 that will surface or continue to remain popular. Retinoids are the new hyaluronic acid. These topical retinols should be applied as early as the mid-twenties. It exfoliates the skin and is a great way to treat acne, fine wrinkles, acne scars and sun damage. Millennials love it for both anti-aging and acne. Branded retinols even have vitamins B and E along with soothing ingredients like chamomile, triglycerides and ceramides extracts.

Probiotics

Due to the many benefits of probiotics, probiotics will continue to be part of a skin health routine for many. Probiotics strengthen the skin’s natural defenses, balance the pHlevel, hydrate the skin, reduce sun damage and fight free radicals. And the Tula products provide a balanced meal of good-for-you skin ingredients the same way a good diet nourishes your body. Some probiotic skincare products fuse peptide technologies to hydrate the skin and prevent skin aging.

High Tech Masks

High tech facial masks will remain a continued skincare routine. Face masks like clays, panda-faced sheets and coco-nut gel sheet masks are on the horizon in 2017. It’s a relatively new genre of skincare. Good brands offering high tech masks include Lancer Skincare Lift & Plump Sheet Mask, Nanette de Gaspe, Charlotte Tilbury and Farmacy.

Eating Right

What you eat has a huge impact on your complexion. A poor diet can trigger oxidative stress and damage DNA and collagen, making you look older. It’s now known that foods like rice cakes, candy and even milk can damage the skin. Rice cakes cause blood sugar to rise, which accelerates the formation of wrinkle. The trend on drinking milk in 2017 is to cut back. Milk can be full of growth hormones that remain biologically active even after pasteurization. It can cause increased oil production and even inflammation. The end result is breakout city.

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Ethiopia has been experiencing a rising disposable income and with it comes an increased interest in the beauty industry. The Ethiopian beauty market is one to watch!

Honey Kiss Cleanser

 

For a homemade honey cleanser experience, simply add two tablespoons of dark organic honey to the face following by warm water so it can be worked into a lather. Once you have treated your whole face, simply rinse off and pat dry. Loaded with vitamins, and nutrients, although this may have originated in Ethiopia, it has since become a well-known fact that honey can promote lasting hydration, remove scars, treat acne, and much more.

Baobab Oil

On the flip side, baobab oil is from the seeds of the fruit of the baobab tree. A tree that grows in Ethiopia and other nearby African countries, the fruit of the baobab tree is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, which makes it great for improving the elasticity of the skin while reversing and healing damaged skin. Fairly inexpensive, this oil from the baobab tree is certainly something you should try before you knock it.

Magic Avocado Mask

Lastly, by combining one avocado (peel included) with one well chopped/ peeled tomato, you can create a face mask delicious enough to eat. However, by applying it to the skin and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes, this remedy can cleanse the pores and nourish the skin thusly promoting healthy new skin cells, bereft of free radical damage. Despite having its roots in Ethiopia, this is a remedy is widely used due to the fact that avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.

Always consult your physician before you try new beauty tips. However, these come highly recommended from an amazing ancient culture so unless you have a medical issue not to, they are certainly worth the effort.