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Types of scars

 

There are many different types of scars and these fall into the following general categories:

 

  • Flat and pale - These, the most common scars, may start red or raised but naturally fade over time. Cica-Care* can help speed up this process.

 

  • Sunken - Most commonly caused by acne or chicken pox, and although sunken some acne can remain red and raised.

 

  • Stretched - Caused when the skin is stretched around a healing wound. Stretch marks caused during pregnancy are similar.

 

  • Red, dark or raised - These are known by doctors and nurses as hypertrophic or keloid scars and can be treated with Cica-Care.

 

 

 

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Hypertrophic and keloid scars

 

Red, dark or raised scars are known as either hypertrophic or keloid scars.

 

Hypertrophic scar Hypertrophic scars are about the size of the wound and are caused by burns, tension on the skin or skin reaction at the time of injury. Children are more prone to hypertrophic scars.

Keloid scar

Keloid scars tend to keep on growing even when the wound is healed. They are more common on people with darker skin types, 10-30 year olds and people with burn injuries.

 

There are ways to prevent scarring including using Cica-Care as soon as the wound as healed.

 

What isn't a scar

 

A scar is the natural result of a healed wound to the skin. Red, dark or raised scars can be effectively treated with Cica-Care. However, it is important to remember that a wound does not become a scar until it has completely healed.

 

Also, skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis and injuries like minor burns or sunburn are not called scars because the skin is broken or undergoing a different process of repair.

 

Cica-Care must not be applied to wounds that are still healing and it is not effective on skin ailments or blemishes that are not scars. If uncertain ask your doctor.

 

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