How to Care for Five Different Types of Common Scars and Discoloration

Alisha Bridges | May 8, 2017

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Burns

The Burn Foundation reports that 73 percent of burns occur at home. There are three types of burn, which are determined by how many layers of skin are affected. First-degree burns are the most common and can be treated with home remedies. If you think you have a second- or third-degree burn, seek medical attention immediately. To prevent long-term scarring, treat the burn immediately by gently washing the area, applying an antibiotic cream, and NOT picking the area once it scabs.

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Keloids

These types of scars are usually caused by a buildup of collagen in the area where skin is damaged. Unfortunately, these scars are hard to treat. Most people will know early on whether or not they have keloid-prone skin. For most, these scars commonly appear between the ages of 10 and 30. If you have issues with keloids, your options are to visit the doctor and request corticosteroids, gels, laser treatments, or surgery. The bigger the keloid, the more intensive the treatment.

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Discoloration from psoriasis

Many people experience discoloration after their psoriasis plaque clears up. Research has found that that IL-17 and TNF-alpha, two immune system proteins that cause the inflammation of psoriasis, interfere with the production of melanocytes, which are cells that produce the pigment that gives skin its color. The good news is this discoloration can go away over time as new skin regenerates and with the help of sunlight.

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Stretch marks

Stretch marks are the most common kind of scar and occur when the skin stretches from pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, puberty, the overuse of cortisones, and disease. For some, these scars go away on their own. For those who need extra help, youtube guru Jennifer Chiu’s video shares five possible ways to get rid of stretch marks, which include using home remedies such as lemon, egg whites, and extra-virgin olive oil in affected areas.

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Acne scars

If you want to decrease your risk of acne scars, resist popping or picking at your pimples. Acne scars can leave dark spots, pitted scars, or raised skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments that can help solve this issue. The most common options for treatment include creams and chemical peels and don’t require a doctor’s prescription. If you need more extensive help, laser treatments and injections are also an option.

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