We’ve all been there, sporting what feels like a mountain on your face. After trying everything in your power to get rid of it, you notice that dreaded faint purple scar appear smack-bang in the middle of your face!
Preventing these scars is essential, since they’re like tattoos - they stick around forever! So you’ll want to take these tips on board to reduce the severity of scarring in the long-term. Don’t be a twit and take care of that zit!
Yes, we were all zincing it! Zinc plays a huge role in controlling every phase of the wound-healing process, from repairing those skin cell membranes, to inflammation, immune defence, the forming of new tissue over a wound, and the formation of scars. So eat up! Think oysters, pumpkin seeds, legumes, eggs and wholegrains. Alternatively, supplement with the JSHealth Skin + Digestion vitamins for your daily dose of zinc!
Run from that sun!
Suns out, buns out! But seriously, please go back inside. Exposing your wound or any scars you’ve had for less than 18 months to the sun, increases the risk of pigmentation from those trusty old UV rays. This can lead to thick and discoloured scars. So, no hat, no play, okay! We’re talking sunscreen with an SPF of 30, hat, shades and glasses.
Put a stop to the pop Trust us!
We get the temptation, the satisfaction of that ooze! Anyone who has ever had a pimple has likely squeezed one at some point. It may not always cause scarring, but doing it consistently (especially over the same area), can not only make your acne spread and worsen, but also increases your risk of scarring in the long-term.
You had us at aloe! Aloe vera speeds up the wound healing process by encouraging the reproduction of connective tissue and the cells that produce keratin (the protein that forms our hair, skin and nails). Wait, there’s more! It is also anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the size of the scar tissue.
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