You don’t have to be stuck with scars. 

 

Scars are a result of the body repairing itself. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the injury, scars can set in permanently. However, Dr. Ken Dolynchuk, MD, a wound-healing expert at Ageless Cosmetic Clinic in Winnipeg, claims it’s not impossible to influence the way scars form during the first 12 weeks. 

1. KEEP IT CLEAN!

Cleanse fresh wounds with products that contain chlorhexidine and use silver-impregnated gels or gauzes with a scar- fading topical to help keep the wound from getting infected. 

2. MOISTURIZE LIKE CRAZY

“Ideally, all scars should be kept from drying out,” says Dr. Dolynchuk. Most topicals for scars increase mois- ture in the wound and contain anti-inflammatory agents that all reduce pain and itchiness. Keep the moisture in with emollients or barrier products like silicone-based creams or gels. 

3. WATCH IT FADE AWAY

If the wound isn't too bad, you should start to see improvement quickly. But in the case of high-risk areas, “the Vivier V-Stat Advanced Scar Gel ($40, various locations) would be the ideal topical to use in the primary period to prevent these scars from forming. The twice-a-day application can start 72 hours post-injury, and should carry on for three months,” says Dr. Dolynchuk.