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Scars and Marks Treatments

We stock effective and easy to use aids to help reduce the appearance of scars and other marks on the body, available to buy online. No prescription needed and free delivery on orders over £40 with simple, secure and discreet service.

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Scars and marks

A scar is the body’s natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin, usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars can be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of surgery, injuries, infections or inflammation.

Scars are permanent, however they can fade gradually over a period of up to 2 years. After 2 years, it is unlikely they will fade any more.

Why are scars formed?

Scars are formed as part of the body’s natural healing process, to protect you from germs and other harmful substances. Scars are new tissue made of collagen that the body creates to help reseal itself after experiencing trauma.

Collagen is important for many things in your body, such as plumping up your skin and helping your cartilage protect your joints. The amount of collagen we have decreases naturally as we age.

What are the types of scars?

There are several types of scars, usually named due to their appearance or characteristics. These include:

  • Contracture—these often develop after a burn, and cause the skin to tighten (contract), making it difficult to move, especially if the scarring is as deep as the muscles and nerves or occurs over a joint
  • Depressed (atrophic)—these are sunken scars, often as a result of acne or chickenpox. They look like rounded pits or small indentations in the skin. They may also be called ice pick scars, and develop most often on the face.
  • Flat—these scars may be slightly raised at first, but then flatten out as they heal, over time becoming slightly lighter or darker than surrounding skin.
  • Keloid—these scars are raised and spread beyond the wounded area. The overgrown scar tissue can get large and may affect movement.
  • Raised (hypertrophic)—these scars are raised and may get smaller over time, but they never completely flatten out. Unlike keloids though, they don’t grow or spread beyond the wounded area.
  • Stretch marks—these occur when connective tissues under the skin are damaged as skin expands or shrinks rapidly. They often develop during pregnancy, puberty or after gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Internal scarring—scar tissue can build up inside the body as a result of surgery or certain health conditions 

How do I make scars less noticeable?

While you likely won’t be able to make your scars completely disappear, there are several things you can do to help it to fade over time, depending on how new the scar is and the size/location of it on the body/face.

  • Topical creams or ointments:massaging a scar with a product such as Bio-Oil twice daily can help prevent hardened scar tissue underneath the skin from getting ‘stuck’ and limiting your movement, especially if your scar is on your torso.
  • Silicone ointment:—silicone scar strips/coverings are readily available from many places, and can be worn to protect the scar and promote fading and scar health.
  • Limiting sun exposure: sun exposure can be harmful to your scar, and it is best to shield it from the sun completely or use a very strong sunscreen if it cannot be avoided. Sun exposure can make a scar darker, and repeated sun exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Keep a healthy diet and lifestyle: low levels of vitamins D and C can make scarring worse, and having high protein in your diet can help your scar to heal.

Should I talk to my doctor about my scar or skin mark?

If your scar/mark’s appearance bothers you, is distressing, or is impacting your day-to-day life, you can speak with your doctor about possible procedures to make it less noticeable.

If your scar changes to become itchy, tender, painder or infected, or if you notice a mole, freckle or growth on or near your scar, speak to a healthcare provider as soon as possible, as this may be a sign of skin cancer.