Get Rid of a Scar

Edited by Calob Horton, Eng

Scars are unsightly. If you have one, you already know that, and you likely use clothing and makeup and other things to keep it covered up. There are a number of techniques and products you can use to fade the scar and almost remove it completely, but before you use any of them, you should know the types of scars and what works best for them so you can make an accurate decision of which product you want to try out.

Identify Your Type of Scar

There are a number of different types of scars, and each has its own set of treatments that work the best.

Keloid Scars

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Keloid scars are a result of an overactive healing process. Your body produces an overabundance of collagen and keeps producing it to heal your initial injury, despite the injury already being healed! The scar can also extend beyond the original injury. The added collagen can impede your movement over time, too, so treatment is very important for keloid scars.

There are a number of treatments for keloid scars, and they all depend on how extreme the case has become. Click here to read about keloid scar treatments.

Hypertrophic Scars

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Hypertrophic scars are very similar to keloid scars, but they aren't as aggressive. Still caused by excessive collagen, hypertrophic scars do not extend past the original injury. They can, however, continually grow for up to two years after the injury; impeded movement is still a concern here.

As with keloid scars, treatments for hypertrophic scars depend on how extreme the case has progressed. Click here to read about hypertrophic scar treatments.

Contracture Scars

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Contracture scars are the result of a burn. They get their name from the scar's tendency to contract the skin and scar it together, which can make movement difficult. Severity depends on how large the area of burned skin is; the larger the area, the more skin contraction.

Contracture scars have varying levels of severity depending on how large the burned area is. Click here to read about contracture scar treatments.

Acne Scars

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As their name implies, acne scars are the result of severe acne. Severe acne can leave pits and angled or wavy scars on your face. There are a number of treatments to take care of these types of scars, though, depending on the severity of the scars. Click here to read about acne scar treatments.

Tips and Tricks

  • If your scars are causing difficulty moving, your insurance may cover the surgery and/or medications to get rid of your scars.
  • Talk to your doctor before deciding to use any of these methods -- you could make your scars worse by choosing the wrong method.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Recent edits by: Calob Horton

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