Scarred for life

February 18, 2003

The bumps and scratches of life will rarely leave the average person physically unscathed. I don?t know a single person who doesn?t have a scar or two from an accident, a burn, from surgery, or just plain clumsiness. Love them – or hate them as the case usually is – we are scarred for life.

Scarring is part of the skin?s natural healing process. When we sustain damage to the layer of tissue under the skin, known as the dermis, a scar can form. Scars can appear in many different guises, from sunken pockmarks to shiny, pale slashes.

In our younger years, childhood illnesses such as the dreaded chicken pox can take their toll on the skin, leaving suffers with life-long scars. Such illnesses in adulthood, while rare, can be devastating.

“I got chicken pox when I was 25 and it was hell. I was totally paranoid about scarring because the spots were everywhere ? all over my face. A friend told me about a natural remedy, a combination of Vitamin E oil and an ointment called Rosa Scarless Healer. You had to mix the two together into a gooey gloop then dab it carefully on the sores. The sores never dried out properly into scabs (gross, I know!) so I didn?t really have to worry about picking or bumping them, which is what causes the scarring. I think this advice saved me as I only have one scar, and it?s actually in the place where I noticed the first spot appear.” Claire, 27.

Adolescence brings with it not only the trauma of puberty and living with parents seemingly from another planet, but self-esteem-destroying skin conditions like acne. If it?s not bad enough that you are covered in spots ? face, chest and back being the most common locations – acne has a nasty habit of scarring too.

Acne scarring can be treated through cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Talk to your skin care professional about the combination of treatments suitable for treating these types of scars.

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