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What happens to scars in the sun?

What are scars exactly? 

Scars are almost inevitable. Just about everyone will acquire a scar, if not multiple scars within their lifetime. Scars occur as a part of your body's natural healing process. Excluding minor wounds, most wounds eventually result in some form of scarring.  

How do scars occur? 

Scars can occur from burns, scrapes, scratchesacne, surgeries, and other ailments and injuries.  Some scars can last for years while others are able to fade rather quickly depending on the seriousness of the injury. 

How does the sun affect skin? 

Sun’s UV rays can cause damage to skin, causing sunspots, rapid premature aging, hyperpigmentation, can trigger skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis and can also cause skin cancer. The most efficient way to lower the risk of sun damage is to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10am-2pm. During these hours, the sun can be at its brightest which inevitably can cause the most damage to skin. Another efficient way to greatly lower the risk of sun damage is to wear sunscreen. Our dermatologist recommended, award-winning, eco-friendly Sun Care collection provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Infused with soothing ingredients including Aloe, Chamomile and Cucumber Extracts, antioxidant-rich Green Tea, Vitamins C & E, our Sun Care collection includes both mineral sunscreens made with Non-Nano Zinc Oxide as well as non-mineral, high sun protection options to provide anti-aging antioxidant defense and help fight free radicals damage while nourishing the skin. 

How does the sun affect scars? 

Many people believe that exposing their scar to the sun by tanning, can help with blending the scar to their complexion. Unfortunately, sun exposure can do more harm than good when it comes to scars. Scars need extra care due to scar tissue being extremely sensitive. Due to the sensitivity of scars, they are more susceptible to damage from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), as well as cause blisters or scars to thicken which can make it even more difficult to treat the scar.  

 

How to protect scars from the sun 

The best way to protect scars from harmful UVA/UVB rays is to avoid the sun. Just like with normal sun protection, the most efficient way to lower the risk of sun damage is to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10am-2pm. If you are unable to avoid being in the sun during these hours, be sure to keep your scar covered. If you scar is on your face, wear a sun hat or visor and sunglasses, to cover it as much as possible. If your scar is on your body, wear clothing that keeps the scar covered. Our dermatologist recommended Scar Cream Sun Protectant SPF35 works to lessen the look of scars while protecting skin from harmful UV rays. This effective scar cream softens, protects, and helps to smooth the skin’s surface. Skin’s texture and elasticity is improved with Panthenol as it helps to retain moisture levels in the skin while reducing the appearance of redness. Mineral Zinc Oxide sunscreen powerfully protects against UVA/UVB rays while Allantoin deeply moisturizes the skin and works to reduce the appearance of scars. Burns, cuts, and acne scarring are left visibly softer and smoother with each use for healthy-looking skin. 

 Our clinically proven Scar Gel also works to lessen the look of scars texture and color. This non-oily gel significantly improves scar texture, color and overall appearance for softer, healthier-looking skin. Panthenol, Allantoin and Onion Bulb Extract help to hydrate, soothe and encourage self-healing. Scar Gel can also be used to soothe burns, sunburns, and tattoos as well as help to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Clinical results showed: 100% improvement in skin color 85% improvement in skin texture.