Learn More About Scars

Scars are incredibly common, there is hardly a single adult person who does not have a scar from some past injury or injuries. Contrary to popular belief, scars develop after any injury, but more severe wounds often develop into more noticeable scarring. The actual tissue that develops to heal wounds is the same as anywhere else on the body, what differentiates scarred skin from non-scarred skin is how the proteins in scarred tissue are ordered and composed.

There are a number of different types of scars including burn scars, acne scars, keloid scars, and hypertrophic scars. Burn scars vary by degree, first degree burns are relatively minor and may or may not result in visible scarring. Second degree burns are more severe, but they still may not leave a noticeable scar behind. Third and fourth degree burns are the most severe, in the case of third degree burns scarring is practically guaranteed. Depending upon the site of the burn the scar that forms may restrict movement, fourth degree burns are the worst burns a person can have and often require amputation.

Acne scars are self-explanatory for the most part, generally acne has to be relatively severe in order to leave behind scars. There are several classifications of acne scars including ice pick acne scars, box car acne scars, rolling acne scars, and hypertrophic scars. Hypertrophic scars are raised and often a different tone than the rest of the skin. Hypertrophic scars are raised due to an excess of collagen in the healed skin. This type of scarring leaves some of the most noticeable types of scars, although they are not the most difficult scars to treat and manage. Get more information about scarring.

Keloid scars can resemble hypertrophic scars in many ways. Keloid scars are also raised and discolored, however, keloid scars have the ability to grow. This unique ability makes keloid scars especially troublesome, but there are topical products capable of helping to reduce the look of keloid scars. If you want to know more about keloid treatments or if you want to learn more about different topical scar products look to