What is a hypertrophic scar?
It is a skin condition which is a raised scar (not as raised as keloids though) which occurs because of too much collagen in a location. As with several other skin conditions, they often occur at the site of some injury to the skin, such as piercings, pimples, cuts or burns. The body tries to repair the situation by depositing collagen at the site, and sometimes that becomes excessive, resulting in the hypertrophic scar.
Some Possible Treatments For Hypertrophic Scars:
Each person’s body reacts differently to different types of treatments, and often different scars even on the same person will have different reactions. So there is no one treatment that will work on all scars for everyone, but here are a few suggestions that you could explore further.
Massaging the scarred area may be helpful. This makes sense since massaging may result in the collagen breaking down and dissipating over time.
Application of Pressure
Applying pressure to the scar may help. . Compression bandages or clothing may help in this regard. These may easily be found in stores such as CVS or Walmart.
Silicone gel sheets can help with fading of these scars. Some people find these easy to use and quite convenient. On the other hand, some people find them cumbersome since the tape used to attach these may be uncomfortable or unsuitable, sweating may occur and so on. Also, if the area to be treated is on the face or some other prominently visible location, then the fact that these
Silicone gel creams may also work.
Steroids are another possible solution. These can be used in various forms. Topical steroid creams can often be helpful in diminishing the visibility of such scars, as can steroid skin tapes. Your doctor should be able to direct you towards suitable ones. Steroid injections may also be helpful in some situations, so you can ask your doctor about that option as well.
Onion Extract And Heparin
An article published on the National Institute of Health’s website refers to the healing properties of onions in this context. The article mentions that onion extract has fibroblast-inhibiting properties. In addition, there is reference to heparin’s ability to interact with collagen molecules. So topical application of a gel made up of onion extract and heparin has been found, in some studies, to reduce the risk scarring. You can refer to the article itself for additional details.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has many healing properties for the skin. It is touted as being having antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It is often useful for treating mild to moderate acne. Combining a couple of drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and rubbing it into the scarred area daily can be helpful in reduction of the scar. Please note that tea tree oil should not be ingested orally.