It is a known fact that scarring is part of the body’s healing process. While we may not like the look of our scars, some being too light, others being too dark, scars are actually a very important function of the body’s way of healing itself after injury. A scar will occur when the skin has become bruised or broken and the body has finished healing itself – the scar acts as a guard, preventing the wound from reopening and giving the now more susceptible area of skin or flesh and opportunity to regain its resilience. Scars heal in many different ways, for many different people. Several factors go into how a scar develops – where is the cut located? How deep or superficial is the cut? What caused the cut? Has there been an infection? Is the body resistant to certain medications? Has the scab been picked at? Does the person have keloids?
The thickness and color of a scar both have to factor in these variables. Other considerations, such as diet, lifestyle and genetics also play a role in the superficial appearance of your scars. On the skin on your body that is most visible, for example, arms, faces, legs, back and chest, dark or aggressive scarring can affect your self esteem. While they cuts and bruises may be healed, the scars that remain are often embarrassing or draw unwanted attention. Other contributing factors to the not so likeable appearance of scars are your exposure to sunlight, friction at the scar location and poor circulation.