1. Keep the scar clean to avoid infection
Gently clean the scar at least once a day or whenever it is exposed to a dirty or dusty environment. For ex: after school, after playing in the park, etc. Use a cleansing gel designed to optimize the scarring process, which is hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on healing skin.
Don’t overuse disinfectants like hydrogen peroxide as this can kill new skin cells and actually delay healing.
2. Avoid stretching the skin
Pulling on skin can result in a wide scar or even “pop your stitches” causing your scar to reopen. You should avoid:
- Activities that place excessive tension on the scar (like certain sports or playing activities) for several weeks.
- Clothing that rubs on the healing skin.
3. Make sure you get the stitches out on time
Too early and the scar could re-open, too late and they could leave marks. Don’t leave your doctor’s office without clear instructions on when and how to have the stitches removed (assuming they’re not dissolvable).
All you need to know about stitches
4. Use a good scar cream to help skin feel better
Choose a good scar cream from your local pharmacy. The kind of cream you are looking for will help soothe, promote restoration and protect skin. You can start using it as soon as the scar is closed and dry.
5. Combine scar cream with massage techniques
Massaging the scar can optimize the scarring process by stimulating neat and healthy healing, so make sure you do it at least once a day.
Find out which massage technique to use on your scar
6. Keep the scar out of the sun
Fresh scars are prone to dark pigmentation if exposed to UV radiation, so opt for a soothing cream with very high sun protection (SPF50+).
For more information on scars in the sun