A burn scar can appear due to various factors, the most common being exposure to heat or electricity. The extent of the injury will be determined by the severity of the fire or power source.
The worst thing about burn scars is that once the wound has healed they can develop into scars that are constrictive, itchy, and even painful depending on their size and location.
Minor Burns Scars and Treatment Options
Minor burns and minor burn scars are quite simple to deal with. In this case, the person has probably just suffered from a first degree burn, however the burn scar treatment they require will probably not extend past the point of wound healing.
Cool down the burned area by applying cool or lukewarm running water. Cold water isn’t recommended because it is too shocking for the skin and can cause more damage than the actual burn. Hot water is, of course, not advisable because it can actually continue the burning process.
After treating the burn the person should take a mild painkiller and rest. Once the pain and burning sensation have subsided, you can begin treating the area. Treat the wound by using gentle products so that you do not further irritate the wound.
It is essential that you use good moisturizing products as a burn causes the moisture in the skin to evaporate. This will dry-out the skin for a certain period of time. Rose hip seed oil is a great choice that can be absorbed quickly into the skin to help soothe the damage. Products made with ingredients such as snail serum also have a soothing effect and help boost the rate of skin growth.
Within a few weeks of the burn, your skin should be back to normal. It is common, nevertheless, for there to be some discoloration. You can either let the discoloration fade with time or try microdermabrasion for burn scars to speed up the process.
How to Deal with Moderate Burn Scars
Moderate burns can change the texture of your skin permanently and lead to some scarring. These burns will normally take about 3 to 4 weeks to heal and generally produce hypertrophic scars. After the wound has healed you can begin using a burn scar treatment.
A doctor may suggest surgery, injections, compression therapy or resurfacing treatments, but this will depend on the extent of the scar tissue. However, if the wound or damaged area is small you can benefit by treating your skin with resurfacing techniques such as microdermabrasion.
Several people undergo scar removal with microdermabrasion. It does not require anesthesia as there are gentler micro crystals that can be used for sensitive skin. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to go through several sessions to eliminate the scar tissue completely.
Burn scar removal isn’t impossible if you use a natural product such as BIOSKINEXFOL. Another natural product that can help treat skin burns and prevent burn scars from forming is BIOSKINCARE. Both of these products contain Helix aspersa muller extract along with other soothing ingredients, which make them ideal products for any type of skin.
Lasers Surg. Med. 44: 441–446, 2012. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords: burn scars; nonablative fractional laser; keloid scars; hypertrophic scars; atrophic scars
Scarring is a major source of morbidity in patients with burns. Burn scars are difficult to treat and are among the worst scars seen in clinical medicine. Fractional laser resurfacing is a promising treatment option because of its unique wound healing response and depth of penetration.
To evaluate the efficacy of nonablative fractional resurfacing as a therapeutic option for extensive cutaneous scarring in burn patients.
Prospective, single-arm, pilot study. Ten subjects with second and third degree burn scars were treated with five nonablative fractional resurfacing treatments given at 4-week intervals. Three independent investigators evaluated subject outcomes at 3 months post-treatment (primary outcome); patients also provided subjective assessments of improvement (secondary outcome).
Nonablative fractional resurfacing resulted in overall improvement in 90% of subjects, as determined by independent investigators; improvements were moderate to excellent in 60%. Ninety percent of subjects had improved skin texture, 80% had improved dyschromia, and 80% had improved hypertrophy/atrophy. Patients’ self-reports also revealed moderate to excellent improvements (on average) in burn scar area, and significant improvements in self-esteem at 3 months post-treatment (P = 0.03).
Small sample size and lack of control group.
Fractional resurfacing is a promising new treatment modality for burn scars. We should continue to identify novel approaches and management strategies for the spectrum of diverse burn scars so that we can better treat this patient population.