I want to get rid of some white scars that I have around my jawline and upper neck. These scars are completely flat and smooth, not indented or raised, and are much whiter than the rest of my skin. I've tried exfoliating with scrubbing grains and with mild chemical peels. No luck. They've been there for several years now, so I know they're not going to fade away on their own. Makeup doesn't hide them very well, and tends to just rub off. Help please!
I'm with Roni. See a doctor. If they bother you that much, there might be some sort of laser surgery or microdermabrasion technique that will help them go away. You see it all the time on Extreme Makeover. That would be expensive though. Otherwise as scars, they are probably there to stay.
I know what will help. It may take a while, but I guarantee that it works. It's called Palmer's Cocoa Butter. It works miracles! I use to have a chicken pox scar right by my eye and it was dark. Now you can't see it. It went away. I hope you try it!
If the chicken pox scar was dark then it was not really a scar but a temporary discoloration left over from an injury to the skin. These eventually go away on their own, even without any treatment. White scars are real scars and are permanent. They are white because pigment has been lost from the area. I have heard of a new laser that actually "colors" the lighter areas so they blend in with the rest of the skin. These lasers are supposedly great for white stretch marks. It makes them virtually disappear.
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I read about the new laser (actually they call it light based therapy and its name is ReLume) in Glamour magazine. It sounded really promising and I do believe that it might help the white scars you have. There is a website that is given to find doctors who perform the procedure but I am not allowed to post it here. Try to do a search with a good search engine by typing in ReLume. Good luck.
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Tanning will NOT cover white scars. These scars are white because they have lost their pigment and since they have no melanin (pigment) and melanin is what causes skin to darken when exposed to sun, these scars will remain white while the surrounding skin will darken. This will only serve to emphasize the whiteness of the scars. Actually tanning (ultraviolet rays) CAN cause other types of scars to permanently darken. Ask your dermatologist and he or she will tell you that it is always recommended for anyone with fresh scars to avoid exposing them to the sun.
Yes, her scars have been there for a while and will not improve on their own. I don't think you read my post carefully or else you did not really understand it. Her scars are white and these kinds of scars will NOT tan because they lack melanin and melanin is what gives skin its pigment when it tans. Therefore, your advice to just get a tan would definitely not work for her at all. Quite the contrary, tanning will make her white scars be more visible next to darker, tanned skin.
What I also suggested regarding exposure to sun applies to other kinds of scars (not the white kind). Other scars, especially when they are still new, actually do darken with exposure to sunlight and start looking worse. People with new scars should avoid exposure to sunlight. As as matter of fact, everyone should avoid unprotected (with no sunscreen) exposure to sunlight because of its well known role in premature wrinkling and skin cancer. Tanning is just not a good idea.
Yes, sunless tanning is a great alternative to wrinkle-causing sunlight and tanning beds. I use it and love it! However, as far as sunless tanning and scars, that is a different issue. According to a sunless tanning site which I presume is quite knowledgeable about sunless tanning: "scars are a bit unpredictable. Mostly, they darken very little or not at all"........"[if this gets you down, keep in mind that stretch marks and scars don't tan in the sun, either — and the sun will impair healing]."
The other issue of fresh scars and exposure to the sun, although it was not directly related to the poster's question, was related to the general relationship between scars and sunlight which you brought up with your advice about tanning as a cover up for skin's trouble spots. I simply felt it was worth mentioning.
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Nothing "removes" scars but they can be improved. However, given your description I can almost bet there is nothing that can be done because laser treatments only work on scars that are indented, raised, or red.
It would be best to consult a Dr., but white scars will always be white unless you go to someone who does permanent cosmetics.
Yes, you are correct. Nothing removes them completely but they can be improved. That includes the white scars. Please read my post above that talks about new light based therapy that treats exactly these type of hypopigmented scars such as result from acne, surgery and even stretch marks (which turned white). It is called ReLume and sounds very promising but costly.