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    Old 02-25-2001, 12:17 PM   #1
    sternrad941
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    scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    ok. ive had a really bad experience recently. first, i definitely need to mention that im the biggest picker. ive caused myself so much extra damage over the years just by picking--and not only did i pick but i didnt even pick the right way. and from many people on this board ive heard that picking the right way means to wait untill you see a white head surface and lightly squeeze it out with some tissues (not your fingernails!). and its very important that you dont squeeze untill the point that you see blood. SOMEONE actually told me you can die from this (look in the "ohh my gosh" topic--its crazy!) ok well--last weekend i had a pretty small pimp under my bottom lip. this however was just red and had no visible head what-so-ever. so i proceded to squeeze the hekk out of it and it accomplished nothing except irritating it to no end (i am so stupid). so what happened was the next morning the entire area got very infected--all pink and had a tiny scab in the center (because i must have ripped the skin in that area). so over the next couple days i managed to pick the scab off twice! i did this to see if it was healing underneath but evidently i had not healed at all--it was just all pink and tender under it and it had tons of this clear liquid all over it (i assume this is the stuff that eventually forms the scar). ok so--here is what i am doing now to prevent it from scaring. i heard from a very reliable source that trick to prevent a scar is to not let it scab. you wont be able to do this forever, but dont let a scab form as for as long as you can. the way you do this is to keep the area VERRRRY goopy with neosporin or some kind of ointment--NO CREAM. keep in mind this will look like crap when you go out in public but we have to learn to not care about that for the time being. ohh and re-apply the neosporin as many times as you need to in order to keep the area gooped up all the time. in my case, i had another scar form overnight about 2 nights ago (i guess the neosporin dried up a bit). but i just washed my face the next morning and re-applied the neosporin over-top of the scab (DONT STOP WITH THE NEOSPORIN ONCE THE SCAR HAS FORMED). also--putting some vitamin e on it along with the neosporin isnt a bad idea too. i did this but im not sure if it contributed to the healing at all. but i know vitamin e is really good on actual scars--maybe it could prevent them also eh? ok well--today is my 4th day of keeping the area all gooped up. i actually just came out of the shower and the area is at LEAST 50-60% better! the skin is beginning to normalize in both color and texture. most of the pain has gone away too. i am confident that what i have done should prevent me from getting a scar. ill post further results as they come. ohh and if anyone decides to do this and it doesnt work for them--dont start crying about it because im not saying this will work for everyone, im only saying that so far its working for me. take care

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    Old 02-25-2001, 01:08 PM   #2
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    Hrmm..interesting topic, But i'd apply the neosporin at night only, there's no way i'd go out in public with a big goopy thing on my face...i mean i have red marks as it is <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 02-25-2001, 01:08 PM   #3
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    i think this is a great technique, but do keep in mind that the antibiotic found in neosporin (probably neocyclin or something like that) is subject to antibiotic resistance the more often you use it. it, therefore, won't do its good the longer you use it. (bacteria cells become resistant to you constant application of the antibiotic...think darwinian evolution) i think you will have just as much success if you maybe alternate neosporin with vaseline petroleum jelly, or something with the same consistency and secondary ingredients.

     
    Old 02-25-2001, 01:15 PM   #4
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    correction: neoMYCIN

    some secondary ingredients found in neosporin+pain relief [this is a cream form!, not the goopy ointment, but it is still relevant]: emulsifying wax, methylparaben (preservative?), mineral oil, polaxamer, propylene glycol, purified water, white petrolatum (petroleum jelly substitute i suggested)

     
    Old 02-25-2001, 08:32 PM   #5
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    Stern I don't know who told you not to let
    scabs form, but if you've ever heard of the
    body modification form "scarification", they
    use toothbrushes to scrub off a scab when-
    ever it forms, so that they have the biggest,
    most deep, "hardcore" scars possible..

    --=Infinity

     
    Old 02-25-2001, 09:47 PM   #6
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    sternrad, you've misinterpreted that advice. the trick is to not let a scab form, yeah. even this won't prevent scarring always however. but once a scab has formed, for god's sake, don't pick it. it's there for a reason. that'll actually induce scarring in many instances.

    the trick to this is keeping the area heavily moistuirzed when it's first injured. neosporin works great, as well as for antibacterial purposes. again, once you have a scab, don't pick it, just disinfect the area and keep it moisturized. that'll aid in healing.

     
    Old 02-25-2001, 11:51 PM   #7
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    ok--FIRST THINGS FIRST, every wound ends up as a scar, it just depends whether or not its visible. just because many wounds may heal and you dont see any discoloration or raising of the skin, that doesnt mean the scar isnt there. i know i made a big mistake by peeling the scab. in most cases, a scab will form and when it falls off naturally the underlying skin looks different from the surrounding skin, which makes it very visible. so if you try to avoid a scar from forming, you'll better your chances of the scar being unnoticable. the scar makes it tougher to get treatment to the traumatic flesh underneath. i dont know whats so hard to understand about that. take care

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    Old 02-26-2001, 06:17 AM   #8
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    Re: scar prevention (you'd better read up!)

    no, not every wound does, or will (cause a scar). it has to pierce the dermis. more superficial wounding will not result in a scar, virtually always, and even many wounds to the dermis will not scar providing they weren't too deep and were properly cared for.

    and when a scab falls off, the skin may be of a different color, but, this is usually temporary and is not always meant to denote scarring. i'm not sure what you meant about the scar making it harder to get to the traumatized flesh underneath. the scar itself is, basically, the result of trauma and what could be considered the traumatized skin. it's your bodies reaction to a wound, speeding healing (at a cost, of course) to try and prevent infection, further or otherwise.

    when dealing with this kind of thing, the only thing really you can do is try and keep the area "clean" (free of bacteria and disinfected) and, as i said, moisturized. a lot of people try the opposite and dry the area, so to say. what it needs is moisture. you're right though that some scars are sort of unnoticeable and even microscopic, but, this is usually the result of proper wound care, and it can even be prevented altogether sometimes.

     
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