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Any way to keep a scar from forming?

Asked by janbb (58005points) January 2nd, 2011

I got an oven burn on my forearm four days ago. It was not very painful but there is now a line that looks like it might become a keloid scar there. Is there anything I can put on it at this point to stop it from scarring? As I have aged, I have noticed that my skin heals more poorly and I have gotten other scars from burns.

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

From scarring at all? No. From looking like it’s scarred? Put tons of cocoa or shea butter on there, pronto!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Vitamin E oil, no miracle cure, but may work.

Rarebear's avatar

Nope. Just keep it moist and hope for the best.

Nullo's avatar

Oooh, oven burns. Familiar territory here. :D
I seem to recall some sort of bandage that would essentially file down scar tissue. It might go away on its own, too. Might.

If not, hey, keloid scars are dang nifty, as scars go.

Facade's avatar

Wait until it heals completely and the scar is just beginning to form, then massage it twice a day with an oil (vitamin E, coconut, olive, etc.). The oil will help keep it pliable, and the massage breaks down the fibrous tissue.

Kayak8's avatar

@facade is completely correct, do not add anything until it heals completely!

marinelife's avatar

“Research does not show that topical treatments like vitamin E provide any benefit. Cocoa butter also has little medical evidence to back up it’s use on scars.”

“Mederma is a newer topical over-the-counter treatment that has proven to be somewhat effective. Mederma is a lightweight, gel-like coating that dries on like liquid band-aid. Consult with your health-care professional prior to use.”

“Silicone pads are now available over-the-counter. Silicone is believed to have softening properties for raised scars, and if applied with the right amount of pressure, can assist in the reduced appearance of raised scars. ”

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Aubs427's avatar

Aloe Vera helps a lot. Not lotion but the actual plant. Rub it on the scar and it should help a bit.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@marinelife The ingredient in Mederma that reduces scars is petroleum jelly. Petroleum is too big (on a molecular level) to be absorbed into the skin, so it sits on top of it, preventing pre-existing moisture from escaping. Shea butter and cocoa butter, as well as olive, jojoba, safflower, and a few other oils are small enough to be absorbed into the skin, thus providing it with new moisture.
One 2006 clinical trial found no statistically significant change in hypertrophic scar appearance from products of this type compared to the standard petrolatum emollient, while a 1999 pilot trial found an onion extract gel less effective than the petrolatum.

Pandora's avatar

I’ve always found desitin to be helpful. I’ve always scarred easy and desitin always seemed to help the healing process go quicker and it helps to keep the moisture trapped. When I used anything else I noticed the scar stayed longer.

Rv654321's avatar

Rub a lemon on it! I am a pastry chef and when I was goin to school one of my instructors told us to rub a lemon on when ever we got any burns and it would keep it or help on the scarring. It actually works, but I did it as soon as it happened.

Nullo's avatar

I found a scrap of paper that suggests that surgical scars might be made less obvious if you massage them.

philosopher's avatar

antimicrobial cream known as Silvion is available through Medical Molecular Therapeutics at (706) 782–5064.
I read about this recently on sciencedaily.com.
It is suppose to be affective against scars and germs.

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lanabanana98's avatar

you could but on lotion like aveno or vitamin e. and make sure you don’t pick at it ! (:

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