What are scars?
When a wound heals, the scar tissue will usually flatten and become a hypertrophic scar. Hypertrophic scars remain flat, they’re common and often respond well to treatment. Unfortunately, some scars become enlarged and form firm, smooth growths call keloids.
A keloid is an enlarged scar that projects above the skin’s surface. Keloid scars usually extend beyond the edges of the original scar and can become progressively more prominent. Although most people never form keloids, people who are genetically predisposed can form a keloid after a simple insect bite. This type of scar occurs more frequently in dark-skinned people.
Keloids are a cosmetic problem and never become malignant. The skin heals by formation of scar tissue. Susceptibility to severe scarring depends on your own genetic makeup, how deep the original wound was and the treatment applied to the area.
How does a wound heal?
The body needs several things to accelerate wound healing, including protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc. While these can be found in a healthy diet, the topical application directly to the scar or wound can also help to prevent scarring. While it seems logical that to allow a wound to dry and scab over will promote faster healing, this treatment can actually increase the likelihood of scarring. The best environment for wound healing is a warm, moist environment with protection from bacteria. This treatment allows the skin to heal without stretching and tearing and can help prevent scarring.
How can rose hip oil help?
The essential fatty acids and vitamins in rose hip oil promote skin regeneration and help to keep damaged skin hydrated so that a wound can heal quickly without drying out too quickly and tearing the skin surrounding the area. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to prevent infection.
The application of Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil to recent scars or even old scars up to twenty years old can help to improve scars in both colour and texture.