Scars 101: The basics on scars and why they form

Scars 101

The basics on scars and why they form

Scars are the natural result of the way the body heals a wound. The actual scar tissue is a section of repaired skin that does not look or feel like ordinary skin. The more you understand about scars and your skin, the better the decisions you can make about what, if any, care or treatment you might need.

Scars can affect how we feel about ourselves and how we function. Sometimes, scars can affect one's self-esteem and confidence, especially when they are on the face, hands and other areas of the body that people can see easily. Scars can also cause physical pain, tenderness and severe itching. Some scars, such as those caused by burns or deep wounds, also make it harder for people to move or function normally.

Wounds heal in phases over weeks and even years, and the scar that forms can change during that process. There are different types of scars and many causes. Certain types of care and treatment can often reduce the appearance, pain or discomfort of scars, and can even help improve how elastic or flexible scar tissue becomes.

All information in the Mederma® Learning Center is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.