Taking Care of Scars This Summer

Scar Care

Summer is always an enjoyable time of year, especially when the weather is warm and sun is shining.   However, if you have scars from recent surgery or an injury, protecting them from the sun is one of the most important steps in ensuring the best possible outcome and least visible scar.  When skin is cut or damaged, pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the deep layer of the healing skin are more sensitive to the sun, and exposing scars to ultraviolet (UV) light can lead to scars with a telltale dark appearance.  The best course of action is to always carry a tube of sunblock when planning a day outside, and be sure to apply and reapply the sunblock directly over the scar every hour or so in the sun.  Remember, even “waterproof” and “sweatproof” sun lotions evaporate quickly in the sun.  Be sure to stop in or call the office to pick up your sunblock and scar gel, to ensure that your scars heal the best way possible.