Scars and sun, how do we protect them in summer?

We are hurrying the last days of the holidays and most of us take advantage to sunbathe all we can (within the security) to achieve a beautiful tan and keep it to last a little longer.

Virtually we all have some scar on our skin: either by burns, some fall playing or playing sports, super-bites that you do not allow to heal well because they bite you a lot and then leave you the signal, surgical scars after an intervention ... For one reason or another, we end up have marks How should we treat them in summer? Can you sunbathe directly? We answer your questions below.

What kind of scar do you have?

First things first: not all scars are the same. Whether new (from recent wounds) or old, the scars can be of different types, according to the Laser Medical Institute, although the process to care for and protect them is usually the same.

  • Hyperpigmented Scar: A hyperpigmented scar usually appears on superficial wounds. It is characterized in that the new skin is a darker color than that of the surrounding skin.

  • Hypopigmented scar: This is the opposite case to the previous one, in which the skin of the scar has a lighter shade than the one around it. They are usually the product of a deeper wound and appear in areas of the skin where not so much melanin is produced.

  • Atrophic scar: the atrophic scar is recognizable when there is a depression in the wound area. This is because it is the result of a wound where there has been a great destruction of tissues and has not been able to regenerate completely.

  • Hypertrophic scar: In this case, the tissue that has been born again to cover the wound takes an arched shape, rising above the level of the skin. They occur when there is an excess of collagen in that area of ​​the body and an ideal healing process has not been followed and they have a characteristic reddish color.

How do I protect my scar from the sun?

Ideally, much to our regret over everyone in the summer months, is that the scar does not give the sun directly: the ultraviolet rays that reach us hinder and delay the healing process of our scar, so the most appropriate thing will be to cover it whenever possible.

In the event that our scar is going to receive sunlight, it is very important that we protect it properly. If you've ever been told that "a scar heals better in the sun," forget it completely. The sun can also make the scar becomes pigmented and remains a different color to the rest of our skin, with a higher risk in the case of surgical scars.

Therefore it is essential that we cover them with sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF +50) and we renew the application every hour. Remember to use a good quality protector, in any type of format (cream, gel, stick) but that is very covering.

If we have a scar resulting from a serious injury, we must also take care of keep it well hydrated throughout the day, since in these scars the water evaporates faster.

Should I protect my scar from water?

Just as we use a sunscreen to protect our scars, we must do the same in the case of getting into the water. A good idea is that the same photoprotector we use for the rest of the body also be water resistant, although we must take into account that when leaving the sea or the pool we will have to replace the application.

If the wound is not open there is no problem in getting into the water, but better if it is in short periods, especially if the wound is recent since the skin has not yet taken its final consistency. Once out of the water you have to dry the scar well with small touches (not dragging the towel over it) and reapply a photoprotector or a moisturizer.

One of the most comfortable alternatives we have to protect our scars from the sun and water during the summer months are the silicone patches They are sold specifically in pharmacies: these patches protect our scar from water while helping the healing process take place faster. Even some of them contain sunscreen.

Video: How to protect and repair your skin from sun exposure (March 2020).