I won’t tell you that scars are inevitable—because they aren’t; there are probably a very, very lucky few whose knees don’t get scraped, or who never get burns or pimple marks. But for the rest of us, scars are always possibilities looming over our heads. While they’re unsightly—who wants scars, right?—scars are badges of honor, they’re testaments to us surviving, be it an accident (just like Piolo Pascual, who suffered from a major accident that left him with a scar on the right side of his face) or acne.
“A scar is a product of the skin's healing process—it’s the body’s natural way of repairing an open wound, injury, surgical incision, or other conditions such as acne. Initially, a scar is red because blood vessels are created while the body forms the scar tissue. The damaged area is covered by a protective scab that eventually falls off. The scar may either become brown or pink. It will fade over time and becomes less visible—however it would take a long time,” says Dr. Aivee Teo, a fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society. Scars are dependent on the size and depth of the wound, and can also be affected by age (younger people get thicker scars because their healing process is stronger), ethnicity, heredity, and the location of the injury.
You may choose to get yours removed right away, wait for them to lighten through the years, wear them proudly, or cover it up with makeup (we've got easy tips to achieve a seamless look!). Pick your poison:
Topical Creams. Try a scar gel/ Time frame: At least three months / Highlights: Best for abrasions, cuts, lacerations, burns, tattoo removal, it not only makes the scar smoother, but also prevents the formation of excessive scar tissue and reduces redness, itching, and the feeling of tension.
Lasers. Try: Fractional CO2 lasers and Erbium YAG lasers / Time frame: One month (four sessions, once a week) / Highlights: “They’re the ones that help in removing deep scars. The latest laser technology that uses picosecond lasers can help in addressing shallow scars, using lasers that fire at one trillionth of a second,” says Dr. Teo.
Cover up your scar like a pro. Celebrity makeup artist Owen Sarmiento shares a color theory that will come in handy whatever scar or mark you're trying to conceal: "Look at your color wheel. What will correct green? Remember that complimentary colors are those who are opposite to each other in the color wheel. What happens when you combine complimentary colors? They neutralize each other. You may first use an orange concealer (orange is from red) to neutralize green. Then proceed another concealer of your skincolor. Set with loose powder and you are good to go!" Cream concealers are best to be used because they offer full coverage, and if you don't have orange concealer, a red lipliner does the trick just as well (keep in mind to feather your strokes, adds Owen).
For a complete list of Dr. Aivee Teo's clinics and services, visit www.aivee.ph. Contractubex is available in leading drugstores nationwide.