While basic sun protection is likely your top skin care priority in summer, during the fall season, it’s time to address other skin care concerns. One matter in particular to pay close attention to is scarring. This is because sun exposure can cause further discoloration in scars. What’s more, scar tissue is more susceptible than other skin to sun damage.
Whether you’re dealing with surgical scars, scars from scrapes, cuts, or burns, here’s what you need to know about caring for these vulnerable areas of skin after a season of summer sun:
• Cover scars: Protect scars from additional sun exposure whenever possible. Keep in mind that you can still be exposed to sun beyond summer and when indoors, so consider dressing accordingly.
• Amplify your protection: As you are apple and pumpkin picking, make sure not to shelve the SPF! Stay consistent with sun protection and be sure your routine also includes vitamin C. Protecting skin from oxidative damage caused by daily exposure to light, heat and pollution, vitamin C is an ingredient vital to healthy skin that amplifies protection and is the ultimate complement to daily SPF. Check out the portfolio of vitamin C products from SkinCeuticals, which offers something for every skin type. Backed by 16 clinical studies and over 30 years of research, the brand’s serums serve as the gold standard for a host of skin care benefits, including correcting the appearance of uneven skin tone and helping to prevent future skin damage.
• Take charge: Doctors recommend having a trusted scar care product readily available in your cabinet.
“You need one with a high-concentration of silicone to deliver soothing protection to all scars, whether they come as a result of a cosmetic procedure or an unintended wound,” says Dr. Catherine Chang, SkinCeuticals partner physician with Cassileth Plastic Surgery.
One new option to consider is SkinCeuticals Advanced Scar Control, a long-lasting semi-occlusive treatment designed to protect vulnerable skin and help improve the appearance of new and recent scars. This protective technology is specifically formulated for different types of scars, is appropriate for multiple skin tones, and can complement surgical procedures. In clinical trials, subjects saw a significant improvement in new and recent scar redness, discoloration and texture, with a 29% improvement in overall appearance in just 12 weeks.
Plus, using Advanced Scar Control benefits SkinCeuticals and ReSurge International’s charity program, Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery, an initiative that provides surgical training, leadership development and mentorship to women surgeons in high-need areas worldwide so they can complete life-changing surgeries. The initiative has reached 12 countries and over 700 medical professionals. To learn more, visit skinceuticals.com/womensurgeon.
• Get a check-up: Fall is an excellent time of year to check your annual dermatologist appointment off your to-do list. During your visit, your dermatologist will evaluate moles, discoloration and other skin issues. Should your doctor find it necessary to perform a biopsy or mole removal, you’ll be well-prepared to care for any resulting scar tissue by following the above tips.
While you may view scars as beyond your control, there’s good news — a scar care routine can reduce the appearance of scars and better protect this vulnerable skin from additional damage.