Taking care of your scar
Posted on August 4th, 2016
I’ve come to really love my scar; it’s a true sign of strength. As time goes on and this recovery becomes a distant memory, I know my scar will serve as a reminder of what I’ve learned throughout the journey: to slow down and enjoy the present moment, to celebrate the little things and my successes, and to always appreciate what I was taking for granted.
I love my scar, however, I also take great care protecting it from the sun. According to one of my physical therapists who learned upon talking to a plastic surgeon when her son had an accident, the scar should be protected from the sun for two years for best results.
Below are some simple and easy tips I’ve been doing to love and protect my scar:
One word; sunscreen. Sunscreen is your scar’s best friend. Spending time under the summer sun means lots of UV rays that darken your scar. Get in the habit of spraying or applying sunscreen before going outside in order to keep the scar protected.
2. Cover It
In addition to sunscreen, it’s a good idea to wear a bandage to completely protect against the rays. I recommend Nexcare gentle paper and cushion tape. I always put tape on top of my sunscreen before spending time in the sun for ultimate protection.
3. Oil massage
Once the scar has healed and is safe from infection, spend a little time for abhyanga (oil massage) on the knee and scar. The oil does wonders to hydrate the skin while simultaneously working to reduce some of the scar tissue. It’s a great way to go internal and strengthen the mind-body connection.