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Scarring is the body’s way of healing after an injury. Sores, cuts and burns might cause scarring. Skin conditions, such as acne, also cause scarring 2. Dermatologists have found that family history plays a role in this skin problem as well, reports the American Academy of Dermatology. If you struggle with scarring, topical cortisone creams can assist with minimizing the appearance of these imperfections.
Topical Steroid Application
Talk with your dermatologist about the application of topical cortisone creams for your scars. This topical cream is used on all types of scars. Typically, you’ll need to apply the cream only once or twice daily. If you have dry skin, discuss using of a moisturizer with your doctor; otherwise, topical cortisone creams for scars might dry and irritate your skin.
- Talk with your dermatologist about the application of topical cortisone creams for your scars.
- If you have dry skin, discuss using of a moisturizer with your doctor; otherwise, topical cortisone creams for scars might dry and irritate your skin.
How to Get Rid of Shingle Scars
If you use topical cortisone for scars, discuss sun exposure with your doctor. Most often she’ll recommend that you minimize sun exposure. Not only does sun exposure make scarring worse, topical cortisone might also make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid the sun in the early afternoon hours. And, use an SPF of 30 or higher in the sun to protect your scars and minimize additional damage.
- If you use topical cortisone for scars, discuss sun exposure with your doctor.
Other potential side effects include a rash around the mouth, enlarged blood vessels and increased risk for skin infections. Talk with your dermatologist about the risks and benefits of using topical cortisone creams for scar treatment.
Chemical Peels for Scars
If topical cortisone isn’t working on your scars, talk with your doctor about other treatment options. These include chemical peals, laser resurfacing and steroid injections. For severe scarring cases, your doctor might recommend surgical removal of your scar, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Your dermatologist will help you select the best treatment for your situation.
- If topical cortisone isn’t working on your scars, talk with your doctor about other treatment options.
- For severe scarring cases, your doctor might recommend surgical removal of your scar, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
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Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.