Scientists have finally managed to figure out how to make wounds heal without leaving scars!

Most of us have got scars on our body at some point or other and sometimes, these scars tend to stay forever, constantly reminding us of all that we have been through. Whether you got the scar for a medical reason or due to an accident, we wish that some scars would just fade away. 

There are quite a few ways to deal with scars but it is difficult to completely remove all traces of scars. Researchers have found a way to make fresh wounds heal as normal regenerated skin instead of using the usual scar tissue. This was previously thought to be impossible in mammals. 

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According to George Cotsarelis, the chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania said,
"Essentially, we can manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration rather than scarring. The secret is to regenerate hair follicles first. After that, the fat will regenerate in response to the signals from those follicles."

The reason that scar tissue looks so different from the regular skin is because scar tissue does not contain any fat cells or hair follicles. The type of skin that regenerates over a small patch or cut is full of fat cells known as adipocytes. This is just like the skin you were initially born with and the two will heal and blend into one after the wound has healed up. 

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The problem with this method is the fact that the scar tissue is made up of cells known as myofibroblasts which contain no fat cells and hence instead of blending into the other skin, it looks super different. 

Recently, scientists have discovered how the existing myofibroblasts can be converted to the adipocytes which means that as the skin is healing, the scar tissue can be converted to the regenerated skin. Scientists used to initially believe that this was only possible in fish and amphibians. 

According to Maksim Plikus, from the University of California, Irvine, "The findings show we have a window of opportunity after wounding to influence the tissue to regenerate rather than scar." 

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Currently, the experiment is only a proof of concept at this stage and has worked out for mice and human skin samples. This is very different from the hair follicles which are attached to an actual living being. If the team is able to replicate their successful results in a human trial, it could be a total game changer for wound healing which would be completely indistinguishable from the naturally regenerated skin. 

As we wait patiently and hopefully for a radical development in how wounds can be healed without scars, here are some ways for you to try and reduce the scars and marks on your body: 

6) Seek Professional help

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Most of us tend to make a quick stop at the local pharmacy and buy something that may or may not actually help us deal with scars and marks. The best way to deal with a scar is to get a subscribed prescription and medical cream or treatment from your general practitioner. Regular use of the medication will help to reduce the scars and marks. 

5) Apply mineral makeup

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We have all resorted to this at some point or the other and the most obvious way to cover up a scar would be to slap on some makeup on it. However, one has to be very careful with what they put and how much of it they put. Putting on too much makeup can lead to your scar standing out even more. Using mineral makeup will help hide the scar a lot easier by helping them to blend with the skin. 

4) Use a cell activator

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You have to allow your skin to have a natural healing routine and system. Once you have done this, you can choose to make use some certain products to help finish up the job. A cell activator is available on most online sites and it helps to reduce scars as well as redness. 

3) Skip the cocoa butter and Vitamin E

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It is true that majority women and men are all about using natural and organic products. The one problem is that these products do not heal scars fully and it takes a long time to heal. It is recommended that you stick to topical medications which are specifically made for healing scars. 

2) Gentle skin-Care regimen

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Hard skin treatments or creams can cause more damage than they can solve. It is advisable that you make it a point to use mild skin products which do not contain heavy chemicals. Mild cleansers are necessary for a safe and effective treatment. Ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile are very good for skin problems. 

1) Use SPF to protect

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Exposure to the sun damages your skin and can also make your scars look a whole lot worse. The cells that produce pigment in the skin tend to become overactive and can produce more pigment than normal. This is why scars are a whole lot darker in the first place. Sun exposure tends to tan the scar even further making it harder to heal up. 

Here is a video of some tricks and tips:

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