While scars can sometimes serve as positive reminders of where we’ve been and what we’ve done, they are often physically disfiguring and emotionally triggering for those who have them.
According to MedlinePlus, scars can form “when your body heals itself after a cut, scrape, burn, or sore. You can also get scars from surgery that cuts through the skin, infections like chickenpox, or skin conditions like acne.” Scars change the way we look and how we are perceived by others, and these changes can have long-lasting negative affects on scarred individuals.
When you get over something like acne, the last thing you want is the constant reminder of your previous affliction in the form of scars. The abstract for Psychological Impact of Scars, from Nova Publishers, says that many authors have identified acne scars as “an important contributor to low self-esteem, especially within the adolescent age group.”
According to The Dermatologist, the age of a child, the location of a scar, “how deforming the scar can be”, and parents’ reactions to scarring can all effect the degree of “psychological distress” experienced by a youth with scarring from a dermatological condition. Adults understandably don’t want the evidence on their skin forever either.
Scars and Self Esteem
Scars of varying kinds can have serious traumatic effects on people’s lives. In addition to the possible physical discomfort from a raised hyertrophic or keloid scar, emotional damage can be severe. Psychological Impact of Scars points out that burn scars “are cosmetically disfiguring and may even lead to depression, anxiety and problems with social interaction.”
The Dermatologist reports that research shows that “scars affect individuals in five main areas: physical comfort and functioning; acceptability of self and others; social functioning; confidence in the nature and management of the condition; and emotional well being.”
Luckily, there are ways to treat scars. As WebMD explains, various creams, ointments, or gels can help, as can steroid injections. For scars that are resistant to these forms of treatment, other options are available, such as skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. Collagen can sometimes help with pitted scars.
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