Posted on October 31, 2018

Yes, Even My Scar Care Involves a Multi-Step Routine (Double Cleansing Included)

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When Beautytap’s social media intern Miranda decided to go under the knife, she knew she had to take some serious steps to ensure that the resulting scar healed properly. So she did what any K-beauty devotee would do: She got right on a multi-step scar care routine. Here’s what she did (and the results!).


 

OK, long story short: I got a tummy tuck. After four hours of surgery, I was left with a new body — and a giant new scar to go with it.

 

Widely known as the most difficult cosmetic surgery to recover from, I’m left with a massive, horizontal mark across my body. It’s super textured, dark, and contrasts severely with my super-fair complexion. Despite how happy I am with my results, I just want everything to look the best it can for as long as I can, including my scars.

 

Like my traditional skincare routine, my scar care routine is multi-step. Here’s what I’ve been doing to improve the quality of my scarring.

 

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1. Oil Cleansing

 

It may seem dramatic, but oil cleansing the area does wonders to remove all traces of previously applied product, ensuring the next round can do their jobs properly.

 

To absolutely no one’s surprise, I live and swear by SanDaWha’s Natural Mild Cleansing Oil. This is a cleansing oil in its truest form, as literally every ingredient in this product is a natural, skin-loving oil designed to heal. The most prominent is camellia — 61.55% to be exact. As we all know, camellia packs a serious skincare punch and even assists in preventing pitting (deep crevices within the scar).

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SanDaWha’s Natural Mild Cleansing Oil

Before showering, I take a generous amount — around four to five pumps — and use circular motions to drench the area. I further massage the area before using my regular body wash.

2. Moisturize

 

We all know that moisturized skin is better skin. While this won’t fade pigmentation, well-moisturized scar tissue will heal faster and possibly diminish its overall size.

 

Per the suggestion of Beautytap Editor in Chief Anna, I started applying pure Vitamin E oil to the area daily and have been noticing some impressive results.

 

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Lait Creme Fluide

 

I use a liberal amount of Beauty 360’s pure Vitamin E oil and mix it with Embryolisse’s Lait-Creme Fluide, my everyday lotion. Using a creamier lotion as a carrier helps ensure the oil spreads effectively; the Fluide’s softening benefits don’t hurt, either.

 

This combo definitely takes a while to soak in; the lotion is thick and the Vitamin E even more so. Because of this, I like to put it on immediately after I dry off from showering and wrap myself in a towel so it can fully absorb during my long-as-hell skincare and makeup routine.

 

3. SPF, SPF, SPF!

 

Should you pick only one of these steps to follow, make this one it. Sun exposure is your scar’s worst enemy, which means SPF is beyond essential.

 

Even if you aren’t planning on exposing your scar, it’s still important to apply SPF. Scars are still considered “fresh” for around a year, meaning they’re ripe for darkening, thickening, and other unwanted results. This was also the most recommended option by my surgeon — even a few minutes in the sun can do some serious damage, so it’s best to be safe than sorry.

 

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My personal favorite is IPKN’s Lite Daily Sun Gel; it’s a comfortable face and body formula that provides SPF 50+/PA++++ protection. The texture is super spreadable and quick-absorbing, so there’s no excessive wait time between application and getting dressed.

 

The Results

 

For some reason, I didn’t think to take a “before” picture — oops! But here’s my scar in its current state (warning: the squeamish might want to zip past this part):

 

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Human Scar

 

Here’s what I know, though: My scar is in much better shape than my fellow TT’ers. According to my surgeon, the texture, color, and size of my scar is significantly less than the typical two-month post-op patient.

 

My main goal is to fade the color completely; my wallet and I are trying our best to avoid any laser treatments, so it’s comforting to know I’m ahead of the healing game.

 

Have you ever successfully faded a scar? Share the products that helped you with your scar care in the comments below!

 

 

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Bravo, Miranda! There is something incredibly empowering about photographing a scar and sharing it with the world. Yours looks very flat, and I'm sure your surgeon has commented on how big a role that plays in the final outcome. I have a year old scar from skin cancer on my neck that is responding very well to niacinamide. I use Holy Snail's Shark Sauce (Honey Shark, to be exact). Between it, vitamin C, and tretinoin, the color and texture are markedly improved. It takes time, but anything you would normally use for brightening or removing hyperpigmentation will help long term.... Read more

I wish I knew to care for my scar early on. If I had known it would turn into a keloid (big, raised, dark scar), I would have paid more attention to its care. But I had to focus on the pain, the nerve damage, and the rehabilitation of my broken wrist and atrophied hand muscles so ... I've been applying rosehip seed oil on it diligently for the past year and it's definitely softer, possibly even a smidge flatter, but still very dark and prominent. My husband calls it my war wound and that I should be proud of... Read more

I hope yours flattens over time, Anna. Mine was a keloid for the first eight months or so. I attribute the changes in appearance to all the lovely AB products I use on it. The one thing I never do is use an exfoliating scrub on it. That would be playing with fire. I used rosehip oil initially as well, which got me thinking I should use all my brightening oils on it, too. I'm using 23.5N Red Pearl Barley Brightening Treatment Oil right now as well.

I also think our "war wounds" make us stronger and teach us to... Read more

Absolutely! My "war wound" has taught me to appreciate the beauty in the everyday, the pain & struggles, and the beauty of survival and growing stronger.

Well said, Anna!