Mederma® Skin Care for Burn Scars
There are few things as painful as burns, but the scars they leave behind can often be emotional reminders that are almost as painful.
Burns range in type and severity and vary greatly based on where they occur. But despite their differences, burn scars, like all scars, have one thing in common—the less noticeable they are the better.
A matter of degrees.
There are four degrees of burns that rate the level of trauma to the skin and usually correlate with the type and size of the resulting scar. These include:
First-degree burns. These are red and very sensitive to the touch, but hopefully don't cause too much scarring. Sunburn is a good example: minimal tissue damage to the skin surface, causing slight pain, redness and swelling.
Second-degree burns. These painful burns can be recognized by the appearance of blisters as the result of damage to both the outer-layer (epidermis) and the underlying layer of skin (dermis). These burns also cause redness and swelling and often affect sweat glands and hair follicles as well.
Third-degree burns. These burns are so severe that the wound may in fact be numb, as the trauma goes through the first two layers of skin and then also damages the third layer (hypodermis). This leads to charring of skin, a very slow healing process and extensive scarring.
Fourth-degree burns. Burn damage extends to muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue.
Typically, the worse the burn, the worse the scars
Depending on the severity of the burn, there are various treatments that can begin as soon as the wound has healed to help reduce the appearance of scarring. They range from surgery to physical therapy, pressure garments, and over-the-counter products like Mederma®.
There are several factors used to determine the severity of a burn, including age, size, depth and location of the burn, so consult your doctor as to which solution may be best for you.
If your burn does leave a scar, Mederma® can help improve the look and texture by helping it appear softer and smoother.
For additional information:
- "Burns - Topic Overview" WebMD 2/02/2007 Healthwise 2/27/09
- Van Houten, Susan, RN, BSN, MBA “First-degree burn” WebMD 2/02/2007 Healthwise 2/19/09
- Van Houten, Susan, RN, BSN, MBA "Second-degree burn" WebMD 2/02/2007 Healthwise 2/19/09
- Van Houten, Susan, RN, BSN, MBA “Third-degree burn” WebMD 2/02/2007 Healthwise 2/19/09