Nobody likes getting cut up and dealing with a potential scar. You’ll find countless supposed remedies out there to avoid scars, but the Wall Street Journal has taken a look at which of these treatments really work.
As it turns out, according to Dr Whitney Bower, the best way to avoid scars is good old Vaseline:
She recommends plain old Vaseline and a Band-Aid. Some patients prefer the texture of Aquaphor, an ointment which Dr. Bowe says also works well. The more ingredients in a moisturizer, she says, the greater the chance it can cause an allergic reaction. It is also very important to keep a healing wound out of the sun to prevent discoloration.
What about pharmacy remedies such as Vitamin E or onion extract? Dr Bowe doesn’t think they’re really worth it. The same goes for most home cures, including lemon juice, although she does suggest that honey is an excellent alternative if Vaseline isn’t around.
Treating Scars: Which Remedies Work Best? [Wall Street Journal]