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What is a Scar?

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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And here are some more daily tips from your local dermatologist.

So what’s a scar and why do we get them? And why do some injuries produce scars, and some injuries heal, and you can’t see anything? Well a scar is a result of your body healing from some sort of trauma. Now trauma doesn’t have to be a stab wound, it can simply be from a really bad acne lesion that causes damage in your skin, and then your body heals that damage and while it’s doing it, it produces a scar.

Now, Some scars are only temporary, in other words they’re not really scars, they’re just discolorations. And those usually result from trauma that does not go below the epidermis, or the top portion of your skin. So sometimes you can get a scratch on your hand and a month later, you can’t find it anywhere, and that’s because the trauma didn’t go below the epidermis. However, if you get some form of trauma that goes into the dermis or the middle portion of your skin or deeper, that’s where the scars tend to be lifelong and they tend to be more unsightly.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.

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