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What kids should know about whether scars will go away

Some scars fade over time, but you can never completely erase a scar. No treatment will return your skin to the way it looked before an injury. Ask your parents to talk with a skin doctor (dermatologist) about ways to make your scar less visible.

Making scars less visible

Almost everyone has a scar and a good story to share about how they got it. Whether you fell off your bike or scratched your arm climbing a tree, scars are usually nothing to worry about. Ask your parents if they have any scars. They probably have a story about how they got one.

By the time you grow up, you'll probably have a few good stories, too. You can have a good story without having an ugly scar. Here are some things you can do to make a scar less visible:

  • When you injure your skin, keep it moist and covered while it heals. You can use petroleum jelly to keep the wound moist. This can prevent a scar or keep a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.

  • Ask your parents to look for silicone gel sheeting at the store. This is a sticky, clear pad that goes over a cut and can speed healing. It also can also make scars less red and painful.

  • If you have a scar that makes you unhappy, tell your parents. A skin doctor (dermatologist) can talk with you about how to make scars less visible on the skin. Keep in mind, though, that scars cannot be completely erased. No treatment will return your skin to the way it looked before an injury.