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Amazing Wound Care and Repair

Tuesday, 08.11.2016

Think you know everything about wounds and scarring? We’ve got all the essentials covered, from A to Z!

Angiogenesis: The body’s natural growth and healing process that involves rebuilding tissue and blood vessels that have been damaged.

Bacteria: Made up of thousands of different microorganisms, some of which can cause infection in an open wound and complicate healing.

Collagen: A protein that is naturally generated by the body and is found in the connective tissue that closes wounds, forms new scar tissue, and reduces scars.

Diet: The nutrition obtained from your diet plays an important role in helping wounds heal. Include “superfoods” that are good sources of protein (meat, eggs, soy, dairy), vitamin C (citrus fruits, tomatoes, spinach), vitamin A (dark green leafy veggies) and zinc (fortified cereals).

Elasticity: Skin loses its natural elasticity with age and has a harder time returning to its natural shape and colour. Aloe vera is a botanical with purported soothing and moisturising properties that can help increase the elasticity of scar tissue to improve its appearance.

Fibroblasts: Body cells that play a major and critical role in wound healing as they are responsible for the formation of collagen at the injury site.

Growth factors: Naturally-occurring substances present in our bodies from birth that trigger our cells to heal, from repairing damaged cells to replacing dead cells.

Hiruscar Kids: A gentle topical gel formulated just for kids’ delicate skin to aid in the effective lightening, softening and smoothening of scars and dark marks.

Inflammation: Occurs during the early stages of healing and is the body’s way of alerting you to injury with symptoms such as redness, swelling and pain that will gradually subside as the wound repairs.

Juice: Specifically, lemon juice, which is a potent antioxidant rich in vitamin C and mildly acidic, properties all helpful for healing, collagen production and lightening scar appearance.

Keloid: A scar type which forms when there is an overgrowth of tissue around the wound, resulting in a larger surface area which appears raised and lumpy, even after the wound has healed.

Layers: The skin has three layers: the epidermis at the surface, the underlying dermis and finally, the hypodermis, sometimes called the layer of fat. The deeper the wound, the higher the likelihood of scarring if the damage extends to either the underlying dermis or the layer beneath it.

MPS: The acronym for mucopolysaccharide polysulphate, an anti-inflammatory ingredient in Hiruscar Kids that relieves pain and swelling, aids faster regeneration of connective tissue, and improves the hydration and elasticity of new skin.

Nerve endings: The body’s pain, touch, pressure and temperature sensors. The area around a scar feels itchy or sensitive when the nerve endings at normal tissues are stimulated by the stretching of the nearby scar tissue as it heals.

Oatmeal: Another effective ingredient found in Hiruscar Kids is oatmeal extract, a soothing antioxidant that helps to moisturise and calm children’s delicate skin.

Platelets: The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine identifies platelets as crucial in the repair of blood vessels, including “coagulation, immune cell recruitment, inflammation, angiogenesis, remodelling and wound healing”. One of their most vital roles are in forming blood clots, which prevent further blood loss in the event of serious injury.

Quercetin: Hiruscar Kids also contains allium cepa, a type of onion with a high concentration of quercetin, a flavonoid with healing properties to combat inflammation, allergy and excess tissue formation so that scarring is minimised.

Risk: Age, genes and severity of the wound are several factors beyond a person’s control that raise the risks of visible scarring. However, making lifestyle changes to your diet and sleeping habits as well as proper care and treatment of the wound can also influence the outcome.

Scab: This hard crust prevents dirt and germs from contaminating and possibly infecting the wound. Resist the urge to pick and peel it; after a new layer of skin has formed beneath, the scab will drop off naturally.

Timeline: How long it takes for a scar to form depends on the severity of the wound, but generally, it takes two to five days for the scab to form; about three weeks for tissue regrowth and a new layer of skin to emerge; and up to two years for the scar to lighten and even disappear completely.

Ultraviolet (UV): The sun produces two kinds of UV rays, UVA and UVB, both of which are damaging to the skin after prolonged exposure. UVA is responsible for skin ageing while UVB raises the risk of getting skin cancer. The UV rays from sunlight can also cause scars to darken or become discoloured. For your child’s scars to optimally heal, ensure that the affected area is covered and apply a hypoallergenic UVA/UVB sunblock during activity outdoors.

Verified: Consumers generally prefer using a certified product with verified benefits, and concerned parents looking for a reliable topical scar treatment to use on their child are no exception. Clinical tests have verified the efficacy of Hiruscar Kids Gel with scar improvement observed in 98% of respondents within two weeks of use. For added assurance, the formula has also been proven to be safe and gentle on skin.

White blood cells: Although they make up just 1% of blood volume (compared with red blood cells which make up 40-45%), white blood cells help in wound repair by fighting off infection.

Xtra-gentle: Hiruscar Kids is mild on little ones’ delicate skin, yet tough on scars and marks—in fact, it’s so gentle that children as young as two years old can use it.

Youth: Younger individuals produce higher amounts of collagen which can sometimes lead to “over-healing”—a process which they have no control over, possibly resulting in lumpy scar tissue.

Zzzz’s: One of the easiest and most effective methods to boost the body’s natural healing ability is to get sufficient sleep. Research has shown that sleep deprivation impairs wound repair and suppresses the immune system.

This article is brought to you by Hiruscar Kids, a gel for scars and dark marks, formulated just for kids aged 2 years and above.
Hiruscar Kids’ gentle and hydrating formulation improves the appearance of scars and dark marks while helping care for and nourish regenerated skin tissue. Its healing benefits are thanks to the synergistic properties of FIVE core ingredients: natural extracts of oat, allium cepa (onion) and aloe vera (soothing botanicals), allantoin (a skin-conditioning compound) and MPS (mucopolysaccharide polysulphate, an anti-inflammatory agent)
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