Scars appear in pink, brown or silvery lines on the skin. Scars are the aftermath of accidents, surgery, skin disease, burns, acne, infection and cuts and scrapes.

The process of scarring is actually your skin's natural way to repair itself from injury. When a thick layer of skin tissue is damaged, our bodies start replacing it with collagen fibers, a kind of protein that our bodies reproduce. Wounds don't become scars until the skin beneath it has healed entirely. Although the skin heals, injured hair follicles or sweat glands can't recover as easily. Therefore, scars are left as noticeable evidence of the injury.

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Scars will form on certain parts of the body depending on the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the wounded area, the tone and the thickness of your natural skin and the severeness of the scar.

There are several types of scars - including flat scars, hypertrophic scars, keloid scars, sunken scars, acne and chicken pox scars and stretched scars (or stretch marks). Skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis are not scars, nor are minor burns such as sunburns. Nevertheless, these conditions can lead to scarring if you don't treat them properly or damage them further by scratching. To prevent scarring you should avoid picking at the scabs and acne. Apply creams, gels and ointments with vitamin C and E to help speed up the reproduction of fresh skin cells.

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