If you have scars on your nose or any other part of the body, you should understand that they are a part healing process of the skin. We are going to look into details of causes, treatments, remedies of nose scars.
A scar is a mark left on or within the skin where wounds, sores or burns are healing and thus a fibrous connective tissue has developed. This fibrous tissue may remain forever even after the injury has healed completely forming a scar.
Let us now look at the reasons why you may end up with scars on your nose.
Scar on nose
Scars on the nose are majorly due to nose acne or nose trauma such as piercing or rhinoplasty. Other less common reasons include basal cell cancer and some skin problems.
All these causes can either lead to sunken nose scars or raised nose scars. Let's go into details on reasons for the scar on nose.
Do you have acne scars on the nose? Well, there are many types of acne scars that can occur around and on your nasal area. They usually tend to vary in size and severity.
These are usually big raised scars on the nose. They result when the deepest layer of skin is damaged especially from pimples, cuts or burns.
These damages often influence the body to produce excess collagen to heal the injuries leading to the raised bump-like scars on the nose.
They can be itchy and very painful, but they usually fade of their own. Also, these scars may be flaky, but they don’t contain any pus.
Whether nose scars are sunken or raised, depends on how much the collagens your body will produce. If it produces too little collagen, depressions or pits will emerge leading to sunken acne scars on the nose.
Cystic acne is large, red painful pimples on the skin. These skin breakouts can affect both men and women, especially during puberty (and during menstruation or pregnancy in some women) since hormonal changes trigger them.
Cystic acne on the nose often results in huge unsightly acne and later scars on your nose.
Dealing with nasal acne scars
Is it possible to remove acne scars on the nose? Fortunately, there are many acne scars on nose treatment that are very effective.
Home remedies can heal mild nose acne scars. However, for severe cases, a dermatologist may recommend other procedures such as laser scar removal.
We will see more on how to get rid of these scars on your nose later in the post.
2. Scars after rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a type of surgery done on the nose majorly to improve nasal breathing or for cosmetic reasons. This procedure could also be done due to trauma or congenital deformity. There are two types of rhinoplasty: open and closed rhinoplasty.
If not done well, it may result in scars on the nose, and sometimes one can end up with keloids too.
3. Nose piercing scars - hypertrophic
Nose piercing is usually safe when carried out professionally but still, hypertrophic scar nose piercing may still emerge due to allergies, infection or when in some people, the body produces excess scar tissue.
In some people, after piercing, there would be the development of nose piercing keloid and this will result to what is seen as nose piercing bump.
4. From basal cell cancer
If you have been diagnosed with basal cell cancer on the nose, then there is need to go for quick and effective treatment. In some cases, there would need to remove the cancerous tissue through surgery (commonly by Mohs surgery).
Before then, a biopsy may be done to determine the presence of cancerous cells. Therefore, there would be two types of nose scars that would manifest in this case: Scars on the nose after Mohs surgery and scars on nose from the skin biopsy.
Regular spectacle wearing could lead to hyperpigmentation in areas where they come into contact with your skin i.e. on the nose. It could also lead to scars on your nose.
However, this should not worry you; there are many ways to fade of the hyperpigmentation.
6. Nose injuries
Nose injuries usually arise during sports, accident, burns, fights, plays or falls. The injured nose can be swollen, painful and bruised. Sore, cuts or wounds may result and thus formation of scars as they heal. Not all injuries would leave behind noticeable scars, especially minor ones.
If the damaged nose skin is infected, the condition can worsen leading to bigger scars on the nose.
Scars on nose bridge can occur due to injuries or any of the above causes. This area also tends to receive many touches or rubs and the act may be due to compulsive body reaction. This could spread the bacteria in this location leading to pimple bumps on the nose bridge.
This could also be due to hereditary factor, many medical professionals urge so. “Most nasal bridge bumps are developing as a result of hereditary development, as there is an overgrowth of the nasal cartilages and bones leading to a convexity or “bump” on the bridge of the nose” [bestcures.org]
Scars on nose won't heal
Now, our ultimate question is, are scars on nose permanent? Well, many scars are not permanent but severe ones are.
According to NHS.uk, “Although scars are permanent, they can fade over a period of up to two years. It's unlikely they'll fade anymore after this time.” There are also many factors to think about here. Permanent scarring will depend on the type of scar, location and the treatment applied.
Even though scars tend to be permanent, many medical procedures can clear or remove the scars that tend to be permanent.
Treatment or removal
If you have scars on your nose, then you shouldn't worry. There are many facial scar treatment that can minimize the prominence of such scars.
Nose scar removal will depend on the type of the scar, skin type and color, ethnic background and the age of the victim. Combination of all these aspects can determine the nose scar treatment and healing time.
Prescription and OTC Scars on nose treatment
Here are the commonly used treatments for scars on the nose:
- For nose piercing bumps, you can use the silicon-based gel as well as silicone scar sheets. They will reduce the thickness of the scar making it smaller in size.
- For nose piercing keloid, corticosteroid injections will help reduce the scar tissue. It would also reduce the inflammation and make the surrounding skin smoother.
- You can also opt for skin rejuvenation treatment. It will get rid of dead skin cells and allows a fresh skin to form.
- Apply chemical peels. The chemicals will burn out the top layer of the skin. This would make your scars lighter and less visible. Your doctor should advise you on this.
- Application of bleaching creams can also be helpful. These creams will lighten the scars and make them blend with the surrounding skin.
- Protect your nose using sunscreen. Sun rays may prevent or hinder the healing process of the nose wound. UV light rays may also darken the scars as well. Therefore, protect your nose skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Cover using make-up concealer. For minor scars on the nose, you can use good and quality concealer, and I tell you they will be hardly visible.
- Cosmetic surgery scar removal - If the matter is complicated, i.e., involving deep scars removal, surgery may be part of nose scar removal option. This can involve plastic surgery scar removal. During the whole process, your doctor may also recommend laser therapy or microdermabrasion.
Removal home remedies
There are several home scar removal remedies. However, we are going to pick the very best ones.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of the useful scar removal remedies for both new and old scars, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
It repairs damaged skin and enhances the growth of healthy skin. Don’t forget; it also improves the skin texture hence among the very effective acne scar removal remedies.
To use it, follow the below procedure:
- Extract fresh aloe gel
- Apply it to the scars on your nose
- Allow it to stay for 30 minutes then rinse off
- Repeat this remedy twice a day
- Aloe Vera should not be applied on an open wound
2. Apply honey
Honey is a natural moisturizer and thus making it an ideal nose scar removal product. It limits build-up of dead skin cells and boosts regeneration of the skin tissue.
- Apply some amount of honey on the scars on nose
- Leave it covered with a bandage overnight.
- Rinse it off the following morning with warm water
- Repeat the procedure daily until you get satisfied
3. Vitamin E oil
This oil is a great one. It is a real antioxidant that fades the scars. It also has a moisturizing property that hydrates the skin while helping to repair the damaged tissue. It also improves how the scars will appear.
- Acquire vitamin E capsules from over the counter drugstore
- Open the capsule to get the oil and smear it on the scar and massage gently for about 10 minutes
- Leave it to stay for 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water
- Repeat the remedy several times in a day
4. Coconut oil
This is another excellent nose scar removal procedure. It has got lauric, caprylic and capric acids that stimulate collagen productions and thus promote the healing time of the damaged skin.
It also has vitamin E that is antioxidant that prevents new scars from forming.
- Heat fresh coconut oil to liquefy
- Massage the warm oil on the scars and leave it on for 1 hour to allow the skin absorb the oil
- Repeat the procedure daily for the quick results.
5. Apple cider vinegar
It works well for all types of scars, with nose scar no exception. Its acidic nature exfoliates and gets rid of the dead skin cells. This property helps it reduces the appearances of the scars while promoting the regeneration of new skin cells.
- Mix an equal amount of water and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Use a cotton ball to apply it on the scars
- Leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water
- Repeat the procedure daily
More home remedies for nose scars removal include tea tree oil, cocoa butter, olive oil and lemon juice, etc.
What if the scars don't go away?
If the home remedies don’t improve your nose scars, please see your doctor and if possible opt other nose scars treatment such as plastic surgery scar removal. Remember while using various home products above, watch out for any allergies and irritations.