Many of us develop scars as a result of a healed wound. They can often be unsightly and an annoying problem that we wish could go away. There are many methods of reducing the appearance of scars, and one may wonder is dry brushing one of them?
Dry brushing is a method in which a brush with stiff bristles gently is rubbed over dry skin in circular motions. It mostly is used to increase circulation of the skin by stimulating blood flow to the surface of the skin. This method is also helpful for exfoliating the skin by removing dead skin cells, thereby increasing cell turnover and revealing fresh new skin. This is why it is thought that dry skin brushing might get rid of scars.
Why Dry Skin Brushing Can’t Remove Scars
Scar tissue is different from normal healthy skin and does not have the capabilities to renew itself as healthy skin can. It is thicker, can be discolored or raised and lacks the ability to produce sweat and hair. Unfortunately dry brushing is not an effective method of getting rid of scars. Once the scar tissue has formed, there are few methods that can remove or diminish their appearance, and these are methods used by the medical profession. Dry brushing may irritate the scar if it is still new, so exercise caution if using this technique on a fresh scar. If the scar has been there for a while, then dry brushing will improve overall skin texture and appearance, but will do little for decreasing the appearance of the scar. It is still a great way to increase circulation and the tone and feel of the skin but just be careful when using it around a scar.
References and ResourcesMedicinenet.com: Scars
Naturalhealthtechniques.com: The Dry Brushing Technique