At Cloud 9 Skin Solutions we never try to pretend that skincare is all you need to have beautiful skin. While this may be trend in the industry, we believe in being honest and nothing is truer than the enormously vital role that diet plays in our skin’s wellbeing (as well as our overall wellbeing).
So today we look at the relationship between scar healing and diet to see how we can cut recovery times and ensure you maximise the recovery…
There isn’t one specific food that will make your recovery quick, but your diet as a whole plays an crucial role as specific nutrients are known to help this process. Foods that are rich in protein, zinc, iron, vitamins C and Vitamin A are sources of nutrients essential for rebuilding tissue.
Power of Protein
We all associate protein in-take with building big muscles these days however protein also plays an equally important role in rebuilding damage to the skin, collagen and blood vessels. If you lack protein in your diet then you will be hindering your healing process and in cases with heavy wounds you may require more protein intake than normal. This is advice that you should seek from your doctor or physician of course! Ideas for sources of protein are: fish and poultry, soybeans and beans contain a high percentage of protein also and then dairy and eggs are also good sources.
Cuts and wounds don’t heal up in one fell swoop! It’s a slow process and it takes place in stages. Much like a new home, there needs to be a collagen foundation formed. Once a collagen grid forms, only then does new skin start to grow back. It does so from the edges of the wound. Collagen plays a key role in this process playing a supporting role. Although collagen is a protein, in order to produce it there needs to be some Vitamin C present. Sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits and juices, however strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, many greens (such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach) and even baked potatoes.
Vitamin A also plays an integral role in the healing process. It provides an initial inflammatory response to wounds which can help stave off infections. It also encourages collagen synthesis, which we have already established is crucial to a swift recovery. Vitamin A sources include: Eggs and whole milk are animal based examples, however if you’re looking for a vegan approach then yellow/ orange vegetables and dark green leafy veg are excellent sources too.
Zinc and Iron
In order to produce protein, we all require zinc. Iron’s role is to deliver oxygen to the affected area, which in turn helps to prevent infection. If you lack either mineral then you wont be healing as quickly as you could be. A good source of both are protein-rich foods, and whole grains and fortified cereals/ breads are good examples.
Try to eat a balanced diet during and after the formation of scars as they continue to strengthen for a long while. Topical treatments do play a role and can provide protection, support and nutrients to the healing area. Our Skin Rehab Scar Minimising Cream contains five active ingredients that ensure you are getting the maximum support & collagen production to your wounded areas as they recover.