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Why do my scars still itch?

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Last Updated: 05/08/2018 at 1:07am
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June 25th, 2015 6:01pm
It could be a phantom itch of from when it healed or maybe because you still feel the pain of the injury.
June 25th, 2015 8:01pm
Some people say its because its healing but actually Itching is possibly caused by inflammation in the skin around the scar.
June 26th, 2015 2:19am
It'll probably be that way for a while, however a scar cream or regular lotion will help. The skin needs to be hydrated not neglected.
June 26th, 2015 4:32am
Even after my cuts have fully fully healed and have scared over I notice them still itching from time to time. I feel this is because of they way our brain relates the scars with how we got them. Over time I think that the itching will go away, everything gets better with time.
June 26th, 2015 9:40am
your scars still itch because they are healing. and because you feel that urge to "let go" of the pain in order to feel again.
June 26th, 2015 11:56am
Because you're healing, hun. You'll be better than ever once the itching stops and please remember, you're amazing. :)
June 26th, 2015 7:42pm
Sometimes my scars itch as well, maybe it is just because the skin is getting better and it makes it itch. But i wouldnt worry about it too muchl
June 26th, 2015 10:44pm
It depends how new they are that they can still be itchy. Sometimes it takes a bit more time than others for them to still fully heal, using polysporin or coconut oil will probably help :)
June 27th, 2015 5:04am
There are a variety of reasons. If the scar is recent, it may still be healing and the itch is part of the healing process. Otherwise, it's probably due to dry skin over the scar. You can treat this with anti-itch cream or soothing lotion, but try not to scratch at the scars or the problem will get worse.
June 27th, 2015 12:19pm
Your scars may be itching because it is healing, irritated, scabbing or drying. It may not even be actually itchy, instead your head may be playing tricks on you.
June 27th, 2015 2:36pm
The new scar tissue irritates the skin's nerve terminals. The itch stops, when those nerve terminals adapt to the new scar tissue.
June 27th, 2015 3:44pm
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June 27th, 2015 8:25pm
because the skin that is growing over them is stretching, causing the itching.put lotion on your scars to stop the itching.
June 28th, 2015 3:05am
It's completely normal. Scars itch due to either new cell growth or an infection. Often times, when cuts heal, the tissue layering is inconsistent. Due to this, more layers are needed. That's where the itching comes from. If the itching is more severe, it may be a sign of infection.
June 28th, 2015 8:31am
Part of the scaring/healing process. The skin also may not have formed completely, leaving irritatable skin. The sun/heat/coldness/dryness can also cause them to become irritated.
June 28th, 2015 12:12pm
bcoz i pay attention to thing that doesnt carry importance still we bother nd these scars are lyk web almighty has presented to us .. understand it as a test
June 28th, 2015 4:16pm
Scars are a reminder of pain. Every time you see or feel a scar on you, forget about it and simply surround yourself with people who love you.
June 28th, 2015 8:00pm
hey, you should not hurt yourself, please stop doing it. Go to the psychologist or discuss it with someone. bye xx
June 28th, 2015 9:50pm
They might still have slight scabs, or ghost scabs, because scars is still healing skin. The scar is also a physical reminder of what happened, which might affect things
July 1st, 2015 1:57am
Scars take time to heal. Even though the scabs may be gone, your body is still in the healing process to repair that damaged skin. Try putting Bio Oil on them, this oil works wonders in clearing up scars, and makes your skin very soft.
July 1st, 2015 3:53am
Scars itch because it's just a part of the healing process. To ease some of the itching, try applying some lotion or cream especially for scars because your skin might be a bit dry.
July 1st, 2015 9:03am
Truthfully, I do not know. Maybe it's your subconscious thinking about it, trying to relieve the built up pain you have pushed aside. I really do not know.
July 1st, 2015 4:23pm
Chances are they're still healing. The skin tightens when it reconstructs itself after trauma. Also, you might have damaged some nerve endings and they're growing back into the area. Itchy scars are perfectly natural.
July 1st, 2015 11:50pm
Your scars will still itch because your body is hurting you need to relax and smile and find your calm place and never worry
July 2nd, 2015 2:21am
There could be many reasons like they are healing or you're missing them...... I used to have that problem
July 2nd, 2015 7:07am
because they're healing and when they do that its just the skin pulling tighter and so it gives the sensation of itching.
July 2nd, 2015 6:20pm
Your scars still itch, because you they are still trying to heal. When people have itching bugs bites they also itch do to healing
July 2nd, 2015 7:24pm
Scars are unhealed wounds. Your body may still be trying to heal them. Try putting neosporin on them. Whatever you do, don't scratch!
July 2nd, 2015 11:27pm
Because the tissue is still fragile. A scar is still your skin; like any other place on your skin will get itchy!
July 3rd, 2015 3:24am
Itching is possibly caused by inflammation in the skin around the scar. We know this is probably true because antihistamines reduce it. But did you know that there’s a type of itch that antihistamines can’t reduce?