Science, Hair & Scars
Science, hair and scars…what do they all have in common? Well, quite a bit, actually! We’ve all had cuts and scrapes in our skin at some point or another. But what you may have noticed when you did get a cut is that when it began to heal it developed a scar and in general, when we have scars on our skin somewhere the skin isn’t quite the same as it was originally. You may have noticed that hair doesn’t grow in the same way and the skin in general looks and feels different. Although that’s been the common theme anytime you get a cut of some kind in your skin that develops a scar, thanks to science it looks like there’s some new development happening that they’re looking to help the healing process of the skin and scarring.
Our bodies have grown to be able to heal themselves in a pretty quick manner, hence why scarring tends to happen over cuts and scrapes rather quickly when they happen. While our bodies are wonderful machines themselves that are able to heal themselves in a way that is quick, they’re not able to heal themselves in a way that brings back the skin the way it was before it was wounded. This is why scarring develops the way it does, because our bodies have been taught to heal quickly – it’s developed a quick healing method, not necessarily a healing method that’s about restoring what once was.
According to an interview on the Scientific American, scientists have found that hair follicles are actually really great for the skin and scarring. Essentially, they’ve found that hair follicles help your skin cells to be able to heal in a way that brings about the skin’s more original state than when skin doesn’t have a hair follicle. So, hair follicles are pretty great in helping your skin to develop skin/repairing cuts and scrapes in a way that they’re more effective. So really what they’re saying is that if they can find a way to use this information, there could *potentially* be a way for them to use this to create products to help create a more scar-free skin surface for people and users.
So what does this tell us? Well, it turns out that scientists are doing more research on this topic, but the fact that they have discovered that hair follicles do play such a major role in the repairing of skin during the healing process, it’s opening up quite a bit of other information for them in the way the skin works, especially to heal itself. While they stated that we shouldn’t necessarily expect a miracle cream to hit the market in the next couple of months, it’s something that’s on their radar. Since scarring is such a major part of so many of our lives in some form or another, we’re looking forward to seeing what scientists are going to do and create with the new found knowledge they have.