Bee Venom Therapy for Scars

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According to limited sources* bee venom therapy (BVT) is an effective scar treatment. * (Singh, Ratner et al and Lee)

Having scars stung by bees resulted in improvement of scar appearance by reducing, soften, and flatten scar tissue, and toning down the color of the scar.

Of the 18 substances present in bee venom the enzyme hyaluronidase is mainly held accountable for these results. Also internal scar tissue is thought to benefit from this alternative therapy.

“Charles Mraz, a beekeeper in Middlebury, Vermont who has popularized bee venom therapy for the past 60 years, says that it is reasonable to try bee venom therapy in any clinical situation where nothing else works.” […] “Keloids and other scar tissue are broken down and softened by the substances in the venom, and can flatten out and fade in color.” source: CareCure Forums

This alternative scar treatment isn’t suitable for people who are allergic to bee stings so the first step should be an allergy test.

More info and before and after photo’s of someone who has actually applied bee stings to a scar here: before and after.

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ScarGuard MD Review

ScarGuard MDScarGuard MD ScarCare is a silicone* based cream that dries to a thin film after application. Scarguard Labs (the manufacturer) states that:

“many doctors use ScarGuard MD for old, raised scars, keloids, and to help prevent scar tissue from forming after surgery or injury.”

* (Silicone scar creams are used to flatten, soften, tone down the color, and smoothen thick scars. They are also known to reduce scar pain and itch. )

So does ScarGuard really work? Here’s a short review with the pros and cons of ScarGuard MD.


Scarguard MD
differs from other silicone scar creams in that it combines several ingredients. Or, as the manufacturer advertises: “a patented formulation that combines multiple technologies.” Also referred to as “SG5 technology which combines five medically-proven treatments into one easy-to-use solution”. These treatments are:


1)Silicone. Topical silicone is clinically proven to help shrink scar tissue and help prevent new scar formation after surgery.
2)Cortisone. A low dose of hydrocortisone helps reduce irritation.
3)Vitamin E. Helps the healing process by softening and moisturizing the scar and surrounding tissue.
4)Pressure. Slight increase in surface tension is provided.
5)Occlusion. The medical term for adhering to, and protecting, the scar.




A critical note on these five proclaimed medically proven treatments:

Occlusion, especially by silicones, does seem to be effective in scar treatment. However the amount of pressure a silicone sheet, let alone a silicone cream administers is negligible. Vitamin E used as a standalone topical treatment is discouraged by dermatologists because it may cause skin irritation and worsen scar appearance. The benefits of vitamin E as a scar cream component are disputed.

Let’s take a look at the other Scarguard Scar Care ingredients.

Active ingredients: Silicone 12.75%, Hydrocortisone 0.55%, Inactive ingredients: Vitamin E, Specially-formulated flexible collodion.




Collodion is a flexible substance which dries to form a flexible cellulose film when applied on the skin.

Hydrocortisone (or cortisol) is a is a steroid hormone naturally occurring in the human body. It’s function here is to reduce itch. Hydrocortisone is also used in anti itch creams. As most over-the-counter anti itch creams ScarGuard MD also contains less than 1% of this component.

I don’t grasp the reason of the addition of collodion (instead of using silicones).

I’m also wondering why hydrocortisone was added to the formula since silicones have proven to reduce itch themselves. This seems redundant to me. It may be that the limited amount of people who experience skin irritation during the use of silicone creams benefit from using a product that contains hydrocortisone.



I haven’t used this product myself so I can’t speak from experience. So let’s take a look at ScarGuard MD reviews. An analysis of various reviews from different sources yielded the following:

ScarGuard MD Pros

  • almost invisible
  • dries fast
  • easy to apply
  • possible to apply makeup on top of the film
  • cheaper than the popular Kelo-cote Advanced Formula Scar Gel and ScarAway Silicone Gel Serum

ScarGuard MD Cons

  • doesn’t last, may flake, peels off
  • looks like paper on your skin very thin, white, translucent paper film
  • bad scent, smells like acetone or nail polish remover (smell fades quickly)
  • doesn’t seem to work on old scars



My Conclusion:
Since there’s far less silicones in ScarGuard than in some other silicone creams I would personally choose a brand that does contain silicones only. (e.g. ScarAway or Kelo-cote )

However, because of the addition of hydrocortisone ScarGuard might be ideal for people with a very sensitive skin who are prone to sweat rash or other skin irritations.

Alternatives
From the various silicone scar cream brands such as Dermatix, ScarZone, Derma E, ScarFade, Rejuvasil, ScarAway, and Kelo-cote I would choose one of the two latter.

I would order one of these because they contain more (only) silicones. For the best results I would certainly recommend to use them in combination with the clinically proven more effective silicone sheeting. Studies demonstrate that the occlusion is a major component in the effectiveness of these silicone products. The fact that the creams are much easier to apply and wear makes them ideal for particular situations and body locations.



More clinical ScarGuard info in this study report: Efficacy of Scarguard in the Prevention of Scars

Conclusion of this study: “Both patients and investigator noted improved aesthetic effects with Scarguard on the appearance of scars following a minor surgical procedure. [..] study observations were determined in a small group of patients in a nonblinded fashion, further investigation is warranted to confirm these results.”

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Atrophic (Sunken, Depressed, Indented) Scar Treatment

Cica Care Silicone Pads Help Improve Indented Scars?

Atrophic scars (sunken, indented, depressed scars) are probably the hardest scars to treat with over-the-counter products.

These scars form during the wound healing process when the production of the skin’s collagen and connective tissue is less than the tissue loss caused by the injury.

As far as I know indented scars can’t be raised with silicone pads because these are designed to flatten scar tissue. (if I’m correct they won’t worsen indented scars either) But a review from a user of Cica Care pads made me think there might be some benefit.

Cica care sheets are, especially when compared to other brands, relatively sticky. Commonly this is not a desired trait because if the sheets are overly sticky the freshly formed, delicate scar tissue may be damaged by the tension caused by the adhesiveness.



But as this user describes, it could very well be this stickiness which helps his sunken scar raise. Here’s a part of this user’s review:

“I’ve used several brands of silicone gel scar pads on my healing facial scar in a curvy place that often causes other stiffer pads to peel off in less than a day. Cica Care stays on much better than the Scar Away and Mepiform pads, due to its thick gel layer (almost 1/8”) and very thin plastic outside film.

In addition, I get the sense that this Cica Care pad is doing a better job of flattening by pulling up the sunken middle of my scar than the others. Because the gel conforms so well to the shape of the scar, it makes clingy contact with the sunken parts better than the others, and I think that tends to pull them up over time.

Whereas other pads stick with a sort of gluey feel, the Cica Care pads stick in more of a clingy way. Other pads will stay on better if something like clothes rub against them, but don’t make contact with the sunken ridges of the scar. The Cica Care pads on the other hand have a much more pliable gel, which seems to adhere by contouring and maximizing surface area contact.

So if you use the Cica care pads in a location where gravity will tend to “uncling” them, or where clothing or bedding may rub against it, I would suggest making a cover out of breathable tape from the drugstore. Perhaps the people who found them not sticky enough were using them in places where gravity or rubbing caused them to get “declinged”. “



The notion that extra sticky silicone pads might help raise sunken scars is not clinically proven. It’s just a user experience I thought was worth mentioning.

Especially since there are no over-the-counter scar products designed to improve indented scars (at least not that I know of ).

Read the whole review on Amazon It’s the second review on the page titled; The best stickiness, good for raising sunken scars.



Other Atrophic Scar Treatments



Factors influencing the creation of indented scars are wound tension, scar contraction, tissue apposition, and individual variations in wound healing. Several indented scar treatments exist with varying results. Needling (dermarolling), collagen injections and the alternative bee sting scar therapy are a few of these atrophic scar treatments. source: Wapedia

Does Microneedling Work?
There are several studies that show skin needling (microneedling) to be effective in improving depressed scars. Almost 20 years ago a French dermatologist developed a similar technique called Electroridopuncture (ERP). He later on published the results of his study in which was demonstrated that there was a 60% improvement in his patients with old scars. The best results were obtained for people with fibrous or depressed scars (MesotherapyWorldwide.com, n.d.).

Because of the relative ease of use and cost effectiveness a growing amount of people are using derma rollers to improve their indented scars. Here are a few of the most popular derma rollers available at this moment.


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The Best Silicone Scar Sheets

Various silicone scar sheets brands are available. There are some distinct differences in the type of silicones, fabrics, thickness, and adhesiveness among these brands. So which are the best buy? In my opinion the best silicone scar sheets are ScarAway and Oleeva. This because these are the only two brands that use the patented Silon technology. (ScarAway is the former Neosporin Scar Solution)

In short, Silon is a blend of Teflon and a certain type of silicones “which has unusual physical and chemical properties – particularly when formed into thin membranes. Research suggests that Silon acts to hydrate scar tissue, which in turn works to soften scar tissue, reducing its development and causing it to fade away faster.” Wikipedia

But there are more reasons why these two brands offer the best silicone sheets:

Breathability
Apart from silicones another material is commonly used to create a layer on the outside of the sheets. It is very important that this fabric is breathable. Oxygen should be allowed to transfer because if it doesn’t it can cause skin maceration. Maceration of the skin occurs when it is consistently wet. The skin softens, turns white, and can easily get infected with bacteria or fungi. Source: About.com: Dermatology. A visitor of one of my Squidoo lenses described this wrinkled white skin effect during the use of Dr. Blaine’s Scar Care sheets.

Stickyness
Those who have used silicone sheets know that keeping them attached can be somewhat of a burden. Especially on some (moving) parts of the body such as the face or neck. It should however be noted that the stickier the better does not apply here. If silicone sheets are too sticky they could create too much tension on the freshly formed, still delicate scar tissue which is not desired because it might worsen the scar. The ideal sheet would be sticky enough to help you position it on the scar, and use a medical tape (i.e. cotton or silk) to secure further if necessary.

Thin sheets versus thick pads
Thinner sheets with a compact layer of silicone are more comfortable and more “durable” which means they do not break down and you get more use out of them. The thicker “gel” type pads get dirt, etc embedded in them which is not sanitary when sealing to your skin for hours each day. The thinner sheets can be washed.

The only silicone scar sheets that have the breathable fabric and the thin, washable, medical grade, Silon technology silicones are the ScarAway and Oleeva sheets. Both doctor-level products are manufactured by BioMed Sciences inc. Oleeva Scar Shapes are pre-cut pieces of Oleeva Fabric for targeted scar management following surgery.

Hydration
It is theorized that hydrating properties play a major role in the mechanism of silicone sheeting. After serious skin injury trans-epidermal water loss is increased. [1] This water loss is more significant in hypertrophic and keloid scars and may be responsible for increased collagen production (abnormal scar tissue). The semi-occlusive nature of silicone scar sheeting improves scars by providing adequate but not excessive hydration. Dressings that are too permeable to water may be ineffective on scars because they fail to block water loss and related skin healing processes, whereas dressings that are too occlusive may cause skin maceration.

ScarAway is available online at Amazon and Drugstore.com. Oleeva can be ordered online at Makemeheal.com.

Note: also Scar Fx and Biodermis Epi-derm silicone sheets are medical grade products. This means they have a higher percentage, better quality silicones than some of the brands available in the drugstore.

[1] Suetake T, Sasai S, Zhen YX, Ohi T, Tagami H (1996) Functional analyses of the stratum corneum in scars: Sequential studies after injury and comparison among keloids, hypertrophic scars, and atrophic scars. Arch Dermatol 132:1453–1458

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Frequently Asked Questions on Scar Treatment

How a scar will eventually fade depends on a lot of things. Each person is unique and subsequently are his or her skin type, genetics, habits, health etc. These factors all influence how the result of scar treatment will be. Here’s a list of some scar treatment questions:



Will scars fade over time?
Yes the appearance of most scars will improve in time. Depending on the type of scar this takes about a year to two years. However in some cases
scars might become problematic. There’s always the risk of a scar becoming hypertrophic or keloid. These risks can be reduced, and these scars can ber
treated with silicone gel strips and ointments (link).



How long do scars stay red?
The redness is (partially) caused by blood flowing through the tissue. This indicates healing activity. Commonly scars stay red for several months but this varies from person to person.



Will my scar eventually go away?
No, scars will never disappear completely but some scars can improve to such an extent that they are hardly noticeable. This depends on the type of injury, location on the body, skin type, and other factors. (a scar on my cheek from a cut wound by a knife was surgically closed with 5 staples and now is virtually invisible.)



My scar itches, what can I do?
Check out this post on scar itch relief.



How should I treat my scar?
There are several things you can do. Check out the tips page for more info.



When can I start treating my scar?
As soon as the wound has closed but not before. However, proper wound care is an important factor in optimizing scar treatment. A well treated wound is far more likely to result in less scar tissue. A distinction should be made between wound and scar treatment.



Should I keep my scar out of the sun?
Yes it’s important to protect scars from sunlight radiation as long as they aren’t mature. Mature scars commonly are white, flat lines. Sun radiation will worsen the scar so protect it by wearing a sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).



Should I use vitamin E oil e.g. from capsules on my scar?
Studies have shown the use of vitamin E on scars does not improve them. In fact in one third of the cases this caused the scars to worsen. That’s why many dermatologists and experts disencourage the use of vitamin E oil on scars.



Do Aloe Vera and Cocoa butter help my scar fade?
Many people consider these to be effective scar treatments but there’s no scientific evidence they add to an effective scar treatment. This misconception is probably fed by the fact that most scar improve automatically over time. This improvement is then described to the use of Aloe vera or Cocoa butter.



I can’t seem to find Neosporin Scar Solution, where can I buy it?
This product has been removed from the market and later on been reintroduced as ScarAway. ScarAway is sold by Wallgreens and online by Amazon and Drugstore.com.



Is it better to use silicone strips first before having laser or surgical treatment?
Yes it is recommended to make use of non-invasive treatments first. This because invasive treatments such as laser scar therapy, surgical scar
revision, and steroid injections include the risk of side effects which might worsen the scar, whereas the non-invasive treatments do not.



Wearing the silicone gel strips makes my scar and surrounding skin all soft, white, pruny, and wrinkled, like after taking a long bath. How is this possible?
This might have to do with the fact that some silicone scar strip brands are not breathable. This effect is called skin maceration and occurs when it is consistently wet. This is not desired because the skin can easily get infected with bacteria or fungi.


On my Squidoo lens on silicone scar treatment I regularly get questions from visitors. Check it out for more scar treatment questions and answers or ask your question below.

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Scar Itch Relief

Do your scars itch? This post is about why scars itch and how to get some scar itch relief.

Fresh scars tend to itch more often but also older scars, especially surgery scars, may itch. Even scars that are years old can be itchy. Many people describe the feeling as itchy and numb at the same time. In most fresh scars the itchiness will fade away with time.

Scar Itch Causes

The itch is part of the healing (maturation) process. New tissue is created, nerve endings are stimulated, and other nerves have been disconnected which may cause the numb sensation.

The blood circulation is affected and overlapping scar tissue being stretched may also cause itchiness or sometimes a burning feeling. (e.g. in case of c-section scars during a new pregnancy) Some people experience a burning sensation followed by itch after stretching their scar full out.

Causes of scars itching are the aforementioned healing process, the scar drying out, the nerves being damaged and disconnected, collagen reacting and moving, and skin irritation as a result of (surgical) tape or other topical applications used.

Scar Itch Relief

Make sure to avoid scratching your scar whenever possible. It might damage the tissue especially when the scar is young and the tissue still thin and delicate. Damage caused by scratching will worsen scar appearance and may cause infection (which will also worsen appearance).

This is just theorizing but I think whether or not you can treat the itchiness depends on where the itch is exactly located. Is it superficial, on the scar itself, the skin so to say? Or is the itch deeper, probably caused by nerves and/or collagen turning over. If it’s the latter I guess there’s nothing much you can do about it except for maybe massaging.

  • Massage A good massage therapist will be able to loosen up the scar tissue thus effectuating less tension and friction. This way the scar tissue is under less physical stress which will lead to less burn or itch. When massaging your own scars keep in mind that fresh scar tissue is relatively thin and fragile so massaging should be done very gently.
  • Moisturizing Scars tend to dry out a bit because the skin’s ability to hydrate itself has been affected. That’s why moisturizing the tissue regularly may offer relief by diminishing itch.
  • Anti-itch creams I haven’t used any anti-itch creams on my scars myself because I used silicone gel sheets and ointments (more on this in a bit) but here are a few popular creams that are reported to offer scar itch relief. Benadryl is a so called antihistamine cream. Prolonged use of such creams is said to possibly result in the development of an allergy to the active ingredient (Benadryl) Other itch relief creams are topical anesthetics such as lidocaine and benzocaine. These have shown to cause skin irritation in some cases. Therefore the best anti-itch creams are the topical steroids such as hydrocortisone cream. Examples of commonly used and well reviewed hydrocortisone creams are Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream and Member’s Mark Hydrocortisone Cream Apart from these there’s a skin spray called ThermaSkin Itch Blocker that uses hot pepper extract (capsaicin) to stop itching.
  • Silicones There are several topical silicone gel brands such as Dermatix, Kelocote, Zeraderm, and ScarAway. These silicone ointments do not only offer relief from itch and pain they will also reduce redness, prevent problematic scars from developing, and flatten and soften excessive scar tissue.

    For me these silicone creams (and sheets) were a godsend because apart from the occasional itch some of my scars really felt uncomfortably sensitive so each contact with clothing or e.g. a seat belt made me shiver.

  • Do you have any questions or comments on scar itch relief? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion below.

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Rejuvasil Scar Cream Reviews

Has anyone tried Rejuvasil? It’s a silicone scar cream that also contains emu oil, vitamin C and squalene. According to the manufacturer it:

” has more effective ingredients than any other liquid silicone products and has been clinically proven to reduce keloids, hypertrophic scars, surgical scars, and burns. […] is made with emu oil and squalene (shark oil) to make this treatment even more effective.”



RejuvaSil scar creamI would love to hear your experiences because there are little to no reviews of this product. The reason I think it might be an effective scar treatment cream is because it also contains vitamin C.



Next to the, proven effective silicones (dimethicone), vitamin C is backed by several studies as an effective scar cream component. It is mainly considered a wound healing agent but topical use seems to have some benefits regarding scar treatment.



Some of these benefits include:

  • promoting healthy scar tissue regrowth (collagen synthesis),
  • protection from harmful sunlight radiation (ultraviolet A and B),
  • lightening of dark colored scars (hyperpigmentation),
  • and improvement of skin irritation, inflammation, itch, redness (inflammatory dermatoses).
  • It’s also thought to have excellent hydrating properties.

Source: Wiley Interscience.



The problem with the addition of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to skin care products is that it is highly unstable. This means that it reacts when exposed to e.g. air. Cosmetic manufacturers found a solution by using a more stable vitamin C variant called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. RejuvaSil contains this stable form of vitamin C.



I’m not aware of emu oil having any scar treatment benefits. Nevertheless the addition of this natural oil to Rejuvasil scar cream might still be useful because it is considered to be one of the few oils able to penetrate the skin. This trait would allow active ingredients to be carried with it into the deeper layers of the skin.



The only review I could find online is this one: (Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 )

“So far, the best scar gel for the price. I don’t see much of a difference between this one and another best seller scar gel that I have tried from the Derm Store, except this one is about $20 less. This was my second purchase and I plan on purchasing again.”



Rejuvasil scar cream can be purchased online at Amazon (cheaper) and MakeMeHeal. (two for one)



After application silicone creams provide a thin film covering the scar. The area should be clean and dry before the self-drying cream is applied. Daily use is recommended for optimal results. Major advantage of silicone ointments over patches is that it can easily be used on the face and other parts of the body that are hard to keep covered with patches.



“The application of silicone gel improves the redness, itching, texture and thickness of hypertrophic and keloid scars in 60% to 100% of cases “ (Poston, 2000)



Ingredients: Silicone (dimethicone), Emu Oil, Squalene (Shark Oil), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C)



Did you use RejuvaSil? Please let others know what you think. You can share your experiences below.


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ScarAway Review

ScarAway silicone gel for scars

ScarAway silicone gel for scars

A ScarAway Silicone Gel Review

I have used medical grade, doctor-approved silicone scar sheets myself. (Silicones are the only over the counter treatment proven with over 20 years of studies to work to flatten and fade old scars and help prevent thickened scars.)

The sheets I used were of an European brand of which the quality can be compared with that of ScarAway sheets. I created a write-up on my experiences with silicone scar treatment where I recommend ScarAway.

A visitor of this review page informed me about how she tried various silicone sheet brands which made her aware of the many differences between them.

She notes: “there are very distinct differences in the types, thicknesses and material that cause each one to be a whole different experience. Some are thick, some are thin, some are clear and some are opaque. Some are fabric, some have a plastic or polyurethane outer layer on the silicone, and some have a fabric backing.”

Because there are so many different brands to choose from choosing the right one be very confusing. That’s why she had an in-depth conversation with her plastic surgeon. Here’s what she informed me about the conversation with her surgeon:

Make sure to use breathable silicones “It is important that the material baking on the silicone is breathable. Silicone fabric types with a baking that does not allow the transfer of oxygen should be avoided. Do not use the cheaper “tape” types that don’t breath which can cause skin maceration.

Definition: The softening and breaking down of skin resulting from prolonged exposure to moisture. The skin softens, turns white, and can easily get infected with bacteria or fungi. This type of problem can cause more scarring or widening of the scar.”

Avoid the use of sheets that are too sticky. “I was baffled by this as I see a complaint of users of silicone sheet products is that they don’t stick real well by themselves and roll off after a period of time, etc. Some sheets are not made to be self adhering at all ..more like a piece of rubber, but those buckle even under medical tape.

My surgeon explained that a proper silicone sheet should never produce a severe pulling on your scar. If it is too sticky, there is the potential to further damage the new skin, or even open a delicate healing area. in general, he said the ideal sheet would be sticky enough to help you position it on the scar, and use a medical tape..cotton or silk, to secure further if necessary…but stickier does not equate to more effective.”

Thin silicone sheets vs thick silicone gel pads “Thinner sheets with a compact layer of silicone are more comfortable and more “durable” which means they do not break down and you get more use out of them. The thicker “gel” type pads get dirt, etc embedded in them which is not sanitary when sealing to your skin for hours each day. He advised against a thick gel type pad. The thinner “sheet type” can be washed cleanly. So which ones are which out there on the market?

ScarAway Review

The only silicone scar treatment product that has the breathable fabric AND the thin washable medical grade silicone in one is the expensive sheets through your surgeon and the new ScarAway sheets. He gave me a coupon for $2.00 off ScarAway at Walgreens.

I have also found them online at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com. So, I will journey on using ScarAway sheets. Like you do, my surgeon recommended using the sheets at night and the ScarAway 100% Silicone Serum during the day. I know this is long..it took my doctor 45 minutes to explain it all to me. I hope this is helpful to all and answers the many question out there about silicone scar treatments.”

If you have any questions regarding silicone scar sheets, ScarAway, or scar treatment in general don’t hesitate to ask me by leaving a comment. There are also many questions and answers on the silicone scar treatment page I was talking about. Thanks again for sharing this in-depth information Laura!

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ScarAway Products

ScarAway products

ScarAway product line

ScarAway makes three types of scar treatment products. These include;

  • Silicone Scar Sheets,
  • C-Section Scar Sheets,
  • and Diminishing Serum.

ScarAway can be used by anyone who has an unsightly scar in which they would like to get rid of and it does not matter how old or new the scar is. However, results are better when treatment is started as soon as possible.

ScarAway works by either shrinking scars or flattening raised scars like keloids. ScarAway has previously been available only through hospitals, burn centers, and plastic surgeons. Nowadays ScarAway, with the same medical-grade quality used by medical facilities, is available for purchase by consumers.

Scaraway C-Section Strips are the same size as most c-section incision scars. ScarAway sheets are smaller than the C-section sheets. These sheets are perfect for smaller scars. They also offer longer sheets for bigger scars. These measure 7″ X 1.5″.

Both types of sheets deliver a slight pressure directly to the scar which helps simulate the natural barrier function of healthy skin. This process will help to reduce the scar’s appearance and restores skin to a more natural texture and color. Both types of sheets can be used on all skin types. The sheets are ultra-thin so they will be hardly noticeable. The sheets are also breathable and durable. Each sheet will last for approximately one week. You can even remove the sheets for bathing or showering and then reapply. This way, you will definitely get the full use of each sheet.

ScarAway also has a serum which will soften and smooth scars. ScarAway Serum is perfect for hard to treat areas such as the face, neck, ears, hands, and other parts of the body that are exposed to the public eye. ScarAway is proven effective and the results can be seen in 12 weeks.

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Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream Review

Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream Review

Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream is often bought in combination with silicone sheets. This scar reduction cream is marketed with the pay off:

“Containing more ingredients that promote scar healing and scar reduction than any other scar cream on the market”.

Which in fact is true. It contains an impressive amount of ‘active’ ingredients. (w/Silicone, Arnica, Antioxidants, Copper Peptides, Co-Q10)

scar ethetique reduction cream

Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream

Some of them are frequently occurring scar cream components which have no scientific scar treatment value. Onion extract is one of those. Or at least it is disputed. One animal study showed improvement while two other studies didn’t show benefits. Vitamin E is also a popular skin care product component but whether or not it is useful in scar treatment hasn’t been scientifically proven. It is often added because of its skin soothing properties. Some other ingredients of Scar Esthetique however seem more promising. Vitamin C for example.

Several studies have shown vitamin C to be an effective scar treatment constituent. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) has shown to hydrate scar tissue, reduce scar discolorization and redness, and regulate excessive collagen formation. Major downside of vitamin C and products containing it is that it is very unstable. This means that if it is exposed to the air (oxygen) it will loose its action. (A more stable form of vitamin C is Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) I am not sure whether or not Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream contains a stable form of vitamin C.

Arnica montana, also referred to as Leopards bane or Mountain Tobacco, is known to promote wound healing. Historically used to reduce bruising, swelling, and  inflammation. Although advertised frequently as an effective scar treatment component its scientific efficacy has to be proven yet.  Study reports from the ‘Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery’ show that when arnica is taken orally before surgery it reduces inflammation and bruising. Arnica stimulates white blood cell activity which might be beneficial in scar tissue reduction.

Copper peptides is another supposed scar reducing ingredient. Proteins called peptides boost the body’s reserve of an enzyme which regulates the way cells age and deal with stress.  In a previous post on copper peptides I concluded that copper peptides will probably help a little bit because copper is a part of healthy collagen placement but they have to be used in combination with peels and results will only be seen over (a relatively long) time.

Silicones (dimethicone) are proven effective scar reducing agents. Silicone sheets or ointments reduce scar elevation, redness, itch, and pain. I know of some other creams containing silicones that they stay on the surface of the skin and seal it to enable the rest of the ingredients to work. Whether this is the case in this particular cream I don’t know.

Vitamin A is an important skin care vitamin. “Today it is well recognized that the rejuvenation of skin can be achieved by applying vitamin A to the skin.” Studies show that vitamin A has some scar fading properties. There are many types and derivates of vitamin A. Retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and beta-carotene are a few of them. Retinyl palmitate, present in the Scar Esthetique cream accounts for about 80% of the vitamin A found in the skin. For more in-dept info on the role of vitamin A in scar treatment visit this post on the benefits of vitamin A in scar treatment.

According to the manufacturer:

“Scar Esthetique Scar Cream penetrates deep into the skin’s epidermal layers to treat scar tissue damage from the inside. It stimulates new cellular growth to reduce scarring and is the only scar cream available that can remove scars. Scar Esthetique Scar Creme is clinically proven to improve the appearance of scars, including hypertrophic and keloid scars, that result from surgery, trauma, burns, laser resurfacing and acne. It is also highly effective in reducing stretch marks and lightening brown aging spots.”

It is also said that it works like a silicone sheet at a cellular level. Whether or not this is completely true remains to be seen. No real evidence proving these statements is available. On the other hand, there’s no real proof this cream doesn’t work at all.

My conclusion for now: I think that, among the possibly, not yet proven, effective scar reduction creams Scar Esthetique might be a very promising contender. No studies to this exact mix of ingredients have been done but the components used in this cream are at least promising.

Apart from this the customer reviews of this product are pretty positive. To see for yourself click the link below. It is rated 4 out of 5 stars. I’m convinced these reviews are unbiased and real because there are other products on their website that have far less positive ratings.

Read More Reviews of Scar Esthetique Reduction Cream

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Aldara Imiquimod Scar Cream

Aldara is the brand name of 5% imiquimod cream. This prescription cream is mainly used to treat genital warts, basal cell skin cancers and other skin conditions. It has also shown to improve the quality of new hypertrophic scars after surgery in one preliminary clinical trial. Knowledge about this treatment is limited. Some side effects have been reported but you could always ask your doctor or surgeon for more information when undergoing surgery.

Aldara Imiquimod Scar Cream

Aldara Imiquimod Scar Cream

Aldara cream seems to work by stimulating the body’s natural immune system to oppose scar tissue formation.

I think this can be an option in case nothing else works. The following post on the breasthealthonline.org shows it did improve a very problematic scar:

“I had a horrible keloid scar and the doctor cut it out and then I began treatment with A ldara. The scar did NOT keloid up again. The only thing is that your scar will look a LOT worse before it looks better. The Aldara causes the area to scab up and look really bad, (but that is indication that it is working)”
Source: breasthealthonline.com

There are a few clinical trials showing evidence for the efficacy of this prescription cream.

“In one study, 15 patients with 2 months old hypertrophic breast surgery scars were treated with either petrolatum (e.g. Vaseline) or imiquimod 5% cream. After 24 weeks when the scars were evaluated (by assessment with standardized scales) almost all the scars treated with imiquimod cream scored better . Conclusion of this study was that imiquimod cream improved scar appearance after surgery.” (Topical Treatments for Hypertrophic Scars. Zurada, Kriegel, and Davis)

Other studies have shown imiquimod cream to be effective when applied after a keloid scar had been excised. More than one studies showed that none of the keloids reoccurred after the treatment. Minor side effects reported were a mild irritation during and right after the application of the cream. (some patients a had to temporarily stop using the cream). Also scar redness (hyperpigmentation) occurred on more than half of the patients in this study.

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