It can be hard for African Americans to find a good scar cream. People with black skin are more prone to keloid scar creation.
Not only people with black skin but also other ethnic groups such as Hispanics, and Asians are more prone to this type of unsightly scars. Unfortunately these scars can not be avoided but the risk on development can be decreased.
First of all it is recommended to use an antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin ) when the wound heals.
Another measure to boost wound healing and avoid complications such as infections (which indirectly increase the risk on scar tissue creation) are Medihoney wound dressings. Keeping a wound covered, clean, and protected will result in less scar tissue.
The best scar cream for black skin would be a silicone cream. This because silicones have shown to reduce the risk on disgraceful keloids. Especially when they are used on fresh scars. Apart from that they have also shown to remove keloids (only in some cases since keloids are hard to get rid of). Silicone gel creams also soften and flatten red, purple, raised, scars.
Here’s a list of commercially available silicone scar creams. I commonly recommend ScarAway or Kelo-cote because these are made of 100% silicones and do not contain less effective ingredients. According to studies silicone gel sheets are more effective than creams but the downside is that their use may be less convenient.
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Some people use a cortisone ointment (commonly prescription) but there are risks on using this kind of treatment. Reported side effects are discolorization and thinning of the skin.
Cortisone (steroid) creams are also used to help alleviate vitiligo, a skin disorder that causes depigmentation of patches of skin affecting black people. But steroids are not recommended for the treatment of vitiligo because steroids may help initially for a short time but may lead to a relapse of this condition.