Best Scar Treatment of 2017-2018 - Discover What Scar Cream Really Works
Posted on 28 January 2017 by Maryanne Johnson
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What are the best scar treatment of 2017? When injuries occur, scars are formed as part of the healing process, when the body goes into action working to repair damaged skin.
Many scars fade naturally, but some can stubbornly stay behind, potentially causing you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed, no matter the story associated with the scar.
Scars can be so bad for some people that post traumatic stress can develop as a result of scarring.
Many products are available on the market to help reduce the appearance of scars, lightening discoloration and restoring skin’s texture.
In our opinion derived from clinical research, silicone is an essential ingredient for scarring.
Here are the best scar treatments of 2017.
Here are some of the best scar cream and treatment products for 2017.
1. Selevax Intensive Scar Cream
Senvie’s Selevax Intensive Scar Cream – one of a line of products that fuses science and nature – harnesses the power of some of the most effective natural scar treatments into one power-packed formula.
In addition to dimethicone, a silicone that locks in moisture while keeping out toxins that can damage healing skin more, Selevax includes a variety of lush moisturizers including vitamin E, one of the most skin-friendly antioxidants available, and shea butter, which melts into skin, reaching the dermis layer where it can stimulate healing of the skin proteins collagen and elastin.
The formula also features two ingredients that have been shown in studies to help lessen the look of scars, including rose hip and arnica oils, both of which positively impact the color and texture of scars, as well as retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A (retinol) that helps speed cell turnover, so damaged surface cells can be replaced by tissue that is healthier.
Clinical studies have shown that Rose Hip Seed Oil improves cell longevity and prevents skin aging and degradation.
Because the formula’s ingredients work in synergy, Selevax’s hypoallergenic scar cream helps regulate the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis layer, so skin at the scar site is stronger and healthier with an improved tone and texture.
2. Bio-Oil For Scars
One of the most popular scar treatment products thanks to an effective marketing campaign and widespread availability, Bio-Oil has been a pharmacy staple since it was released in 1987.
The lightweight product features a wide range of essential oils including lavender, chamomile and rosemary oils to help skin heal, calendula to offer natural moisturize and vitamins A and E, two powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals that can damage newly forming skin cells.
The skin proteins collagen and elastin are most vulnerable to free radical activity, so antioxidants are vitally important to protect skin cell.
But the Bio-Oil headliner is the proprietary blend PurCellin Oil, which helps makes the oil better able to penetrate the skin’s surface, allowing the healing nutrients to reach the skin’s dermis layer, where real healing occurs.
This is to help fight free radicals and protect new skin cells by acting as antioxidants. It also contains the proprietary blend PurCellin Oil, which helps reduce the thickness of the oil so it can penetrate beneath the skin’s surface, reaching the dermis layer where real healing can begin.
In addition to scars, Bio-Oil is marketed to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, quench parched skin, reduce uneven skin tone and fight signs of aging.
It has a 79 percent approval rating on Amazon.com.
3. Mederma for Scars
Mederma for Scars is another well-known scar treatment product, available at online and in-store retailers nationwide.
The product contains the proprietary blend Cepalin, which features the key ingredient allium cepa, an onion extract that has been shown in studies to have a positive impact on collagen production while reducing inflammation so healing can occur.
Although earlier research was mixed, a 2010 study from Italian researchers was especially positive about the benefits of using onion extract on scars.
“Topical applications of … allium cepa … twice a day for 24 weeks seems to be useful in reducing neoangiogenesis in hypertrophic scars and keloids, resulting in clinical improvement of skin lesions,” the researchers wrote in the materials accompanying their work.
Mederma – which has a 68 percent approval rating on Amazon.com – is available in a variety of different formulas including one with sunscreen to prevent sun damage from accentuating discoloration and a grape-scented version for kids that comes out purple and goes on clear.
None of the Mederma formulas, however, contains silicone, which is believed to be the most beneficial treatment available to effectively help scars heal.
While it may be a popular product, it is missing silicone, however, which is believed to provide the most benefits when it comes to helping scars effectively heal.
4. Scarless MD Silicone Scar Treatment
Most of the time, scars form as a result of scabs, which create a barrier that prevents new tissue from forming, essentially creating an environment where scarring is inevitable.
Silicone, however, traps in moisture, preventing the formation of scabs and reducing the risk of scarring while preventing bacteria from reaching the wound, slowing the healing process.
Silicone is also effective on older scars, because it creates an optimal environment for healing, especially when teamed with ingredients that promote the regulated production of collagen.
Scarless MD Silicone Scar Treatment, developed by a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon, brings together a blend of different silicones with the moisturizing antioxidant vitamin E.
It also includes other antioxidants that help encourage the production of collagen and elastin in the skin’s dermis layer while protecting those skin proteins from damage from free radical activity.
Skin proteins are especially vulnerable to oxidation, so antioxidants are especially important when new collagen and elastin cells are forming as part of the healing process.
Scarless MD is on the pricier side, and is $59.99 for a 1.7-ounce bottle.
5. Kelo-Cote Advanced Scar Therapy Cream
According to many experts, silicone is the only ingredient that has been shown in studies to be an effective treatment for scars.
Kelo-Cote Advanced Therapy Scar Gel is a patented silicone that is easier to use than gel sheeting, which is often used in hospital settings, because it can be applied anywhere and still offers the benefits of silicone.
Kelo-Cote creates a barrier that locks in moisture while still allowing oxygen to reach damaged tissue, promoting natural healing. Because it is a breathable barrier, toxins and bacteria are locked out, so the scar is protected from damage while it heals.
Silicone including the topical silicone formula of Kelo-Cote, has been the focus of numerous studies, including one six-month study from India which found that topical silicone resulted in significant improvement in the look and feel of scar tissue.
“Topical silicone gel is safe and effective treatment for hypertrophic and keloid scars. It is easy to apply and cosmetically acceptable,” researchers wrote in the literature accompanying the silicone clinical study.
Kelo-Cote Advanced Therapy Scar Cream does not offer nutrients that can speed the healing process.
6. ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets
ScarAway is one of the most familiar scar treatment products on the market, and is available at a wide variety of different locations, including CVS and Walgreen’s pharmacies, at Wal-Mart and Target, through Amazon.com and through the ScarAway website, which offers coupons for $5 off any ScarAway product.
Made using the same technology of medical-grade silicone sheeting, ScarAway is made up of 100 percent silicone and is available in a wide range of sizes to treat a variety of different scars.
Silicone, which is designed to mimic the skin’s barrier layer, is an effective scar treatment because in addition to keeping skin hydrated, it prevents bacteria from reaching the wound while still allowing oxygen to penetrate, so natural healing can occur.
Silicone sheeting is especially effective at preventing or treating keloid or hypertrophic scars, because it creates pressure that prevents excess collagen from forming, which leads to raised scarring.
ScarAway comes in a variety of forms including large sheets for cesarean section scars and smaller discs for acne scars.