Mederma Advanced Scar Gel Review - Does It Really Work
Posted on 08 December 2016
According to folklore, French author and courtesan Ninon de L'Enclos was still knocking them dead – including such luminaries of the literary and art worlds as Voltaire and Molière - at age 90 due to a secret beauty formula that included a mixture of almond, olive oil, beeswax, onion juice and rose water.
While onion juice might be seen as an extreme choice for a natural fountain of youth, onion extract (called capelin or allium extract in the Mederma ingredient list) is the primary ingredient in Mederma Advanced Scar Gel, which is available at mederma.com, at discount stores including Wal-Mart and Target, at major drugstore retailers and supermarkets, at most stores where health and beauty supplies are sold and at Amazon.com.
Does Mederma Advanced Scar Gel work?
So what is it about onion extract that might help tackle scars?
According to a 2009 study from the Faculty of Medicine at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Zonguldak Karaelmas University in Zonguldak, Turkey, onion extract was effective at improved hypertrophic and keloids scars, but only when teamed with silicone, the key ingredient in most scar treatment creams.
Mederma does not include silicone, so it does not trap moisture in, a key factor in reducing the appearance of scars, or create a barrier that allows the onion extract to effectively penetrate skin.
Still, results have been mixed.
According to a 2012 study appearing in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, onion extract did play a role in reducing inflammation, which would improve the color of an existing scar, and also helped boost the production of collagen, which would over time improve the appearance of scarred skin.
Other studies have shown that Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is no more effective than petroleum jelly at treating scars.
While Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is recommended for acne scars, surgical scars, burn scars and scars from cuts and other injuries, Mederma’s manufacturer, Merz, suggests that Mederma Advanced Scar Gel will be more effective on newer scars than old ones. “The earlier a scar is treated, the better the results,” the company says on its website.
Mederma coupons are available through the company’s website.
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel reviews
As far as consumers are concerned, only 68 percent of the reviewers on Amazon.com have given Mederma a favorable 4- or 5-star rating – some users said that burn scars, acne scars and stretch marks showed marked improvement – while others were disappointed at the results.
“This is an expensive product that did nothing to help my post-surgical scars,” said one user. “Save your money - Mederma is snake oil in my opinion.”
Another was equally unhappy, and said, “Tried it on several scars, both old and new. Used as directed … for the prescribed length of time, and it did absolutely nothing for me. As far as I can tell, this product is junk. I feel like many people who see ‘good’ results probably are just seeing the scars healing naturally anyway.”
Other Mederma formulas, including Mederma Scar Gel, Mederma Scar Cream Plus SPF, Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy and Mederma Scar Cream for Kids, yielded similar reviews.
Is Mederma safe?
There is nothing in Mederma Advanced Scar Gel that could be considered toxic, and the company, which claims it is the top-selling scar cream in the United States, recommends it for children as well as adults.
Onions are acidic, however, and manufacturers say that some itching during the first few days of using the product is normal.
“You will feel the effect before you can see it: a slight itching during the first one or two weeks of use is a good sign that the healing process is underway,” according to the company website. “The first visible result of success is usually a decrease in redness. To ensure this, allow your skin and Mederma a bit of time. Scar treatment always requires patience.”
One user did say that the Mederma Advanced Scar Gel formula darkened existing scars, accentuating her problem.
Other scar creams yield better results
Since the onion extract in Mederma has yielded mixed results, if you’re looking for a superior scar cream, Senvie’s Selevax, not only includes silicone in the form of dimethicone – which will seal in nutrients so they can penetrate skin’s surface layer - it also features ingredients that have a proven track record when defeating scars.
In addition to aloe, which helps slough off dead surface cells naturally, and the ultra-hydrating moisturize of shea butter, Selevax also includes a wealth of antioxidants including vitamins A, C, D and E, which fight off additional cell damage and boost collagen production. The formula born from nature also contains rose hip and arnica oils, both of which have been clinically proven to improve the color and texture of scar tissue.
Selevax is made in the United States and offers a variety of benefits designed to help you feel comfortable when making your purchase, including customer reviews, before and after photos and a money-back guarantee if you don’t see similar results.
Selevax is available on the Senvie website and through Amazon.com.