Scars in obvious places can be embarrassing and unattractive, and bring up all sorts of insecurities. We know that our Beauties like to look and feel their best, so we spoke with New York City-based dermatologist Barbara Reed, M.D., and Los Angeles-based dermatologist Alex Khadavi, M.D., who specializes in growth factors, to find out which creams, lotions, and care are the best for removing or preventing scars.
The longer the scar has been around, the harder it is to erase completely. The best way to prevent scars is by treating them early. "If a scar is new and red, it will most likely fade," says Dr. Reed. "If it's older and pigmented, it can be harder to treat, and if it's lumpy and raised, then you should speak with a dermatologist. Most of your healing depends on your age, genetics, and where the scar is. Constant dedication to a scar is essential to reducing its appearance. Just like using an eye cream, you need to be consistent in applying cream or oil, and massaging your scar to loosen the tissue."
The myth that the more expensive the cream, the better it works is untrue, especially when it comes to scar treatment. "The basic ingredients that are found in many creams can help to treat scars," says Dr. Reed, "so you don't need to choose the most expensive brand. If the scar is brand new and shallow, all you need to do is keep it out of the sun and stop it from getting infected. Use a product such as Mederma after the scab falls off. You can also massage the area with essential oils, but you have to be diligent." Another option is silicone. “The best way to avoid a scar is to use a silicone gel," says Dr. Khadavi. "The more concentrated the silicone gel, the better. In fact, 100% silicone gels are the best to use. If used twice daily, there is a dramatic decrease in scar formation."
Apply this after a fresh scab falls off to heal the skin and prevent a scar. You must apply it four times a day, but it can drastically reduce the color and texture of a scar.
Full of plant extracts and vitamins (including exfoliating vitamin A), Bio Oil can be rubbed into existing scars to reduce the redness and lumpiness. And, it’s not greasy.
This over-the-counter silicone gel works to soften and smooth the scar as well as reduce itching. It creates a waterproof membrane that acts as a second skin to speed up healing.