Cream for Scars Really Does Work

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There is a lot of controversy over whether or not a cream for scars will actually make a difference. The fact of the matter is that the right creams will make a huge difference in the appearance of your scar. It is simply a matter of choosing the right one.

Whether you have a scar that is forming from a recent injury or you have a scar that has already formed, you can use creams to help reduce the visibility of the scars. Of course, a lot of it depends on the scar itself. If a scar is from a surgical procedure or a wound that had stitches, how visible the scar will be is largely determined by how good of a job the surgeon did on the stitches. If a very good job was done, creams can make a scar nearly invisible. If a poor job was done, visibility of the scar can still be reduced, although possibly not as dramatically.

Types of Cream for Scars

 

There are several different types of cream for scars that you should be aware of before making a purchase.

  • Preventative creams

  • Treatment creams to reduce visibility

  • Treatment creams to reduce symptoms like sensitivity and itching

Understanding the types of cream will help you determine which one you need to achieve the desired results. If you are nursing a wound you need a cream for scar healing. But if your wound is already healed, you will need a different type of treatment. It is possible to use more than one type of cream. For example, you may use a healing cream along with an anti-itch treatment cream. This way you can reduce the symptoms of the scar as well as reduce visibility of the scar.

How the Creams Work

 

The science behind the cream for scars you choose will vary depending on the type of cream that it is as well as what type of scar you are trying to fade. If you are healing a scar from a surgery or wound that is still forming, the cream will help prevent scarring from occurring.

 This happens by speeding up the healing process, while also preventing the wound from over healing. This over healing is what causes Keloid scars, and is the most common type of scar to form. By preventing this from happening, the appearance of a scar is lessened or eliminated entirely by use of these creams during the healing process.

If the scar is already healed, there is still hope. The creams for these scars work by improving the elasticity of skin covering the scar and around the scar. As skin becomes more elastic, the scarring minimizes as the skin seeks to become less stretched in that area. Again, the exact science of how this is achieved will depend on the cream you choose and its active ingredients.

Typical Active Ingredients

 

The active ingredients in cream for scars vary, based on the brand and type of cream. However, there are some ingredients to look for in good quality creams.

  • Peptides (to stimulate collagen production in the skin)

  • Dimethicone (silicone for protecting the tissue as a scar heals to reduce scarring)

  • Symglucan (for speeding up healing)

  • Moisturizers (to soften the skin and improve elasticity)

There are a great many ingredients that may be in the cream you choose to try. Some creams are completely natural and organic, and contain a number of herbal essences that have been used for healing and scar removal for centuries. Other creams are based purely in science, and may have ingredients that are very difficult to pronounce or understand.

The key to understanding active ingredients in a cream is to read the information about the cream that is provided. Any cream that is worth trying will offer detailed information about the active ingredients in the cream for scars and what each ingredient does to help reduce or minimize scarring.

The best scar cream will come with legitimate claims of clinically proven ingredients. Different active ingredients work better for different types of scars, and different people have different reactions to the creams. You may find that you have to try several different creams with different active ingredients before you find one that works well for you.

 

Choosing the Right Cream for Scars

 

The first thing to do when choosing a cream for scars is to talk with your doctor. If you are working on healing a wound from injury or surgery, your presiding physician should be able to give you some recommendations of creams to use that will speed healing and minimize scarring.

If you have older scars, a dermatologist can often give you some recommendations as to creams that may help reduce the appearance of your scars. Your doctor’s recommendations may be based on personal experience, clinical trials, associations with the brand, and a concern for what will work best for you with no or few side effects.

Beyond getting recommendations from your doctor, you need to do your own research. Start by looking at scar cream reviews. These reviews will give you an idea of the results achieved by others who used the product.

 Keep in mind that different creams work best for different types of scars at different levels of healing. Compare the situation of the reviewer with your own situation, and make an opinion of whether or not the cream is right for you based on this information. You should not make a decision based off of one good or bad review, but based on several reviews.

Finally, when choosing a cream for scars you have to consider budget and how long it takes for the product to work. A cream may be very low cost, but take a long time to show results making it ultimately more expensive than another cream that costs more up front but gives results quickly. Look at all of the options with these things in mind. Remember too that sometimes it is a matter of trial and error, and finding the right cream for scars for you might take some guess work.

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