Post # 1
Has anyone ever used, or known someone who used, Mederma or other scar minimizers? I recently cut my chin, and while it healed well, I still have a large, red scar. It’s not a raised scar so I’m not looking to “flatten” it out – but it is still very noticable. I can cover it up decently with makeup but was wondering if anyone had success with any creams. Mederma is “clinically proven” but I’d like to hear some real-life success stories if anyone has any!
Post # 3
I used mederma on my arm. Before my wedding I burned my arm, right on the top of my left forearm! The mederma did help make the scar very faint. If I look for it, I can still see it — it’s pink whereas the rest of my skin has tanned and freckled. I’m not sure what would have happened without the mederma, but I didn’t want to take a chance.
Post # 4
I’ve had LOTS of scars growing up, since I was a big tomboy. I recently got a burn on my neck and used maderma the moment it started healing.
I must say, Maderma helps make the scar unoticeable more quickly. I love this stuff!
Post # 5
I can tell you what I know about scar care, since I give this lecture after stitching kids up all the time. First, the sun is the enemy of your scar. Scars continue to remodel for up to a year and you should be totally obsessive about sunscreen during that time. (Even if it is cloudy out). Hats are also your friend…
Secondly, it’s not the type of scar cream that helps minimize the look of the scar… It’s the act of rubbing it in. Scars are made up of fibrous tissue, so the act of rubbing in the lotion is what breaks down the scar tissue. I tell parents to rub any kind of lotion in twice a day for the year that it takes to heal. Any time you’re massaging the tissue, you are helping to break down the tough fibrous connections.
Whenever you cut yourself, you are going to get a scar, but the trick is to minimize it as much as possible.
If you think the wound is not healing correctly or the scar is keloiding (getting thicker) then you should see your healthcare provider. Good luck!
Post # 6
Thanks for the quick responses! I’m usually not too worried about scars, but this one is on my face so the vanity is coming out.
Mrs.DG…. my mom basically just said the exact same thing – rub petroleum jelly in really well morning and night and carry around sunscreen and keep applying!
Post # 7
Perfect timing for this post! I got poison ivy this summer, and it was everywhere. Seriously. In my ears, bellybutton, arms, legs, stomach, face, neck, hands. EVERYWHERE!! Needless to say, I have about 50+ scars that I’m sort of worried about. From now on, I’m lotioning like a mad-man!
Post # 8
i am almost a believer in mederma. i had throat surgery last november so i have an reddish 8 inch scar across my neck and have been applying mederma RELIGIOUSLY since February when my doctor said to start. I think its actually working i went to my doctor this past week and he said he didn’t notice the scar until he looked at my file! but i still definitely see it, its just not as awfully red as it used to be.