Scar Therapies for Self Use
Listed below are the main therapies which you can use yourself to improve the appearance of scars.
Silicone Gel Sheets
Silicone gel sheeting was developed in the 1980's and has been used by over 1 million people throughout the world. Both waterproof and flexible, silicone gel sheets look and feel like transparent gelatine and work by flattening, softening and fading red and raised scars. Being flexible, they are comfortable to wear and easy to apply, even on awkward areas such as joints. The sheet is easily cut to fit the scar.
Current research indicates that silicone gel sheeting works by moisturising and covering the scar area. This helps to reduce the size and improve the colour of a scar and can improve elasticity of the tissue. Research also indicates that improvements in the appearance of scars are permanent.
CICA-CARE◊ is an advanced form of silicone in an adhesive gel sheet which is used by the medical profession to reduce red or dark and raised scars. It has recently been made available in pharmacies for people to buy and use themselves. CICA-CARE reduces both new and old scars, red and raised scars and is safe for use by all members of the family. Tests indicate that the average improvement time should be between 2 - 4 months. Buy CICA-CARE Online (UK only).
Vitamin E Cream
Although Vitamin E Cream is sometimes recommended for the self-management of scars, there is no medical evidence to suggest that it has an effect.
Cosmetic camouflage is not a scar therapy as such but it can be a very effective way of disguising a scar, birth mark, 'port wine' mark or vitiligo (a condition which destroys pigment in the skin causing white patches). It is important to remember that scars are quite different from the other conditions mentioned above, though they can also benefit from cosmetic camouflage.