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Why do I have to wash Cica-Care*?
As part of normal hygiene it is wise to keep the Cica-Care clean. Also the stickiness of the product is restored after cleansing. This will remove normal oils/secretions of skin.

 

Is it safe to use?
Yes. Cica-Care is a medically proven, silicone gel sheet. It is safe for use on children and adults.

 

What if I have a skin condition, e.g. eczema, psoriasis, or acne?
Where there is broken skin, Cica-Care should not be used.

 

To date there has been no research to determine if Cica-Care will work on other skin problems.

 

Will it work with old scars?
Yes. Scientific research and clinical data has shown that Cica-Care actively improves the appearance of scars up to 20 years old. Results showed that up to 90% of red and raised scars improved in appearance by softening, flattening and fading the colour of the scar. However, results are expected to be most effective on more recent scars.

 

Will it work on hairy skin?
In order for Cica-Care to work, it must be in good contact with the scar. If there is too much hair, then shaving may be an option.

 

Will it work on elderly people and/or babies?
It is safe for use on children and adults.

 

The product has been tested on subjects from 2-60+ years of age. We have no data on its use on babies below the age of 2 years.

 

Will it prevent scarring?
Yes, Cica-Care has been shown to reduce the incidence of red and raised (Hypertrophic & Keloid) scars, if used immediately after wound closure.

 

What are the types of scars/how many types are there?
There are a several types of scars. Normal scars are usually flat and light coloured. Cica-Care is not effective on this type of scar. Cica-Care is appropriate for red and raised scars. Hypertrophic scars are red and raised and remain within the boundaries of the original injury. Keloids are also red and raised, but usually grow outside the original boundaries of the injury. Keloids can also be quite itchy.

 

More information can be found at the Scar Information website.

 

Why do some skin types scar more than others?
It is not totally clear why some skin types scar more easily or readily than others. Nevertheless, it is believed that darker skinned people are usually at a higher risk.

Cica-Care can be used to prevent scarring when used as soon as the wound has healed.

 

How many patients have used Cica-Care?
It is not totally clear why some skin types scar more easily or readily than others. Nevertheless, it is believed that darker skinned people are usually at a higher risk.

Cica-Care can be used to prevent scarring when used as soon as the wound has healed.

 

Once Cica-Care reduces my scar/makes it better, will the scar come back?
Bear in mind that even though there will always be some evidence of the scar, nobody has reported any recurrence of a scar after treatment with Cica-Care.

 

What is the clinical evidence which you use to justify your claims?
References:

1. Carney S.A., C.G Cason, J.P Gowar, J.H Stevenson, J.McNee, A.R. Groves, S.S. Thomas, N.B. Hart and P. Auclair, (1994). Cica-Care gel sheet in the management of hypertrophic scarring. 20, (2), pp163-167.
2. Dockery G.L. & Nilson R.Z., The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery(1994) Treatment of Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars with SILASTIC Gel Sheeting. 33,(2),pp110-119.
3. Gold M.H.,J Am Acad Dermatol(1994). A controlled clinical trial of tropical silicone gel sheeting in the treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloid. 30, pp506-507
4. Donald L., Australian/New Zealand Burns Association(ANZBA) (1995). Comparison of 2 types of Silicone Gel Sheets. 14, pp10-11.

 

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