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Scar Remedies

Dear Sugar
I have a scar that is an inch long and I've been putting a cream on it called scarZone (with green tea). Do you know of anything better? Is there anything proven to help minimize scars? It's a hidden scar but it irritates me. Scarred Scarlett

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Dear Scarred Scarlett
You should be using vitamin E cream with i.u.'s above 10,000. This will be the most effective. Or, just pop open a vitamin E capsule and rub it over the scar several times a day. Beware of your clothing; this can get really sticky.

Vitamin E cream is a healing agent, and it will also keep your skin soft so the skin around and on the scar can be mobilized. Shea butter will keep your skin soft too and it's less tacky feeling.

Something to consider to really make it go away is physical therapy for scar massage. A professional will use myofascial release to minimize the scar. This means that they will rub the scar hard and deep back and forth and separate the scar tissue to break it up the adhesed tissue.

This can only be done when the scar is closed and healed, not when it's an open wound. After these treatments, don't be afraid to touch the scar. You need to continue to rub is to maximize the effects. A bonus, is that besides your co-pay, your insurance company should cover it.

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TrippleC TrippleC 10 years
Scars are AWESOME!!! Though if you have a nasty one, definately use something, but I'm proud of my scars. Usually, it's a great story for you to tell.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
Can we use these products for pick marks left from acne? Cemikese, what do you recommend for acne scars?
cemikese cemikese 10 years
Nicachica- I'm sorry about the bad news! But, I guess you can save money on the expensive creams though. Except sunscreen- you'll want to keep the surrounding areas from getting tan or there will be a big difference in color and it will make everything worse. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you are one of the people that it resolves for quickly! :D yeah! My first buddy! Jennifer76- I totally agree with you- it needs to be used regularly or it is a big old waste of money. I saw it at Costco the other day, so that helps some with cost. :D
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I just want to add my two cents - if you're going to use Mederma, MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. Because if you're lazy about it (like me) and only put it on when you remember (which isn't often enough) - it's a very expensive waste of time.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Mederma is the best or plain cocoa butter.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
6-12 months??? oh my lord! I thought it would go away in a few weeks and i've tried Neosporin and now i'm using Vitamin E to speed up the process. Sigh... Thanks for the realistic picture Cemikese. I don't like the answer but it's nice to know someone can break it down so nicely for me like you just did. :) i'm adding you as a buddy now!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
try kelo-cote
theresa67 theresa67 10 years
Scarguard. I use it. Love it. You can get it at your derm. or doctors office...
nicachica nicachica 10 years
that's so crazy that i'm seeing this post because my best friend just told me to take Vitamin E only 20 minutes ago! i had poison ivy on my forehead and upper eyelid a few weeks ago and now that it's gone, i've been desperately trying to get rid of the scars that were left behind. my face (which normally is very clear) has been horrid lately so THANK YOU POP for the confirmation to take Vitamin E. :)
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
ps. to bad that wouldnt work for stretch marks
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
WoW great tip! I have a horribel scar in the corner of my left eye. I wonder if I can get that looked into with my insurance. That would be so great! Ur the best!
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