If you have a scar, you have surely asked "what is the best scar treatment?" You probably asked this because you were aware that they are dozens of different scar treatments to choose from. There are topical scar creams, scar gels, silicone scar sheeting, and even laser treatments and surgery available in some cases. However, of all these options, it is important to find out which is the safest and most effective way to treat your scar before you decide on a scar treatment.
The answer is not always clear as there are a variety of different scars that may require different treatments. For example, the treatment required for a small scar that developed following a cut is much different than what is needed for substantial scarring that resulted from a severe burn. In fact, if you have serious, substantial scarring, it is in your best interest to consult with your health care provider or a dermatologist to inquire about potential treatment options. This is because this kind of scarring may require surgery or laser treatments which are only available via the recommendation of a health care provider.
However, for those with less serious scars such as surgery scars, scars from cuts, or even raised scars like Keloids, using a topical scar treatment will generally help diminish the size and color of your scar. For the purposes of this article, I will examine all three common, non-prescription topical scar treatment options: creams, gels, and sheeting.
You may not be aware of this kind of scar treatment, but essentially these sheets are like band-aids that are made of silicone. Silicone is the single most effective ingredient used for treating scars. Those affected by scars place these sheets over their scar and allow the silicone to not only protect the scar from natural elements, but also to help the scar absorb moisture from surrounding areas of healthy skin. This in turn, allows the scar to heal quickly and safely.
Unfortunately, there are two main drawbacks from using this kind of scar treatment. The first is that much like band-aids, the sheeting may not fully conform to your skin when you move and may leave part of the scar exposed. The second problem is that these sheets are often the most expensive topical scar treatment.
This kind of scar treatment also has positive and negative traits. For example, a positive trait of this kind of treatment is that scar creams generally help heal scars while remaining safe. However, they often have additional ingredients such as moisturizer or sun block. These extra ingredients allow companies who make scar creams to raise the price when in reality it would be less expensive to buy a scar treatment, wait for it to absorb, and then use a sun screen on top of the treated scar. Additionally, scar creams may also stain your clothes if you do not wait for it to absorb.
This kind of scar treatment is essentially taking the best qualities of the two previous treatments and combining them into one. For example, scar gels are generally composed of 100% silicone just like scar sheeting. However, unlike silicone scar sheeting, once the gel is absorbed, it will naturally conform to your every movement, thus protecting and treating the scar at all times.
In addition, unlike scar creams, scar gels do not typically contain any additional ingredients which would distract from the effectiveness of the silicone. This is what makes scar gels the most cost effective topical scar treatment. You can always add sun screen on top of the scar once the gel absorbs.
In conclusion, the best scar treatment, according to my research, is a silicone based scar gel. It is not only the most effective topical scar therapy, but is also the most cost effective.