Mederma Scar Cream is a gel product that is made by the German company Merz Pharmaceuticals, and is used to reduce the appearance of scars. The idea behind this is two-fold. First, this product contains ingredients that protects scars from getting sunburned.
Scars that are exposed to the sun for prolonged periods will eventually become discolored and will be more noticeable. This is the last thing you want if you are trying to conceal your scars. Second, Mederma helps to reduce the rough texture of scars by making them softer. This in turn reduces their prominent appearance as the scar blends in better with the surrounding tissue.
They way in which Mederma scar reduction works is similar to the healing process of the body. When skin becomes injured, it takes the necessary steps to heal itself and repair the damage. This is a very complex process that happens over a period of time time. The key word here is time. Similarly, the healing action of this cream also takes time. Actually, the recommended time period is eight weeks. Just like the natural healing process, Mederma has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the collagen in the skin to improve. Collagen is a protein found in the skin and connective tissue. This works because one of the ingredients that contains onion extract, a patented product called Cepalin, has anti-anti-inflammatory properties.
Other key ingredients that help with healing include comfrey root, an anti-inflammatory, and the extract from the herb Centella asiatica, which also has healing properties. There are also ingredients not directly related to healing such as binders, moisture enhancers, and fragrances. Also, Mederma is very pricy costing between $16-$18 for a small size of 0.7 ounces.
- According to studies done by the manufacturer, Mederma’s Cream showed positive results. Over a period of about eight to twelve weeks, the daily application of this cream on scar tissue softened the scar and reduced the discoloration. This is the result of Cepalin, which is the main patented ingredient in for this Scarring Cream.
- Mederma is also convenient to use. Recently, the company came out with an advanced formula which only needs to be applied once a day instead of up to four times a day required with the original formula.
- In addition to its good points, Mederma’s Cream has several issues that need to be addressed. First, it is very expensive for only a small amount. As noted above, 0.7 ozs. can cost up to $18.00! Considering you will probably use more than 0.7 ounces, you will have to keep purchasing it. This may not be affordable for you. Actually, there are other less expensive treatments available other than this cream for scars. For instance, it was found that olive oil or petroleum jelly work just as well as in some users. Also, some users of the product claimed that it didn’t work for them, even after a significant amount of time.
- In addition to these claims, some users reported that Mederma’s Scarring Cream caused an allergic reaction. This is probably due to the fact that it contains other non-healing ingredients that can possibly cause a reaction. To add to its woes, the manufacturers conducted their own study to show it effectiveness. The problem here is these self-studies are usually biased in favor of the manufacturer. So, the big question here is should you purchase this scar cream although there are some negatives?
Well, although the manufacturer claims that they did a scientific study to prove Mederma’s Scarring Cream works, it would be in their best interest to show that it does work. This is not an unbiased independent study, and the results can be skewed in their favor. So, all of their positive claims about this scar removing cream should be taken very lightly.
Especially since some people reported that this product didn’t work for them. Also, the fact that it caused an allergic reaction in some users should be a concern; especially if you’re prone to allergies or other sensitivities and there are other non-allergic remedies available such as olive oil or petroleum jelly. It is because of these concerns, and the fact that Mederma Scar Cream is so expensive and may not work for you, that you should first try a more affordable product to treat your scars.