If you have a scar, or multiple scars, that you would like to minimize and/or assist in faster healing, the silicone scar treatment known as SCARprin might be able to help.
The company appears to be self owned and has been in business since 2009, at least. This product advertises itself as being a topical treatment to improve the appearance of various types of scars, as well as helping closed wounds heal faster.
It does not claim to make scars completely vanish, or to work on pitted or depressed scars.
If you are considering using this product, you might be interested in learning its ingredients.
Basically, SCARprin is made up of 100% medical grade silicones:
SCARprin is a gel, applied topically, which means directly onto your skin. It is contraindicated for anything except external use.
Silicone is created by combining two ingredients: silicon and oxygen atoms. It is able to form a protective barrier over a scar, plus prevent drying. Silicone is more or less an extremely high powered moisturizer. This helps to keep your scar stay moist and more flexible.
SCARprin says that it is effective in treating all types of scars, including:
- Surgical Scars
- Keloid Scars
- Stretch Marks
- Acne Scars (Raised)
- Burn Scars
- Breast Reduction and Implant Scars
- Scars from Accidents
- Tattoo Removal Scars
- Body Piercing Scars
This product is supposed to work by creating a flexible barrier over the scar that protects it and holds in moisture. This helps a fresh scar heal more quickly and presumably also works to diminish older scars, too.
It comes in a one ounce bottle, which is what you get if you order a single bottle. The price is $49.95. That being said, they have a Buy Two and Get One Free offer, so you can purchase three one ounce bottles for $99.00, a hefty savings over getting the bottles individually.
Shipping is an additional $5.95 within the United States and more for international orders and buyers in Canada.
Currently, the only place to purchase this acne scar product is through the company. You can order it online, over the phone, or mail in a money order.
Finding unbiased reviews of product isn’t easy, since the product isn’t sold anywhere except directly from the company. There are testimonials to be found on the SCARprin website, but these are clearly weighted toward the users who are pleased with it.
There are several allegedly independent review sites that rate it as the #1 nonprescription scar treatment, but a search of the domain registries reveal that the addresses are the same as the company. So, it seems fairly obvious that these are not impartial reviews from customers who have actually bought and used this product.
There are a couple of message boards, unaffiliated with treatment, whose members mention this product in a favorable light. So, you won’t really be able to make an informed buying decision about this scar product based on user reviews or the opinions of others who have used it, unless you are personally acquainted with someone who has tried it.
- The pros are that silicone has been shown to be effective in treating certain types of scars, and SCARprin is all medical grade silicone. One type of scar treatment that is often prescribed by doctors is sheets of silicone. By all accounts, these are messy and hard to handle, plus not especially cost effective since you have to use an entire sheet on your scar.
- Being a topical gel, will allow you to apply it only where it is needed, saving money and the hassle of wrestling a silicone sheet.
- The cons are that—since it is slim pickings for real user reviews—if you buy this product you’ll have to take it on faith, unless you know someone who has successfully used it.
- Another downside is that it isn’t widely available and you can only buy it through the company, incurring shipping charges and having to wait for delivery. Another drawback is that you can only return unopened products, so there is no true money back guarantee.
To sum things up, if you have scars that bother you and you don’t want to opt for plastic surgery, SCARprin might be a viable alternative if you decide it’s worth the risk.