Advanced Scar Gel by Mederma
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel - .7 oz. (20g)
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel with Cepalin botanical extract is specifically formulated and clinically shown to soften, smooth and reduce the appearance of scars. It’s hard to feel like yourself when it feels like everyone is staring at your scar. Mederma Advanced Scar Gel can help you ease the doubts. Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is clinically shown to improve the overall appearance, color and texture of scars. More doctors and pharmacists recommended Mederma Advanced Scar Gel than any other brand for old and new scars from cuts, surgery, acne or burns. And since you only have to apply Mederma Advanced Scar Gel once a day, it’s easy to use. Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is the first and only 1x daily topical scar gel. No doubts. Just you.
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel should be evenly applied and gently rubbed into the scar 1X daily for 8 weeks on new scars and 3-6 months on existing scars.
Begin using Mederma Advanced as soon as your wound has healed and your sutures have been removed. You may also start using it immediately on older scars. Not intended for use on open wounds.
Remember that results take time, so don't get discouraged if you do not notice results right away. Generally, Mederma users start to see noticeable improvement after about 4 weeks of daily usage. Use 1X daily for 8 weeks on new scars and 3-6 months on existing scars.
Mederma Scar Products
Results take time. Mederma helps reduce the appearance of scars resulting from cuts, surgery, acne or burns, making them softer, smoother and less noticeable. You can put Mederma to work for you as soon as scabs are gone, any stitches (sutures) are removed, and the skin has healed.
Remember that results take time, so don’t get discouraged if you do not notice results right away. Generally, Mederma users have started to see noticeable improvement after approximately 4 weeks. For optimal results, use Mederma for 8 weeks on new scars and 3-6 months on old scars.
Which Mederma is Right for You?
- Mederma Advanced Scar Gel – For 1X daily use
- Mederma Scar Cream Plus SPF 30 – Helps you prevent sunburn while making your scar less noticeable
- Mederma for Kids – Goes on purple, rubs in clear, fun grape scent
- Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy – Nourishing cream formula specifically for stretch marks
Mederma lets you set aside the doubt and regain confidence by making scars and stretch marks look better — so the real you can shine through. No doubts. Just you.
Mederma scar products:
- Are clinically shown to improve the overall appearance, color and texture of scars, making them softer, smoother and less noticeable
- Work for old and new acne scars, surgery scars, and scars from burns or cuts
- Are from the #1 doctor- and pharmacist - recommended brand for scars
Getting Started with Mederma, for New Scars and Old Ones
When the skin is damaged, the body begins immediately to heal the wound. A scar will form as part of healing. Though scars will never go away completely, you can take steps to improve the way they look, including taking good care of the wound as it’s healing.
You can also take an active role in improving how a scar looks and feels – whether it’s a new scar or one you’ve had for a while – by using Mederma Scar Gel or Cream once the wound has closed.
When Can You Start?
Studies have shown that when people use Mederma as directed, Mederma can help to improve the overall appearance, softness, color and texture of scars.
For scars that are more than a year old: You can start using Mederma right away, with optimal results after 3-6 months of daily use.
For new scars that are less than a year old: As soon as any scabs are gone and the skin is healed, or any stitches (sutures) are removed, you can begin using Mederma. You’ll see optimal benefits after 8 weeks of daily use.
Whether your scar is new or old, get started on improving it today.
Scars take time to heal, and you’ll get the best results from Mederma if you follow all directions, including those for how long to use the product you choose.
Look for product directions here and on the Mederma website to learn how and when to apply it and how long to use it. And if you have questions about how to use Mederma, read more about tips for use, contact Mederma, or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
A Little Mederma Goes A Long Way
Apply only a thin layer of Mederma. Gently massage it into the scar, confining the product to the scar only, until there is no shiny, wet or sticky feeling left.
If your skin appears to be dry or is flaking after you apply Mederma several times, you might be using too much. Try using a little less product or gently cleansing the area with mild soap and water before a fresh application.
How to Use with Other Products and Medicines
You can safely use Mederma with other cosmetic products like lotions and makeup. Mederma recommends that you apply it before other lotions and makeup products, but you can reapply Mederma throughout the day without washing your skin.
Please consult your healthcare professional before using Mederma with other topical (on the skin) products that you purchase with or without a prescription.
If you use medicines (such as some acne medicines) that make your skin sensitive to the sun, ask your doctor or pharmacist if Mederma Scar Cream Plus SPF 30 might be a good choice for you.
The Basics on Scars and Why They Form
Scars are the natural result of the way the body heals a wound. The actual scar tissue is a section of repaired skin that does not look or feel like ordinary skin. The more you understand about scars and your skin, the better the decisions you can make about what, if any, care or treatment you might need.
Scars can affect how we feel about ourselves and how we function. Sometimes, scars can affect one’s self-esteem and confidence, especially when they are on the face, hands and other areas of the body that people can see easily. Scars can also cause physical pain, tenderness and severe itching. Some scars, such as those caused by burns or deep wounds, also make it harder for people to move or function normally.
Wounds heal in phases over weeks and even years, and the scar that forms can change during that process. There are different types of scars and many causes. Certain types of care and treatment can often reduce the appearance, pain or discomfort of scars, and can even help improve how elastic or flexible scar tissue becomes.
How Scars Form
When skin is damaged, the body produces special cells to repair it. Scars are the sections of repaired skin that do not look like natural skin even after they are healed.
Some scars have too much collagen and other tissues, which causes raised skin. Some have too little collagen, which causes the scar to be lower than the skin around it. Repaired skin might have no hair follicles, be less elastic (or flexible), and form longer strands of tissue compared to the skin around it. These changes create different types of scars.
Causes of Scars
Scars can occur from any damage to the skin, but they can be worse if any scabs that form are removed too early. A number of other events or conditions can cause scars.
- Scrapes, Cuts and Minor Injuries
Even minor damage to the skin can cause scars. Some scrapes or cuts affect only the outer layers of skin. These wounds heal from the deeper layers up. As the tissue heals, the skin looks pink at first and then may look yellowish. Deeper cuts or scrapes remove all of the layers of skin. As these wounds heal, new skin forms first on the outside edges of the wound, and then more tissue forms gradually until it meets and closes in the middle. This type of scrape looks white at first, might form a scab and takes longer to heal.
- Acne, Pimples or Zits
Not all acne causes scars, but when hair follicles (tiny openings in the skin where fine hairs grow) become inflamed or filled with pus, pain and scarring are more likely. The most common type of acne scar is an atrophic scar, which is a sunken area of skin. Scabs due to acne can also cause scars. Medical experts realize that acne and acne scars can cause emotional stress for anyone, but especially for adolescents. If acne is severe or causes embarrassment, talk to a doctor about all of your treatment choices.
Burns can damage one or more layers of skin, as well as other important tissues. Burn scars are often contracture scars, which create tight areas of skin as they heal. The deeper the burn, the more likely scarring is to occur.
- A First Degree burn is a minor burn on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). It might look like sunburn and causes redness, pain and minor swelling
- A Second Degree burn damages the first and second layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis). These painful burns cause the skin to turn red, can cause blisters or an open wound, and swelling
- Third Degree burns, also called full-thickness burns, injure all layers of the skin and might also damage deeper tissues. They might look white, red or black. These are serious burns that can cause severe pain, become infected and affect the skin’s ability to grow back
- Fourth Degree burns extend through the skin to muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and even bones.
- Surgery and More Serious Injuries
Because surgery and some injuries can cause deep wounds to the layers of the skin, scars will form. Physicians can use many different techniques to repair the damaged tissue, help the wound heal properly and limit scarring. Physicians can often use various types of stitches and bandages to reduce scarring after surgery and as injuries heal. Some types of surgery, like “laparoscopic” surgery, for example, require only small incisions, or cuts, so scars will be smaller.
What Type of Scar Do You Have?
Scars come in various shapes, sizes and even colors. These different characteristics depend on many factors: how the skin was damaged, how well the skin heals, your personal and family history of scarring, how old the scar is and where it is on your body. Likewise, each different type might need different types of care or treatment.
Types of Scars:
- Atrophic scars from acne, chickenpox and injury
Atrophic scars (pronounced aye TRO fick) form a depression or sunken area because of damage to the collagen, fat or other tissues below the skin. These scars are caused by: Acne, chickenpox, surgery and accidents.
- Keloid and hypertrophic scars which cause raised skin
Keloid and hypertrophic scars are dense, raised scars that are thicker than surrounding skin. They occur when the body produces too much collagen while a wound heals. They can be removed by surgery, but might return.
- Keloid (pronounced KEY loyd) scars occur when too many cells grow at the site of a skin injury. The resulting tissue covers the wound and some part of surrounding skin. These red-purple scars do not usually go away by themselves. They are more common in people who are African-American, Hispanic or Asian.
- Hypertrophic (pronounced HI purr TRO fick) scars are also raised, but they do not usually expand beyond the wound. They can fade at least partially without any treatment.
How Skin Heals
Wounds heal in several, overlapping steps. How fast and well any skin damage heals depends on many factors, including a person’s health and age, location and type of injury, and care for the wound while it is healing.
Listed below are the steps or phases when skin heals normally:
- Phase 1: "Inflammatory" Phase
After an injury, a number of substances in the body reach the site of the wound quickly to begin to repair it. Besides causing blood to clot, these substances help remove damaged cells, germs and any foreign items (such as dirt). They also help create new cells that are important to healing.vAs one of the first steps in healing a wound, the body starts to form a scab, or crusty layer. Removing scabs too early can cause more skin damage and cause larger scars. So to lessen scarring and improve healing, experts suggest leaving most scabs alone. Protect the scab and wound by keeping them covered and moist (with an antibacterial cream) while new skin cells grow beneath it. After a while, the scab will loosen and fall off.
- Phase 2: "Proliferation" Phase
New skin cells begin to form over a wound during this phase, which begins hours after an injury. The repair continues for three to 14 days. During this phase, the body also creates collagen, an important protein that is in the skin and connective tissues, plus other substances to help the skin draw closed. If scabs are present, they will eventually dry up and fall off. Wounds that are kept moist with antibiotic creams develop new skin cells faster, according to plastic surgeons.
- Phase 3: "Maturation" Phase
More complete healing continues in phase 3, about three weeks after an injury. Water begins to gradually leave the scar, and collagen fibers begin to lie closer together. This process makes the wounded skin stronger. After about two months, the area of the wound will be about as strong as it can be, which is about 80 percent as strong as unwounded skin. This phase of healing can continue for months or even years.
Caring for Scars
Wounds to the skin and tissue can heal on their own over time. But scars will remain after those wounds heal.
Many People Decide to Give Special Attention to Scars When They:
- Want to improve self-confidence due to scars that are very visible on the face, hands or arms, for example.
- Have pain, itching, swelling, scabs or other discomfort as the skin heals.
- Have pain or discomfort of underlying tissues, tendons and nerves because of how the scar heals.
- Tend to scar easily.
Types of Care for Scars
Once you have a scar, it will not go away completely. However, proper care can help wounds heal with less scarring. And once the wound has closed, you can take steps to help improve how a scar looks or feels.
Talk to your doctor about how to care for your skin to reduce the appearance of scarring, and about what you can expect for any scar care he or she may recommend.
You cannot avoid all scars, but you can do many things to improve how a scar looks. You can also prevent scars by taking steps to prevent injuries and other damage to your skin.
- Pay attention to your skin. Talk to a doctor early about acne plus other conditions and diseases that can damage the skin.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for caring for your skin, wounds and scars. Ask questions about how to use products and medicines, and use them the right way every time.
- Learn how to care for scabs, acne pimples and similar skin conditions. Do not pick scabs or squeeze pimples, because this can cause scarring.
- Learn about your risk for getting different types of scars. Some types might be common among members of your family.
- Understand how wounds heal, so you will know when your skin is most at risk for scarring or re-injury.
- Protect healing skin and scars by using skin products with sunscreen and onion extract.
If you would like to improve the look of a scar or if a scar limits your ability to move because of pain or tight skin, talk to your doctor about all your options for care and treatment.
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel FAQs:
What is Mederma Advanced Scar Gel?
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is the first and only 1X daily topical gel created to help reduce the appearance of old and new scars. Mederma Advanced is clinically shown to improve the overall appearance, color and texture of scars.
What makes Mederma Advanced Scar Gel different from Original Mederma Scar Gel?
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is improved. Unlike the original formula that had to be applied three times a day, Mederma Advanced is effective with just a 1X daily application, making it more convenient for you to use, while still delivering great results.
What is Cepalin?
Cepalin is the proprietary botanical extract in all Mederma products, which works to improve the overall appearance, texture and color of scars.
Who should use Mederma Advanced Scar Gel?
Anyone with a scar can use Mederma Advanced Scar Gel. When used as directed, it's safe for all ages. However, some people may be sensitive to its ingredients, so if you experience severe itching, swelling or scar discoloration stop using Mederma Advanced immediately. If symptoms persist contact your doctor.
If I’m using Mederma Scar Gel on a facial scar, can I apply makeup over it?
Yes, you can use Mederma scar products with makeup. However, Mederma works best when it can be easily absorbed into the skin, so it’s best to apply Mederma when your skin is clean and then allow time for it to dry before applying makeup. You may want to consult a sales associate at your local drug store or department store regarding the best concealers, foundations and powders for effective cover-up options.
If I use Mederma on my face to treat acne scars, will it cause me to break out?
Mederma Advanced Scar Gel is a non-greasy, water-based gel, so you should be able to use it without breaking out. However, everyone’s skin reacts differently to new products. Talk to your dermatologist if you’re concerned about breaking out while using Mederma. Your best bet is to test Mederma on a small part of your face to see if you have a reaction to the product. If you do not have a reaction, you can then use it on scars as you see fit.
What happens if I miss an application of Mederma on my scar?
For the best results on your scar, you should try to apply your Mederma as directed. If you miss applications frequently, it will take longer to see results. If you’re concerned about missing applications, sign up for the Mederma reminder program. It’s a great resource for the forgetful and the diligent alike to be sure you keep up with your Mederma applications, and they offer new tips and facts about your skin and scars.
My Mederma box says “Do not use on open wounds.” At what point is my wound considered completely closed?
A wound is completely closed when the scab falls off or the stitches are removed. You can begin to use Mederma as soon as there is no visible scab where the wound occurred and your stitches have been removed. While there is still a scab or stitches present, keep the wound clean and covered – this will speed healing time and reduce the appearance of the resulting scar.
Does Mederma Advanced Scar Gel make scars disappear?
No product can make scars disappear completely. But Mederma Advanced Scar Gel can help them appear softer, smoother and less noticeable.
The Mederma family of products, including Mederma Advanced Scar Gel, Mederma Cream Plus SPF 30, Mederma for Kids and Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy, has a long tradition of visible improvement in the appearance of scars and stretch marks when used as directed. The #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended brand for scars, Mederma helps reduce the appearance of scars resulting from surgery, injury, burns, and acne, making them softer, smoother, and less noticeable.