The topical scar care market is showing incredible growth over the past couple years. An increase in hospital admissions from road accidents and burns certainly plays a role in that growth, but so does the release of a variety of skincare products designed to treat scars. Scientifically proven ingredients combined with active botanicals are the latest trend among scar care consumers. When it comes to customer purchase satisfaction however, Silicone based gels are leading the way.
Silicone sheeting was the preferred method of using silicone to help reduce the visibility of scars. But for obvious reasons, they were not popular with consumers for everyday use. That left many people looking for solutions similar to silicone. What they found, however, was that nothing quite stacks up. In order to better understand scar care, let’s take a look at exactly how silicone functions and why it benefits scarred tissue.
How Silicone Works
Silicone is widely considered the most effective topical treatment for scars. Its properties induce several actions which aid in the benefit of scar tissue.
Blocks Bacterial Invasion – Silicone helps protect scar tissue from bacteria. Bacteria can cause excessive collagen production, making scar tissue become bumpy and raised.
Hydrates the Tissue – By hydrating the tissue, silicone helps regulate fibroblast production and reduces collagen production. In short, it makes your scar tissue softer and flatter and allows your skin to breathe.
Reduces Discomfort & Itching – Silicone soothes the itchy tissue and helps ease the discomfort that can be associated with scar tissue.
Modulates & Regulates Growth Factors – This normalizes the fibronectin and collagen production. It helps break down excess collagen and restores the balance within the tissue. This way your existing scar tissue can begin to look more normal.
In addressing each of these common concerns with scar tissue, silicone is extremely beneficial to scar tissue and is a big reason why there is big growth in the scar care market segment.
Self Drying Topical Silicone Gel
This was the answer many consumers with scars were waiting for. Not interested in the silicone sheeting, but not happy with scar creams without silicone. Scar gels changed all of that. Consumers can now apply silicone in a topical treatment that drys to the touch, but still provides all of the benefits we mentioned above. It is cosmetic skincare closing the gap with medical treatments and its no wonder that consumers are ecstatic.
Peptides and Active Botanicals
There are also some peptides that bolster the skin’s cell turnover process, which is beneficial to the scar healing process. Collaxyl is a peptide used in our Peptide and Silicone Scar Gel. We find the combination of Silicone and Collaxyl does wonders for Hypertrophic Scars and Keloid Scars.
Other actives that have a track record for success in scarring is Allantoin and Rose Hip Oil are about the most popular. Rose Hip oil is considered a very trendy ingredient of late, with accolades from dermatologists to the stars. Allantoin breaks down excess collagen and fibronectin helping to smooth scar tissue while providing a natural protectant to the damaged tissue.
Topical self drying silicone is a must have in your scar treatment. Silicone can be used on sensitive skin and used in combination with powerful ingredients such as peptides to help super charge scar healing. Purchasing a silicone scar gel should not be overly difficult, there are many on the market to choose from. Don’t make any decisions until you have fully researched the ingredient list and are satisfied by what you see.
If you are looking for a scar treatment, selecting one with silicone should prove to be a smart choice.