If you're in the market for a scar remedy, look for these ingredients.
The quest to eliminate scars can quickly give rise to desperation. It doesn't help that manufacturers shamelessly make false promises to fade your scars in a matter of days, improve your skin with a single product, or otherwise perform miracles.
You might hear that the latest herbal concoction is the new must-have, or that a proprietary blend is key to eliminating scars. The truth is that if you want a scar-free complexion, only a few ingredients actually work. Here's what to look for on labels before you take the plunge and invest in a scar treatment.
Honey has been used as a home remedy for everything from fungal infections to strep throat. Some research suggests it may also help heal scars. Honey combats inflammation and prevents excess bacteria from entering a healing wound, reducing the risk that the wound will produce an ugly scar.
Silicone is the latest in scar remedies, and research suggests it may help plump your skin and promote healing—particularly with new scars. Even better, silicone can simultaneously treat wrinkles and other signs of ageing. To get these dual benefits, try Wrinkles Schminkles Forehead and Eye Smoothing Kit.
Vitamin E has been the go-to skin remedy for hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of years. Today, research on its efficacy shows mixed results. Some studies suggest that vitamin E does nothing for scars and may even make them worse by irritating skin. So before trying vitamin E, patch-test a small area to ensure you're not allergic.
Because some research suggests that vitamin E can work, it's worth a shot. Vitamin E's primary benefit is its moisturising quality, which reduces the dryness that can make scars more noticeable. Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel is an excellent option for acne-prone skin, because it simultaneously combats spots and related scarring.
Retinol is an outstanding all-in-one skincare remedy. A form of vitamin A, retinol speeds up the turnover of skin cells, potentially reducing the appearance of scars. Retinol applied to current or recent acne blemishes can be especially helpful. Research on its power to combat established scars, however, is less promising.
Salicylic acid, like retinol, encourages rapid skin healing. It also dries out blemishes, reducing their ability to damage the skin. Some evidence suggests that salicylic acid may also be a viable scar remedy. But proceed with caution: because salicylic acid tends to dry the skin, it's most effective when paired with a strong moisturiser or an emollient product such as vitamin E.