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What is a great product to fade scars for burn marks?

Asked by chelle21689 (6913points) July 22nd, 2010

I have a 2nd degree burn healing up, it’s a pretty big mark and it’s really ugly. I’ve been told by people to use mederma, bio oil, cocoa butter, etc. I don’t know which to use. What has worked for you?

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Luffle's avatar

I use cocoa butter lotion daily just because I like it and it smells nice. It’s very slow in reducing scars. Lemon juice and aloe vera are also helpful with reducing scars.

For me, aloe vera worked the best. I had a really bad spider bite on my face when I was younger which resulted in some scarring. I grew some aloe vera plants and cut leaves off and applied it to the area.

Afos22's avatar

Neosporin

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

If it is already in the healing process and shows no sign of infection, then just give it time and eat properly. Skin regeneration for this type of burn comes from within the body. Salves like Neosporin temporarily help control the itch as skin regrowth occurs.

Age also plays into the factor. It takes a lot longer to heal from a bruise, cut or burn today than it did when I was a child.

localjoke's avatar

I used this cream called Scarzone and it worked really good :]

perspicacious's avatar

Vitamin E oil, 70,000 ICU available at drugstore.com.

Chrissi85's avatar

I found bio oil works quite well, if you get the scar early. Only problem is it’s really damn expensive

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Cocoa butter or shea butter. Neosporin does nothing that petroleum jelly won’t do – if the wound is closed, you don’t need all those antibiotics (and they do help create superbugs) so it’s just a really expensive version of Vasoline. Mederma is also just petroleum jelly with tons of crap in it that won’t help but let them mark up the price. Petroleum jelly sits on top of your skin, blocking any moisture from getting out, but once it evaporates, it’s done helping. Cocoa butter and shea butter both absorb into your skin, giving it more moisture than was previously there.

janbb's avatar

How you will scar also depends a lot on the type of skin you have. People with darker skins often get thicker scars.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’ve been using a combination of Mederma, Vitamin E oil, and Pure Aloe Vera to reduce my stretch marks from pregnancy. It’s been working. I figure if those can reduce stretch marks, they should be able to help with burn scars.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Please excuse my medical ignorance, and this question should probably be directed to doctor friends, but I will ask you all anyway. How do you know if any topical treatment sped up or eliminated a burn scar?

When I was nine, I rested my arm on the toaster oven and ended up with a burn and blister from wrist to elbow. No topical applications were ever used, other than some type of salve to alleviate the itching once the blister was gone. There was a red scar for years, but has since faded. Unless someone has equal burns and medicinally treats them differently, would they know if a topical substance actually works?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Scar tissue never goes away and becomes normal tissue again, but you can reduce the appearance. Burn tissue is just scar tissue.

I can tell it works because I got two scratches from my cat one day. One is on my arm and since I see it all the time, I remember to put shea butter on it all the time. The other is on my foot, and I forget all the time. The one on my arm is almost invisible now, but the one on my foot still looks really “arrrggghhh!”.

As of 2004 no prescription drugs for the treatment or prevention of scars were available.

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Nullo's avatar

A lot of burn marks fade on their own, in time. I had a real beauty on my arm once, purulent blisters, the works; now you can barely even see where the skin discolored.

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