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Stubborn Hypertrophic Or Keloid Scarring? 2 Prescription Scar Topical Gel Options

by Stephen Silva

If you have one or more raised scars on your body, then you may find that these scars reduce your self-confidence in your appearance. However, while over-the-counter scar treatment products work for some people, others have bad experiences with these OTC products and find that they do not help their scars at all. 

Next time you visit your dermatologist or primary physician, you should ask them about the various prescription scar topical gel products available today that have been proven to help flatten both newer and old raised scars, such as hypertrophic or keloid scars. 

Read on to learn about two mild prescription scar topical gels and how they work. 

1. Silicone Gel

One type of prescription scar gel is made of simple medical-grade topical silicone. To use this gel to help flatten raised scars, you simply apply a thin layer of this gel to the scar twice a day. Once the gel dries, which can take several minutes, you can cover it with sunscreen and/or makeup, if desired. 

While it may sound surprising, simple silicone gel helps flatten and smooth scars in many ways. First, it helps hold hydration in the surface of skin. When this skin layer is properly hydrated, it supports healthy, balanced skin collagen and fibroblast production; some raised scars develop due to excess production of these important skin components.

This substance also encourages the skin produce a greater quantity of an enzyme called collagenases; this enzyme breaks down extra skin collagen that the skin creates when building scar tissue. Finally, silicone gel regulates the skin's production of growth factors that, if produced in too-high quantities, can encourage the growth of extra, unnecessary scar tissue. 

2. Stabilized Hypochlorous Acid Gel

Another type of prescription scar gel available today contains not only medical-grade topical silicone, but also an additional scar-reducing substance called stabilized hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is naturally produced in all humans by the immune system.

This substance naturally increases oxygen delivery to wounds on the body to aid in wound healing. While the addition of this substance to silicone scar gel can help promote healthy healing of new wounds the gel is placed on, the increased tissue oxygenation it encourages is also believed to help diminish the appearance of old scars. 

Stabilized hypochlorous acid gel is typically rubbed onto a scar about three times a day to help flatten it over time. 

If you have one or more stubborn hypertrophic or keloid scars and feel like you have tried every OTC product to eliminate them with no luck, then ask your doctor if a prescription scar topical gel, such as one of these two types, would be a good option for you. 

For more information on prescription scar gel treatment, contact your local business.