Silicone Saves Your Skin

There are a lot of shoddy products out there claiming that they heal scars. What works best? Well, the answer is simple…silicone and pressure therapy!

Silicone gel and compression therapies are two of the only scar therapy treatments backed by good data, primarily deriving from burn literature. Gel therapy is also the best way to treat scar hypertrophy and redness. Plus, it treats old scar, like mine were when I gave it a go for the first time.

Don’t believe us? Check out the excerpts from scientific literature below!

Silicone Gel Scar Therapy Efficacy

1.     National Center for Biotechnology Information

a.     “The clinical support of topical silicone gel products, relative to all alternative scar therapies, is considered the internationally recommended first-line form of scar management, and favored by consensus among healthcare professionals.”

b.     “In fact, it is proposed that topical SGS and intralesional steroids are the only evidence-based recommendable forms of treatment to control the quality of a scar.39 SGS not only prevails in terms of performance but in terms of its ease of use;”

c.      “Silicones possess many skin-friendly properties—biocompatibility, atraumatic removal, extended wear time, repositionable, resistant to microbial growth, and hydrophobicity.49 “

d.     “The main limitations are related to patient compliance; topical SGS can be cumbersome to keep on the scar, with some patients showing an aversion to wearing SGS in visible areas.29 Whereas another study draws attention to certain SGS products leading to possible skin irritation in hot climates.50 A limitation of SGS's practical application is with burn cases, in which the affected area may be very large. In these situations SGS can prove impractical.”—JellyBra fixes this problem because it makes scar therapy as easy as getting dressed!

2.       National Center for Biotechnology Innovation

a.     “Topical silicon gel is safe and effective treatment for hypertrophic and keloidal scars. It is easy to apply and cosmetically acceptable.”

b.     This study used silicone gel and found that “On areas of the body covered by clothes, it must be perfectly dry before the patient dresses, and this may not be always practical. All the patients felt the gel was easy to apply, but some complained of prolonged drying time.“

3.     Science Direct

a.     “Silicone sheeting or gel is universally considered as the first-line prophylactic and treatment option for hypertrophic scars and keloids. The efficacy and safety of this gold-standard, non-invasive therapy has been demonstrated in many clinical studies. Other (more specialized) scar treatment options are available for high-risk patients and/or scars. Pressure garments may be indicated for more widespread scarring, especially after burns.”

Why should you care what works?

“A recent survey indicated that 91% of patients who underwent a routine surgical procedure would value any improvement in scarring.3” We’re willing to bet that you are one of them!

Meghan Fitzpatrick