5 Unique Uses for Silicone Scar Gel
By now you know that silicone gel is the only topical treatment recommended by the scar experts who create scar treatment guidelines for other doctors. While these products are the gold standard in scar healing, they also can be used in a number of unique ways. Read on to learn how to get more from your scar products.
POST WAX RELIEF
Hair grows on some of the most sensitive places on our bodies! Eyebrows, lips, faces, and bikini lines are all prone to waxing mishaps and sensitivity. The calming and cooling effects of scar gel is great for these sensitive and delicate areas. Not only that, but it will also help to prevent scarring on tender skin.
A TREAT FOR YOUR FEET
Not only can scar gel heal your scars faster, it can also enhance your pedicure! While in the shower, buff the bottoms of your feet with a pumice stone. Once you get out of the shower and dry your feet, apply scar gel and immediately put on a pair of fuzzy socks. Leave them on all night and in the morning your feet will be softer and more smooth. This is especially great for those long stretches of winter weather when your skin tends to become dry and develop cracks.
Scar gel can also be a helpful treatment for rough calluses on your heels, hands or elbows. Just apply the gel to these areas regularly and your skin will become soft and smooth again.
BURNS BE GONE
Not many know this, but silicone gel not only fades scars, but can also assist with burn healing. Whether your burn is caused by a curling iron, cooking, or laser hair removal, NewGel+ can help! Burn scars form as the result of the body’s natural healing process. While first-degree burns will usually heal within 7 to 10 days without scarring, all deeper burns (second- and third-degree) heal by scarring.
The healing of a burn wound is accomplished by either of two process: complete regeneration or substitution. Complete regeneration is only possible if all the specialized cells of the skin are preserved. In this case, burn wounds follow a similar healing process as other injuries to the skin, including cell proliferation, migration, and tissue remodeling. On the other hand, if the skin is burned very deeply (past the point of regeneration), a different type of unspecialized connective tissue forms over the wound. The skin contracts as it heals, forming a type of scar known as a contracture.
Burn scar contracture refers to the tightening of the skin after a second or third degree burn. As the affected area is healing, the surrounding skin pulls together, resulting in a contracture. This type of scarring must be treated as soon as possible because the contracture can result in restriction of movement around the injured area.
Since burns are at high risk for abnormal scarring, it’s crucial to begin treatment early. A great scar gel will help to heal these burn scars more quickly and efficiently than others creams and treatments on the market.
Your scar gel can also double as a makeup primer, thanks to the silicone. Silicone based primer is often used to give you a smooth, matte finish. It has a sleek and slippery consistency that, when applied to the face, leaves your skin looking and feeling like silk. This type of primer is best for those with oily or combination skin. Silicone primers aren’t ideal for those with dry skin as it tends to flake which can cause breakouts.
Another important thing to keep in mind; silicone-based foundations work best with silicone-based primers. If you’ve ever had your foundation sort of “crumble” on top of a primer, it’s most likely because your foundation is water-based and your primer is silicone-based. Make sure you double check the ingredients before applying.
MUST-HAVE FOR MOMS
If you’re a new mom, scar gel should be an essential part of your kit. Carry a travel size in your diaper bag or hand bag for any accidents that may occur. When your child gets a scrape or a cut be sure to take care of the injury right away. Not sure how? A recent article in the Los Angeles Times printed advice from Dr. Kazu Suzuki, director at Tower Wound Care Center in Los Angeles, who said, “In the wound care world, we say, ‘Don’t put anything in your wound that you wouldn’t put in your eye.”
After you have cleaned your child’s wound, and it has closed, you can help to reduce the size and appearance of scarring by using silicone based gel and gel sheets, which are clinically proven to reduce scars.
Use the tips and tricks outlined above to get the most out of your scar gel! Don’t forget to follow NewGel+ on Instagram and Facebook so that you’ll never miss a new post, and check out our shop for a wide variety of scar healing products!