Can Silicone Really Reduce the Appearance of Scars?
When the skin is injured, the body’s natural healing process begins. Cells called fibroblasts are stimulated to form granulation tissue where they produce excess collagen to heal the wound. When the body produces too much collagen, it can leave a raised or discolored scar. Evidence suggests that silicone can greatly improve the look and texture of scars. Here’s what you should know.
How Silicone Prevents Scars
Silicone gel sheets work by interrupting the scar formation process by creating an optimal environment for the wound to heal.
Here are a few mechanisms that may contribute to silicone’s efficacy:
Increases Hydration: Silicone draws moisture from the bottom layers of the skin to the outer layer of the skin, which is called the stratum corneum. In doing so, it regulates fibroblast production and reduces collagen production.
Creates Occlusion: Silicone is semipermeable. While it prevents moisture from escaping the application area, it still allows oxygen through. Staying hydrated and oxygenated allows the scar tissue to blend with the surrounding tissue. The result is a softer, flatter, and less discolored scar.
Offers Protection: Silicone can protect the scar area from bacteria, which can increase collagen production, worsening the appearance of scars.
Regulates growth factors: Some growth factors cause fibroblasts to increase collagen production while others increase the breakdown of excess collagen. By regulating growth factors, silicone can normalize collagen synthesis, improving the color and texture of scars.
Silicone Gel Pads
Silicone gel pads can help the application area maintain moisture during the healing process which can regulate collagen production and minimize the appearance and texture of a scar. In some cases, silicone can prevent a detectable scar from forming altogether.
SZOMAX Beauty Silicone gel pads are an excellent way to manage old and new scars. SZOMAX comes in a 1-pack and a 2-pack. Contact us to learn more!