Is There a Cream to Prevent Scarring?

Updated on April 24, 2009
M.D. asks from Orange, CA
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My two year old daughter fell on my treadmill last week while I was on it. She got her face pretty scraped up on the belt of the treadmill. Good news is she was not seriously hurt. But, as her face is healing up, Im noticing that the skin underneath is now very pink, discolored and im afraid it will be a permanent scar. Wondering if anyone knows of a good cream or other treatment to help the wound heal w/o any scar?? Its only been a week so im hoping it will continue to get bettter, but since its on her face, i really want it all to go away!

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Thanks for all the great advice. Its been about 2 weeks or so and my daughters face is healing great. I think it looked worse than it actually was..but i did start using vitamin E and i think in the next few weeks the small red area thats left should heal up perfectly. But all the advice was much appreciated.

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H.S.

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Yes. Try a product called, 'Traumeel'. I think you can only find it at health food stores. It has homeopathic pills as well as a cream. Amazing stuff.

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J.K.

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Try aloe vera! And I mean from the real plant. Get one of the "leaves" and cut it open. Put the fleshy part of the plant on the cut. If you do this every day for as long as possible, it should help heal the wound nicely. This is from experience. When I was in college I fell down a flight of concrete stairs face first! I busted my chin open (it wasn't deep enough for stitches) and was worried about scarring. I put the aloe vera plant on my chin for a good week (if my memory serves correctly). It's now 10+ years later, and no scars.

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L.H.

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You could always try vitamin E and don't forget sunscreen even when she's just outdoors for a little bit!

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S.H.

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Go to your health food store and get some Collidal Silver Cream (not cheap) but it works!

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J.L.

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Hi M., years ago my sister in law's nephew got hit by a car, I think he was like 3 or 4 any way his face got scrapped really bad from the asphalt, and she told me they used cranberry juice,and he has no scars at all, Coca butter is good. They also have mederma for kids that is supposed to get rid of scars,me personally I like the all natural, and home remedies myself. I'm glad you daughter wasn't serrious injured. J. L.

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Y.K.

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Hi M.,

Cocoa butter is really good for that. I had a scar on my leg from a burn from when I was 12. Years later, when I was 24, I started using cocoa butter everyday and it was gone. Also, vitamin E oil is good to use too. Hope the scar dissipates quickly!

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K.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try aloe vera and vitamin e. I take the vitamin e capsules, break them open and use the pure oil from it. Also you should keep the area covered and moist. don't let the area scab. And there is a product, I can't think of the name - sorry, that is like a thick bandage type of tape you put over the area. I want to say it is a silicone scar reducing tape.

You can also go see a plastic surgeon. they should be able to tell you what you can do.

good luck!

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K.H.

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Mederma. They even have a "kids" mederma now. When my daughter was 3, a plastic surgeon rec. it to us, and I think it helped with a facial injury scar.

K.

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N.H.

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Hey M.! We've tried Mederma for kids (which was pretty costly at over $20.00 for a little tube) when my son fell off some monkey bars at his preschool. If I remember correctly, the main ingredient was Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has helped me with my injuries in the past, too. If you can't get a hold off the actual Aloe Vera leaf itself, go to the store and find an Aloe Vera gel with no alcohol and with the most concentrated Aloe Gel in it. I think you'd have good luck at Henry's or Whole Foods, or a place where they carry holistic and organic items. I have also tried Vitamin E oil from the actual Vitamin E capsule, which has worked pretty well but it's super sticky. Good luck and I sure she'll heal up nicely!

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F.D.

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Hello M., my name is F.. You can use vitamin E directly on the skin where the scare is forming, if a scare has already formed then I have a lotion called Demarkable Dermal Smoothing Lotion. This lotion works wonders. My 15 year old daughter had surgery last year on her back her scare stretched and started to discolor.After using this lotion for a week we started to notice that the scare is shrinking, the discoloration is also getting better. This product works wonders on stretch marks also. If you wish to use this product please feel free to call me.

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J.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

There is an OTC ointment called MEDERMA that worked great for me for a scar. I don't know if you can use it for children though, you'd have to check into that. You can get it at savon/rite aid...it is kind of expensive, like 30bucks I think for a tiny tube. But you don't need much and it REALLY does work.

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A.P.

answers from San Diego on

Kelocote. That's what I used for my c-section scar. Ask your DR for samples.

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M.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

Break open a vitamin E capsule and rub on the affected area. This will help with any type of scarring, no matter old or new scars.

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S.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi M.!

Go to Wal-Mart or Walgreen's and buy some Scar Zone. I had surgery on my hand, used it and you can't even see where the incision was. I also used it after having a hysterectomy and have no sign of the scar from that, either.

The stuff really works!

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J.L.

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Young Living Therapeutic-grade oils are excellent for that...

Helichrysum
Lavender
Myrrh
Sandalwood

Choose maybe 2 of these and 2-6 drops directly on the skin daily.

https://www.youngliving.org/jenniferluckett

Send me an email if you have any questions! I would love to discuss them with you.

Jenny Luckett
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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Many years ago my sisters daughter was riding on the handlebars of her sister's bike and got a very bad cut on her face that required stiches. I'm not sure at what point my sister started this treatment, but she used vaseline on it and ended up with no scar. There may be better things out there now . I'm not sure but aloe might be good too. Hope you get some good suggestions on this. Sandy

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A.K.

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M.,

Try vitamin E oil. That's really good for scarring, etc.

A. K

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A.S.

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First, if any of my kids scratches or even gets a bump or bruise I promptly apply olive oil. I thought it was weird at first when a friend suggested it but it's amazing how quickly it works.
Next, I really like bio oil. You can find it at Target or Ulta. Many people have seen results with this product. I've also used Mederma and Scar Zone but got the best results with Bio Oil.

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J.C.

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Wow so sorry tohear about the fall...it happened to me also. And Im an adult. Well I just wanted to say I work in the medical profession and I deal with scars on a daily basis. There are many creams out there and not many of them work. The best thing to do is not to expose the scarred area to sun...i know this is difficult especially because the time of year. put sun block on it and it should fade. you can try the one on the tv i think it is called mcderma..you know the one with the child and they take off the mask and the scar is gone. i have heard mixed reviews about this one. dont go out of your way and pay alot of money because like i stated earlier not many of these creams work. God bless

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M.K.

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A friend of mine has a son who got a scratch on his face. The dermatologist noticed it and said that she MUST keep it moist (and covered to avoid sun exposure). Arbonne has a "rejuvenating cream" that has incredible results to avoid scarring.

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S.H.

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Note to Julie L.
*can you tell us HOW to use the cranberry juice for scars?
Is this drinking it? Applying it? How? For how long? How often?
Also, is this just for fresh scars, or for scars that have been gotten years ago? Or for only raised scars or for any scar discoloration?

thanks for any further info. you can provide on it.
:)

All the best,
Susan

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K.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Vitamin E from capsules and aloe vera from a plant, if available, or 100% aloe gel. Nothing better for scars and burns and other skin wounds.

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R.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi M.,

Young Living oils produces a Lavendar oil that
has been shown to heal (or at least minimize) scarring. You will want
to wait until the wound is completely closed.
It is more pricey than oils purchased over the counter, but the quality is worth it.

You can look it up at youngliving.org.

You will probably want to apply it 2-3 times a day
for about a week, give or take a fews days or so.

The best part is that it is just an essential oil..no
other ingredients or chemicals.

Blessings,
R.

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J.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had a nasty scrap on my face when I was 4 or 5 and we used vitamin E capsules. I couldn't even tell you what side of my face it was on, there is NO MARK! It was really bad too.

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R.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

There are creams on the market that you can get at the drug store. I remember years ago, I had a bad burn, and a friend gave me vitamin E in a bottle. It was liquid form (kind of like if you squeezed out what is in the capsules). It worked beautifully. The worst thing for a scar is sun, so make sure you put sunscreen or Zinc on it.

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K.C.

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Hi M.,

You may want to try Aloe Vera (fresh). If you can get a hold of a plant, just cut off the tip of a stalk and gently rub some of the gel onto your daughter's face once or twice a day with your fingertips. Also, keep her out of the sun until it heals up because I think that that can intensify the scar as well. I've never heard of anyone being allergic to Aloe Vera, but you may want to ask your ped. just in case. I've also heard that Maderma is very good.

I am glad that your daughter was not hurt!

K.

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L.D.

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The American Burn Association recommends Mederma cream. Also, more importantly, it is imperative that no sun gets on that skin! Once it is healed, sunscreen EVERY day for 12-18 months. Even the cloudiest days! Hats too!

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C.H.

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There is Merderma for kids, which looks purple at first but turns clear after you rub it in the skin. But my son's doctor said that the most important thing is to keep their wound from the sun, so make sure you put sunscreen on her face before heading out... Sun glasses too if it's near the eyes, as if merderma gets in the eye it may damage the cornea, she said.

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S.D.

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M.,
There is a cream called Mederma you can find it at walgreens or any other drugstore. My grandmother had kneee surgery and her physical therapist recommended it for the scarring on her knee. I forgot to add that there is a Mederma cream specifically for children too.

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J.M.

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Aloe vera plant. Find someone who has one or buy one and break off one of the leaves and rub the juice on her scar a couple of times a day. This really works.

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D.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi,
I've had a few major surgeries that left unavoidable scars - I'm also fair skinned and scar easily. Though I've had surgeries in two different states and one abroad -- in every case, they gave me Vitamin E oil to apply daily. Where I used it, my scars are minimal. I used that knowledge while pregnant and applied Vitamin E and shea butter to my abdomen--I have no stretch marks on my belly at all, after three giant babies. But I sure have them on my hips where I didn't think to apply anything! You can get Vitamin E oil at any drug store. Test it on her wrist first and wait 24 hours, just to make sure she's not sensitive to it.

Best of luck! :)

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D.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Neosporin. Apply it topically at least once a day.

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J.D.

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Hi M.,

Sensaria Natural Bodycare has what I call Magic in a Bottle. Sea Silk Mask is a clear mask that you apply at least once a week and what it does is bring new cells to the surface faster as it is also exfoliating the dead cells. This results in a smoother, clearer complexion. I am a representative for the company and I share how I had acne for over 30 years and my pores were big enough to eat cereal out of. Not anymore! Sun damage, pores, scarring are all gone. It is only $24 a bottle too and will last a long time. Lots of people have used it for their scars as well. What is cool here is that you'll be able to use it as well as it is a facial mask.

With other things like aloe vera and neosporin, they will heal the injury but probably not do much for scarring. Another important thing is sunscreen!

I've also used it on my leg where I've had some surgeries. The scars were big, red, raised areas. Now they are flat, white, smooth areas and I only used it the first several months (it has been almost seven years). I should start using it again on the areas to see what happens!

www.sensaria.com/J.

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M.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

apply aloe vera, you could get a cream but the best is straight from the plant. just cut into the leaf and apply direct (old wives tale) but it works.

S.H.

answers from San Diego on

Use lots of vitamin e oil throughout the day. When I was in high school I was bucked off a horse and fell on my face. the entire side of my face was one giant scab. I used vitamin e oil 4-5 times per day on it and now I only have a tiny itty bitty scar that only I can notice.

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B.I.

answers from Honolulu on

You might try aloe vera. I have had excellent results using it on scratches, burns, sunburns, diaper rash, and numerous other assaults to the skin. If you have a plant on hand, that is the best. However, you can also purchase aloe vera-based gels that are quite effective.
I have never known anyone to have a reaction to the aloe-vera, but there's always the chance of an allergic response. Usually that would show up within hours, or even minutes, of application. Just watch.
It is excellent for diaper rash, as well. If a diaper rash doesn't appear to be clearing after a day or two, it's possible the baby may also have a thrush (candida) infection, and should be treated for that.
Back to your daughter's lovely little face! Try the aloe vera for a week, several times a day or more, and hopefully, her face will be clear as a bell with no blemish whatsoever!

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A.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

I highly reccomend Vitamin E oil! I was in a car accident a few years ago and got 14 stitches on my face. They left such an ugly scar! Someone reccomended the oil to me and OMG it really does work! You can't even see my scar anymore.

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R.P.

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Hi M.
I used vitamin E when I was pregnant and on the sides that I could reach I do not have any scarring from the stretch marks. On the side that I could not reach I do. So I would say it works. Of course you need a very good quality E.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Vitamin E oil is a great thing to use to prevent scarring. You can usually find it in the drug store in a little bottle. It works great.

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A.A.

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Hi M.,

Fortunately since your daughter is only two, the chances of the skin showing a scar are much less than if she were ten, for example. I do recommend you get this question answered by a professional dermatologist rather than people on here who are just guessing, since a scar stays for LIFE. I still have a cat scratch scar of 3 small claw marks on my face from sneaking up on a cat when I was 7 years old. I am now 42. My mother did not take me to see anyone so it became permanent.

A dermatologist can answer the question most likely over the phone if you have one you use yourself, otherwise they will want to see your daughter in person..the sooner the better to make sure you don't waste time since the skin is reforming itself now. Forget about aesteticians in spas. They are not dermatologists. Good luck.

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D.T.

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Hi M., You might want to check with MD just in case. However, I use our ARBONNE Amino Acid Rejuvenating Cream much like NEOSPORIN which was always my first choice for healing. Our products penetrate through the skin to reach deep as cells are forming and healing. It has also been great for scarring.
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C.A.

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use sunscreen everyday for at least a year. It will make a big difference. also people swear by mederma.

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M.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try Mederma and Pure Vitamin E Oil. Next time, do not use your treadmill with her around. Of course stuff like this will happen. It's only common sense and your poor litlle one relies on you to provide her with a safe environment.

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M.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

Dear M.:

My son has two bad scars on his face we're currently treating with Mederma. We're seeing remarkable improvement.

The most important thing I wanted to tell you, though, was that whenever we go outside, we cover them with a latex-free bandage to prevent any sun from getting to them. He also uses a ball cap. The scars are way too fresh to put sunscreen on (acording to the dermatologist, there is an ingredient in sunscreen that will worsen scars) and, for now, we're using this physical barrier to protect the new skin. Once it's healed well with the Mederma (or whatever you use), we'll use sunscreen on that part of his face again.

Best wishes,

M.

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W.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Talk to your DR. first, but they do make Mederma for children!! Good luck!

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T.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

We have always used Vitamin E Oil. You can usually find it in a little bottle in most pharmacies. The other alternative is to buy the capsules and break them open. Rub it on about 5-6 times a day and the scars really fade. Hope that helps, T.

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S.C.

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she's two. and at this age, kids heal so well and so fast. it's amazing how babies' skin can bounce back. Make sure that you just protect it with something like Polysporin (not neosporin) to prevent any infection that may lead to scarring and have her not rub her face. maybe put a bandaid on it. it should heal easily...even w/o any products...as long as it's not being "tampered" with.

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L.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Mederma works well, check with your pediatrician first though to make sure it's ok for kids. Also a product that you get over the counter at the drug store - I think it is called "scartherapy" - also works. The idea is to keep the scar tissue moist while healing.

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N.M.

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Sorry to hear about your daugter hurting herself. Unfortunately, it's going to happen. I use a product called Melagel which is great for getting rid of and protecting against scars. If you would like to know more or get some, please send me a message. :)

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E.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Not a specific cream to prevent scaring - but you should use sunscreen for a minimum of one year after the injury to prevent any further skin damage.

My daughter required stitches under her chin and after the skin had healed the area is still red, the plastic surgeon also recommended keeping it moisturized. We used vitamin e-oil before bed.

Good luck!
E.

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M.M.

answers from San Diego on

This is an old wives tale, but it worked many times over for me on my Daughters. Straight VASELINE! My Oldest scratched up her nose pretty badly when she was a Toddler & she had huge scrapes & scratches on & all around her nose. VASELINE on it daily, with good coverage, cleaned it up. No scars! Same happened with my Youngest. She tripped and scraped her nose pretty badly. No scar! I've used it everytime there's a chance of a scar. So far, so good!

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