Scarguard should be applied once in the morning when you wake up and once nightly before you go to sleep. It dries to a film within less than 30 seconds. The doctor’s office like smell is a cleanser that cleans the skin before forming the film. It dissipates quickly. Begin using Scarguard when your wound is completely healed. On older scars you may start using Scarguard immediately. Do not apply to broken skin.
Results take time
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see improvement right away. Generally, Scarguard users start to see and feel noticeable improvement within days of use but every scar is different, so yours may take a bit more time.
Scarguard is available in a 1 oz. bottle.
What is a scar?
When skin is injured our body makes collagen to fill the gap. This collagen is like a cement patch. There are no pores and sweat glands within this patch, making it look different from the normal surrounding skin. Therefore, to achieve the most natural look this patch should be as small as possible. Scarguard helps our skin reduce scars.
How long does scar healing take?
It can take as long as one or two years for some scars to achieve their final appearance. In the first three months most scars appear pink. This is due to an overgrowth of blood vessels within the area, which is intended to help bring a better blood supply for healing. After healing has completed, these blood vessels usually shrink and the color usually fades. After that, the remaining scar will slowly shrink if normal healing occurs.
Why are some scars thicker than others?
As skin heals, too much collagen is intentionally made. An enzyme called collagenase melts the extra collagen and the body tries to leave only what is needed for the repair. If the healing cells do not make enough collagenase, too much collagen is left. This will result in a thick scar.
Can we make a thick scar look better?
Scarguard contains the ingredients often recommended by doctors to improve scar appearance in an easy-to-use to use form. It will help shrink old, thick scars or help prevent thickening of newly forming scars.
Why is Scarguard different?
Scarguard is the only product that we know of that combines silicone, cortisone, and vitamin E into one easy-to-use product that forms a clear protective film over a scar while it heals. It is clinically proven to be effective.
How long has Scarguard been on the market?
Scarguard has been used since 2001 by plastic surgeons and is now available to you without a prescription!
What about scar removal creams and gels?
Many creams and gels would work if you could actually use them; the problem is they are messy and get all over your clothing. Once they are on the clothing, they are no longer on the skin and therefore not very effective. Some creams are not based upon science and do not even have a drug facts panel on the box! Scarguard is based upon solid science in an easy-to-use format.
How long should Scarguard be used?
Scarguard should be applied twice daily. Typically, patients use it for two to four months. Please consult the Drug Facts Panel on the packaging for directions on use.
Should I use it on fresh wounds?
Scarguard should not be put on surgical or traumatic wounds before the skin has closed. Typically, it is started two weeks after surgery, but check with your doctor regarding this use.
Here are a list of independently written papers and studies on Scarguard.
Eric W. Smith, PhD., Ohio Northern University.
Scarguard Screening Study (PDF).
Ketchum LD, Smith J, Robinson DW, Masters FW (1966). “The treatment of hypertrophic scar, keloid and scar contracture by triamcinolone acetonide”. Plast Reconstr Surg. 38 (3): 209–18.
D. Eisen (2004). “Pilot Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Scarguard in the Prevention of Scars”. The Int. Journal of Dermatology 2 (2).
Gallant-Behm CL1, Mustoe TA (2010). “Occlusion regulates epidermal cytokine production and inhibits scar formation”. Wound Repair Regen 18 (2 pages=235-44).
Michael S. Beckenstein, MD; Terato Kuniaki, MDSc, PhD; and Alan Matarasso, MD (2004). “The Effect of Scarguard on Collagenase Levels Using a Full-Thickness Epidermal Model”. Aesthet Surg Journal 24 (6): 542–6.
Palmieri B, Gozzi G, Palmieri G. (1995). “Vitamin E added silicone gel sheets for treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids”. Int J Dermatol 34 (7): 506–9.
Jalali M, Bayat A. (2007). “Current use of steroids in management of abnormal raised skin scars.”. Surgeon. 5 (3): 175–80.
Alice Liang, PhD, NYU Langone Core Microscopy Laboratory.
Nanopatch Film Delivery Evaluation (PDF).