Does InviCible scar cream work? Or is it just another in a long line of products that promise much but deliver little?
This cream is said to address every kind of scar healing at each phase of its development and existence: inflammation, proliferation (the buildup of excess collagen), epithelialization, and maturation. Let’s review it’s ingredients and supposed method of action.
InviCible’s active ingredients include;
- silicone gel
- vitamin C
- aloe vera
- licorice extract
- linoleic and oleic acid
InviCible Scar Cream is a silicone gel based product which is a good thing. There have been more controlled clinical studies on silicone gel treatment for scars than any other method, and there is considerable evidence in support of its efficacy. InviCible uses high quality Dimethicone silicone gel, which has been shown (in at least one study) to be just as effective as sheeting.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is considered a vital part of the scar healing process, but can be difficult to utilize in treatments due to its instability and oxidization upon repeated exposure to air. InviCible has resolved this with its patent-pending dual complex of 17% Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.
Numerous randomized, double-blind studies have shown Vitamin C to be extremely successful in reducing redness and inflammation, reducing hyperpigmentation, promoting collagen formation, hydrating skin, and smoothing the appearance of hypertrophic scars.
Licorice root extract has a strong anti-inflammatory action and is known to accelerate skin renewal. It also has positive effects on acne, both in prevention and treatment.
Products containing aloe vera gel are used topically to promote healing in burns and wounds and to reduce pain and inflammation. Aloe vera gels generally contain carboxypeptidases and salicylate, which help inhibit pain, and C-glucosyl chromone, which acts as a topical anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera gels may also have antifungal and antibacterial properties (Brown, Lori C. PharmD, CCP, February 1, 2005).
Linoleic and oleic acid
Linoleic and oleic acid are derived from safflower seed and sunflower seed oil. They improve scar elasticity and lighten dark pigment among other things that improve scar appearance. They are milder then so called Alpha hydroxy acids.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are natural fruit acids, including lactic, glycolic, and citric acids. Products containing AHAs are used topically to exfoliate skin, to treat stretch marks, acne scars and to moisturize skin. Caution should be used when applying AHAs, as they can cause skin irritation (Brown, Lori C. PharmD, CCP, February 1, 2005).
Is InviCible Scars Worth Your Money?
I think it is because all the ingredients used in this product have scientific data backing their efficacy. Silicones alone have been used by medical professionals for over 20 years.
Vitamin c isn’t widely accepted as an effective scar treatment agent yet but general acknowledgement is very likely to increase. Also the articles referring to clinical trials on their website are pretty convincing. As are the before and after photos.
Also in favor of this cream is the fact that InviCible is hypoallergenic and only uses essential ingredients that are free from fragrance and preservatives. The cream is particularly versatile when compared to standard silicone gels or silicone sheeting due to its ease of use (particularly around joints), comfort, and lack of cumbersome and unsightly sheet dressings.
Its easy absorption means that clothes can be worn over the treatment site without disturbing the healing process, and sun block can easily be applied over it, which is crucial for new scars which can discolor and thicken due to high levels of sun exposure.
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