Kids, with their unbridled energy and underdeveloped fine motor skills, scar easily.
The best cream to use not only has to work but should be convenient as well. It should not sting or cause pain, be stainless, and stay on or be absorbed well.
But first of all it should work because let’s be honest, if it doesn’t, what does it matter if the ointment has a kid-friendly scent? (Which actually is a commonly used marketing phrase.)
So what does work? Silicone gel (Dimethicone) does. It reduces pain, itchiness, smoothes and flattens scars, and reduces redness. But it does more.
Silicones also prevent hypertrophic and keloid scars from developing. These commonly occurring abnormal healing responses are especially common in young people.
Claims about effectiveness are backed by scientific reports (1). See the links below.
Silicone Scar Cream For Kids
There’s an abundance of silicone cream brands on the market nowadays. The most popular are probably Kelo-cote and ScarAway serum.
These creams are safe (FDA reviewed and approved) and convenient to use because they dry to a very thin, transparent occlusive film. Also important, there are no side effects involved.
“Since it is painless and has no side effects, it makes it perfect for use on children,” says Dr. Laurie J. Polis, director of the SoHo Skin and Laser Dermatology Group in New York City and adviser to ReJuveness.
Here’s some additional advice regarding the treatment of your kids scars.
Preventing damaging UV radiation by sunshine is very important since this will worsen scars. Scar tissue not only pigments differently but it will heal far less nicely when exposed to the sun.
Make sure to put sunblock on it and the surrounding skin as long as the scar hasn’t healed completely. This may take up to two years.
Lightly massaging scar tissue and the surrounding skin will increase blood circulation. This seems to improve cosmetic appearance.
It is for the same reason that areas that have higher blood circulation (e.g. the face) tend to scar less and/or heal quicker. Using a moisturizing ointment can be pleasant for it reduces discomfort while massaging but is not necessary.
And some info on persistent myths.
Vitamin E oil is generally accepted to reduce scar appearance but the opposite appears to be true. It doesn’t work but may actually aggravate scars. Well-educated pediatricians dissuade using vitamin E topically on scars. (2)
Studies show that up to 33% of users develop a skin irritation to vitamin E (itching, redness, and flaking).
Probably one of the most well-known children’s scar products is Mederma Skin Care For Scars For Kids. Although cleverly marketed with such a brand name and the statement that it’s pediatrician-recommended, its effectiveness isn’t particularly clear. Its main active ingredient is onion extract of which experts say (based on studies) that when price-value is taken in account you are better off using petroleum jelly. Read this extensive Mederma review to learn more about what studies conclude about its active ingredient.
Conclusion; Use A Silicone Cream For Your Kids Scar
We all know scars are part of life but minimizing their appearance has various benefits. Your child will feel less self-conscious about it, pain and itch are reduced, and, in case of problematic scars movement restriction is avoided. Although their prominence can be reduced most scars will never disappear completely.
Silicone gel applied from a tube forms a thin flexible sheet over the newly epithelialized (healed) wound or more mature scar. (3)
1. Topical silicone gel for the prevention and treatment of hypertrophic scar. Source: PubMed.
2. Vitamin E for treating children’s scars. Does it help reduce scarring? Source: Official Publication of the College of Family Physician of Canada.
3. Evolution of silicone therapy and mechanism of action in scar management. Source: PubMed.