This version’s formula is nearly identical to that of the original Mederma (a product now known as Mederma Advanced Scar Gel), except the company added artificial coloring agents to appeal to kids. It is worth mentioning that young skin typically heals faster and better than aged, sun-damaged skin. Major scars are best dealt with by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon rather than over-the-counter products like this with mixed results as to whether or not it works. (Sources: The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, June 2012, pages 18-23; Dermatologic Surgery, February 2006, pages 193–197; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, July 2002, pages 177-183; and Archives of Dermatology, December 1998, pages 1512–1514).
Due to mixed results from the research, we've softened our recommendation on Mederma for Kids: Although it's not a slam-dunk, it may prove helpful for some people, but children's wounds may have even better results from applying a scar-reducing serum loaded with beneficial skin-healing ingredients, so some experimentation may be needed.
Mederma for Kids helps soften and smooth old and new scars from cuts and scrapes, stitches, burns, bug bites and surgery. Goes on purple. Then disappears. So kids will think it’s cool. Available without a prescription.
Water (Purified), PEG-4, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid, D&C Violet No. 2, FD&C Red No. 4
Strengths: None, unless you want to hang your hopes on anecdotal evidence.
Weaknesses: There is no research proving that the "active" ingredient in Mederma works as claimed.
Selling products that promise to get rid of scars has become big business. Given how many people suffer from scars (be they from acne, wounds, or even stretch marks), and given how hard it is to get rid of them, it isn't surprising that Mederma is still going strong, touting its ability to reduce the appearance of scars of all types, including hypertrophic and keloidal (both examples of raised scars that are a source of concern for many people).
For more information about Mederma, call (888) 925-8989 or visit www.mederma.com.
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