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Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum

Scars, you need to lighten up already. This serum restores normal skin color, smooths skin anywhere you've got a scar. Now you can move on with a scar treatment that works.
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  • Reduces formation of scars on newly healed wounds
  • Visible results after 8 weeks of use

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82 out of 100
(Based on 94 Reviews)
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  1. Diane
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 04, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Nice Texture But Not For Me
    • This didn't work for me as well as it did for others. I used it to improve the appearance of scars near my eye, on my chin and chest, but saw no noticeable change in either the look or the texture of any of them. I'm so fastidious about sunscreen that I carry it with me, so sun isn't the culprit. Perhaps the scars themselves were too old. I love Paula's products, this one just didn't work for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 06, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Katie K
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love for eye area
    • Love the texture of this. After hearing that Bryan uses this around his eye area, I started doing the same thing. It is my favorite eye area product for day and night. It is gentle, silky and full of great ingredients! Wonderful suggestion Bryan!!!

  3. Katrina G.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 15, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Worst container
    • I have only been using this for a couple of weeks, but the container is horrible - first I had to pump many many times just to get a little to come out. Now it won't even come out- I get that Paula is trying to go cheap on packaging to increase margin - but this is ridiculous

  4. Brett E.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Silky
    • Love using this as a all over facial serum, smooth and silky with a nice finish, could also be used as a primer

  5. elita
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works for me!
    • I have been using this product once or twice a day for two weeks on some chest and facial scars from acne and on some small scabbed over and healing burns on my face. I have already noticed an immediate difference. The acne scars (a few months old) are much less red and the texture of the skin has improved. Facial burns are healing much more quickly since using this, and seem to be leaving no scars. Texture is like vaseline, but soaks in extremely quickly, leaves skin soft, not greasy or shiny.

  6. Mena W.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 16, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Smooth, but not sure if it's for me
    • Just got this recently - not sure if I bought the right product though... it seems to be for severe scarring based on the comments. Can I still use this on scarring left after zits to help them fade? I also bought the regular acne kit too, and using this with it. I do love how smooth this feels after applying though! Thanks!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, January 16, 2015

    You can absolutely use it to treat post-acne scars, as well!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  7. Rachael
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Recently had surgery
    • I had laproscopic surgery 24 days ago. Is this recommended for the scarring? When should I start using this product? Is it too soon post-op?

  8. MARIA
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Doctor Recommended!
    • My son had minor surgery in September, 2014. Unfortunately, he developed an infection that required a course of antibiotics and wound packing treatments. The wound finally closed but he ended up having to see a plastic surgeon because of the possibility of scar formation. The plastics guy recommended this Paula's Choice product to help minimize any possible scar formation. Love Paula's Choice Products so I'm not surprised that it came highly recommended!!

  9. Greta F
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 21, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't work for me
    • Yet another expensive "scar reducing miracle" that doesn't do anything. I have used it for months and no change at all in my scar (I had a small squamous cell carcinoma spot removed from my lower leg last February). The scar is still completely obvious. At first, I thought PC made a mistake and sent me a sample bottle, but I guess that is the full size. Completely dissatisfied with this product. I would love a refund.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 22, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team about a possible refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. dana d.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 13, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Surprisingly nice
    • I'm 37 and every time if get any blemish no matter how small it leaves a mark on my pale skin. It got five stars because my skin feels silky soft afterwards. It's great formulation did not cause new breakouts like other similar products. But here patience is key. I've been using it for a couple of months and now see it's great effects. I also just added the 1% retinol treatment and it has really helped my skin get rid of old marks.

  11. Fiona M
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Question
    • Hi, would you recommend this product for keloid scars or should I rather use silicon sheets? I had a small mole removed 2 months ago and the skin is now red and slightly raised.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    We would recommend this for reducing the redness and enhancing healing, but silicone sheets are preferred if you're dealing with a raised (keloidal) scar. In your instance, we'd suggest applying a thin layer of this serum, followed by the silicone sheet. Do this daily until the scar has flattened.

    —Admin
  12. Laney F
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Deep cut Treatment?
    • I recently just healed from a deep cut on my arm, containing 12 stitches. I just started applying Vitamin E oil on it to prevent the redness, but after reading reviews, I will most definitely try this product. With this serum, how many times a day do you apply? And do you cover the wound after application, or do you let it "breathe"?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for contacting us! For the serum, apply it at least twice daily. For more information on how to help scars heal their best, we recommend this article (which should answer the rest of your questions!).

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  13. Cara D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Working Well
    • I had a cyst removed a few weeks ago and had to have stitches front and center on my neck. I've had the stitches out now, but am still in the healing process. I've been using the scar-reducing serum 2X a day in hopes that there will not be a real visible scar on my neck when all is said and done. So far, so good! The serum really seems to "calm" the scar as it heals. If I forget to put the serum on, I start to notice redness creeping in. It also seems to keep the scar softened for healing.

  14. Irem
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works wonders for a red, sore nose from the cold
    • Had a nasty cold recently which left my nose sore and red from all the wiping. Couldn't use my regular skincare (Paula's Choice of course!) since every water based product was burning. Grabbed this scar reducing serum and it worked wonders. No burning sensation, helped a great deal with the redness and works great under a foundation or concealer. Applied several times during the day followed by SPF. The happiest cold my nose had so far - if there is such a thing ;)

  15. Alison
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Amazing product, needs a different container!
    • I love this product for my acne scars, it visually starts to reduce them after a little while! It works wonders after a few weeks I forget that the scars were even there. The only downside I have about this product is about the container. The first time I bought it, it dropped and the lid came off and I wasn't able to put it back on. This was disappointing because I couldn't access the rest of the product since the lid was broken and its doesn't screw off. Other then that awesome product!

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Working Well!
    • I took a nasty spill & scraped the heck out of my arm. I wasn't sure this product would help - the cuts were bad & some time had passed since I healed. Well, slowly but surely this scar is fading away. I forget to use it on a daily basis & it still is working well.

  17. PATRICIA
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 20, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Still Trying
    • I'm the "Anonymous Still Trying" from Thursday September 11, 2014. I meant that I've used one full container of product and am almost finished my second container (I ordered two). My scars are recent from surgery in May and I haven't seen any improvement.

  18. Katie B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING for cooking burns....
    • I bought this serum when it first came out to use on an exsisting scar. It worked, reducing the redness. A few days ago while cooking dinner I burnt my hand. After putting it under cold water, tried a baking soda paste, anything to reduce the 'ouch'. Later while doing my night time routine, I saw the Scar Reducing Serum, and thought, I wonder? Well, no blisters formed, and I can't see where the burn happened....AMAZING! You keep fixing more of my skin issues with great products!!! Thank you!

  19. Tracy, P
    Reviewed on Friday, September 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum
    • This is the most amazing serum. I apply it to my face and neck twice a day after I use the Clinical Calming Toner and find that it leaves my skin looking and feeling wonderful. I also find that it helps to heal the after effects of using a retinol product(s) once a week. Thankfully I don't have any scarring, but my skin does have have a tendency for redness. My 19 year old daughter also swears by it to help heal her skin and deter any marks after treating any nasty breakouts on her face.

  20. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 11, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Still Trying
    • I'm on my second pump and don't see a difference so far. I'll keep trying to the end of the product. Very disappointed.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 15, 2014

    Hi there! Two pumps (two applications) isn't nearly enough time for this product to work. Please be patient and continue to use this product daily for at least eight weeks. If you remain dissatisfied, contact us for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  21. Dawn
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Can I use this product near my eye?
    • Hi, I have enjoyed many of the skin products that you offer and my skin looks great. I'd like to try Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum on a scar under my eye to see if I can improve it. I had a mole removed about 1 1/2 yrs. ago and the incision left a slightly raised scar. Is this product safe to use near the eye?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 05, 2014

    Thanks for your comments! Yes, this product may be applied around the eyes and should help with the situation you're dealing with. Several PC staffers enjoy using this treatment as an eye-area serum. It has a nice "filling" effect on fine lines.

    —Admin
  22. Alicia V
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Did Not Work
    • I've been using this product for about a month and the burn scar on my face has not faded at all. I will not be repurchasing.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We would encourage you to use this product a bit longer, as people's skin heals at different rates, and of course you want to be sure you're protecting your skin with sunscreen every day, as unprotected sun exposure hurts skin's ability to heal. If you remain unhappy with this treatment after a few more weeks, please contact us and we will provide a refund or exchange, no problem!

    —Admin
  23. G.V, Romania
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    wonder product
    • incredible product. i usually have red acne marks and this product was amazing. i have also used cicaplast from roche posay but this is better. more expensive indead but it's worth it. the rednees disapeared and the marks are almost gone. i have been using it for four days now, like 3-4 times a day. definetly will buy this again

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Didn't Work
    • I am currently on week 8 of using this product and there is absolutely no change in my scars. Disappointed.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Sometimes the process takes longer due to many factors, including the type of scar, the age of the scar (this product works best on scars less than two years old), and whether or not you're keeping the area protected from sun damage, as unprotected sun exposure hurts skin's ability to heal. If you remain unsatisfied, we invite you to return this product for a full refund.

    —Admin
  25. Felipe,MA
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Horrible Product
    • This is a horrible product. Bought it last year and have been using it but my redness and scars are still visible! I think most of the reviews are fake as well. This is an overpriced and useless product. BEWARE!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 14, 2014

    We're sorry this product did not work for you. Please note that it is not intended to relieve red marks from acne, which many people refer to as scars. This product is designed to enhance healing and improve the appearance of scars from wounds, burns, and scrapes. We'd also like to reassure you of two things: You can return this product for a hassle-free refund and the other reviews for this treatment aren't fake. We're very proud that all of the reviews are from actual customers. Paula's Choice does not endorse false reviews nor do we pay anyone to write positive reviews of our products on our site.

    —Admin
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What makes this product unique?
Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum is formulated with proven ingredients that not only fade the appearance of scars, but also smooth skin's texture and promote optimal healing. High concentrations of the antioxidant quercetin, Vitamin C, and numerous skin-healing and skin-repairing ingredients reduce redness and inflammation, as well as dramatically minimize scar texture and restore normal color. This advanced complex helps prevent and reduce the formation of scars on newly healed wounds and helps older scars feel softer and smoother so they're less apparent. Results are long-lasting and can be visible in as little as 8 weeks of daily use.

Who is this product for?
Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum is formulated for anyone who wishes to reduce the appearance of scars, including surgical wounds, burns, cuts, and scrapes. Perfect for all skin types and ethnicities.

Sources to support the claims made for Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum

International Wound Journal, August 2012, pages 397–402; Journal of Vascular Surgery, June 2012, pages 1,826–1,828; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, January 2012, ePublication; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, October 2011, pages 1,168–1,172; Wound Repair and Regeneration, September 2011, Supplement, pages 16–21; Dermatology Research and Practice, October 2010 ePublication; International Journal of Molecular Medicine, March 2010, pages 347–352; Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, January 2010, pages 113–117; Burns, December 2009, pages 1,097–1,103; Journal of Ethnopharmacology, December 2009, pages 463–467; Dermatologic Surgery, November 2007, pages 1291–1302 and February 2006, pages 193–197; Surgical Endoscopy, October 2007, pages 1,826–1,834; and The Journal of Trauma, November 2004, pages 1,032–1,037.

Key Ingredients: ascorbic acid, alpha glucan oligosaccharide, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Hypericum extract, quercetin, calendula extract, sodium hyaluronate, tocopherol, safflower seed oil, petrolatum

Product Ingredients:

Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent/healing agents), Silica (thickener), Petrolatum (emollient/skin protectant/healing agent), Quercetin (antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C/antioxidants), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (water-binding/repairing agent), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (soothing plant extract/antioxidant), Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract (antibacterial/soothing plant extract), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent).

DIRECTIONS: Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin at least 2 times daily. During the day, follow with a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher if the affected area will be exposed to daylight. May be applied to wounded skin as soon as a scab forms. Do not apply to open or large wounds.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

What do you mean by "scar-reducing"? What exactly is being reduced?

You can take the name of this product literally, because we mean exactly that: scars will be reduced. This includes every part of the scar, including texture, color, the thickness of newly formed scars, smoothness, and overall appearance. It can help improve the appearance of raised (keloid) scars, but won't eliminate them.

How long will it take to see results?

We recommend twice-daily application (you may apply more often if desired) for eight weeks or more before full results are seen. Ongoing use may produce even better results.

Does Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum work on older scars?

Generally, no. Scars that are more than two years old have, in most cases, fully formed, so they respond minimally, if at all, to a product like this. For older scars, we advise consulting a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon for options on how to improve the appearance. There are lasers and surgical techniques that can help make older scars less apparent.

How does Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum differ from Mederma?

Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum contains quercetin, a potent antioxidant found in many plant food along with several other ingredients known to promote healing and synthesize healthy collagen production as skin heals and after a scar has formed. Mederma contains an onion extract that research has shown conflicting information on: Some research shows it works, others say it’s no more effective than a placebo. Essentially, Mederma is a one-note product for scars but Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum contains a “symphony” of ingredients proven to influence how skin heals and how a scar will look. Because scars change and continue healing even after the initial scar is formed, it isn’t too late to begin applying a scar treatment to improve the final outcome.

If I'm using this for post-surgical scars, such as from a C-section, when can I begin applying it?

You may apply Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum once the surgical wound has been sutured or otherwise closed. We recommend continuing to apply it once your sutures dissolve or stitches are removed. If you remain unsure, it's always best to consult your physician.

If I use Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum on my face, at what point in my skincare routine would I apply it?

You would apply it after the serum step, but before moisturizer with sunscreen. As an example, you would cleanse, tone, apply an AHA or BHA exfoliant, apply serum, then Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum to the affected area, and finish with your daytime moisturizer.

At night, apply Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum before or after your facial moisturizer. Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum is compatible with every Paula's Choice product, including our skin lighteners and anti-acne products.

Is Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum suitable for rosacea-affected skin?

Yes. In fact, it's packed with soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory ingredients so you'll likely see reduced redness and irritation as it works to improve the appearance of scars.

Does Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum improve icepick, chicken pox, or indented acne scars?

Sadly, no—at least not to an impressive degree. Whether from cystic acne or chicken pox, these types of scars involve deeper damage to skin's supportive elements (collagen and elastin) and typically do not respond well to topical treatments. For best results with any indented scar, consider a series of laser treatments or dermal fillers from a dermatologist.

Can Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum be used on the face and body?

Yes! Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum may be applied anywhere you have an old or new scar. It may also be applied to wounds once a scab has formed, as this can help enhance the healing process and prevent the scab from drying out and falling off too soon (which increases the chance of scarring).

Does Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum work on raised (keloidal) scarring?

Partially, yes, but not to the extent that the keloid scar will go away. Ongoing use, especially coupled with a bandage to help compress the scar, will help flatten this type of scar and improve its coloration and thickness. For many, these improvements can make a beautiful difference! You can also consider cosmetic corrective treatments in conjunction to improve the appearance of this type of scarring.

Do I really have to apply sunscreen to the treated area, too?

Absolutely! Whether wounded or intact, skin needs daily sun protection to stay smooth, youthful, even-toned, and healthy. Daylight, whether the sun is shining or not, is a dangerous source of skin damage that destroys vital substances skin needs to repair itself and heal. When a wound or new scar is present, protecting it from sun damage will enhance and hasten healing and result in a much better cosmetic outcome for any type of scarring.

Will Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum help heal new tattoos?

Yes, this should be fine, though as a general rule we advise you to follow the at-home care instructions provided by the tattoo artist. Some recommend keeping a fresh tattoo coated with an ointment, and Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum can replace or be used with such a product. It does not matter if you apply the ointment or Scar-Reducing Serum first; you may also mix the two and apply the mixture to your new tattoo. Be sure to keep the tattooed area completely protected from daylight exposure as it heals.

What's the difference between this and all other Paula's Choice products you state help to improve the appearance of scars? You've suggested the Super Antioxidant Serum in the past, among other products for fading red marks and the like. Which one do I use?

Several of our products help improve red marks from acne, though technically those marks aren't scars they're just red discolorations. You may continue to use any of those products to continue to fade red marks from past breakouts.

Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum can help with this concern, too, but its main function is to reduce the formation and improve the appearance of scars resulting from wounds such as incisions, cuts, scrapes, and burns. If scars from those sources are not your concern, you do not need to add Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum to your routine. However, if you've been using one of our serums to improve the appearance of multiple types of scars, you can either switch to Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum or use both products (apply the serum first, then follow with Clinical Scar-Reducing Serum).

I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.

This product is packaged in an airless pump dispenser which utilizes a vacuum system to dispense and keep the contents fresh. Airless packaging helps to keep air and contaminates out of the product, which enhances the formula's stability and effectiveness.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

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