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, scrapes, and red acne marks. 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.
ascorbic acid, alpha glucan oligosaccharide, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Hypericum extract, quercetin, calendula extract, sodium hyaluronate, tocopherol, safflower oil, petrolatum
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 Skin-Care 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 skin-care 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 acne-prone or 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 fist, then follow with CLINICAL Scar-Reducing Serum).