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Monday November 6 2017

New form of scar treatment hits UK market


A new wonder gel that treats scars left by C-sections has hit the UK market.



New form of scar treatment hits UK market

A NEW ‘wonder gel’ that treats scars left by C-sections has hit the UK market.

The makers of Nourisil MD say its blend of five silicones give it unique power to maintain the skin’s moisture balance, while improving scar appearance.

Its ultra-light, self-drying properties help to flatten, soften and smooth scars, relieving itching and skin discomfort.

Nourisil MD has been developed by the Fagron Group, which is based in The Netherlands, for the prevention of keloids and hypertrophic scars.

Fagron UK general manager Peter Batty said: “Nourisil MD works by creating a silicone barrier that allows skin to release moisture at normal levels, as opposed to too much – a sign of it being damaged.

“Silicone has been used in scar therapy for decades but unlike other products like silicone sheeting, the gel can be applied to the affected area, left to dry for around 60 seconds, and then clothing can be applied as normal.”

The formula will be particularly useful in the treatment of C-section scars, bosses say, by helping to reduce associated pain, redness and discolouration. 

After C sections wounds have fully healed and stitches have been removed, women are advised to gently massage in the scar treatment gel twice a day. 

Peter said: “The gel’s preservative-free ingredients, which also include vitamin E, are the gold standard in scar treatment. 

“They have proved so skin-friendly in tests that children can also benefit from its use.”

There are two kinds of scars. A keloid is a tough heaped-up scar, often coloured pink or purple, that rises abruptly above the skin.

In comparison, a hypertrophic scar is characterised by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen, causing a less raised mark, often forming around pimples, body piercings, cuts and burns.

The gel includes polysiloxanes and tocopheryl acetate and works on all skin types by forming an invisible layer that hydrates and protects scars on all areas of the body, including the face. 

Sun blocks and cosmetics can then be added afterwards.

Treatment usually lasts between 60 and 90 days, but longer maybe needed for larger or older scars. 

While research has failed to fully identify the exact mechanism by which silicones aid scar improvement, their positive effect is largely undisputed.

Other treatments for scarring include silicone gel sheeting, which has been used in scar therapy for over 30 years.

They work by flattening, softening and fading red and raised scars, and the sheet can be easily cut to fit the scar.

Research indicates they work by moisturising and covering the scar area, helping reduce the size and colour and even improving the elasticity of the tissue.

A disadvantage is that they are designed to be worn for up to 24-hours-a day, and washed and reused, which can prove inconvenient and can lead to skin infection.

They also can’t be applied to areas like joints or the face. 

Silicone gel treatments, which are an extension of silicone sheeting, remain a favoured and often first point of clinical recommendation in scar management.

The NHS says there is no medical evidence to show that vitamin E alone can manage or reduce scarring.



"The gels preservative-free ingredients, which also include vitamin E, are the gold standard in scar treatment.They have proved so skin-friendly in tests that children can also benefit from its use."
Fagron UK general manager Peter Batty








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