Beauty

The Best Products to Get Rid of Scars, According to Doctors

Strataderm (starts at $23)

“Silicone all the way!” is the rally cry of Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew J. Elias and he’s particularly a fan of Swiss brand Strataderm (so is New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD, who calls it her “go-to line”) and Stratamed by Stratpharma. Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD also selects Strataderm as his pick. “The key to supporting healthy wound-healing and preventing abnormal scarring is a treatment that keeps the scar moisturized and protected from bacteria. I like this product because it’s safe for sensitive skin (even babies) and is gentle enough for all areas, including the neck and face. This gel is gas-permeable, yet waterproof, so it protects the scar while allowing it to breathe properly, as it works to soften, flatten and relieve redness and skin discoloration associated with the scar. Additionally, it is user-friendly and feels good on application.”

Another must-try from the manufacturer: “I love Stratacel silicone film wound gel—especially for open wounds to help healing and prevent scarring,” says Fairfax, VA dermatologist Brenda Dintiman, MD. “I have used it for patients and family members when they scrape their knees or arms from a fall from a bike or playing soccer.”

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