How Does Silicone Treat Scars?

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When Camille Calvet, founder of SilcSkin started out in the make-up and special effects industry, she would come across actors who would have scars that needed to be less visible on screen. At that time, she was doing a lot of work using silicone prosthetics, and noticed that after using the prosthetics, the actor’s skin looked smoother. She was also aware that silicone gel sheeting was used extensively in the medical industry to heal Keloid scarring.

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So what is it about silicone that lends it to being such a great treatment for scars and wrinkles? Well, silicone is a polymer, made out of repeating units of siloxane, which is a chain of alternating silicon atoms and oxygen atoms that are combined with carbon and /or hydrogen. For silicone to be medical grade however, it goes through specific testing for biocompatibility, which ensures that it’s safe for topical use on the body.

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When silicone in gel form (similar to SilcSkin’s Hand Treatment, which is in cream form) is  applied, it spreads as an ultra thin sheet and dries within approximately five minutes. Silicone gel contains long chain polysiloxanes and when spread on the skin, it works continuously 24 hours a day. It’s self drying technology enables it to start working quickly, and it has been reported to be effective, producing an 86% reduction in scar texture, 84% reduction in scar color and 68% reduction in the height of the scar. Silicone gel increases hydration of the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of the skin) and facilitates the regulation of fibroblast production. Fibroplasts are skin cells that breakdown collagen and elastic fibers and silicone gel helps to normalize collagen synthesis.

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According to a publication in the journal Advances in Wound Care, the advantages of silicon gel include easy administration, even for sensitive skin and in children. It can be applied to irregular skin or scar surfaces, the face, moving parts (joints and flexures) and any size of scar. The durability and biocompatibility of medical grade silicones make them ideal to be used as scar treatment products.

With that in mind, it seems that wrinkles should be way easier to treat than scars. Wrinkles are usually fine lines that SilcSkin can treat using the same technology that was used for scars. SilcSkin offers a wide variety of silicone treatment products for wrinkles, including the Hand Treatment which is used for the crepey skin on the hands, skin behind the knees, under the arms, and on the thighs. There are also the various 100% medical grade silicone pads that are used on the face, on the neck and on the chest. These pads are not limited to these areas though. They can also be used on the stomach area, on the butt and anywhere wrinkles form. Non invasive, non toxic and hassle free, silicone pads are an incredibly easy way to get rid of wrinkles. They’re so easy to use, you can use them while you sleep.