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Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz
 
3.4

(based on 131 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (36)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Effective (21)
  • Promotes healing (17)
  • Safe (15)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (6)
  • Messy (6)
  • Harsh (3)

Best Uses

  • Long term use (13)
  • Keep in the medicine cabinet (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (8), Novice first aid skills (6), Medical professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mederma saved me from being Scarface!!

About 3 months ago, I had a laceration on my face that required stitches. It was a pretty deep gash, and all the while that I had the stitches in, I was really...Read complete review

About 3 months ago, I had a laceration on my face that required stitches. It was a pretty deep gash, and all the while that I had the stitches in, I was really concerned about scarring. Sure enough, once the stitches were removed, I had a pretty nasty line across my cheek that I was immediately self-conscious about. Upon the recommendation of both my surgeon and family doctor, I tried Mederma.

Mederma is very easy to use. It suggests application 3 to 5 times a day, and I admittedly took it a little further and applied it at least a half dozen times every day. It's pretty innocuous- apply conservatively and massage it in. My doctor recommended that I massage the gel in with "gentle" force, as it would help break down the scar fibers. It does take a little bit of time to see results-I still apply it daily, but WOW what a difference!! The scar is now barely noticeable, and I am not self-conscious about it in the least! My only regret is that I don't have "before" and "after" pictures to share.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone. The biggest key is BE CONSISTENT with your application and be patient. It delivered what it promised and, to me, was better than advertised.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Seemingly Decent, BUT Be Careful

Okay, so even with all the reviews read - some positive, some negative - I decided to try Mederma because it is the number one doctor recommended treatment for scars (as...Read complete review

Okay, so even with all the reviews read - some positive, some negative - I decided to try Mederma because it is the number one doctor recommended treatment for scars (as advertised).
I have a cat at home, that still has his claws in... so yea, go figure... I have scratches, and scabs , and thus little scars a-l-l over my body. One scar, in particular, really stands out. It's on the uppermost part of my arm, right by my shoulder. People ask me all the time, what happened to my arm... It is that obvious. I therefore decided to attempt to treat the scar, and yes, thought I would give Mederma a try.
I used Mederma for two week until I was forced to stop using it. As I type this review, my entire body is ITCHING, not just where I applied the treatment, but everywhere. Yes, very odd, but true. I have little bumps all over my body (some in clusters, others spread out). They resemble what is commonly known as a heat rash, if anyone is familiar with that. The areas to which I actually applied the Mederma have huge inflammated reddish rashes over them – quite gross looking, really – which itch as well.
I did casually consult with my physician, and she told me that the "rash" definitely seemed like something external (that would be caused by the use of Mederma or something applied to the skin, but that it was nothing to have sleepless nights over, that is, it shouldn't cause any serious health problems). My doctor basically advised me to stop using Mederma, and mentioned to me that there really aren't any products wholly proven to get rid of scars. I know that some people will disagree completely because Mederma, or Vitamin E, or Cocoa Butter, etcetera has worked for them, and I don't disbelieve it. The Mederma was actually making my skin peel, which I can imagine, in effect, was maybe eroding the scarred tissue to promote new and healthy skin to regenerate. So undoubtedly, this product seems to work at minimizing or reducing the appearance of scars. Note well also, that the area around my scar got lighter. I have to say that this isn't particularly attractive on a person with darker complexion like myself, because, in my case, the discolored skin was practically as noticeable as the scar itself... Not a good outcome, however my husband did say that my scar appeared lighter as well, but this might have just been purely psychological.
I've stopped using Mederma for almost two full days now, and my skin still itches, and the little pimples are still very visible and still very much there – sliding your hand over them is the worst, because they feel so much worse than they really look. If the itching doesn't subside and/or if the pimples don't go away within a week, I will most definitely seek out my doctor for her professional help.
I will not, not recommend Mederma, because it might have worked wonders for my scars, if it weren't for my skin's severe reaction to it. But, I will caution those interested to test the product on a very small area of skin for at least a few days, to make sure there is no negative reaction to it, before applying it all over.
I read somewhere that there is supposedly a money back guarantee on Mederma, so I am going to seek out more information on that to hopefully get my money back for this product that I will definitely not be using again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Biggest Waist of [$]

By yaat

from Chester County, PA

Pros

    Cons

    • Ineffective

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

      This is the worst product I have ever used. I have a scar on my left arm that was a few years old at the time I started using this product. It says it works on old or new scars, but this product did absolutely nothing for my scar. I applied it as directed for about 8 months, and it actually made my scar more noticeable. I am fair skinned, and it actually made the skin around the scar even lighter so that the scar was very obvious and looked like a bulls eye on my arm. I kept using it, thinking that eventually maybe my scar will start to diminish, but it never did. I haven't used this product in 6 months and the light mark on my arm is still there, drawing the eye right to my scar. I am going to be really upset if my skin is "stained" like this permanently! If you are contemplating buying this, I should say that I saw a generic version of this at a dollar store for $1. I'd try that instead..at least you wouldn't be dropping [$] on a product with the same active ingredient. Bottom line, for [$] I got a cream that not only didn't help my scar at all, but actually made it more noticeable. I am going to try a silicone-based scar product as I have read that they help to smooth the scar, making it less noticeable.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      not so great but has it's uses

      By mom

      from alameda

      describe yourself Parent

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Emergency Preparedness

      Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

      I did not like this. I use the creme for my healing and it's good when being in the sun has an sp 30

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      works TOO well

      By yellowfog

      from Maryland

      describe yourself Medical Professional

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effective
      • Promotes Healing

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

          I have a south Indian complexion, and scars are very dark on me. I used this cream for about 3 months on several small, closely placed scars on my legs, some of which were the unfortunate result of electrolysis. Because each scar was quite small (<1/4" each) and they were so close together, I spread the cream across the whole area, about 6" x2". The scars did lighten, but to my surprise the skin between the scars lightened even more. I was so focused on examining the specific scars close up, that I failed to notice the normal skin lightening until it was quite obvious. It also left the skin scaly and itchy, even 2 months after STOPPING use of the cream. Now I have a large stripes of lightened skin across the front of my legs, with red splotches from flaking and scratching, and on which the original scars are still visible (albeit lighter than at the start).

          I should also mention that I had tested the cream on a smaller, less noticeable scar on my arm for about 6 weeks before addressing my leg scars, and did not notice the untoward effects on the smaller scar.

          So, in sum, I would suggest using the cream only in a very localized, targeted way for SMALL scars (which, admittedly, is what the package instructs). And if you have dark skin, use caution not to allow the cream to extend onto unscarred skin. (This was NOT mentioned in the instructions.) I also wish I had tested the cream on a small patch of NORMAL skin, not just scarred skin.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great

          By Anna Leigh

          from Virginia

          describe yourself Patient

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Effective
          • Promotes Healing
          • Safe

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Keep In The Medicine Cabinet
            • Long Term Use

            Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

            Recommended by my plastic surgeon to help with scarring--really works well

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good product--does what it says

            By The Duchess

            from vero beach,fl

            describe yourself Parent

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Promotes Healing

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                I am always banging my arm or leg--very thin skin as I have aged--this helps with the scarring

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                merderma gel compared to cream

                By tina

                from Torrance CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                    I have used a whole tube of merderma cream then ordered gel.
                    I am still using it so am not too sure of the results.
                    I feel it has helped on my tummy tuck scars, it has flattened the the scar as it was weeks after the surgery, I am not sure if it is natural healing process or the cream, but I see the redness fade fast and I still have the line of scar ; it feels smooth and I feel like it is working but not sure about a spot of Keloid I have as it has not changed at all.
                    I would love to see the results after I am done with the gel.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Didn't work for me.

                    By KEPC

                    from Santa Rosa, CA

                    describe yourself Medical Professional

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Ineffective

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Term Use

                    Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                    I had a small scar removed from my upper lip. My surgeon suggested that I use an over-the-counter anti-scar cream to prevent the site from evolving into a new and larger scar. I had read positive reviews of Mederma, so I spent [$] on a tiny tube of it and used it faithfully for over a month. I could not detect any improvement from using Mederma. In fact, it seemed to be provoking the scar into growing, not shrinking. I switched to the Scar Away sheets and gel, and almost immediately noticed a big improvement. The scar is fading fast, shrinking in size, and is hardly noticeable. Based on this experience, I cannot recommend Mederma. Other people appear to have enjoyed better luck with this product, and you may as well.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Trust me: This works!

                    By Hayden Knight

                    from noneofyourbusiness, NJ

                    describe yourself Acne Scarred, Girl, Teen

                    Pros

                    • Cooling
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Effective
                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Promotes Healing
                    • Safe

                    Cons

                    • Flakes
                    • Many applications

                    Best Uses

                    • Acne scars
                    • New Scars
                    • Old Scars

                    Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                    There have been quite a few reviews on Mederma claiming that it does not work and is a waste of money - I, however, found this to be completely untrue. I am a 14 year old girl who received a nasty, large acne scar just above my eyebrow after getting rid of a cystic pimple. The pimple may have been gone, but it certainly left it's mark. I dealt with it for about a month before growing angry with having to conceal it everywhere I went - for a while, I wasn't even aware that it was a scar. I thought it'd just go away. But, it turned out it needed some help to do it. I tried Mederma despite the put-downs and within a week I noticed my scar becoming less and less red. It also retracted a little, making the scar smaller. Unfortunately, Merderma encourages skin renewal by drying the scar. This made is difficult to cover with makeup. I resolved this by moisturzing before an application. This held up for an entire school day - 8 hours. I say: Try Merderma! It's working for me, why wouldn't it for you?

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow - great stuff

                    By bratty

                    from new york, ny

                    describe yourself Novice First Aid Skills

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Effective
                    • Promotes Healing
                    • Safe

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Keep In The Medicine Cabinet

                      Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                      I bought this for a cut in my hand that required 7 stitches. After 2 months, the scar was red and still swollen. I bought Mederma because it was less expensive than the scar tapes which were almost double the price. I started applying this on Tuesday evening. I woke up the next day and saw a slight difference already. It is 6 days now and I see a significant reduction in the redness, swelling of the scar. I have also applied this on an old (20 yr old) scar/keloid on my leg and I see a softening of the old scar and it seems to blend in a bit more with the skin. Is it myimagination or the stretch marks on my leg next to the scar fading? hmmmm

                      They recommend 2-3 applications per day but I applied more often the first few days even bringing it to work, and only applied once yesterday but still see a difference.

                      The one thing that is slightly negative is the tingling and slight soreness and burning in the area after application. It wasn't too painful and it went away but I would not recommend this for new scars or scars that have not completely closed just for that reason.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I am going to purchase this again

                      By ilovemsj

                      from pompano beach, Fl

                      describe yourself Parent

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Effective
                      • Promotes Healing
                      • Safe

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Keep In The Medicine Cabinet
                        • Long Term Use

                        Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                        Mederma was used on my 10 year old son scars from a motor scooter he feel off and scraped his body on the pavement. The price is so worth it.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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