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Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz
 
3.3

(based on 128 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (36)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Effective (18)
  • Promotes healing (14)
  • Safe (13)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (6)
  • Messy (5)
  • Harsh (3)

Best Uses

  • Long term use (12)
  • Keep in the medicine cabinet (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (7), Novice first aid skills (6), Medical professional (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32)

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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4.0

Appears to help my scars disappear.

By Joy

from Arizona

describe yourself Healthy Adult

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Long Term Use

    Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

    I hsve used Mederma only a couple of weeks. It appears to be helping my scars disapper.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    It didn't work for me.

    By Eve

    from Detroit, MI

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Safe

    Cons

    • Ineffective

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

      Unfortunately I got a dime sized 2nd degree right on my breast (a mishap with boiling water and a low cut top). Because I'm prone to scaring I immediately purchased this product.

      As soon as the burn was semi heeled I began applying twice a day--once in the morning and once at night. I placed a bandaid over the area each application to prevent from being rubbed off. I also made sure to only treat the burned area for fear of pigment changes in skin which other users had mentioned.

      Months went by and almost an entire tube and... I still scarred. It is a FLESH scar so it's nice that it isn't raised (perhaps that's a result of the product?). But, there is still a discolored pink scar on my breast. Not cool.

      I can say that the product kept the area MOIST during the healing process, which for a burn is important. Though, this is also because I applied twice a day and kept a bandaid on it to prevent from rubbing off/drying out.

      Does it work? Eh. I'm not sure. Others say it has, so there must be some people who are benefiting from it. I'm just not one of those people.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Worthless

      By JP

      from Boston

      See all my reviews

      Pros

        Cons

        • Ineffective

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

          This cream did nothing to lessen the appearance of scars from scrapes on my legs that were about a year old at most. Applied it religiously until the tube was empty and no change to the discolorations.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Scares are gone!

          By sewcontent

          from Lemoore, CA

          describe yourself Medical Professional

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

              This product gets rid of scares
              My dermatologist removes pre-cancerous cells with liquid nitrogen which leaves brown scares. She recommended that I use Mederma cream to lighten them. It fades them completely!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It works

              By Captain Bill

              from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

              describe yourself It is for my wife, Not the scarred party

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A miracle salve
              • Easy To Use
              • Effective

              Cons

              • Very expensive

              Best Uses

              • Get the once-a-day salve
              • Long Term Use

              Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

              It worked so well that three of our friends bought it, AND our sister bought ten tubes. I guess she is planning to beat the hell out of someone! Just kidding. Ten tubes! I think she is going to give it to her friends.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awesome gel!!

              By Ormmii

              from Honolulu, HI

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Effective

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                  it'super good product!!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Works Okay but...

                  By jandcoke

                  from Texas

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Effective
                  • Safe

                  Cons

                  • Expensive here

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Mederma Scar Gel, 1.76 oz:

                    Some complain that it doesn't work or itches, etc. Face it just like ANY medication or other thing some people will have adverse reactions. That doesn't mean it doesn't work. I have had very good results after a full abdominoplasty. So, that's a 30 inch incision in my case folks!!!Only thing is you can get it for about half the price at [@]. The only reason I bought two tubes here was they were out of stock.

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                    • Personal

                    (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

                        (6 of 8 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.

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                            • Personal

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