Mederma is a product meant to soothe scars and make them less noticeable. Created by a company called Merz Pharmaceuticals, this topical gel’s active ingredient is called Allium cepa, which is basically onion extract. In this entry, I’ll try to answer questions like, “How does Mederma work?” “Does Mederma Really Work?” And “Does Mederma work on old scars?”
What is Scar Tissue?
Scar tissue is body tissue that replaces normal skin tissue when the area is injured; it is the result of the body’s healing process, and unless it’s really minor, all wounds will scar over to some degree.
The biggest problem most people have with scarring is that it’s obvious and usually unsightly. This is why there are a lot of different products available that aim to prevent scar tissue from forming in the first place, as well as encourage actual skin cell regeneration.
Mederma is one such product. In this entry, I hope to answer questions people might have about it. I’ll go on a question by question basis, so that the answers will be easier to find and all the bases will be sure to get covered.
How Does Mederma Work?
Allium cepa (which is basically onion extract), is Mederma’s active ingredient. It is both anti-inflammatory and can improve collagen organization. This active ingredient is supposedly what makes Mederma special. The anti-inflammatory property of allium cepa means that if an area of the skin is swollen, it can keep the swelling down and could help the collagen that keeps skin plump and supple so that unsightly, depressed scars are less pronounced or less likely to form.
Does Mederma Really Work?
Of course, now that we know what Mederma does, the next question would be whether or not it’s actually effective.
It seems there are a bunch of people who think so, and a bunch of people who don’t…
Some people say the product apparently doesn’t do much for scar tissue except maybe make it feel slightly softer to the touch. These reviewers say that to get the same effect, it would be better to use cheaper, more readily available products, like vegetable oil.
There are some people who claim that Mederma does work though; as long as it’s applied daily and three to four times a day, over a period of two months for new scars, and three to six months for old scars.
Whether you’re in the “don’t bother” camp or the “buy it now!” camp though, be forewarned that like any other topical scar-relief product Mederma can be a bit pricey. For example, online, a tiny 0.7 oz tube of the product can set you back by as much as $13.40 USD. If it works for you, it’s actually a bargain, though.
Does Mederma Work on Old Scars?
Mederma proponents do say that it works on old scars though; it just takes a lot longer to take effect. The people who say it doesn’t work at all, though, would say otherwise…
“How does Mederma work?” “Does Mederma really work?” and “Does Mederma work on old scars?” are all valid questions to ask, and in this entry, I hope that I’ve answered them adequately.
One thing that you should definitely keep in mind though; is that even though Mederma’s meant to be used on wounds that have already healed and closed up, you should never apply it to fresh, open wounds. It hurts. A lot.
If you want to give it a go, it would be in your best interest to buy enough tubes so that you can follow their recommended instructions about how much and for how long to use it, so you can give it a fair chance to work it’s magic. I found the best price for a 3 pack of Mederma, which you can see here.