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Old 01-10-2009, 09:59 PM
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I have a scratch in the middle of my forehead, and I scar really, really easily...

Yeah, it's unfortunate. I woke up with it this morning - I figure I scratched myself at some point because it seems too thick to be a cat scratch.

I talked to the pharmacist and she recommended straight vitamin E cream, so I bought 'Webber Vitamin E Ointment, 30 IU/g'. It says to apply it 'once or twice daily to affected area' - I think I've put reapplied about 5 times since I got home from work.

Basically, is there anything I can do to help this heal? I'm a diabetic, so I scar easily, and I have twin lines of acne scars running from the corners of my mouth to midway down my chin that I'm really self concious about. Is vitamin e my only option, or should I shell out the $35 for a box of the Elastoplast Scar Reducing patches?



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Old 01-11-2009, 04:19 AM
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I recommend that you stop applying the Vitamin E, especially so frequently. It is important that you allow your scratch to heal without it being constantly covered in creams and liquids. Also, Vitamin E has not been shown to be beneficial in scar prevention, it's more of a belief that many people have. The pharmacist that you spoke to may or may not know that.

Many recommend to simply let the wound heal on its own and then once it has reformed skin over it, to manually massage it to prevent the buildup of collagen that causes the scar.

Silver has shown to be very effective in wound healing and scar prevention. There are dressings that you can buy OTC (I believe) called acticoat that have nonocrystalline silver embedded in a dressing, with a layer that allows the wound to breath. Not only are they effective at eliminating bacteria from the wound but the silver also helps promote skin formation without scarring. I am not sure about the price, but they are going to be a little on the expensive side. But if scarring is a problem that you encounter frequently, it may be worth it to invest in a box that will last you awhile.

I would talk to a pharmacist or a doctor about the silver dressing though. It's not going to harm you, but you may want the opinion of someone other than Imhotep before you shell out money on dressings. Just don't ask the same pharmacist, try a different one.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:36 AM
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^^ What he said about vit.E. Copper peptides on the other hand have been shown to be beneficial. I'd just get either the Neutrogena serum from their peptide line, or something similar.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:22 AM
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Thank you - I'll look into the copper peptide serum from Neutrogena, and make an appointment to talk to my doctor about the silver dressing.

Thanks again, I appreciate it!
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I saw something like this in another thread and a few people were using bio-oil on their scars with success. Can't tell you from experience but just saw it posted on here.
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I had two very deep cuts on my face and the plastic surgeon who stitched me said not to apply vit. E for the first year, because it can have the opposite effect you're looking for. Also, she said to apply bacitracin (sp?) NOT neosporin until it heals, then make sure it's always out of sunlight. Always use sunscreen. I realize our cases are different, mine was a more deep wound around the thin skin of my eye, but reguardless, make sure it's out of the sun.
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mederma works GREAT i have used it on burns old scars new scars even on strech marks and you will notice the difference after about 30 days sometimes sooner its not that expencive and they carry it every where

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I had two very deep cuts on my face and the plastic surgeon who stitched me said not to apply vit. E for the first year, because it can have the opposite effect you're looking for. Also, she said to apply bacitracin (sp?) NOT neosporin until it heals, then make sure it's always out of sunlight. Always use sunscreen. I realize our cases are different, mine was a more deep wound around the thin skin of my eye, but reguardless, make sure it's out of the sun.
Bactraban or however you spell it is by prescription only and it does help heal things much faster.
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^^Bactroban is a prescription antibiotic cream and ointment....bacitracin is an antibiotic ointment that is available over the counter. Often derms. will recommend bacitracin or polysporin over the counter because a lot of people have allergies/irritations from the neomycin component in neosporin.
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well when i have scratch or scar on my skin i always used SEBO DE MACHO its a cream medicine dont know what its called there...
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