This One Product Will Fade Your Scar Faster (No, It’s Not Mederma) – Allure Magazine (blog)
A Reddit user named kallybear posted photos this week of a scar she had on her ring finger, the legacy of an engagement tattoo she had removed in March of 2015. It should be noted that she asked her plastic surgeon to remove the tattoo surgically—yes, with a knife—instead of getting laser removal, because she wanted it gone immediately. (Note to everyone: Ouch. Also, maybe engagement tattoos aren’t always the best idea.) Here’s what her finger looked like three weeks after the procedure:
Her plastic surgeon suggested she use Mederma to heal her scar. But since it looked especially red and angry (also known as hyperpigmentation), she thought she should try something else. “When my acne hyperpigmentation was bad, I tried Mederma out of desperation and was not impressed,” she wrote on Reddit. “However, vitamin C serum faded them almost completely, so I decided to try that on my finger instead.” Here’s what her scar looked like after six months of massaging just three drops of Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum on it at night:
That scar is almost completely gone. We asked Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, if there is anything to this. He says a Vitamin C serum will help heal the scar faster, but it shouldn’t replace Mederma or another scar gel you may be using. “Vitamin C is an antioxidant that we commonly recommend to treat dark spots and sun damage because of its ability to brighten the skin. Just as it can brighten sun spots on your face, it can do the same to pigmentation around scars,” says Zeichner. He also recommends layering it on top of your scar product. “Unlike traditional scar gels that improve not only pigment, redness, and texture of the scar itself, vitamin C targets primarily pigment,” he says. “So you should put it on top of Mederma or Scarguard.”
Yet another reason why vitamin C is a wonder ingredient.
Photos: Trinette Reed/Stocksy, kallybear/Imgur
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