I Used Mederma and I Want My Money Back

Princess 19 on 20 Mar 2011 at 12:00am

Mederma, a scar therapy and stretch mark ointment, recently released the results to their annual Wear Your Skin Proudly survey. But, is this just marketing hype to cover up the apparently minimal results seen from using this product?

According to the Mederma survey, 66% of U.S. women are happy with their physical appearance. They also say that 65% are not affected by skin imperfections; their self-confidence is unfazed. Yet, over 40% acknowledged that their self-confidence would improve if they could reduce the appearance of their skin imperfections.

Confusing? Yes. What is this all for?

The survey was commissioned to see how women perceive their skin imperfections, such as scars and stretch marks, and how they impact overall body confidence. All these stats are thrown out to support using Mederma. But ask RealSelf doctors and they’ll tell you their opinion differs.

“Mederma does close to nothing. In a blinded prospective study against placebo, Mederma did nothing. Don't waste your money, honestly,” says Samuel Lam, MD.

In the treatment for, say, stretch marks, there are better, albeit more expensive, ways to make them go away versus using Mederma. One way is using lasers such as a Fraxel laser. (40% Worth It rating )

“There are some lasers which might fade them, and Fraxel is enjoying some support, but nothing topical,” says Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD.

But, what about in-depth scars where Mederma touts its effectiveness? Apparently, one is better off having deep scars, such as keloids, excised. Other treatments are laser and steroid injections. But for deep scars, excising the damaged scar tissue out is best. Some patients felt mild pain during the procedure since needles are used for anesthesia and sutures are also performed for closure. About 69% say the result is worth it. 

“Mederma does nothing to improve scars. It is a good emollient but that's about it and it's ridiculously expensive,” says Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD.

In general, then, are topical ointments for scar improvement less effective than touted?

“Topical silicone may be the best topical treatment for scar improvement. While mederma, an extract of onion skin, is frequently recommended it is not as effective as silicone in my experience,” says Edward Lack, MD.

So, to those 40% of women that want to improve their skin’s appearance, consider skipping the Mederma. You are better off saving that $20 for something more worthwhile...like gas money.

 

Photo Credit:  flickr.com By akiko@flickr

Comments (8)

Hey i wasnt sure if i had mentioned this. It is expensive but! It works and the tube goes a lonnng way. It is called lustra ultra. It is a cream that bleaches but removes the darkening layers over time (huge results in 1 month) you can also get
A prescription Of 4% hydro compound is a steroid so if you have a little bump (keloid) but it thins the skin so not for long term use. Since 4% hydro anything is considered cosmetic, plan on paying out of pocket and do NOT let the pharmicist sell you a cheaper 4% tube for $45 as the ingredients are similar but not the same

The Lustra Ultra really works and its cheaper at drugstore. Com than local drugstore by $50. I paid $190 at walgreens and its $145 online and shipping is free
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I went to the pharmacy and asked about that (Mederma) for TT scar and was told by a pharmacist not to waste my money. He said that it did not work. :( Has anyone had success from it. I wonder if it is hard to know if it is healing on its own or from the mederma. I have used nothing on my scar and it is flat though still reddish/purplish..but it is only 4 months.I would gladly try it if I thought it would help.
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Im at my surgeons off now. I will ask. He is gold with ethnic skin but i had planned on getting from amazon
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Looking on the internet there are tons of different silicone scar sheets...not sure which to choose from.
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I am really sore "again" today. I guess this is all a process "sigh". Thx for asking. You can look ate wrong and i bruise lol my c-section was raised and flattened over time. Look into those strips. They do work
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Thanks Kat-

I've had 2 c-sections and my scar flattened out and faded really good, I just don't remember if I had any raised areas that went flat.

I'm hoping this will as well overtime. How are you feeling?
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Hey prissy if i can help. We may keloid for a while but the scar will flatten out. I was told to wait 6 weeks before mederma but! My dr says he will do a light laser or some compound bleaching cream. A year after my c- section the bumpy keloid did flatten and shorten to about 1/2 inch at most. Im so anxious so i am looking into those silicon strips that help.
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I am 9 weeks post op today from tummy tuck surgery and have been using mederma 3x a day for close to 5 weeks (I bought one tube for home and one for the office) and have noticed very minor improvement, improvements that probably would have occurred naturally as the body heals itself.


I am noticing a small keloid forming at the belly button and would like suggestions on what to do or am I stuck with it? A flat tummy is certainly worth a small scar but if I can lessen the appearance I would like to.
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