Everyday tips

How should a scar be cared for?

Avoid extreme heat and cold
Fresh scars are particularly sensitive. For six months to a year, you should be sure to use sun protection when exposed to intensive sun or UV rays. You should avoid saunas, as well as intense exposure to cold. All of these influences could negatively affect the regeneration process.

Do not wear abrasive clothing
Avoid wearing tight clothes or garments which can rub against scarred skin. Scar tissue is more sensitive than healthy skin. It may react to irritation of this kind with redness and hardening.

Take care of scars on knuckles, elbows and other joints
Scars located near bones should be particularly protected. Be careful not to reinjure the scar tissue. Fresh scars be easily re-opened when playing sports. The healing process can be disturbed by activities exposing the scar tissue to physical stress.

Extra tip: Bathe your scars
Bathing is recommended for scars on hands, elbows, feet, etc. Add a squirt of Mederma® to lukewarm water and bathe the scar for an extended period of time.

Extra tip: Gel dressings
For large scars, the use of a gel dressing is recommended. Soften the scar tissue first using a warm, moist pad. Then apply Mederma® in a moderately thick layer. Gently massage the gel over the scar. Then cover the area with thin kitchen foil. Put a dressing on top of this. Then simply leave the gel to work overnight.


Some scars respond to treatment more quickly than others. But with enough patience and care, it is highly likely that the condition of your scar will improve.