The Bepanthen® scar gel
If the deeper layers of the skin are injured - be it an operation incision, a scrape or an accident - scars form on our skin. Some scars can be very large and bulging and continue to cause problems for the patient due to itching and pain. Large scars are also often perceived as unaesthetic. The Bepanthen® scar gel from Bepanthen® now promises to make fresh and older scars paler, softer and flatter with regular use and thus to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms.
Would you like to read more general information about Bepanthen and its effects? Then take a look here: Bepanthen®
Indications for the Bepanthen® scar gel
Bepanthen® Scar Gel should be used for several months on fresh scars after wound closure (e.g. operations, burns, cuts). This is to prevent large raised, bulging scars - so-called hypertrophic scars.
The scar gel can also be used for older hypertrophic scars that have healed unsatisfactorily from previous injuries.
This article could also help you treat your scars further: Scar care
How do I use the Bepanthen® scar gel correctly?
Bepanthen® Scar Gel may only be used on completely closed wounds! Never use the product on partially unsealed wounds or on mucous membranes!
If it is a fresh scar that has not been completely closed for a month, Bepanthen® recommends applying the Bepanthen® scar gel twice a day (morning and evening) as a thin film to the scar and letting it dry for a moment before e.g. clothes are pulled over it again. If the area has come into contact with water or sweat during the day (e.g. showering, exercising), the scar should be reapplied with cream.
The scar gel should be used for at least 2 months and should not be supplemented by other products.
If the scar is more than a month old, it should first be massaged for several minutes using the enclosed massage roller with light pressure. Then the scar gel can be applied. This should also be done twice a day for several months.
Please only use the massage roller on older, closed wounds in order not to irritate fresh wounds too much and to delay wound healing.
Do you have a fresh wound and you don't know how to properly care for it? Then read our articles:
- First aid for wounds
- How can a wound healing disorder occur?
Dosage of the Bepanthen® scar gel
The Bepanthen® scar gel should be used twice a day for at least two months. The gel is supposed to cover the skin with a thin film.
Effect of the Bepanthen® scar gel
If an injury occurs on our skin, the wound starts to heal immediately.
This consists of the following three steps: First, the cleaning phase begins, which begins with hemostasis and coagulation immediately after the injury and over the following three days cleans the wound and removes potential pathogens with the help of the immune system.
This is followed by the so-called granulation phase, which can be viewed as the healing phase. Here, surrounding cells form new skin tissue and begin to close the wound.
In the final phase of wound healing, this skin is further modified and remodeled and more or less conspicuous scars are created.The Bepanthen® scar gel should support this healing process, especially during the second wound healing phase, by protecting the wound from drying out and thus keeping the inflammation of the wound as low as possible - this should protect against bulging scars.
For this purpose, the Bepanthen® scar gel uses silicones, which lay a protective film over the skin and thus reduce the loss of moisture in the wound. In addition, it contains substances such as dexpanthenol, which are intended to provide the wound with additional fluid. This is to prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue.
In the case of old scars, however, the Bepanthen® scar gel, together with a massage roller, is intended to promote the breakdown of excess scar tissue.
For information on treating old scars, read: Bepanthen® scar roller
Side effects of the Bepanthen® scar gel
If Bepanthen® Scar Gel is used properly, no side effects are to be expected. However, as with any medicinal product, there may be allergies to the individual ingredients that can lead to allergic reactions. Since the Bepanthen® scar gel is only applied locally, irritation of the skin is to be expected, e.g. in the form of a red rash.
If the Bepanthen® scar gel gets into the eyes or mucous membranes, they should be rinsed out with plenty of water immediately. If symptoms persist, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
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How much is the price for the Bepanthen® scar gel?
Bepanthen® Scar Gel does not require a prescription or pharmacy and can therefore be purchased over the counter. 20 grams of the gel cost around 16 euros, the prices vary depending on the provider.
Can the Bepanthen® scar gel also be used for the follow-up treatment of a tattoo?
According to the manufacturer, Bepanthen® Scar Gel is not explicitly recommended for the treatment of tattoos. Since scarring usually does not occur when a tattoo is pierced, the use of the scar gel is not indicated. If in doubt, consult your tattoo artist or dermatologist, they can give you recommendations for the follow-up treatment of your tattoo.
To do this, read: The right aftercare for a tattoo
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Exclusion of liability / disclaimer
We would like to point out that medication must never be discontinued, applied or changed independently without consulting your doctor.
Please note that we cannot claim that our texts are complete or correct. The information may be out of date due to current developments.