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Published on: 21 Apr 2017 by vixabs
How Silicone is Helping Heal Skin
Most people go to great lengths to protect their skin, but injury is a fact of life. As we age life experiences, sun exposure, and lifestyle habits add up. As a result, your skin shows signs of wear and tear in the form of scars, sunspots, and wrinkles.
The technology that has come out of the beauty industry in recent years is astounding. Discoveries have been made that are allowing us to dramatically renew and heal our skin. If you need proof of how effective dermatological treatments have become simply pick up a magazine. Many celebrities in their 40s look better than ever thanks to innovative skin products.
One of the latest skin crazes is something rather unlikely. Recently, silicone has become a buzzword in the beauty industry, and it has nothing to do with breast implants. Surgeons have been using silicone for years to help heal wounds, and now new silicone fusion technology is allowing consumers to use a similar product at home.
How Silicone Helps the Skin
Silicone has been used in the medical industry for decades. It’s a very versatile material that has many benefits and a few potential drawbacks depending on the use. For the purpose of skincare, silicone sheets are made of a silicone polymer that’s breathable yet holds in moisture. The sheets optimize oxygenation and hydration while keeping the skin covered.
After surgery, some surgeons will use silicone gel sheets or pads to dress the wound. Doctors have known for some time that wound care plays a critical role in scar formation. In most cases, the silicone sheeting will aid in the recovery process by helping to:
Studies have shown that silicone gel sheeting and topical gels are also effective at treating a variety of scars after they’ve already healed. There are other treatments that can be used to improve scarring but most are more invasive and expensive compared to using silicone pads.
Silicone Pads That Go Beyond Surgical Scars
After years of use in surgical environments, silicone technology has now entered the cosmetic industry. Recent research is revealing that in addition to superficial scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloids, silicone pads can also improve the appearance of skin discoloration, sun damage and wrinkles.
Silicon pads are particularly beneficial on stretch marks. Stretch marks form when the skin tissue is stretched at a rapid pace, which is why they commonly occur after puberty and pregnancy. The long dark streaks are actually scars from the damaged tissue. If you weren’t able to prevent pregnancy stretch marks, getting your pre-baby body back will involve treating your skin so the scars fade.
Dermaclara Silicone Fusion pads are one of the leading options for reducing the signs of stretch marks. The pads come with a cleanser and serum that are used to prep the skin. Because of their unique design, the pads fit on various parts of the body, including the hips and stomach.
This type of product can also be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fine lines and wrinkles share many of the same skin characteristics as scars. Silicone pads smooth the skin with compression and draw moisture to the surface. The pads immediately plump the treated area and overtime wrinkles become visibly less noticeable.
Silicone pads are appropriate for people of all ages, with exception of those who are allergic to silicone. Experts recommend that silicone pads be worn for extended periods, generally about eight hours at a time, to see the full benefit. Most people choose to apply the silicone pads before going to bed, however, you can also wear them under clothes.
Keep in mind that while you may notice improvements immediately after removing silicone pads, it can take 4-12 months to see the full effect. In addition to using silicone pads, doctors note that massage can help improve the appearance of raised scars by breaking down the tissue.