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Neosporin Scar Solution Pros and Cons: Independent Opinion

Silicone Scar


If you have old or new scars you wish would disappear like magic but you don’t have the budget or the pain tolerance for expensive cosmetic procedures, Neosporin Scar Solution could be a possible answer.

What is Neosporin Scar Solution?

The product consists of sheets of a specially designed silicone that is placed on the skin using a self-adhesive strip. Each sheet can be trimmed into shapes to fit the shape of the scars. According to the manufacturers, the silicone is intended to mimic the skin’s own natural barrier which makes it useful in minimizing the appearance of certain types of scars.

Keep in mind that this Neosporin scar care product does not work on all scars. Only hypertrophic and keloid scars are improved by the silicone. Both of these are raised off the skin and are normally related to cuts, burns, and surgical incisions.

How to Use Silicone Scar Treatments

Each of the strips is placed on the scar and should be worn for 12 hours at a time. It can be washed and dried then reapplied. You can reuse each strip for up to four days. Although you’ll see some improvement after only a month, the best results are only visible if you use the strips for a full 12 weeks.

Does the Scar Treatment Work?

Anecdotal reports from users do suggest that the Neosporin Scar Solution does work when used as directed. A reduction in visible new and old scars was reported by many users, even those who were not able to use the product for the entire treatment course. In a number of cases, physicians and surgeons were the ones who made the recommendation to use the product. A medical recommendation is definitely a plus for the product.

Problems with the Product

Although the product seems to work, users do have some complaints about the product. First, many users report difficulty in keeping the strips stuck to their skin. The Neosporin site for the product even addresses this problem in its frequently asked questions section. They suggest using medical tape to help hold down the strips if they do not stay on the skin properly.

The second common problem is the price. At approximately $35 per box, the cost is a bit steep but seems reasonable when compared to other scar-reduction treatments, such as chemical peels. Each box will last for the entire 12 weeks as long as the sheets are reused for the full three to four days. However, if you have longer scars or need to use multiple strips, you may need to purchase more than one box.
A related problem is that the product can be difficult to find. Even some online stores are out of the strips. Some generic brands are also available for about one-third the price. Users have found they work about as well as the Neosporin brand.

Bottom Line

Neosporin Scar Solution seems to work for users but also has some problems, such as price and skin adherence. If price or availability is an option, you could opt for the generic version.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

3 Responses to “Neosporin Scar Solution Pros and Cons: Independent Opinion”

  1. 1
    Swanson Says:
    I think that this type of treatment is not always effective but I have to agree with Ariel, coco butter is one of the best ways to get rid of scars. This blog rocks!
  2. 2
    Ariel Says:
    I've always sworn by cocoa butter as well. Though it hasn't made them disappear yet (fingers crossed!), it has lightened my stretch marks a lot.
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    Tara Says:
    I've always had a lot of luck with neosporin. In particular, it has always given me great healing time.