Oils/creams for scar tissue

Hello,

I haven’t had my op yet (double m after chemo in October) but have had 3 ops so far to fit my portacath - port in, port out (it got lost in my body and I now have a nasty scar across my neck) and back in again!

People rave about bio-oil, but it contains lavender oil which I have been told is a no-no with chemo.

Does anyone know of any magic potions or lotions to help with scarring?

Thank you!

x

I’ve just been using Lush’s Dream Cream… seems to do the job for me. Didn’t know about lavender oil in the bio oil (or that you shouldn’t useu it) so I’ve put that on my bald head from time to time, which it seems to like. No se’s from it… Many, many years ago, for bad scarring on the face, an OT suggested good old fashioned blue-tin nivea, which did help. Not tried that on the breast area as it’s bigger and the cream’s a bit claggy for that I think… I think whatever suits your skin and you happen to have would eb a good starting point! I was told that massaging the area helps with tissue sticking under the skin - can’t say it’s made a huge difference yet, but I keep going. Hope it goes well, Jane

Hi Sandytoes

Bad luck about your portacath, I’ve got one and would hate to think about mine going walkabout. It’s done its job now and is coming out in 2 weeks, I can’t wait.

I didn’t know that lavender oil was a no-no on chemo, I’ve been using it about once a week!

For scar massage, I’ve been using sweet almond oil. I bought a bottle for about 8€ (about £7) from the chemist when I had my mastectomy, have been massaging my MX and portacath scars with it morning and night, and still have a little left.

I don’t think it’s so much a magic potion, it’s the act of regular gentle massage, along with the moisturising properties of the oil that do the trick.

my son had a facial scar following an accident with a glass. On the shelves at boots was a formula that said it got rid of scars. It was not cheap and you had to use it regularly. Being a teenage boy he said it was unlikely that he would remember to use it so he never tried.

No idea what it contains but you could scoure the shelves of a larger branch of boots.

Hi Sandytoes

My physio recommneded silicone gel scar reduction ointment (made by SilGel) and it worked really well. Sounds like the stuff OAL was thinking of - it’s not cheap, about £23 per small tube, but my GP prescribed it for me when I asked.

Since that I’ve also tried silicone gel scar reduction sheets and those have worked even better, since they also help to flatten the scars as well as improving the colour. You can either get the disposable ones (about £20 for a pack of 20 from Boots) or the ones that last a month or two (about £20 upwards, depending on what shape you buy).

Sarah x

I’ve got a really big scar from emergency surgery to remove an infected hickman line, plus lots of scars on my neck from my time in ICU. So I’ve also been looking at scar reduction treatments too.

I was recently told by a BCN that Bio Oil is not a good idea if you are ER+ as it contains a synthesized type of oestrogen (I’m sure I saw this mentioned on a thread here on BCC too). This is news to me but being ER+ it’s put me off it.

I’ve gone back to using Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Dry & Sensitive Body Lotion on my mx scar because it’s fragrance free because the aloe vera I was using to help with radiation burn was drying my skin out.

A friend who has had several ops recommended wheat germ oil as she said it really helped.

Dermatix is very good but also expensive. I like Bio Oil but was totally unaware it has se’s!!

Dermatix is another make of silicone gel.
Silicone gel is inert and only works by keeping scars moist, so shouldn’t get any unwanted interactions. As Nymeria says, you’ve got to be careful that you don’t use anything which might mimic oestrogen.
Sarah x

It is quite surprising just how many things have phyto-oestrogens in them these days and as someone with a high ER+ number it’s made me start reading labels very carefully!

Oh the things we have to learn!

Crikey I never knew all that stuff about Bio Oil before. I’m ER+ and I’ve been putting it on my mx scar every day!

I’ve been using bi-oil twice a day and my scars look great 6 months after my lumpectomy, I’m a bit worried now though reading about that. Suppose that will teach me to check before using anything.

Scary isn’t it? I will be reading the labels on things very carefully from now on!

I am sill using aqueus cream twice daily. Surgeon said no to Bio-oil and radiothreapists said no to aloe vero gel H&B as they thought this had alcohol in it and was drying but scars from ANC and WLE x2 looking better with aqueos cream but only now many months on Jxx

Hi all,
Just wanted to share my experience with you.
Following my bilateral reconstruction, the scar on my right “breast” was quite hypertrophic (red and raised.)

My PS recommended Mepiform, which is a silicone tape, to flatten and lighten the scar.
He said that it was very expensive (£100 +) to buy but he said to look on ebay, where it could be bought for as little as £30 - £40.

I was very fortunate however, that my GP was willing to prescribe it for me and I used it sucessfully for a year, with great results.

I applied the tape over my (healed) scars constantly - only removing it for bathing / showering.

You cut the tape to size and renew it as necessary, when it’s lost its “stickiness” - after a few days.
It’s easy and caused me no problems at all - I wasn’t aware that I was wearing it.

It’s not an overnight sucess - you have to be prepared to use it for a long time but I am very pleased with the results.
My scar is now flat and pale but of course, I have to accept that I will always of course have a scar - now however, it is much improved.

Good luck everyone - and please don’t hesitate to contact me on here or by pm if you want any more information x

Extra virgin oil straight from the cupboard. Been massaging arm/armpit/breast for 10 days and it is fab!

I wasn’t happy with my post WLE scars, tried bio-oil for a week or so then read on here about Dermatix. Chemist said it was expensive to got script from GP for 3 large sheets (about £300 worth). I’ve been using it for about a fortnight, cleaning and reusing, its a bit of a pain as it is not that sticky but I just put bra on quickly and it stays on.

My scars, fron SNB and WLE (bilateral - so 4 in total) are dents rather than raised, but after the weeks on Dermatix they are looking a bit better, and a bit paler. I’ll stick with it.

But would suggest trying GP for prescription rather than paying. Though I think my GP didn’t realise it was reuseable otherwise I would have got one.

S

Hi,
I just used vitamin E cream from the chemist, which cost about £1 and was brilliant. I had the same surgery as you with my port, although a lot depends on the surgeon.
Lily

Hi all,
I also have been using Bio-Oil on my WLE scar. I bought the dermatix gel but haven’t used it yet. Can anyone tell me do the silicone sheets work on the internal scar tissue, my scar is pulling in and causing a dent, the scar itself is very good really.
I’m shocked to read about the Bio-Oil another example of not enough info from some the professionals.

Tina
x

Very hard to say what the effect of the sheets are opposed to just passage of time healing. I ‘think’ mine are better but I’ve been using the strips of 3 weeks so maybe its just time. The hardness is going down but I thought the strips would just work on the external.
S

I too am a bit alarmed at the bio-oil/oestrogen thing. Can anyone confirm what you would look for in the ingredients that would indicate this?