Creams for Burn Scars

by Cindy Ell ; Updated July 18, 2017

Between 1 million and 2 million Americans seek treatment for burns every year.

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The University of Maryland Medical Center says that between 1 million and 2 million people in the United States annually seek medical care for burns. Burns carry the risk of many complications, including the overgrowth of scar tissue. Consult your physician about even moderate burns, which are prone to infection. After your burns have been treated, topical creams may help fade and flatten your scars.

Mederma Scar Cream Plus SPF 30

The active ingredient in Mederma is an extract made from the common garden onion. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can worsen scars, so this product is also enhanced with sunscreen. Dr Z. Draelos reported in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology that the onion extract in Mederma acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Onion extract also may help organize the formation of collagen, a primary building block of skin and other tissues. Draelos conducted a study that followed a group of volunteers who used Mederma on their scars and compared them to a control group. The patients in the Mederma group showed a significant improvement in the redness, softness, texture and global appearance of their scars.


Bioskinrepair is made with the natural secretions of an animal called Helix Aspersa Müller, known more familiarly as the garden snail. Garden snails have the capacity to moisturize, repair and renew their own skin and shells when they are damaged. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment reported that the burns of patients who were treated twice a day with snail cream healed better and were less painful than patients in a control group. The authors concluded that snail extract products are a safe, natural and effective alternative treatment in the care of some burns.


According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, calendula may stimulate regrowth of healthy skin and inhibit scar formation in the healing phases of second- and third-degree burns. This traditional remedy is derived from a type of marigold. It has been in medicinal use throughout the Meditterranean and Central Europe since the 12th century. Calendula has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and protective qualities that have been demonstrated in animal studies. More human trials are necessary to determine its effectiveness, so consult your physician before using it to treat any condition.

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  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Burns
  • "Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology"; The Ability of Onion Extract Gel to Improve the Cosmetic Appearance of Postsurgical Scars; Z. Draelos; Jun. 2008
  • "Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy"; Marigold (Calendula officinalis L.): an Evidence-Based Systematic Review by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration; E. Basch et al; 2006
  • "Journal of Dermatological Treatment"; The Efficacy of Helix Aspersa Müller Extract in the Healing of Partial Thickness Burns; D. Tsoutsos et al; 2009

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Cindy Ell began writing professionally in 1990. A former medical librarian, she has written materials for hospitals, medical associations, the "Nashville Scene" and "Coping Magazine." She received her Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Massachusetts and her Master of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. She is currently a full-time freelance medical writer.