These Are The Best Silicone Scar Sheet Brands You Can Buy

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silicone scar sheet

Silicone scar sheets are low cost, (relatively) easy to use and help you improve hypertrophic scars.

If you do a quick Google or Bing search you will see there is a wide range of different brands. So which one to pick? More in a bit..

And if you do a quick PubMed search you will learn this is the only  clinically proven home remedy.

In case you didn’t know, you can recognize hypertrophic scars by an increased amount of scar tissue within the original wound boundary.

Keloids, a specific type of hypertrophic scars,  are scars in which the tissue grows beyond the original wound borders.

In layman’s terms, discolored, raised scars can be improved with silicones.

Most depressed scars do not seem to benefit from silicone scar treatment.

Proven effective..

A large meta study examining all kinds of home scar removal methods concluded that silicone gel sheeting had “marked benefit” while pressure therapy (use of pressure garments) and Imiquimod cream had “some benefit.”

Method of action (how they work)..

How the exactly work is still not entirely clear. Initially it was thought that increased temperature, pressure, and the silicone were what improves scars.

Nowadays it is theorized that oxygen tension and hydration reduce excess scar tissue. wound healing.

Before we try to determine which silicone brand is best, first a bit about whether you should buy sheets or a gel.

Sheets vs Gel?

Research shows that silicone sheeting works better than silicone gel or oil. Likely because  occlusion of the scar and subsequent hydration are responsible for toning down unbalanced fibroblast collagen growth (scar tissue).

Based on my own experiences as well as what studies show is that, if possible, go for sheeting in favor of a cream.

If you find it is hard or nearly impossible to keep sheets attached then opt for a gel. Or for example when you don’t want people to notice you are wearing silicones on your scar.

The Best Silicone Scar Sheeting Brands

These are my recommendations as a former user of silicone sheeting and someone who has been recommending these to friends and aquaintances for years now.

I have picked a most affordable product, a most convenient but slightly pricier one, the best brand if you have really sensitive skin or a troublesome / delicate scar, and a product that combines silicones with paper tape (the one I would use myself if I would need them right now).

ScarAway

ScarAway-silicone-scar-sheetsI  commonly recommend this brand because I used it myself and it worked well for me. It is rated 3,5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

I feel this rating is a bit low but this may be due to the fact that you have to wear the sheets religiously. I mean at least 12 hours (and preferably longer – up to 24 hours) a day for weeks, if not months. Some people may not be able to do so and blame the product.

Scaraway sheets breathe (are permeable) thus allowing oxygen in the hydrated skin and reduce the chance on skin maceration or rash. Not all brands breathe.

  • Pros: works well, relatively well reviewed, made from safe dimethicone silicones, breathe, reputable brand, come in pre-shaped C-section sheets, more affordable at $23,99.
  • Cons: it’s not the brand with the highest adhesiveness. If you need really sticky silicone sheets than the next brand may be for you.

Cica Care

Cica-Care-silicone-scar-sheetsI haven’t used Cica Care myself but with a 4 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon it’s a serious contender to be called (one of) the best brand(s).

Being very sticky, Cica Care silicone sheets may be extra convenient on body locations such as the neck, chest, stomach, back, or even face (although I can imagine many people would rather use a cream for facial scars).

This is a big plus since silicone sheets tend to roll up. Which is annoying because you have to keep putting them in place again.

I mentioned before that silicone therapy does not work on indented scars. Cica care may be helpful though based on what a user wrote me:

.. I get the sense that this Cica Care pad is doing a better job of flattening by pulling up the sunken middle of my scar than the others. Because the gel conforms so well to the shape of the scar, it makes clingy contact with the sunken parts better than the others, and I think that tends to pull them up over time.

  • Pros: probably the best stickiness among brands, high customer rating, renowned brand, may help improve indented scars.
  • Cons: higher price. ($47,-)

Mepitac Silicone Tape

mepitac-silicone-tapeThis product is often recommended by surgeons and dermatologists. The advantage of Mepitac silicone tape is that it stays on very well.

Contrary to many sheets this occlusive sticks to your scar until you peel it off.  It even stays on in the shower or during swimming. Like with sheets you can re-use pieces.

Because of its strong attachment it may not be that suitable for delicate scar tissue. For example if you are concerned you may re-open the just healed wound or when you have sensitive skin.

Here’s why you may want to use this brand:

For alleviating tension on the scar and its surrounding skin. Tension on a fresh wound and new scar is known to increase scar tissue formation.

Because of its adherance, this silicone tape reduces tension, e.g. tear and stretch along the incision line which is known to minimize the degree of scarring in terms of spreading or thickening.

This product basically combines two proven treatments, silicone and skin adhesive tape.

Study: “taping of scars is a safe, effective and well-tolerated intervention that may significantly improve scar appearance at six months”.

There’s also personal preference, some people will prefer silicone tape while others may opt for thicker silicone sheets that provide more of a barrier and buffer between the scar and clothing or other external elements such as zippers, seat belts.

  • Pros: reduces tension which prevents widening and thickening of scars, offers the benefits of silicones, easily cut to size, sticks very well even when wet, relatively affordable ($27,39)
  • Cons: different feel, doesn’t have the solid occlusion that silicone sheeting offers

 

Mepiform with Safetac® Technology

Mepiform-Safetac-silicone-scar-sheetsAdheres gently to surrounding skin without use of traditional adhesives. Minimizes trauma to the wound on removal.

Mepiform with Safetac is relatively new to the consumer market. There are not a lot of reviews yet but the product does score the full 5 out of 5 stars (based on 18 reviews).

This brand is especially suitable for people with sensitive or delicate skin. Similar to other brands these sheets also flatten, soften and fade red and raised scars but the way of adherance is different.

Resulting in less risk on skin maceration (the white skin you may see after taking off a wound plaster) and being more gentle on fresh scars. If you know changing sheets is still painful or irritating or taking them off may tear the new tissue, thus interfering with the healing process, Mepiform may be your best bet.

  • Pros: gentle for very sensitive, delicate skin, well-reviewed on Amazon.
  • Cons: expensive ($82 for a 4″ x 7″ (10cm x 18cm) 5 Pack.

 

Large size silicone sheets for big scars

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Large scars are best treated with large silicone sheets because they may bedifficult to keep in place. If you have to work with several pieces it will be extra hard to keep them attached. Another reason is that it may be difficult to have them align perfectly thus running the risk of missing a spot.

Biodermis Epiderm offers large sheets. Their biggest size is 11″ x 15,75″. They also have 1,4″ by 11,5″ long tummy tuck scar sheets.

In comparison, ScarAway long is 7″ and Cica Care sheets are 6″.

Brands that offer pre-shaped silicone sheets

Sometimes pre-shaped sheets are your best option. Certain scars, e.g. a breast surgerly scar, have such typical shapes that you can not cut them properly yourself.

Biodermis Epiderm offer pre-shaped breast surgery anchor silicone sheets as well as vertical mastoplexy and breast areaopexy sheets.

This brand also has sheeting designed to perfectly fit the areola and anchor incision scar or other typically shaped surgery scars.

ScarFX is a brand that also offers these silicone sheets for specific types of surgery. For an overview of various large and pre-shaped gel sheets visit Makemeheal.

ScarAway c-section scar treatment strips are developed specifically for moms recovering from c-sections. Size of each sheet, 7″ long and 1.5″.

The best silicone gel cream brands

Most studies demonstrate that sheeting is more efficient than gels. Gels however are more convenient. They are barely noticeable and require less effort concerning application and keeping them on.

If you’re in the market for a gel I would recommend one of these three:

  • NewGel+E Advanced Silicone Gel for Scars
  • ScarAway Scar Repair Gel with Patented Kelo-cote Technology
  • Kelo-cote

 

Further recommendations

When it comes to choice of silicone scar sheet brand I recommend Cica-Care , ScarAway, and Molnycke’s Mepitac silicone tape.

If I would have a new scar I wanted to treat I think I would go for Mepitac because it combines the best of two worlds, silicone occlusion (and thus improved oxygen flow and hydration) as well as good old paper tape that reduces tension.

Other things to keep in mind..

Compliance in keeping these products on for at least 12 to up to  23.5 hours a day is the key to having them work.

Also make sure to buy the apropriate size. If your scar is long you may want to buy sheets that are large enough so you don’t have to put multiple strips on it.

Also remember that you should not use any creams under the sheets. This will prevent them from sticking and interferes with the action of the silicones.

Silicone sheeting and (paper) tape do work. (Based on international recommendations it is the first choice of hypertrophic scar treatment).

How fast you will notice improvements depends on your scar, how deep the cut or incision was, skin type, overall health, predisposition to scarring, if you smoke, et cetera.

Apart from cosmetic appearance these over-the-counter remedies also alleviate itching and tenderness of new scar tissue.

 

53 thoughts on “These Are The Best Silicone Scar Sheet Brands You Can Buy

  1. My vote is for the ScarAway. The melodies tPe is very thin and stiff. The cica care is too thick and bulky and gets embedded with dirt. It’s more like a gel on a sheet than an actual smooth sheet. Scaraway is thin and a soft fabric material backing and flexible. Scaraway is sticky enough to stay on but not too to cause pulling or stretching of the scar. I have tried a few kinds and am now a loyal ScarAway customer. It works. Jennie

    1. Hi Jennie
      where did you order your ScarAway sheets from and can you tell me how you used as in are they reusable ? do you wear for a period of time then take off was an reuse till it no longer stays sticky ? I’ve just had major surgery to remove a groath from my lung an because of the location they did open heart operation down the chest so I’m recovering an wound healed just need to deal with scar as in ScarAway can you help me please as in where you purchased yours from and cost .

      Kind regards Terry

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      1. Silicone gel sheets are reuseable, simply wash them regularly and once dry are ready to use again. These are generic FDA approved versions similar to scaraway

      2. I purchased mine from WalMart. You can also buy it on Amazon.com. They are reusable up to 7 days. They work great! Hope you have found it by now. But if not, you need to wear them for 3 months anyway to get the best effect.

  2. Sorry, typo in one of the brand names above (darn auto correct!) My vote is for the ScarAway. The mepiform is very thin and stiff. The cica care is too thick and bulky and gets embedded with dirt. It’s more like a gel on a sheet than an actual smooth sheet. Scaraway is thin and a soft fabric material backing and flexible. Scaraway is sticky enough to stay on but not too to cause pulling or stretching of the scar. I have tried a few kinds and am now a loyal ScarAway customer. It works. Jennie

  3. I just have a question. Doesn’t peeling these silicone sheets (such as ScarAway or ScarGuard) away cause tension? I’m sure they are great while they are on, but seems like tearing these off a scar at the end of the day would cause widening.

    1. Not in my experience. They are not so sticky that they made me worry about this type of tension. Also, often after wearing for a while they are already a bit less firmly attached.

      Apart from that I got good results and the only part of my various scars that widened was a part that got a bit infected (the incision wound initially didn’t heal).

  4. Im very allergic to bandaid adhesive. Do you think ScarAway will react the same as a bandaid or white tape would? My derm seems to think it wont, but im not sure I trust him w that answer.

    thanks!

    1. Hard for me to say Lauren, all I know is that silicone has a totally different type of adhesion so it might be worth a try.

    2. I am also very allergic to adhesives. I had a tummy tuck and some hip contouring the paper tape is killing me, I tried ScarAway I have to use to many sheets. And it’s expensive.!im going to try the Mepitac roll..

    3. Hi Lauren,
      I’m the same way with Band-Aid’s, if I use one for more than a day I get an itchy red rash. Sounds like your allergy is worse though. I have been using the sheets for recent stitches on my palm. I’ve been using them during the night for almost a week and have had no allergic reaction.

  5. I have very sensitive skin, a history of excema, and tend to form keloid and hypertrophic scars. I just had the stitches removed from surgery on my eyelids that took place a week ago. Naturally there is still swelling, bumpiness, redness, itchiness. The surgeon says the skin around the eyes is different and that the incision may discolor but will not keloid, although I have seen raised scars on another person’s eyelids- from what I don’t know.

    I have a few questions:
    1) Is it too early to use a silicone product?
    2) Would a topical silicone cream used day and night be safe and more affective than 7 hours of gel sheeting applied each night? If so, which cream would be appropriate for such a newly impacted and delicate area?
    3) I have some Cica sheeting I got a dozen or more years ago. Is it still usable and does it’s effectiveness diminish over time? (it is still sticky and somewhat yellowed)

    Thank you for your unbiased advise!

    1. 1. I think it’s best to ask your surgeon or another specialist (eye doctor) for such a specific and delicate issue although people do use silicone gel on eyelids. If I would not get satisfactory answers from those sources I would get silicone sheets and use them right away (check if that specific brand allows use on eyelids). But that’s just my thoughts. I am not a medical expert nor do I have experience with using them on my eyelids.
      2. Personally, I would opt for sheets only because I would be hesitant to using a liquid so close near my eyes. Even though it’s supposed to dry almost immediately. I would wear sheets at night and perhaps even (partially) during the day somewhat hidden by glasses or something.
      3. Silicone gel sheets do expire so it would be best to check the package and see if you can find it on there. If not, I would contact Cica Care.

  6. I broke my wrist, had open reduction op with plate inserted, 2 mths ago. Scar a bit buckled, red and raised, not infected though. Healing well after post operative x-ray.
    A friend gave me a silicone gel strip and put some light bandage around it to secure it. She only had this one strip from when she nearly lost her finger some time ago. So, my question is, can I use this strip repeatedly, or, do I have to buy some more e.g. Scar Away and put a fresh one on each day?
    My friend, who was a nurse said I can wash this silicone strip and use again.
    Regards
    Ann

  7. I broke my wrist, had open reduction op with plate inserted, 2 mths ago. Scar a bit buckled, red and raised, not infected though. Healing well after post operative x-ray.
    A friend gave me a silicone gel strip and put some light bandage around it to secure it. She only had this one strip from when she nearly lost her finger some time ago. So, my question is, can I use this strip repeatedly, or, do I have to buy some more e.g. Scar Away and put a fresh one on each day?
    My friend, who was a nurse said I can wash this silicone strip and use again.
    Regards
    Ann

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  8. my female surgeon recommended mepiform for my scar across my neck and that i use it immediately upon removal of the surgery tape. i ended up with two surgeries in 2 months in the same location. first surgery with straight line across front of neck nearly disappeared in 4 weeks with mepiform. second surgery reopened the same scar and then extended the scar line all the way around my neck and up behind my ear to my hair line. i used mepiform starting 1 week after surgery and then didn’t have any the past week. it looked like it was working well and i am buying more to help reduce the redness of the scar, make it disappear, and hopefully help the scar tissue around it. i will report back. from a sticky perspective, my scar was literally only held together by glue both times and Mepiform did not irritate my scar line when i pulled it up to show someone or remove it. The same strip also lasted for 6 days in and out of shower before it started peeling up.

    1. Not sure to be honest, you could check if Amazon ships to Qatar. Or perhaps see if AliExpress does carry reputable brands.

  9. If mine is a self harm scar that’s 4 months old already, isit still advisable to use the silicon sheets? Will they permenantly remove them w constant use?

    1. The improvement on my own scars was permanent yes, but do note that almost no scar can be removed completely. As long as your scars are elevated and or discolored I’d give silicone gel/sheets a try as they are designed to improve such scars.

  10. i’m 5 weeks out from a lower body lift 360 scar. i have thick ropey incision line. I need to know what one to use and when. my surgeon is a minimalist and doesn’t think thiese things have proven science behind it. I’m a diabetic and want all the help healing I can get. i have self absorbing incisions. any advice on type and brand.

    1. I’d just go for the brands I recommend in the post. Use silk tape or another type of tape in addition if the sheets don’t stick well enough.

  11. I had liposuction on my back, stomach, arms and inner tighs. I still have to wear my garment for another 2 months my dermatolgist recommend that I use recedo silicin scar gel. I would like toneear this under the silicion strip because the recedo gel rubs off with the garment. Also which product do you think is best to wear under a tight compression garmet scar away or recedo

    1. Sorry but I really can’t tell you for sure. I’m inclined to think though that I’d prefer to stick silicone gel sheets under my garment in lieu of a gel that rubs off. If you do, make sure to, initially, check your skin every few hours since it’s such an enclosed area; the garment with the gel sheet. This may cause skin irritation or maceration.

  12. Thank you for your site information! I just had a cyst removed in my neck. The 1″ long incision is in my neck crease below my chin and jaw line. My surgeon just said use any silicone product. The stitches were removed 3 days ago and the scabbing fell off yesterday. Since in an crease, does that mean tape would not work well? Also, I get a rash from band aid adhesive. Would a gel work better in creased skin? What’s good for day and then for night and for how long? Thanks!!

    1. In that specific area a silicone gel sheet would be hard to keep fit well, added that you’re sensitive to band aid adhesive I’d opt for a silicone gel cream product. Hope this helps.

  13. You should review embrace scar treatment. It is a combo silicone sheeting and tension relief. They are pre-stretched silicone sheets. After application they contract to keep tension off the wound.

  14. Ive tried mepiform and cica-care. I’m not sure which one has the best final outcome yet, however the mepiform does not come off in the shower, and it’s very thin and looks like skin. The cica-care is much thicker, making it easier to catch on things and come off. I used for breast lift scars.

  15. Good day. I have about 6 raised scar due to chicken pox i suffered about four years go. Is silicon gel still effective due to the fact that the scar is four years old?

  16. The title of this web page is ” best silicone scar sheet brands”.
    After considering the information on this page, I ordered mepitac tape to deal with facial scar issues from mohs surgery. (as you suggested in your article)
    Just received tape and because the box encourages reading instructions (and there are no instructions in or on the box) – looked online.
    I could not find instructions however information on product mentions absolutely nothing about the tape having any silicone. (made in Finland).
    There is no silicone in the tape?
    Well, your article used up precious minutes of my life- (and healing time) and led me on a wild goose chase via Amazon. Is this the online definition, Dear Author, of success? Really?
    Or is there another Mepitac that has instructions and medical grade silicone?

  17. I have a hypertrophic scar just above my upper lip. It’s over 20 years old & I started using Silderm scar gel on the scar. It seems to be softening & flattening the scar. This is just a week after starting with Silderm. As the scar is in an obvious place- btw my nostril & upper lip, using a silicone sheet was out of the question. I also massage the scar.

  18. Would any of these work on a keloid from a cartilage ear piercing? I took the piercing out because I couldn’t shrink the keloid with the recommended by piercers sea salt and hot water methods. I hoped it would just go away on it’s own, but I don’t think they work that way. Any thoughts?

  19. My 1 year old daughter had a gash very near her eyes it’s still healing,I want to use silicon gel or sheet to prevent scarring but have difficulty getting them in Nigeria.can you recommend a pharmacy and brand

  20. I had a bunionectomy 2 months ago. My scar healed and it has now formed a keloid. I have been applying Maderma scar creme daily, but I don’t see much difference.

    Can the Scar Away still work for me even after 2 months?

  21. I had tried most of these products and cica care worked best and I’ll tell you why.
    Yes cica care is thicker than others, but I think that’s why I had the best results. I think it’s the thickness that is able to heal larger scars much better. My cesarean is barely visible since using it, though to be honest I am extremely patient and used it for one year, 24 hours a day, except when I showered, I used to take it off. They worked AMAZING and I had no problem keeping them on as they were always under my clothes. The thinner strips and brands would work better on the exposed parts of the body and face I guess. But anything like breast surgery or tummy tuck etc, I would definitely recommend cica care. The more severe the scar, the thicker the silicon strip I guess.

  22. I had a keloid for over 4years because of biopsy. but November 2016 I was operated on for total thyroidectomy and aslo the keloid was cut off. what product is best for me to use and where can I get it in Nigeria.

  23. For those with hair or bandages that stick good. Goo gone has an adhesive remover that is like magic getting off those bandaids and hospital tape.

  24. Mepitac is the ABSOLUTE BEST! Don’t buy anything else. You can cut it to any size you want, it rolls out like tape. I didn’t use anything at all on my scar a year ago & the scar healed terrible- I had surgury again on the SAME scar, so I was able to start a new healing process & I my doctor gave me a few pieces of mepitac. I since then bought it on amazon. I leave it on for 5/6 days, my SCAR LOOKS AMAZING ! Mepitac silicon is the best !!

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