Here is what works. I did a rotation at a burn icu and when we send pts home we would always tell them to use shea butter or cocoa butter on the scars 3x a day.
So one day I asked the doc "so shea butter really helps remove scars?"....now he's like 60-something yr old burn surgeon so I assume he's seen his fair share of scars on patients pre/post burn.
I thought he would say "YES" and I'll feel happy about what I do at home. Instead he said "NO". He said what works is the "massaging" of the skin when you apply lotion/cream. It doesn't matter what you use as long as you spend time each day massaging the area to generate new skin cells? I guess.
So doing this several times a day will help stimulate skincell turnover and viola...new skin...less visible scar.
Now I still use my shea butter and cocoa butter mostly because the consistency (they are hard like butter but melt easily) aides in the "massaging" of my skin. If I use a lotion, I realize I don't spend as much time massaging the lotion into my skin. But with the hard butters, it's like I'm kneading my skin which is good and helps stimulate it a bit better and it takes longer to do.
Hope that helps. Not to say some products don't have beneficial intrinsic properties for scars (like vit e,shea butter, cocoa butter) but nothing is scientifically proven and if it is, they have to somehow find a way to claim it does so by removing the confounding factor of "skin massage" involved in the application of the product to your skin...
Edited by Peachi - Jan 30 2011 at 4:34pm