Have you ever heard of using silicone treatment for stretch marks and wondered how that works? If you said yes, then you’re not alone. I keep hearing about this innovative method. Since I’m always eager to discover a new skincare treatment, I finally decided to figure out how silicone is supposed to work on your stretch marks.
So in this article, I’ll be looking at that, as well as at some of the most popular silicone skincare options to consider if you do decide to give this a go.
What Is Silicone Exactly?
Silicone, an extract from silica, is used in skincare in several forms – gels, creams, sheets, strips etc. The main benefits of silicones in skincare products are that they are slippery and will spread easily over your skin, act as an emollient and improve moisture, and perhaps protect the skin to a certain extent.
How Does Silicone Work for Stretch Marks?
Now, the main issue with stretch marks is that they result from improperly moisturized skin that is stretched beyond capacity, thus leading to the appearance of scars. So what you want to do to prevent and treat stretch marks is moisturize your skin. And that’s precisely what silicone treatments do. They hydrate the skin.
By applying silicone over your skin, you create an occlusive effect (something silicone in well-known for).
What Is an Occlusive Effect In Skincare?
The occlusive effect of silicone created a sort of barrier over the affected area of skin that prevents anything external from seeping in and encourages creating a brand new and restorative micro-universe. Isolated inside its own “repairing bubble”, the skin is allowed to heal itself at a much faster rate than it usually would. So by creating this barrier, the silicone treatment is essentially speeding up the recovery of scars.
Silicones also work as a sort of magnet, drawing moisture up from the deepest layers of the skin and into the topmost ones, e.g., the epidermis and the dermis (the mid-layer of skin, which is where stretch marks form).
By drawing up this moisture, silicone replenishes the skin damaged and stretched by extreme weight gain and allows it to form new, healthy cells that improve the appearance and fade away stretch marks.
This process is also sometimes referred to as silicone fusion technology for stretch marks.
Are Silicone Treatments Backed by Solid Evidence?
While the evidence is still quite sparse, there are some promising findings regarding using silicone gel to treat stretch marks. A 6-week application found that the silicone gel leads to a vastly improved production of collagen in the damaged area, which is, in the end, what we’re going for.
Another study that looked at the use of one particular silicone gel for stretch marks found that it might be more effective than other topical remedies currently on the market.
So the evidence is there, and surely enough, the logic behind using a silicone gel sheet to isolate the damaged area and speed up the healing process is reliable enough. This leads me to believe that there may be some truth to the whole silicone treatment theory. So what are your options?
Best Silicone Sheets and Creams for Stretch Marks
Best for Fast Results: Embrace Stretch Marks Scar Treatment
This 6-week supply comes with 6 medical-grade silicone sheets that you’re encouraged to apply on the skin and keep on for up to 10 days before replacing the sheet. It’s marketed in particular for fresh, red/pink stretch marks. Several customers have noted a definite improvement in their skin’s appearance in as little as 2 months, which makes me hopeful about these silicone sheets.
While some complained about allergic reactions, I’d say this is a pretty solid way to get rid of redness and improve the appearance of your skin.
Best Gel: Aroamas Advanced Scar Gel
Silicone gel for stretch marks works similarly to the sheets, but instead of buying a pre-made sheet, the gel dries on the skin and forms an occlusive effect on the spot. The Aroamas scar gel comes with some excellent reviews and some pretty convincing Before&After pictures. Since this isn’t limited to a one-size-fits-all sheet, the gel is easier to apply on multiple areas and even seems to work well on old scars (both stretch marks and acne scars).
Once again, some people noted a rash from the gel, but many more praise the coating effect it has on scars and the rapid improvement.
Best Value for Money: ScarAway Advanced Skincare Silicone Sheets
The ScarAway sheets work the same as the Embrace pack above, but instead, these come in a supply of 12 and at about half the price, making many jump at the opportunity. Many people came to the ScarAway sheets after being recommended by a doctor, and they were all surprised by the impressive results. They even seem to work on flattening raised (keloid) scars, so that’s worth noting if you suffer from such.
Tip: since one user had issues using the silicone sheets on her breasts, I’d recommend steering clear of the nipple
Best for Splurge: Universal Silicone Fusion™ Body Patch
The Dermaclara patch is one of the most well-known options for silicone stretch mark treatment. While it’s certainly pricy, the patch is reusable and can be worn for up to 30 days for hours at a time. Also, it has the added benefit of being shaped like a heart, which makes it more versatile than the classic rectangular sheet. There seems to be an overwhelming support from Dermaclara customers for this one patch, with several noting the fast results they noticed.
What’s more, Dermaclara also offers specially shaped patches for the face as well as a prepping gel, which rounds out the whole experience pretty nicely.
Best for Budget: HENITAR Silicone Scar Removal Sheets
This pack of reusable silicone sheets that boasts a whopping 4-month supply definitely seems like the most budget-friendly choice so far. With a remarkable 4.8-star rating on Amazon, customers seem to agree. Indeed, several reviews praise the effectiveness of the HENITAR silicone sheets, with some even including encouraging Before&After pics. Even better, some note the great adhesive power of the sheets, which is something a lot of customers have trouble with, so it’s good to see HENITAR’s got this covered. At this unbeatable price, I’d say this is worth a shot.
AWD Medical Soft Silicone Gel Tape for Scar Removal
Te AWD silicone gel tape, made with soft medical-grade silicone, is the first of its kind (at least on our list). It works much like the other silicone products, but with more application versatility, which is always a plus. The fact that the tape can be reused only makes it better, especially when you consider the great price.
While several people say it works well both on older and fresh scars, many also complain about the cheap quality (very thin tape, difficulty sticking to the skin, etc). So while this has potential, I’d suggest paying the extra dollars and getting something with better reviews.
LAZION Medical Silicone Scar Sheets
Well, the Before&After pictures I’ve seen for the LAZION silicone sheets were pretty convincing, I must say, but I had a bit of trouble with the reviews for this since Amazon seems to have got them mixed. From the accurate reviews, I was able to salvage off the Internet. The LAZION silicone sheets seem to work as expected, but I feel the evidence is a little sparse for me to recommend them confidently. So they seem to work, and since they cost roughly the same as most products on this list, feel free to try them out!
Best for Ease of Use: Remescar Stretchmark Cream
The Remescar silicone cream for stretch marks is a bit of an odd-one-out on our list. It comes with the same benefits of silicone gel, but with a different formula that is easier to spread. However, this comes at a price. To make it easier to use, the silicone is mixed with other ingredients, making it less concentrated and less efficient. That’s not to say the Remescar cream doesn’t work, just that you should be prepared to invest some time into this treatment. But once you do, I’ve heard people praise the “tremendous fading effect,” so be patient!
JJ Care Silicone Scar Sheets
I wanted to give this one a positive review – a pack of 15 pads at just over $20 is a pretty good deal, but cheap isn’t always a good idea, is it? It seems several customers had trouble with the JJ Care silicone sheets, complaining that they provide very little actual silicone and also that the adhesive is rather poor (e.g., they just won’t stick!). So while a few people loved them, the consensus seems to be that you should give these ones a miss, so that’s what I’m going with as well.
Sheets Vs. Gel Vs. Cream – Which Is Best?
When it comes to efficiency, I would say that the silicone sheets for stretch marks are the most efficient, followed closely by the silicone gel, since they both provide a potent occlusive effect. But that being said, which you end up using will depend mainly on your own personal preferences.
Some people choose sheets as they are strong and will protect the area more thoroughly. Others opt for gels since they have similar occlusive properties while at the same time being more comfortable to use. Lastly, some people choose silicone creams because they are easier for them to use and might not feel so “encroaching” on the affected skin. So to each his own!
Final Words – Should You Try Silicone Treatments?
Ultimately, that’s up to you, too. Still, I would recommend that you give silicone treatments a try since so many people noted a fast and noticeable improvement after using silicone on their stretch marks!