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World First: New Studies Shows Effectiveness of Natural Substance Scientifically Verified to SHRINK Scars
It would be unusual to encounter surgeons; whose tools to help our skin recover from wounds and incisions have long involved high-tech sutures, pristine needlework, lasers and topical silicone gels; waxing lyrical about the properties of ancient medicinal treatments going back millennia. Yet one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons and an internationally acclaimed wound healing scientist are doing just that: having proven for the first time ever the unique power of one particular natural ingredient in reducing the appearance of scars. This is significant as most of the currently available gels and oils that have been prescribed for decades, have limited scientific basis for their use.
By thoroughly investigating the properties of an ancient remedy, one of Britain’s foremost plastic surgeons alongside one of the world’s most published wound healing scientists have revealed a scientifically proven product for treating scars – and surprisingly, it’s completely natural. Whilst green tea has been consumed in the Far East for generations and is traditionally recommended for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, a specific active green tea extract identified by their study has been proven to actually shrink scars. It is now one of the active ingredients in Solution for Scars™ a brand new over-the-counter product launching this month.
The ground breaking research led by scientist Dr Ardeshir Bayat, in collaboration with Mr Douglas McGeorge, a former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has demonstrated that this particular active form of green tea extract allows a completely different approach to scar management. Rather than using the usual products available to coat and protect an already-formed scar, the team identified that active green tea’s unique properties start working effectively from early on. Thereby, the active extract addresses both the initial redness and irritation, as well as helping radically change the course of scar development.
Once a wound is closed, the body naturally enters into an inflammatory phase. The skin can become dry, itchy and uncomfortable. Available scar treatments have historically provided mainly inert silicone-based formulations, with little scientifically proven data behind them. They only offer temporary relief, by sitting on the upper layer of the skin, acting as a barrier and trapping moisture. Most contain no active ingredients. A new evidence-based study, published this month in the Archives of Dermatological Research on the role of topical treatments and dressings in the management of scarring,* has reviewed the lack of data, and summarised concisely the ineffectiveness of some of these current treatments.
Designed to be applied as soon as the wound is closed, Solution for Scars™ starts actively reducing irritable skin by immediately controlling the irritation and redness, enhancing the skin’s reparative response and thus already minimising the appearance of the scar as it begins to develop. It has a direct effect on the progression of the scar and promotes healthier recovery as the skin can heal without interference from constant itching and uncomfortable symptoms, resulting in a scar that appears smoother and less visible.
As an international expert in Keloid scarring (an invasive, aggressive and recurrent scar type) and one of the most published clinician scientists worldwide on the topic of wound healing in human skin, Dr Ardeshir Bayat wanted to find a solution that combined the best that science and nature could offer. He explains:
“Although the inclusion of green tea may seem common, it’s an ingredient made up of many different compounds. We’ve been developing the research into various individual components of green tea and, following exhaustive experimentation; we identified a particular extract, which is the key active ingredient in our effective formula Solution for ScarsTM. In contrast to the treatment options on the market, our formula induces a completely new outcome for the appearance of scars. This promotion of early intervention has been proven to change the course of scar formation, a concept that has not been contemplated previously.”
Douglas McGeorge, one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeons in the UK and who worked in close collaboration with Dr Bayat in this research, had also noticed a lack of effective products on offer to patients after surgery. He explains:
“Patients could be treated by the world’s best surgeon yet most will focus on the visible aspect of lasting scars. Marketing constantly bombards people with the dream of having ‘perfect skin’ and the look of conspicuous scars is undesirable. As well as producing the must-have product for the bathroom cabinet, our research has been directed to help surgeons provide the best aftercare treatments possible; to enhance the effects of their work! Solution for Scars™ provides a better outcome both symptomatically and visibly. As it’s based on naturally occurring actives, it’s affordable to everyone – as suitable to breast augmentation or facelift patients, as it is to children’s scraped knees.”
Dr Ardeshir Bayat, who has given more than 450 presentations worldwide on the topic of wound repair and regeneration and published in excess of 390 original papers, reviews, scientific abstracts and book chapters, is an active member of the American Wound Healing and the European Tissue Repair Societies. He concludes:
“Our research has broken the mould when it comes to effective products to make a significant difference in the successful management of scarring. Solution for Scars™ works differently and far more effectively than some of the existing products on the market. Solid scientific research and harnessing the very best that nature can offer underpins all of our product development – and we now have the scientific evidence to back it up.”
The product, which is fragrance and paraben free, also includes microalgae and seawater minerals to keep skin hydrated and moisturised.