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.Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum promises to reduce the appearance of old and new scars. Although the addition of the rollerball really won’t do that much of anything, the company promises that the serum and rollerball applicator are designed to work together to flatten and minimize the look of scars. That said, the formulation itself contains DS-7™, a microencapsulated Peptide, as well as vitamin C as sodium ascorbyl glucoside and vitamin E, all of which may help to stimulate collagen production.
The key to understanding Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum is understanding the different types of scars.
How Do Scars Form?
When the skin is damaged, the body sends a specialty blend of reparative cells and an influx of blood flow to the area. How well your skin heals depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injury, your age, genetic disposition, environment, and general health.
There are a number of ways injuries can heal and result in scars:
- Too little collagen. When too little collagen is formed in the area of an injury, the scar is lower than the surrounding skin. This can look like an indentation or crevice in the skin.
- Too much collagen. When too much collagen forms in the area of an injury, the collagen fibrils tend to form a cross-linked pattern. This can look like a raised area.
- Just enough collagen, but other damaged underlying fibers. In other cases, other underlying skin fibrils can be damaged. This can result in areas that are rough, discolored, or less elastic than the surrounding skin.
For Indented or Flat, Saucerlike Scars: This Product May Help
For flat “saucerlike” acne scars, the key is that you want to “build up” collagen. Typical techniques used for this type of scar include microdermabrasion and TCA peels (the latter in the dermatologist’s office), which not only slough away the surface layers of rough skin, but also help to stimulate collagen production and make the skin more firm.
The ingredients in Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum all are designed to help your skin appear more firm with regular use over time. Vitamins C and E together have been proven to help stimulate collagen production in vitro, whereas peptides like DS-7™ show promise in this area as well.
For Raised Scars: I Don’t Believe This Product Will Help
For raised acne scars, the opposite is actually true: You want to decrease fibroblast production and proliferation within the dermis of the skin. While in-office, derms often use IPL lasers to treat the condition, you can also be prescribed or recommended silicone sheets or retinoic acid. Silicone sheeting may help the skin heal itself as it retains more moisture and is better protected from outside assaults.
As far as treatments go, retinoic acid is one of the only agents that has been shown to reduce the appearance of raised or hypertrophic scars. In one study in the British Journal of Dermatology, the appearance of scars was reduced by 77-79% with daily application of 0.05% retinoic acid. The results were confirmed as retinoic acid has been shown to produce a decrease in fibroblast collagen production and proliferation within the dermis of the skin, resulting in less scar formation (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1986).
And that’s the problem I see with Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum for raised acne scars: Other than providing hydration via silicones in the serum, I don’t see how stimulating fibroblasts is going to benefit the scar or make it less visible.
While I enjoy the fact that Kate Somerville has come out with a product for a targeted purpose, I think it’s important to keep in mind that Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum can’t simultaneously accelerate collagen formation (to fill in “indented” or flattened scars) and prevent excessive collagen formation (to take down raised scars). That said, I think this product is much better for those with indented or flattened scars, as the silicones will help to “fill in” the area cosmetically as they hydrate, and the vitamins C-E-plus-peptide combo may help aid in collagen production. But insofar as raised scars go, I honestly don’t see this helping very much at all over your standard silicone-based moisturizer or serum.
-Use twice a day, AM and PM.
-Apply to clean, dry skin.
-Twist and turn ON, gently squeeze to dispense serum, and then twist-and-lock OFF. Massage with rollerball into scar.
-Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen.
Ingredients in Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Ascorbyl Glucoside, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, sh-Polypeptide-7, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glucosamine HCl, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Butylene Glycol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Protease, Sodium Hydroxide, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.