NewGel+ vs. Biocorneum
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- July 13, 2020
Scars are marks left on your body when the dermis, or the deep and thick layer of your skin becomes damaged in some way. After the damage occurs, your body works to create new collagen fibers to heal, and the collagen continues to build up and work to heal you, leading to the spot becoming raised, bumpy or red. While scars can definitely be reminders of moments in your life, many would prefer that they fade away.
How long do scars take to heal?
With an average scar, depending on the size and severity, it can take up to two years or more for the scar to fade, although some scars may never fade completely. At DermWarehouse, our two most popular brands for healing scars are NewGel+ and Biocorneum. With Biocorneum or NewGel+, users can start to see results in as little as 3 weeks and will continue to see healing for 60-90 days with correct usage.
What is the difference between NewGel+ and Biocorneum?
Both NewGel+ and Biocorneum products use silicone as the main ingredient to heal scars and help fade them. The International Clinical Recommendations on Scar Management named silicone as the single most recommended topical treatment for scars. According to the US National Library of Medicine, silicone is effective in treating scars due to several factors:
- It helps to hydrate the outermost layer of skin which in turn regulates the production of fibroblasts and collagen, resulting in a softer and flatter scar.
- It helps to protect the injured tissue from bacteria and bacteria-induced collagen production.
- It helps to regulate growth factors.
- It reduces itching and irritation that can happen with scars.
One of the main differences between NewGel+ and Biocorneum is the existence of SPF in Biocorneum and the types of scars they both treat. NewGel+ exclusively helps to heal most types of scars, including Keloids.
How does NewGel+ work?
NewGel+ is formulated with 100% medical grade silicone gel sheeting that is self-adhesive and can be placed directly on the scar you wish to heal. NewGel+ focuses on the treatment of scars caused by multiple types of trauma, including surgery, burns and keloids. NewGel+ products are available in both healing sheets and gel, although the gel is usually meant for the face. If you have a larger scar on other areas of your body, using the sheets is your best choice. It is not recommended to use both the gel and sheets at the same time on any one scar or area on the body. The silicone sheets work by sealing the scar from air exposure, elevating the temperature of the skin and keeping the light pressure on the area continuous, combined with the silicone technology to heal and fade scars in as little as 3 to 7 weeks. The gel is formulated with Vitamin E and silicone and works by sealing the scar away from air exposure and providing hydration to the area. For more information on clinical evidence on NewGel+ and its effectiveness, check out this link.
How does Biocorneum work?
The key ingredient in Biocorneum is FDA-Cleared Silishield© Technology that crosslinks silicone and has SPF 30 protection. This technology advances the benefits of traditional silicone sheeting through an easy-to-use gel. This medical-grade silicone helps to keep the skin around a scar hydrated and helps to control excessive collagen formation that can lead to abnormal scarring. Biocorneum’s other active ingredients include Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 10% and Oxybenzone 6.0%. Together, these ingredients work to provide the skin and scarred area with SPF protection necessary for a scar to heal and to prevent discoloration. It also comes in a formula with 1% hydrocortisone to relieve itching. Biocorneum should be applied on the affected area twice a day and allowed to dry completely to form a flexible, protective shield.
Both NewGel+ and Biocorneum work great on new and old scars, and the one that’s best for you depends on your preference and type of scar you’re experiencing. No matter which one you choose, it’s important to use the product consistently and as directed in order to see the results you wish.