Scars

Scarring is the body’s natural reaction to deep damage to the skin – after an operation, a burn or an accident, for example. The body’s healing process can cause the formation of scar tissue. The new scar tissue is often unsightly and can cause discomfort and unpleasant symptoms. ALHYDRAN improves and repairs scar tissue on both old and new scars.

Skin problems caused by scars

Nobody likes having scars. In many cases they cause discomfort and they are often unsightly. Scars can cause:

  • Itching and pain
  • Persistent redness of the skin
  • Thick pink ‘welts’ on the skin
  • A pulling sensation, as if the skin is too tight
  • Reduced mobility of the joints

ALHYDRAN helps you care for scars by speeding up the repair of newly closed skin. It makes the skin more supple and reduces itching, redness and pain on the scar tissue. ALHYDRAN helps prevent scar formation and reduce existing scars.

  • Protection and softening of the skin

  • Less itching, pain and redness

  • Helps prevent scar formation

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What is a scar?

In places where the skin is damaged, the body sets about repairing it. If only the surface of the skin (epidermis) is damaged – by a graze, for instance – the skin usually repairs itself invisibly and without any problems. But in deeper wounds, when the underlying deeper layer of skin (dermis) is also damaged, the repair process often results in scar tissue. This newly-formed scar tissue is less elastic and lacks some of the functions of healthy skin.

What causes scars?

Deeper damage to the skin lacks the building blocks the body uses to repair the skin. The body solves this by creating scar tissue. The structure of this scar tissue is different from that of normal skin. For example, scar tissue can grow above the surface of the skin and can cause unpleasant symptoms.

Newly closed scar tissue is delicate and cannot regulate moisture in the same way as normal skin does. This disrupted balance causes a lot of water to evaporate through the skin. To counteract this excessive evaporation, the body produces more scar tissue. This process can result in visible scar formation with unpleasant symptoms.

Customer reviews

ALHYDRAN makes the scar more soft and less visible. The cream also smells good.

Chrissy

During my breast conserving therapy I used ALHYDRAN. After 3 weeks of radiotherapy, there is absolutely no skin damage at all. A few times just a little redness but as soon as I put on the cream it disappears. I am still using ALHYDRAN with very good result.

Woman (58)

I'm very satisfied. ALHYDRAN absorbs quickly and the scars start to fade very well.

Marcella (27)

The three types of scars

Normal scars
These scars are not thickened and are relatively unnoticeable. Normal scars are light red or white in colour. Scar disorders, especially in the first few weeks, includes itching, redness and / or pulling the scar.

Hypertrophic scars
A hypertrophic scar is red in colour, thickened and hard. This scar occurs when the healing of the skin get out of hand. Instead of an unnoticeable scar a thickened scar arrises. A hypertrofic scar causes symptoms such as itching, pain and a pulling sensation.

Keloid scars
A keloid scar is extremely thick and can grow larger.This scar is formed when the healing process goes into overdrive. Not only the scar is thickening, also the scar is growing beyond the edges of the orginal wound. This scar usually causeses symptoms such as itching, pain, a pulling sensation and the color is (bright) red to purple.

Using ALHYDRAN for scars

ALHYDRAN helps you care for scars by speeding up the repair of newly closed skin. ALHYDRAN makes the skin more supple and reduces itching, redness and pain on the scar tissue. ALHYDRAN helps prevent scar formation and reduce existing scars.

Preventing scars

We recommend starting treatment with ALHYDRAN as soon as the wound is closed and any stitches are removed. This helps the skin remain supple and gives it the best possible chance of healing. Starting treatment with ALHYDRAN early can prevent scarring problems and unpleasant symptoms.

Existing scars

ALHYDRAN reduces unpleasant symptoms of existing scars such as itching, redness, pain and tightness. ALHYDRAN also improves the moisture balance of the skin and makes the scar less visible.

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The effectiveness is scientifically proven

Scar case studies

Medics and skin professionals show how they use ALHYDRAN for scar treatment. The study focuses on the treatment of one patient. View the diagnosis, symptoms and personal experience of the practitioner and patient when using ALHYDRAN for scars.

After 9 months ALHYDRAN

Surgery scar

  • Complete scar maturation in 9 months
  • Combination with silicone therapy

Dr Ali Pirayesh
Plastic surgeon Amsterdam Plastic Surgery (NL)

ALHYDRAN, the first no-nonsense, scientifically proven scar cream.

Literature references

We believe it is important that the claims we make have a solid basis. The information is based on various sources:


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Publication: Burns 2013
Author(s): Hoeksema Hde Vos MVerbelen JPirayesh AMonstrey S.


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Publication: Burns 2017
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Two years of experience with a new product based on aloe vera for hydration of burn scars.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, Budapest, Hungary, 2007
Author(s): S. Monstrey, MD, PhD, A. Pirayesh, MD, E. Lambrecht, RN, S. Lauwaert, RN, J. Verbelen, RN, MN, H. Hoeksema, RC
Institution: Burn Centre, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium


‘Itching, is there a remedy?’ a pilotstudy with a rehydration gel-cream in burnpatients.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, Budapest, Hungary, 2007 & The International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI), Montreal, Canada, 2008
Author(s): H.J. van Kempen, RN, BHSc, J. Dokter, MD, I.M.M.H. Oen, MD
Institution: Burn Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Effect of scar treatment products on unpleasant physical manifestations in patients suffering from extensive burn scarring.
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Publication: Presented at German-speaking Working Group for Burn Treatment (DAV), Styria, Austria, 2010
Author(s): Dr. med. Hans Ziegenthaler
Institution: Burn Rehabilitation Centre, Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany,


Scars after large surface thermal burns – Registration of Quality of Life and therapeutic influence of Alhydran.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, The Hague, the Netherlands, 2011
Author(s): Dr. med. Hans Ziegenthaler
Institution: Burn Rehabilitation Centre, Bad Klosterlausnitz, Germany


Application of Alhydran in the treatment of pathologic scars after cryoshape therapy.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, The Hague, the Netherlands, 2011
Author(s): Dr. Uberto Giovannini
Institution: Dep. of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Metz, France


Development of a new brochure making aftercare of burns more understandable for patients.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, Vienna, Austria, 2013
Author(s): Henk Hoeksema, Katrien van Gastel, Veerle van Geertruy, Pieter Lafaire, Jozef Verbelen, Stan Monstrey
Institution: Burn Centre, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium


Psychological wellbeing – Scar.
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Publication: Presented at European Wound Management Association (EWMA) congress, Madrid, Spain, 2014
Author(s): Wound professional, United Kingdom, Stuart Ashman, Sara-Jane Kray, Tyne & Wear, UK.


Use of Alhydran cream in the treatment of burn scars following a chemical explosion – a case study.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, Hannover, Germany, 2015
Author(s): Rina Rijkenberg
Institution: Scar and Burns Aftercare Department, Oosterbeek, the Netherlands


The effect of a topical cream application on water distribution in healthy skin and burn scars: pilot project.
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Publication: Presented at European Burn Assosiation (EBA) congress, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2018
Author(s): P. Moortgat, M. Anthonissen, J. Meirte, U. van Daele, T. van Hullebusch, C. Lafaire, L. de Cuyper, K. Maertens
Institution: OSCARE – Organisation for burns, scar after-care and research, Antwerp, Belgium,


International Clinical Recommendations on Scar Management.
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Publication: Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2002
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