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How long does it take for neosporin to heal a scar?

How long does it take for neosporin to heal a scar?

It will not: It's an antibacterial ointment to fight infections.

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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If I use two diffrent neosporin ointments will that affect a scar or wound that I apply it to?

If I use two diffrent neosporin ointments will that affect a scar or wound that I apply it to?

Be careful!: I am not a fan as it is well-known that 20% of patients who use neosporin regularly will become allergic to it! Applying any of these products to a scar is useless and there are safer products to use on wounds (polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or bacitracin, for example). I really can't think of any reason one would want to apply 2 of these products at once, unless you want an itchy red rash!

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Neosporin scar solution, should I go for sheets or mederma?

Neosporin scar solution, should I go for sheets or mederma?

See below: Most people don't need anything other than come cacao butter on the wound to help the healing. Prolonged use of neosporin will lead to problems. Use of me derma and silicone sheeting may be helpful when called for.

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Does neosporin get rid of healed scars?

Does neosporin get rid of healed scars?

No: Once the skin has healed over that is the scar you have. Dermatologists or plastic surgeons can help you reduce the scar with several techniques, but neosporin will not change its appearance.

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Can neosporin really work on getting rid of scars?

No: Nothing "gets rid of a scar. Neosporin works on new cuts. Good wound care can help improve the ultimate appearance of a scar. Once a wound is healed neosporin will have no effect. Be careful, many people develope an allergy to neosporin.

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Can neosporin get rid of scars after they are already established?

Can neosporin get rid of scars after they are already established?

No: Scars are permanent. Their appearance will improve with time. Avoid sun exposure until all the pink is gone from the scar as they may burn easily and tan permanently if exposed to sun while they are immature. Application of silicone sheeting and preparations like mederma may hasten the maturation process. Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment with no effect on established scars.

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Hello doctors, my scar is practically scabbed so will putting neosporin on it be pointless?

Hello doctors, my scar is practically scabbed so will putting neosporin on it be pointless?

Silicone gel: Studies show silicone gel such as kelo-cote which you can purchase online is very helpful for hypertrophic scars see plastics for laser therapy too

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Small pimple on nose grows to large open scab 2 times now. Both left side different places. What could it be? Leaves scar behind after neosporin.

Small pimple on nose grows to large open scab 2 times now. Both left side different places. What could it be? Leaves scar behind after neosporin.

Get it checked: Lesions that don't heal and come back like this, especially on sun-exposed areas, should be evaluated by a dermatologist and skin cancer ruled out.

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B-friend's penis has a couple red scabs. Neosporin helps, but when penis gets hard, skin expands, the skin cracks. Looks like it is scarred. Thoughts?

B-friend's penis has a couple red scabs. Neosporin helps, but when penis gets hard, skin expands, the skin cracks. Looks like it is scarred. Thoughts?

Change creams: I cannot say if it is scarred or not but I would apply Vaseline or Aquaphor several times a day, and refrain from sex and masturbation until it heals-which will probably be a week. Any trauma to the area will prevent if from healing.

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My daughter fell on her face and the doctor prescribed muciprocin. She has no infection I don't want her to be left with a scar should I use neosporin?

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No: Mupirocin has better coverage of what you need for skin/soft tissue possible infection than neosporin. Neosporin actually can cause reactions due to allergies against neomycin, one of its components.

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I had a scab, which is removed now and it shows pink skin do I put neosporin on it or aloe vera cream. Is this a scar? How can I prevent it to scar

I had a scab, which is removed now and it shows pink skin do I put neosporin on it or aloe vera cream. Is this a scar? How can I prevent it to scar

Leave it alone: I don't know how severe or large your skin injury was, or where it is on your body. But your skin was/is trying to heal itself underneath the scab, and you removed it before it could do that completely. All new skin is pink, whether or not it's going to scar. It may continue healing ; resolve. Don't use an antibiotic (including ointment) unless it looks infected (oozing pus, swollen, etc.).

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Over 30 days, cracks corners of mouth, appears white like scar tissue, spreading, small white ulcers, some swelling, been treating with peroxide, abreva, neosporin, chap stix no results

Over 30 days, cracks corners of mouth, appears white like scar tissue, spreading, small white ulcers, some swelling, been treating with peroxide, abreva, neosporin, chap stix no results

No peroxide: I agree with the concern of angular cellulitis however you must stop the peroxide. It has no use and may be causing drying cracking and failure to heal with resultant inflammation.

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2 questions:can I now start using neosporin on my scar? What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and I had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 questions:can I now start using neosporin on my scar? What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and I had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 answers: There is no real benefit to applying neosporin, vitamin e, mederma, etc to your scar. It is advisable to use sun block when outside. Pregnancy is certainly possible after a ross procedure but should be carefully monitored by your cardiologist and obstetrician. Remember, even after successful heart surgery, you require lifelong monitoring by a cardiologist.

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I only have ibuprofen... Is that okay? Will Vaseline help prevent scarring/permanent discoloration? It's all along the side of my face. I have both Neosporin and Vaseline. Should I apply a dressing afterward, or allow it to air dry? Sorry for so many

I only have ibuprofen... Is that okay? Will Vaseline help prevent scarring/permanent discoloration? It's all along the side of my face. I have both Neosporin and Vaseline. Should I apply a dressing afterward, or allow it to air dry? Sorry for so many

? Scarring?: How did this happen to you? How long ago? How deep are the cuts? A superficial cut (which only cuts the epidermis) will heal without scar. Deeper cuts may well scar. Ibuprofen is for pain and inflammation and neosporin is to prevent infection. You can see a cosmetic dermatologist or a facial plastic surgeon for more advice.

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Neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) on acne - helps decrease scarring?

Can do better: No one needs to have bad acne or acne scarring in this day and age. I start folks on cheap topical Clindamycin which usually works; if that fails, cheap systemic tetracycline (kept mine under control for 25 years). A dermatologist can offer you even more potent retinoic acid-related meds, especially if it's cystic acne. You have a choice.