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Savlon Advanced Healing Gel
Member Name: Dryad
Savlon Advanced Healing Gel
Advantages: It does seem to have some effect on speed of healing and help slightly with scarring on older skin
Disadvantages: Expensive for the weight, and isn't different enough to 'ordinary' creams on the market
The main claims for this gel other than the anti-bacterial properties is that It speeds up healing. Reduces the chance of scarring, and quickly soothes pain due to the 'cooling' action of the gel. Did it do any or some of these things?
Well.. On application this gel does feel nice and cool, it's almost watery and spreads across the skin well, a little goes a long way. However for me this coolness doesn't translate into any kind of pain killing property, this type of product often contains a mild local anaesthetic effect but I don't notice any with this.
Reducing scarring, this works on the principal of the 'hydrocolloid' formula being able to form an imperceptible layer over the wound, maintaining moisture levels and whicking away excess moisture, while keeping an optimum level close to the skin. This the reasoning goes prevents a hard scab forming, which tends to cause puckering at the edges of the wound which I assume is in part what causes a scar (particularly a raised/textured one) and stops the damage healing as quickly.
The principal of most healing was discovered in the early 60s where it was observed that wounds kept in the correct moist conditions healed twice as fast "Cell growth needs moisture and the principle aim of moist wound therapy is to create and maintain optimal moist conditions. Cells can grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate to optimize the formation of new tissue " (http://int.elastoplast.net moist wound healing ) This in part is the aim of the gel. However I am not aware of much of a film left on my skin and don't feel that the wound is kept particularly moist, unless used with a plaster of course, then it works.
Luckily my cut wasn't severe enough to be at much risk of scarring, and none of us have suffered any of our characteristically gory accidents recently to thoroughly test this out yet. However I did use this product diligently while my cut was healing, and I don't seem to have suffered any scarring. However I get the same results if I use Bio-oil, or my own shea mix.
I did feel that the cut healed a little faster than usual. I'm normally pretty speedy in the healing stakes, but my cut (which was on my leg and about 3 inches long) seemed to have knit well within a day or two, and I left plasters off after the first day. I kept applying this for a week, at the end of the week (it doesn't recommend a specific period of use on the tube) I was left with a red line, which has now faded to a white line, but not an obvious scar. I would have stopped using it after about 3 days as the cut was no longer bothering me at all, but kept going to test out the properties of the gel. This type of mark on my skin usually fades away completely given a little time so I'm quite pleased with how it looked and felt in a fairly short time.
One thing I particularly liked about this gel is that the skin felt quite dry though soft after application. I used it as a hand cream a couple of times when my mitts felt dry and my usual cream wasn't to hand, and I thought it worked very well and didn't leave my skin feeling at all sticky, too expensive to do on a regular basis though. Also how would we maintain a Titan immune system if our hands were constantly smeared in bug killing formulation.
Something I have noticed with other gel/creams of this nature is that when the skin gets wet it seems to reactivate the product making for a fairly unpleasant slimy slippery feeling to the skin. I thought that although I don't like it, that it was a good thing as it was evidence of the protective layer that was left on the skin. I don't get that with this... Does that mean that it's claims to leave a layer of protection are rubbish, or that it is simply a good formulation that doesn't react in that way. I really don't know.
One application that we find this really useful for is my husbands over sensitive skin that gets razor burn on a regular basis. It really seems to help with this and is far less noticeable than the swatches of purest white on his face from Sudocrem. He says it does ease the burning sensations, so I can see how this could be good for sunburn, or other minor burns. It really does seem to heal this up nice and quickly, so I imagine it would work that way on grazes too.
This is widely available at most big supermarket type outlets and chemists, it costs approximately £3.90 (at Tesco) for 50g, which for me is a little to expensive. I won't bother buying it myself as I have found good results with other products regarding speed of healing and reduced scarring. I do think this is a great idea though with sound medical principals behind it, and if you have a little one that is half as accident prone as my lot then this could be a good option
Although this is a fairly positive review, I have to say that there are many other antiseptic creams etc out there that do a great job, and are less expensive or give you more product for your money. If you are using this mainly for children then I personally think any antisepetic cream and a plaster would do as well, as little ones heal so quickly and with little scarring anyway. I think it's value is greater for older people who may find they heal slowly.
Good but not exceptional. I can only give it two stars because although it makes some difference it's not enough to mark it out for the specific claims it makes.
Summary: Good but not exceptional
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