As most everyone on the board knows I had surgery on three different sites on my right arm this January. One of the big things the physical therapists have been pushing are the scar smoothers like Maderma and other expensive brands. I didn't care much for the ones that were medically inclined so I've been experimenting, from the cheap to the wickedly expensive and I'll list which ones seemed to work best with my sensitive skin that is allergic to too many things. I was surprised to find that some of the cheaper things from the drug store seemed to work the best for me. I guess cost isn't that much of a factor.
My favorite was actually an old one I had that was from Mary Kay. But it was six years old and I had very little left. It contained silicon, rose oil and beeswax and originally ran about 11 bucks a jar. It's been discontinued, which is why I started hunting for something as good.
Listed in order of how well they worked for me and how much I liked them.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Jar - $3.89 for 4 ounces - best results on keeping the scarring loose and soft.
Tone Mango Body Butter - $5.99 for a 8 ounce tube - gave nearly as good a results as the Palmers but it's smell is a bit off putting. It's a mixture of mango seed butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Vitamin E Scar Serum - $10.99 for an ounce - as great a results as their cheaper jar of plain cocoa butter. It rubbed off too easily and didn't absorb into the skin as quickly as the plain butter.
Burts Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream - $8.00 for 2 ounces - Sticky and hard, tended to make my hand/arm break out in rash if applied more than twice a day. Smells nice.
Mary Kay Intense Moisterizing Cream $11.00 for 1.8 ounces - fair to middling. Didn't absorb in quickly and wiped off too soon. Just sort of sits on your skin.
Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme - $1.99 for 4.8 ounces. A watered down cheap version of the Palmers. Had a harsh chemical undertone smell, was slimy and didn't easily absorb into the skin.
Estee Lauder Verite Moisture Relief Creme $50 for 1.7 ounces - average moisterizer, nothing to write home about and no reason to be spending that kind of dough on.
Bag Balm $5 for 8 ounces from the local farmers co op. A bit sticky and smells hella bad. Does soften the skin well.
Mederma $14.99 for 20 gms. Stiff consistency, chemical smell and not that much noticible improvement like with the ones listed above.
Lancome Absolue Body $98 for 200 mls. Not any better than the much cheaper Queen Helene Cocoa Butter. Disappointing for the price.