If you’re looking for a Cicatricure gel review, you’re in the right place!
I’ve tried dozens of scar products over the years, including onion extract gels like Cicatricure.
Essentially, this scar gel uses similar ingredients as Mederma at a fraction of the price.
In terms of scar treatment, however, clinical studies on onion extract are a bit mixed. (1)
While I’ve used Mederma before with good results (see my full review here), I’d recommend that you buy a good quality silicone gel instead for your scars.
That’s because silicone is actually clinically proven to reduce the appearance of scars from surgery (including C-section), accidents, cuts & scrapes, burns, and even acne. (1)
My top recommendation for a silicone gel is NewGel+ (I use it myself). It’s an excellent scar gel with 100% silicone and vitamin E that balances effectiveness and affordability.
Keep reading for my full review of Cicatricure Face & Body Scar Gel!
Related: Cicatricure vs Mederma
Cicatricure Scar Gel Review
Our Score: 4/5
An affordable onion extract gel for scars (comparable to Mederma).
- Flattens existing scars
- Reduces discoloration
- Excellent reviews
- Results require patience
- Mixed clinical studies
- Bergamot essential oil may irritate some people’s skin
To Keep A Long Story Short...
Cicatricure Face & Body Scar Gel is an onion extract gel produced by Genomma Labs (a pharmaceutical company based in Mexico).
It’s essentially a close duplicate of the more popular Mederma Advanced Scar Gel, which features the key ingredient onion extract.
Currently, clinical research on onion extract is somewhat mixed, which is why I recommend using silicone gels or sheets instead.
Silicone is clinically proven and recommended by the International Advisory Panel on Scar Management for hypertrophic scars and keloids.
My top pick for a silicone gel is NewGel+ (I use it myself). It’s an excellent scar gel that balances effectiveness and affordability.
On the other hand, onion extract gels like Cicatricure and Mederma are much cheaper because they don’t use expensive medical grade silicone.
In fact, Cicatricure is very affordable (~$10 per oz) compared to Mederma (~$16 per oz) and NewGel+ (~$40 per oz).
So if you want a cheaper alternative to Mederma with the same key ingredient, Cicatricure is a good option.
But if you want the best results for your scars, I recommend using a silicone gel like NewGel+.
What is Cicatricure Scar Gel?
Cicatricure Face & Body Scar Gel is an onion extract gel that works on hypertrophic scars, keloids, surgical scars (such as C-section), and scars from trauma, burns, or injuries.
It uses the same key ingredient, onion extract, as Mederma Advanced Scar Gel.
In addition, Cicatricure also includes:
- Chamomile Extract: calms your skin and reduces inflammation
- Aloe Vera: promotes wound healing and hydrates your skin
- Bergamot Essential Oil: relaxing scent and anti-inflammatory
Unlike Mederma, it seems that Cicatricure requires more frequent applications per day:
- Recent Scars: apply liberally 4x per day for 8 weeks
- Existing Scars: apply liberally 3x per day for 3-6 months
Compare this to Mederma at 1x a day for 4-8 weeks (recent scars) or 3-6 months (old scars).
This suggests that Cicatricure may be using a lower concentration of onion extract than Mederma which would explain the difference in recommended daily applications.
This product is available online and across pharmacies in the US and South America.
- Onion extract (same as Mederma)
- Includes chamomile, aloe vera, and bergamot essential oil
- Thin, clear, and dries quickly
- Comes in a 1.0 oz tube
- Requires 3-4x daily application
- Flattens existing scars
- Reduces skin discoloration
- May help prevent scars
- Won’t break the bank
- Hypertrophic scars
- Keloids (including on the chest or earlobes)
- Surgical scars (including C-section)
- Scars from trauma, burns, or injuries
- Scars on the face, hands, and other visible areas
How Does Cicatricure Work?
Onion extract (allium cepa) has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown that onion extract may inhibit fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen). This helps softens hypertrophic scars and keloids and may reduce skin discoloration. (2)
The clinical evidence, however, is somewhat mixed:
Cicatricure Scar Gel Reviews
Reviews of Cicatricure have been mainly positive. Reviewers noticed gradual improvements in the size and color of their hypertrophic scars or keloids from surgery, trauma, acne, and more.
Among the negative reviews, some people reported that the gel burned initially (likely a skin reaction to some of the ingredients).
I find that most people don’t use silicone gels long enough to see the desired results. In my experience, it takes between 3-6 months before you’ll notice any significant improvements.
As with all skincare products, your mileage may vary (YMMV).
It uses the same key ingredient as Mederma but requires more frequent applications per day.
Due to the mixed clinical research on onion extract, I currently recommend using silicone gels or silicone sheets for effective scar treatment and prevention.
My top pick for a silicone gel is NewGel+ (I use it myself).
For large body scars, I recommend a silicone sheet like ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets.
- Gold MH, et al. International Advisory Panel on Scar Management. “Updated international clinical recommendations on scar management: part 2–algorithms for scar prevention and treatment.” Dermatological Surgery vol. 40,8 (2014): 825-31.
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- Chung VQ, et al. “Onion extract gel versus petrolatum emollient on new surgical scars: prospective double-blinded study.” Dermatological Surgery vol. 32,2 (2006): 193-7.
- Ho WS, et al. “Use of onion extract, heparin, allantoin gel in prevention of scarring in chinese patients having laser removal of tattoos: a prospective randomized controlled trial.” Dermatological Surgery vol. 32,7 (2006): 891-6.
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- Draelos, Zoe D et al. “A new proprietary onion extract gel improves the appearance of new scars: a randomized, controlled, blinded-investigator study.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology vol. 5,6 (2012): 18-24.
- Gauglitz, Gerd G et al. “Hypertrophic scarring and keloids: pathomechanisms and current and emerging treatment strategies.” Molecular Medicine (Cambridge, Mass.) vol. 17,1-2 (2010): 113-25