Frequently Asked Questions: Skinuva Scar+ SPF

How does physical sunscreen differ from chemical sunscreen?

Physical sunscreens are mineral based (such as Zinc Oxide, found in Skinuva Scar+ SPF) and sit on the surface of your skin acting as a shield or reflective barrier on the skin’s surface, protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens partially absorb in the skin and prevent UV damage through a chemical reaction.

What are the ingredients in Skinuva Scar+ SPF?

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Water/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethoxydiglycol, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 60, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-5, sh-Polypeptide-6, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Trehalose, Phenoxyethanol

What are the types of Zinc Oxide found in sunscreen, and what is non-nano Zinc?

Zinc Oxide can be found in different particle sizes, and traditionally, the larger particle sizes would be effective but leave a white pasty residue after application. However, smaller particle-based Zinc Oxide, such as nano-Zinc Oxide, can be potentially absorbed in the skin. Non-nano Zinc Oxide is the recommended type of Zinc Oxide, as recent advancements have reduced the pasty residue effect seen post application. This is the type of Zinc Oxide found in Skinuva Scar+ SPF.

Why was Zinc Oxide used in Skinuva Scar+ SPF?

Zinc Oxide is very effective against both UVA and UVB rays, therefore it is a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s also very well tolerated on skin and safe for use in everyone, including child-bearing women and children.

Why was Skinuva Scar+ SPF developed?

We wanted to provide an all-in-one product for both scar management and as a safe and effective sunscreen, particularly for those sun-exposed scars on the face and other parts of the body. Skinuva Scar+ SPF has the same clinically proven ingredients as Skinuva Scar along with non-nano Zinc Oxide sunscreen.

What are the benefits of Zinc Oxide and Zinc?

Zinc Oxide helps protect skin from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing UVA and UVB rays and is well documented for its anti-inflammatory properties which can help skin that is undergoing healing.

Zinc Oxide also has reported anti-microbial properties. A prior study showed a reduction of developing bacterial infection with the use of topical Zinc Oxide.

Furthermore, Zinc itself is known for its ability to control excess oil through its astringent properties when applied topically. It can be beneficial to those with oily skin by helping to maintain the oil balance and decrease the risk of breakouts.

Does Skinuva Scar+ SPF provide UVA and UVB protection?

Yes, Skinuva Scar+ SPF provides both UVA and UVB protection, thus being a broad-spectrum non chemical sunscreen.

Does Skinuva Scar+ SPF leave a pasty residue after application?

No, the formulation does not leave any pasty residue after application.

What SPF rating does Skinuva Scar+ SPF have?

Skinuva Scar+ SPF is an SPF 30. This means that it blocks 97%% of all UVB radiation. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays.

Why doesn’t Skinuva Scar+ SPF have a higher SPF rating?

Skinuva Scar+ SPF was developed to provide the optimal scar formula with the addition of broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.

What is Photoaging and how does Skinuva Scar+ SPF help with photoaging?

Photoaging is injury to skin after prolonged and repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation which is primarily from the sun but also can be from artificial UV light. Skinuva Scar+ SPF has SPF 30 Zinc Oxide mineral sunscreen, which can help prevent photoaging in treated areas by acting as a physical sunscreen.

When can I begin using Skinuva Scar+ SPF?

Typically, a patient can begin to use Skinuva Scar+ SPF 2-3 weeks post procedure, or after the incision site has closed. However, it is always best to consult with your doctor before beginning use.

How often do I apply Skinuva Scar+ SPF?

To see optimal results, Skinuva Scar+ SPF should be applied twice a day for 3-6 months. It may be used longer for more mature scars. Please follow the instructions for use when going outdoors in direct sunlight. If you are going to be outdoors in direct sunlight, it is recommended to apply Skinuva Scar+ SPF every 2 hours while remaining outdoors.

Can Skinuva Scar+ SPF be used on old scars?

After a wound has closed, the scar may take up to 1 or even 2 years to fully mature. Although Skinuva Scar+ SPF can be used on scars of any age, it is within the first 12 months of the scar’s healing phase that Skinuva Scar+ SPF provides optimal benefits.

Can Skinuva Scar+ SPF be used around the eyes?

Yes, as long as it is not directly placed in the eyes, it has been tested to be safe to be applied to eyelid incisions.*

Can Skinuva Scar+ SPF be used on burns?

No, it has not been directly tested to apply on burns.

Can Skinuva Scar+ SPF be used immediately after a laser procedure, chemical peel, or microneedling?

Skinuva Scar has been studied and found to be safe for use after laser procedure, chemical peel, or microneedling. Although there is no reason to believe there would be any issue with the use of Skinuva Scar+ SPF after these same procedures, it has not yet been directly studied and therefore we cannot recommend its use at this time .

What is the expiration of Skinuva Scar+ SPF?

2 years.