Millie Mackintosh Reveals The £25 C-Section Scar Cream She Swears By

Plus ten more scar-friendly buys to have on your radar

Millie Mackintosh C-Section Scar Cream

by Remy Farrell |

Whether its your first time around or you're a seasoned pro, delivering via C-section can take its toll on your body. Resting up is a must and while you give yourself time to heal, it's likely you'll be on the hunt for a scar-friendly beauty buy or two.

Speaking frankly on social media about her C-section experience, Millie Mackintosh detailed her journey. From PICO dressings to support bands and Belly Bandit recovery pants, £39.95, Millie discussed it all. She even let Grazia in on the £25 scar cream she used after giving birth to Sienna, too.

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'I love Nessa Organics, and they do a scar cream too, Nessa's Scar Saviour, £25,' she shared with Grazia. 'I had a C section so wanted to find something that I could use to help reduce the appearance of my scar.' And this anti-inflammatory balm is formulated with turmeric, marshmallow root, and vitamin E to boost collagen, accelerate healing time, and can even be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks if that's your M.O.

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Nessa Organics, Scar Saviour, £25

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Whether your C-section incision was closed with staples, stitches, or surgical glue, the resultant scars fall into one of two categories: hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Hypertrophic Scars - These are raised and ridged, and can be pink or red. They follow the line of the original incision.

Keloid Scars - These are more visible and can be raised and lumpy due to overproduction of collagen - skin's natural response to trauma. These scars can extend beyond the line of the wound.

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Gentle massages can help to reduce C-section scar tissue formation, and keep scars smooth, flat, and pain-free, but you must consult a doctor or midwife first, before taking any action. Once healed (usually around six weeks after surgery) massaging the scar, with a cream or balm helps to keep the scar pliable and soft, and stimulates blood flow to the area, which aids skin's recovery. It is important to listen to your body and try not to rush the process.

In the market for a new C-section scar cream? Shop our pick of the best below. They are all safe to use while breastfeeding. Reach for these creams only when your scar has healed - ie. do not use on broken skin, and consult your doctor or midwife before applying for the first time.

Main image credit: Instagram @milliemackintosh

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This silicone gel is designed to help treat hypertrophic and keloid scars resulting from general surgical procedures like C-sections. The cool, gel texture smooths and softens scars, and reduces the redness, while drying down to a clear, breathable and waterproof layer that keeps the wound protected.

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It might not be the prettiest packaging, but these XL scar reducing patches come highly recommended by users for good reason. Designed especially for longer scars like C-sections, the polyurethane patch builds a semi-occlusive barrier to keep the scar tissue hydrated, and stimulate circulation.

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For those who prefer an organic remedy, Earth Mama's skin and scar balm was created by a nurse and herbalist for a gentle treatment using traditional herbs and oils.

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This Super Scar Recovery Oil has been developed by midwives to help improve the appearance and condition of scar tissue, whether it is from C-section, episiotomy, tears, stretch marks or general scarring. The natural oil is expertly blended to help soften and soothe scar tissue through massage and improve the appearance of the skin. It's also great for vaginal births, as its gentle enough to use on perineal scarring.

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If you're already familiar with Science of Skin's award-winning skincare, this is one to add to your list. The naturally active green tea phytochemicals in this cream work at a cellular level to support the skin and improve the appearance of scars by reducing the thickness, redness and soothing your skin.

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Pregnancy experts Mama Mio have developed the Tummy Rub Oil, packed full of naturally-derived, plant-based active ingredients as recommended by doctors to reduce the visibility of fully healed scars. Avocado, Rosehip, Inchi and Argan Oils are rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 to encourage elasticity, while Vitamin E, Coconut, Sweet Almond and Olive Oils deliver soothing, replenishing properties that keep skin looking firm.

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Raw coconut oil is packed full of fatty acids, vitamin E and proteins that help keep skin hydrated, nourished and can reduce the appearance of scarring if that's your M.O. Kopari's virgin coconut oil is cold pressed to lock in the essential vitamins and nutrients, and is sulfate, paraben, and scent free, keeping unnecessary ingredients and irritants to a minimum.

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This one is a winner with postpartum mums in Mumsnet message boards. An under-the-radar cream, this is said to calm redness and smooth texture in 14 weeks thanks to its hero ingredient PCL liquid, used for skin regeneration. Rather than gels or oils, this is a cream based product, and its non-greasy formula won't stain underwear.

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As you might expect from renowned skincare brand Skinceuticals, reviews for this gel sing its praises. The dermatologist-approved formula is enriched with allantoin, silicones and omega fatty acids.

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A travel friendly, mini stick that glides on a breathable, silicone gel barrier, to keep your wound covered and clean. Perfect for hypertrophic, keloid, flat and burn scars.

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