Silicone is a synthetic substance derived from the naturally-occurring element silicon found in the Earth’s crust. Silicone is used for many different purposes and by several distinct industries, including the medical and beauty industries. You may be surprised to find that silicone is found in household items and products in your own home. Because silicone is such a universal component, it must have a number of unique properties that make it so desirable. In this article, we will explore some of the special properties possessed by silicone so that you have a greater understanding of this fascinating ingredient.
Silicone is widely used in many medical devices and cosmetic products because it has a low level of reactivity with other physical and chemical agents. In laymen’s terms, this means that you don’t have to worry about silicone causing harm when it comes into contact with other products. If you are someone who wears a lot of makeup, for instance, using silicone gel on your scar won’t cause a reaction with the makeup.
Silicone is hypoallergenic, meaning it is not likely to cause an allergic reaction on the skin. Many silicone products, like silicone gel sheeting for scars, is made with 100% silicone without any added chemicals or oils. A tip when using silicone products on the skin is to first clean the skin of dirt and oil to prevent them from getting trapped under the silicone.
Best topical scar treatment
Medical-grade silicone gel is the only clinically-proven topical treatment for the prevention and reduction of keloids and hypertrophic scars. Silicone works through the mechanisms of dermal hydration and collagen regulation to flatten and fade old and new scars. Silicone has occlusive properties that induce hydration at the scar site while also allowing oxygen to pass through its semi permeable layer. This creates a homeostasis, or optimal healing environment, for the scar. Silicone gel can be purchased through your physician or online at biodermis.com.
Most silicone products and devices are waterproof due to silicone’s chemical structure and makeup. This makes it ideal as a sealant for leaking pipes or to repel moisture from the environment. Additional silicone products, such as silicone gel sheets, are washable and reusable. They can be rinsed under running water and cleaned with soap before being laid out to dry. Once they are dry, they can be reapplied.
Devices and products made from silicone are highly durable as they can last a long time and can often be cleaned and reused. Face masks used for sleep apnea, tubing used to deliver iv drugs, and silicone breast implants are all examples of durable medical products made from silicone.
Biocompatibility refers to how safe a product or device is for the human body. This is especially important in the case of silicone breast implants, which are designed to stay in the body for up to 10-20 years. Silicone implants are one of the most studied and regulated medical devices in the world to ensure their safety with the human body.
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