The effect of moisturizers or creams on scars: a systematic review protocol

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Review question/objective:

The objectives of the review are to identify the effect of any moisturizers or creams (medicated or unmedicated) on immature scars (linear, keloid or hypertrophic) on any persons of any age. Effects will be assessed by changes in scar activity, changes in the final appearance/cosmesis of the scar, improvements in patient reported features of scars (e.g. itch, tightness, range of movement) and/or by altering measurable features of the scar such as vascularity, color, height, length, pliability and/or transepidermal water loss.

Review question/objective:

Specifically the review question is: are moisturizers or creams effective in modifying immature scars?

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