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Red face Cut count - August 14th 2012, 01:10 PM

I have about 19 cuts on my left arm. 18 on the arm itself and 1 on the hand. 7 are new, just from today. They are in a line along my arm but 1 is on my hand, I did that with a [X] I have 6 or 7 that are about a week or so old that were done with [X]. I have a permanent scar that I did with [X] I also have 2 or 3 scars from a [X] ...

help? summer is coming up in australia and i dont know how to hide them!!



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Re: Cut count - August 15th 2012, 03:20 AM

I hide my scars with a wrist band, but that doesn't work very well. Great tan lines haha :P

You can use bracelets, long sleeve light shirts, makeup (does NOT work well)....




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Re: Cut count - August 15th 2012, 04:22 AM

Like Rachael said, do not put makeup on your cuts, they could get infected that way. Try a light long sleeve t-shirt to help with the current cuts that you have. Or perhaps bracelets… I know sometimes I used to wrap ribbon around my wrists to make bracelets to be large enough to cover the area. But it also can cause sweat to get trapped under the fabric so be careful with that as well. I know one of my motivations to quit cutting was because in the summer it became unbearable to wear long sleeves when it was 100 degrees outside. I know you can overcome this and always remember to use your alternatives when you are feeling the urge to cut. If you haven’t already, check out our Alternatives List.




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Re: Cut count - August 19th 2012, 11:46 PM

Hi Alana, I'm really sorry to hear about this, and I know that during the summer the LAST thing you want to be doing is covering up.
Sun exposure isn't supposed to be good for scars, from what I heard anyway.
But when I had this problem (48 on both arms combined) during around May-June, my friend told me that I shouldn't have to hide who I am.
So I never wore my jacket after that, and I always felt better and less hot in school, even if some scars were showing.
There are times that bracelets were absolutely needed. But if you're ever outside in some reaaaal hot sun, I'd just cover them up with bandages or bracelets.
This is your choice, but its summer in Austrailia, I don't think long sleeves are a very good idea....heat stroke....fainting....dehydration. Idk.
Makeup never worked for me fyi.
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