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Cuts Scarring? - April 10th 2015, 02:54 AM

So, I'm kinda annoyed/concerned.
I cut when I'm seriously upset, only a few times, and I try to keep the cuts shallow enough to heal without suspicion and deep enough to hurt. They're on my arms, so I try to pass it off as roughhousing with my dog.
But I think I cut too deep and now its not healing. It's a thin silver-pink ident and it's been about six weeks now since I made this particular cut. I don't want my mom to worry and it's kind of annoying.
Is there anything I can do to speed it along, or is it becoming scar tissue? If that's the case, how can I hide it?

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Re: Cuts Scarring? - April 10th 2015, 03:18 AM

I am going to move this to Self Harm because it fits there more.

I'd say that if I imagined what you are describing right, it may be how this specific cut is going to end up scarring because of how deep you cut. Some things like depth can have an impact on how a cut scars.

It is also important that during the healing process you take care of the cut. This goes over first aid information that will help you care for an injury and also tell you what to look out for such as signs of infections.

You may be able to pick up creams and other ointments that reduce the appearance of scars, such as a scar reducer, bio oil, or cocoa butter. Remember that this is not a quick fix and does take time to work, and some are more effective than others.

You can find a blend of makeups such as concealers and cover ups to reduce the appearance. Make sure not to use this on fresh cuts. Depending on where you cut, you can also use accessories.

That being said, though, I know you don't want your mom to worry but you don't deserve to go through this alone. Your mom loves you and cares about you a lot and she wouldn't want to see you suffering. She'd want to help. This is a lost of other people who may be able to help. They can help you identify triggers, help you cope, and help solve some of the problems you may be facing.

This is a list of alternatives to self harm. Cutting isn't a good way to cope because you have to worry about infections, scars, and people you don't want knowing finding out. The problems also come back because you aren't doing anything to solve them. Alternatives are healthier, safer ways to cope. If one alternative doesn't work for you, try another, because one definitely will!

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Re: Cuts Scarring? - April 10th 2015, 03:56 AM

Hey there,

From what you have described it does sound like you cut deep and it is leaving a scar. There are ointments and cream that you can use to try and make the scars less apparent but all of those take time. I've heard good things about maderma and bio oil.

I know you are concerned about your mom finding out but the fact is that you don't deserve to have to deal with this on your own and I think that telling your mom could be beneficial. She could help you work on getting into therapy which could, subsequently, help you work on getting to a better place.

I really hope that this helped and I am wishing you the best of luck. If you need anything please feel free to message me.

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