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Scars -_- - August 5th 2015, 08:39 AM

From all the years of self-harming I am left with horrible scars all over my arms. They didn't really used to bother me before but half way through my nurse training and I am feeling the full impact of them now as I am required to be 'bare below the elbow' on certain wards, but can't do this as I have too many scars I don't want people to see. Even the most simplest of things like washing your hands has to be done with sleeves rolled up but I can't.. I have tried numerous things to try and make my scars less obvious but nothing has worked. I am now considering asking my GP whether I could have surgery in an attempt to cover up all my scars. I know that as a last resort they sometimes use a skin graft to cover up scar tissue, which leaves you with only one scar at the end. I suppose one scar from surgery would be better than hundreds of scars from self-harm.

I suppose what I wanted to know was, has anybody ever had this? Or is there any other specific treatment that has significantly worked for you. I should just add on here, the majority of my scars are really old, like from 4/5 years ago. They are all very very white so are obvious on my slightly darker skin tone, some are probably about up to 2cm wide; and a lot of them are keloid scars.

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Re: Scars -_- - August 5th 2015, 10:45 AM

While I haven't tried this, maybe you can list some of the things you have tried, so we can suggest other things along with the surgery? I don't want to suggest things you may have already done.

I do hope people give you their experiences about surgery, though! I'd definitely talk to your GP about things such as risks and benefits of it, and things such as cost (you're in the UK but I don't know how things work! ). Maybe they can also suggest things to try first.


   
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Re: Scars -_- - August 7th 2015, 04:12 PM

Thanks for replying!

I have tried:
Bio Oil / Rescue Oil
Cocoa Butter
Vitamin E Cream and Spray
Different creams to even skin tone etc

To try and temporarily hide it while at work I have tried make up that claims it is waterproof but it really isn't..

I just don't know what else to do now :/


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Re: Scars -_- - August 7th 2015, 08:23 PM

What's helped me is using a body scrub to remove the dead skin cells. And then after that, I use some kind of lotion (preferably with aloe in it).


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Re: Scars -_- - August 8th 2015, 03:59 PM

I'm going to be honest and tell you you don't need to change yourself for the worry of other people. You are beautiful inside and out despite your scars. Your scars are a part of what make you beautiful. They prove you are a strong person and that you got through a pretty shit time in your life and that's an achievement to be proud of. Haters will hate but the people who love you for who you are will stick by you despite your scars and your past.


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