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Covering up - April 2nd 2017, 04:17 PM

Hi As of today I'm 13 days clean and I have pretty noticeable scars on my wrist (right where my wrist starts, near my hand). I've been covering my cuts up by wearing long sleeves or wearing a lot of bracelets but with my spring break next week and summer approaching these methods aren't gonna be the most effective, and Easter in two weeks I don't know what I'm gonna do to cover my cuts as no one in my family knows I did it .... The point is does anyone know good ways to cover up cuts on my wrist ... Please anything but long sleeves. And yes I do know eventually people are gonna have to find out I once cut but I'm not at the point of telling my family yet. -Lauren
   
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Re: Covering up - April 2nd 2017, 05:11 PM

Dear Lauren,
As for only covering the scars, you could try wearing a bandana wrapped around your wrist (I use it often since I also like the look of it, and it's possible to wear the bandana even during summer).
You may try to fade the scars instead of covering them, though. A thread concerning this topic has been created recently. I'll give you a link in case you'd like to check it out.
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...-warm-weather/
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Re: Covering up - April 2nd 2017, 10:35 PM

In addition to a bandana, you could try using a sweatband around your wrist. You could also try arm warmers if you can find any readily available. You can look into getting an ace bandage wrap and you can wrap that around yourself; you can say you sprained or hurt your wrist somehow.

You can try makeup, though I heard it is hard to find makeup that covers well. I tried it myself years ago and never had much luck with it but you might like it. You can try fake tattoos or you can draw on yourself as long as you're completely healed. I used to do that.

Other than that, you can be really careful with the placement of your hands. For instance, my ankle is scarred and my capris or longer shorts don't cover them in the warmer weather, so I walk with my feet close together and I am careful with the placement of my legs and feet when other people are around.

If your scars are newer, you can try washing your wrist with an exfoliating soap to help clear the dead skin cells off it. Applying lotion with vitamin E or aloe may help fade them in the long run.

It can be hard to discuss your self-harm with someone but I hope you are able to tell someone when you feel ready.


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Re: Covering up - April 3rd 2017, 03:28 AM

Hey Lauren,
First of all congrats on 13 days clean.

You could always wear hair ties around your wrist if you have long hair that way you always have extras. You could always wear those jelly bracelets(they come in a lot of colors and look cool), or you could make friendship bracelets and wear those, sweat bands, a bandana tied around your wrist, fishnet sleeves, arm warmers.

One thing I have found is that the more I try to cover my scars the more suspicous people are, and it draws more attention to the place. Since they are on your wrist most people will probably not notice them so maybe don't try and hide them, that can sometimes be the best way to hide them.

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