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Smile Ways to hide cuts without long sleeves?? - April 24th 2017, 01:29 AM

So, a month or so ago I started scratching my forearm with a large [edited], and now moved on to a blade from a [edited].

I'm not doing anything drastic, so it isn't a threat to my well being. But I'm a competitive dancer and pretty athletic and I need a way to hide newer cuts. I can't just use long sleeves because I have a strict dress code for ballet and other dance classes. I need help because this weekend I have a dance competition and I can't let my mom see my cuts.

Last year I was really sick for 8 months or so and I got really depressed and had thoughts of cutting for the first time. It had scared me so I went to my friend, thinking she could calm me down. Instead, I was sent to the guidance counselor, who got my family involved. Basically my mom watched me for weeks.

So, anyway to hide the cuts would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Ways to hide cuts without long sleeves?? - April 24th 2017, 01:49 AM

I'm assuming a wrist full of bracelets wouldn't be proper attire for your dance class, so that's out.
All I can really suggest is using makeup, and getting hella good at covering it up. Learn about what all the different colored foundations (I think) can do, such as using the green one to eliminate redness in the skin. However, even with makeup, quite a few people unfortunately saw my cuts. You just have to be extremely careful.

I can tell you from experience, a life with cutting is a life with constantly carrying foundation, concealer, pressed powder, and all the application brushes, everywhere you go. It's about repeatedly running to the restroom to touch up your forearm. It's about the lies, and the made-up stories, and the hiding, and the constant fear of your sleeve running up your arm and someone catching a glimpse.
I'm sure that by now you know this, but I'm only reminding you, it's a very hard life to live and you have to constantly bend over backwards just to catch up with the addiction of cutting. Perhaps for the sake of your dancing, it would be wise to consider other alternatives to self harm.


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Re: Ways to hide cuts without long sleeves?? - April 24th 2017, 01:52 PM

Makeup may help you a little bit. I don't know anything about applying it specifically to cover scars, but perhaps you can look online and maybe watch some YouTube videos on a tutorial. Another thing you can try is wrapping an ace bandage around your wrist; you can stay you strained or sprained your wrist, though I don't know if you'd still be allowed to dance.

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Re: Ways to hide cuts without long sleeves?? - April 24th 2017, 09:34 PM

Hey!

I use hide my old scars by using this now and when I was dancing competitively. I also have used this when I've been in a rush. You want to be careful that if you use makeup, it's blended and everything and make sure to use something that won't smudge or smear on your costumes or other people. That's why I like using microskin, it doesn't smear and it lasts longer and hides them better. Before I got it, I used dermaflage or other varities of make up and it was a lot of trials and errors. I would start with looking up youtube tutorials! They are a fair amount out there and it's easier to practice by watching a video than reading directions.

I just wanted to say that you should really consider talking to your parents, a teacher, or trusted adult about getting help or at the very least, try the alternative link that is above.
   
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