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How to get rid of scars? - October 26th 2017, 02:08 PM

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I'm not sure if this goes here but I have 45 scars (on last count) from self-harm alone. I don't cut anymore because I just don't want to hurt myself anymore...last time I cut a vein and it was just disgusting, totally put me off cutting again. The problem is, I have all these scars. Some are overlapping, some are really dark pink (almost red) and some are just a slighter darker shade of the surrounding skin (like tan-ish). Also I used to cut myself when I was really struggling with my sexuality (to the point where I was suicidal) and had a massive and unrequited crush on a straight girl so I cut the word...not sure if I'm allowed to type it...f*g into my leg. And now that I'm in a better place and I see it...well, it's not very encouraging My main motivation for trying to clear them up is, I don't want my future partner to see them. Obviously, I'll have to tell her that I used to cut but I'd rather she didn't see the aftermath because it's pretty depressing. I've read up on a few methods but they sound kind of dodgy. Like placebos. I was wondering if anyone here has tried a scar removing (or at least, lightening) method and had success?
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Re: How to get rid of scars? - October 26th 2017, 04:48 PM

there are a lot of oils that can help scars to heal and get a lot lighter. one which i use for my mastectomy (top surgery) scars is bio-oil. a friend of mine also used it for her self harm scars and she said it helped her out a lot.

if you google 'top surgery scar care' you'll probably also find a lot of results to make scars heal faster and lighter, since it's all the same scar-tissue.

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Re: How to get rid of scars? - October 27th 2017, 02:33 PM

Iíve read up on a couple different things but havenít used them routinely enough to know if they work. Something that has helped me though, is using a soap that exfoliates (for fresh scars) and then using a soothing lotion such as one that has aloe in it. You could also try other lotions that are meant for stretch marks as they sometimes have some of the same properties, and cocoa butter is supposed to help as well.

You could apply lemon juice to the scars three times a day, let them try, and then rub it off but that has to be done rather routinely and that can be difficult.

You could make a scrub with vitamin E oil and baking soda and use that as well.

You could also try any commercialized scar remover creams or strips but those could be more expensive.

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Re: How to get rid of scars? - October 27th 2017, 05:25 PM

I haven't had much success with any of the scar removal things I have tried. The only thing that has worked, slightly, is time. The older scars get the more they tend to lighten up. My scars will never completely fade because of how extensive they were and also because some of the scars are raised. But, they definitely are not as purple/dark red and ugly as they used to be.

I have heard varying things about what Cassie suggested. Some people did have decent results and others did not. I have heard that shea butter lotion can help as well and it tends to be a bit cheaper than a lot of the scar creams out there.

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