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Hiding scars, in a diffrent way... - August 23rd 2009, 06:30 AM

So, my one friend is starting to catch on to the fact I cut myself, and I think she knows I cover with bracelets, and sleeves, but I want to cover them in a different way now. Plus, I have a birthday party next week, and we'll be outside most of the time and I don't want to be in long sleeves. I don't know what to do. The scars are from 2 days ago, so they're still raised, so I can't wear make up, and I'm hanging out with my friend it 2 days, any suggestions? Or any ways to make them fade a little bit without buying like scar removal stuff. Thanks
   
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Re: Hiding scars, in a diffrent way... - August 23rd 2009, 06:31 AM

Oh, and they're on like ALL of my left forearm, if that helps.
   
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Re: Hiding scars, in a diffrent way... - August 23rd 2009, 06:36 AM

Typically, keeping things clean and "moist," like with neosporin or bacactrin or polysporin or something along those lines and covering what you can with bandaids or bandages can help prevent scarring.

I'm not sure what your fashion sense is, but sometimes things like "gloves" can help cover scars.

Though, I'm sure that your friend cares about you, and would want to be there for you, so talking to her to let her know what's going on might in the end actually be helpful. You deserve to take good care of yourself, not have to worry about hiding self-harm.

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Re: Hiding scars, in a diffrent way... - August 23rd 2009, 06:41 AM

Arm Warmers work.
Even if they are raised, as long as they are scabbed over, you can use a mineral powder makeup on them. It works wonders. PM me if you have any specific questions.




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Re: Hiding scars, in a diffrent way... - August 24th 2009, 01:53 PM

Hi there Megan,

There is a huuuge list of cover-up tips in an article [here] which you may want to check out, it can be very helpful.
If you can't wear make-up on your cuts or scars then the best option for you would most probably be to try and cover them with some sort of clothing (such as gloves, arm warmers or sweat bands). I know that you've mentioned that you don't want to cover up your arms with sleeves or bracelets but I think that's your best option here if you can't put make-up on quite yet [Plus I wouldn't recommend that if they're fresh cuts]. There is also the option of putting on a bandage or support so that only your left forearm is covered? You could always say that you sprained it.
Otherwise, you could try to go without anything if you're comfortable with that. Try not to let this spoil your time with your friend.

I hope you sort something out.
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P.S. Seeing as the cover-up tips article covers almost all of the tips that you could get for covering up your self-harm, I'm going to close this thread now. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to PM me. :]
   
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