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New job + scars = bad - July 20th 2011, 07:37 AM

Okay, so basically I'm starting a new job as a home care assistant for the elderly next week. I have been self harming for 6 years and have almost completely stopped now. The uniform is short sleeved and the job involves a lot of personal care, so even if I wore long sleeves, they would probably have to be rolled up a good part of the time. I'm currently using compression bandages on my newer scars which are raised, bright red and quite painful still. I am also using vitamin e cream and will be buying some bio oil when I get paid in 8 days. Is there anything else I can do to reduce the scarring? Also, is there any way to cover scars without jewellry/long sleeves? My scars go from my wrists to my shoulders and there are a huge amount of them including burn scars.
I'm so scared and I don't want to have to tell my new manager as she can fire me on the spot because I'm just starting.
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Re: New job + scars = bad - July 20th 2011, 08:07 AM

I used to use concealer on some of my scars which kind of helped...also this stuff http://sallyhansen.com/products/skin.../airbrush-legs ...you can use it on your arms too, and it covers scars well without making you look orange! Bio oil really helped as well, but it does take time to have an effect. It's probably best to keep wearing the bandages until the most recent scars have started fading. Could you wear a jacket around and just take it off when you need too? good luck at the new job.


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Re: New job + scars = bad - July 20th 2011, 08:38 AM

Hey there,

As suggested above concealer on scars will help to cover them up or foundation will as well. Things such as bio oil and similar are good even though they take some time but the scars will fade eventually. I would suggest keeping those bandages on the newer scars for a while so they start to go down.
Try not to worry too much about the scars as if you make a huge deal out of them or keep telling yourself that people are noticing they will start to notice and ask questiong. Remember you don't have to tell people if they ask although maybe telling your boss is a good idea, it wouldn't be fair of them to fire you if are recovering and have almost completely stopped.
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Re: New job + scars = bad - July 21st 2011, 11:15 AM

I had a go at using make up to cover some of the worst scars this morning and besides the fact that to do it every day would take about an hour to do, it only made them go from red to a purplish colour and it was really obvious I was wearing make up on them. I'm not necessarily worried about my colleagues asking about them or noticing them. I'm more worried that I'm going to freak out the little old ladies that I'm going to be looking after, or that I'm going to be fired. I'm genuinely shit scared that if I tell my manager, she'll ask to see them.
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Re: New job + scars = bad - July 21st 2011, 11:22 AM

Well Your Boss Can Not Legally Fire you for what you have done in your past thats like not giving a dog a doggie treat for something bad he did yesterday. Talk to your Boss about it. Trust Me Everything will be ok. Scars Are Like Marks Everyone has them.
   
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Re: New job + scars = bad - July 21st 2011, 02:31 PM

In the UK, I heard they have "Dermablend", which is meant for covering scars. Perhaps you could ask your GP about it?


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