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Itchy scars. - November 13th 2012, 11:16 PM

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I've got a couple of hundred scars on my arm. Some of the cuts were severe and most needed medical attention and even though some are from a good year ago, a lot of them are very itcy. I barely itch them but sometimes they get so dry, they get scabby and they bleed and then I itch and just make it worse but its so itchy I can't explain.

I've tried different types of lotions and moisturisers including things like palmer's with vitamins in them but its getting unbearable. Any suggestions?

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Re: Itchy scars. - November 13th 2012, 11:20 PM

I know that you have tried moisturises but have you tried vitamin e oil? I used them on my scars and they reduced the redness, and the itchiness, sure some days they are incredibly itchy but it's easier to manage.

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Re: Itchy scars. - November 14th 2012, 06:29 AM

Hi, Jessie.
I'm sorry you self-harm. (I'm here if you need me).
As for your question, some of my scars are itchy from time to time too so I google'd this and it brought up the question on Yahoo Answers.
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"Scars are often itchy, this can be for several reasons. It depends greatly on the age, severity and location of the scar.
First off, while the cut is actually healing and the scab is nearly ready to come off it is natural for the scar to itch. Not much can be done about this at that time.
Secondly, scarred skin doesn't have the same sweet and oil glands of normal skin, this can lead to dryness and itchiness. This is easily reduced by applying moisturizer or skin oil (bio oil is great), and just as a side note, massaging scars twice daily with moisturizer helps reduce scaring, especially raised scars
Thirdly, sometimes scars can be very sensitive(especially raised ones) and rubbing of clothing, or certain materials (ie rough material like some wools) can irritate them, casing itchiness and sometimes blistering. For this one, just be aware of what, if anything causes irritation and avoid wearing it. In some cases it may be best of keep new scars protected with a band aid until they mature enough not to get irritated by rubbing of cloth.
Lastly, nerve issues can cause this. This is usually in deeper cuts that for raised or sunken scars. Nerves are slow to repair and you may get twinges and itchiness for a months, or even longer. Little can be done about this. If it is really bad, you may find applying an ice pack to the area helps. Other than that, seeing a dermatologist could help. Sometimes cortisone injections are given and this can help a lot."


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Re: Itchy scars. - November 14th 2012, 04:40 PM

Oh bio-oil is wonderful stuff. 1. It reduces the actual scarring. 2. It's good for your skin and helps nourish it.
Also...try drinking plenty of water and maybe try out some E45 Itch relief cream? It worked wonders for me when the scars on my stomach itched.
   
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Re: Itchy scars. - November 14th 2012, 08:33 PM

I've tried e45 and Biol Oil and I have tried Palmers vitamin E and none of it seems to be helping Waaa.


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Re: Itchy scars. - November 15th 2012, 06:49 PM

I know this may seem obvious but sudocrem might help? Also Vaseline seems to be good on scars for some reason xxx




   
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Re: Itchy scars. - November 16th 2012, 03:59 AM

Another option to try is cocoa butter. That stuff is actually pretty moisturizing, plus it smells nice.


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Re: Itchy scars. - November 16th 2012, 12:17 PM

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Another option to try is cocoa butter. That stuff is actually pretty moisturizing, plus it smells nice.
The palmers Vitamin E is cocoa butter. It does smell good!


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Re: Itchy scars. - November 17th 2012, 10:11 AM

Have you tried Aqueous cream its a moisturiser that is mainly for eczema but it might work on itchy scars.



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Re: Itchy scars. - November 17th 2012, 11:24 AM

I've had this!! http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...2-itchy-scars/

It's annoying. Maybe try massaging the scars when you can, and keeping them moisturised and hydrated is definitely a good idea - the others have given some good suggestions for what you could use.


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