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How to get rid of self harm scars?

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How to get rid of self harm scars?
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June 27th, 2015 7:22pm
It will take a lot of time, so let it happen naturally. If they are not to deep, you can use things like Bio Oil to help soften the colour.
June 28th, 2015 2:14am
I think that we have to think about things that make us better and happy. Be positive and seek for a friend and help.
June 28th, 2015 5:38am
Concealer helps to cover for events but to grey rid of scars, moisture is key. Definitely use moisturizer
June 28th, 2015 8:38am
You can cover with tattoos. Maderma also can help as well as Bio oil, and other oils like coconut ans tea tree. I find maderma to work best, and would also like to try silicon patches as ive heard they work good.
June 28th, 2015 5:16pm
Scars are scars, they don't fade, it's best to accept them, not as a weakness or a flaw but as a reminder to yourself that you are strong and you're worth it!
June 28th, 2015 9:03pm
ScarAway helps alot - It's this medical ointment. Personally, I apply coconut oil after it's closed because even though it gets dark at first, its fades away really easily after that
June 28th, 2015 11:54pm
Personally, I don't think you should get rid of self-harm scars. I'm not ashamed of mine. When I see mine, they are reminders of what my father pushed me to and why I should never talk to him again. When I see mine, they push me into doing better for myself because I know that self-harm shouldn't be the answer. When I see mine, they remind me of the darkest time in my life and make me grateful for what I have now. If you are trying to get rid of them to hide them from friends/parents/teachers/etc. that shows means you're not okay. If you're trying to hide something, that shows that you need help. Hopefully, they'll push you into getting yourself healthy again.
July 1st, 2015 1:58am
I will preach Bio Oil until I give my last breath. Any oil which softens the skin provides more relief for scars, slowly helping with the healing process.
July 1st, 2015 3:42am
I have always just lathered on cocoa butter each morning, and no they don't completely go away but they do fade a lot and it also keeps your skin smooth :)
July 1st, 2015 11:05am
Bio-oil. It's a bit pricey, but it works like a miracle. Also, our bodies change every seven years. Scars you have now may not even be noticeable by then. (:
July 1st, 2015 4:15pm
Leting them fade out with time is probably the most well known way of doing it. i know it takes a lot of time, but it's usually the healtiest and sometimes the only way to do it.
July 1st, 2015 8:40pm
Bio-oil works quite well - just use it twice a day for around three months and you should see results. If you can't afford that (and I understand as it can be expensive) then any mosturiser or generic brand Bio-oil should be okay. Just keep in mind that nothing will get rid of your scars completely, and you may have to accept them. However, if you are really opposed to them or need to hide them for a certain reason then make-up (liquid and/or powder foundation) should help to cover them up.
July 1st, 2015 8:40pm
It's a simple answer with a difficult path to reach it: Don't self harm. Get help. If you're recovered from that habit, you can maybe get laser scar removal therapy, which will lighten them a bit.
July 2nd, 2015 5:30am
Many self injury scars will fade naturally over time. Products like mederma and cocoa butter can be helpful in visibility reduction as well.
July 2nd, 2015 6:24pm
There really isn't a way, but there is a vitamin E that will fade. And there is an ointment that will help more
July 2nd, 2015 7:19pm
You could always try and cover them. Try a healing cream, like Sudocream. This will work after a while and will fade away the scars eventually.
July 2nd, 2015 10:43pm
For my scars, i mix a little bit of oil and sugar together to make a scrub. And then i rub it on the area of the scar 3 times a week,
July 2nd, 2015 10:57pm
I know that there is a cream you can buy in some stores to get rid of scars in general. That may help?
July 3rd, 2015 2:50pm
I've had a lot of luck with Bio oil - and I have heard rose hip oil also works. You can also buy special patches, mainly for keloid scarring, which are expensive but work wonders in making scars flatter and less red. Long sleeve clothing is a pretty common cover up method but you can also consider trying body foundations which are thicker and often water proof. It's sometimes worth seeing a GP they may be able to refer you to a plastic surgeon who can help reduce some kinds of scars, but often when they wont want to cut out a scar because you'll still be left with a scar - but I have heard skin grafts can be an option.
July 3rd, 2015 7:31pm
Well there isnt really a way I guess you could use makeup Foundation is what I use It helps cover up
July 4th, 2015 1:50am
There are some scar creams out on the market and I'm sure that some of them will be helpful. I would recommend going on to see what the reviews are.
July 4th, 2015 8:42am
Coconut oil and cocoa butter works pretty well. Definitely helps fade them. Those are the only two remedies that I've tried and noticed a difference. :)
July 4th, 2015 3:27pm
As far as I'm aware, you can't get rid of them entirely, however they can be treated with an anti-scarring cream.
July 4th, 2015 6:02pm
Use olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil can help reduce the appearance of scars. Massage a small amount of 100% extra virgin olive oil into your skin once or twice a day for several weeks or months
July 4th, 2015 7:08pm
They will go away on their own, if you are still self harming than just think of things that make you feel good and happy.
July 4th, 2015 11:38pm
Mederma, or other scar creams, can help. Lotion also will help. Sitting in the sun can help to fade scars slowly overtime (but don't get a sunburn to try to fade scars, that will do harm).
July 5th, 2015 7:38am
Being a victim of self harm at a one point of time in my life, I know how hard it can be to look at the scars day in and day out. The physical pain of the event may have diminished, but the emotional pain keeps resurfacing each time you look at the scars. If the scars aren't too deep, you can rub potato juice on it to reduce the visibility of it. That really helps.. You could also try applying raw milk on the effected area.
July 5th, 2015 12:12pm
If they are fresh, soak them in salty water (simply add salt in water) for a while. Use some creams and powder. If they're older, get aloe vera and cut the plant, take out the juice and put them on scars for a while.
July 5th, 2015 4:41pm
Most likely, they are not ever going to officially go away. They will fade over time to where they are not as noticeable, but they will probably never be GONE. They are your battle scars, proof that you have lived through your tough times.
July 5th, 2015 8:43pm
lemon juice is helpful to fade colour and exfoliation is also helpful. use oats because they moisturise and exfoliate