How to Deal With The Scars?
First and foremost make sure if you Harm that you treat you wound properly, clean them and use an anti-septic cream or spray to reduce the risk of infections.
I have done a little research on dealing with scars resulting from Self-Harm. I want to first note that I am not a doctor, and can therefore only give advice based on what I have researched and learned from the internet. Scars are a tricky thing. When in the midst of a self- harming fit, many WANT scars. In fact, I often thought, "the more, the better." However, this doesn't hold up after one begins recovery from self harm. Scars can be embarrassing, annoying, shameful, and incredibly triggersome. Some view their scars as a mere indication as to what they have lived through, but to many others, they are pain - filled memories, that should be erased any way possible.
I cannot stress enough that before doing anything drastic to your body, please consult with your doctor on which method best suits your needs.
Vanishing Creams and Such:
There are many new creams coming into the market that boast great results when it comes to erasing scars. However, these cost a pretty penny and may simply be scams. Therefore, I will not recommend anything in particular. If you are willing to take a chance on these antidotes, simply enter "Scar Removal" on your browser's search engine, and you will have multiple website's to read through.
The only cream that I have known to help (and it comes pretty cheap to) is Vitamin E cream. It is available in almost all drugstores and should be applied daily to decrease the appearance of scars. It can take weeks to start working, and it doesn't work for everyone, but many have found it even a little helpful or simply purchase some Vitamin-E capsules. Squeeze the liquid Vitamin-E from capsule and rub into the scarred area. Do this once or twice a day. How long the treatment is needed varies with the size and the age of scars. Small or fresh scars begin to fade in 2 weeks, if not sooner. Larger or older scars can take 2 to 4 weeks
There is also a new patch - type thing on the market which is to be placed over scars, and is supposed to aid in their removal. Again, I do not have a name, nor do I know if it is affective, but if you are interested, ask your pharmacist about it. (It is fairly new, so I'm not sure if it is out everywhere yet.) I also hear they are pretty pricey, but worth it if they work. (I will let you know more about this one when I find out more.
Curad Scar Therapy Cosmetic Pads:
There are 21 pads in each box and it was about €25. On the back of the box, it says that in clinical studies results were shown after 8 weeks. Some people saw results within 1 week. Scars (from razors) got significantly flatter and less pink, so you can only see them, instead of also being able to feel them.
Another cheaper method I found was:
Add half a cup of fine salt, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Mix together and place on scars leave for a few seconds, scrub with a soft brush and then wash off in warm/hot water. Massage Vitamin E oil into the scars! Do this once a day! The salt exfoliates, the lemon juice lightens and the oil moisturises! It is found to started working after 2 weeks but only on fine scars, raised ones don't seem to get effected.
They'll treat both new and old scars. (Up to 10 years old.) They're made of medical grade silicon based gel, and they're these thin, almost membrane-like sheets. In the pack you get two sheets, and they're reusable. You can cut them to size, and they're sticky on one side, so they'll stick to your skin. You can wear them day or night, for any length of time you like. (although probably, the more you wear them, the sooner you'll see results.) They've been developed specifically for hypertrophic scars(red and raised, no collagen build-up.), and keloid scars (red and raised, caused by a build up of collagen.) They flatten them and make them paler. It says that results should be visible after about 3-4 months. I can't verify that, because I didn't use them for that long (you can only use them on fully healed skin), but from what I did use and see, the scars did get paler. Quoted from the booklet: "No-one can explain exactly how this treatment works but it is believed that it may hydrate the scar tissue itself, creating ideal conditions for gentle softening & fading of scar tissue."
Another thing I wanted to say was that what I do sometimes to cover up scars on arms is to buy a support bandage, and put that on the arm. If people ask, I normally just say that I was in an accident and that I've got some scars that I feel uncomfortable about showing.
Elastoplast Scar Removal Patches:
You can buy them in a pharmacy, they are the equivalent of about €20 for a packet of 21 patches. They are supposed to work after 8-10 weeks, but it may take longer depending on your scars. However, they do speed up the process of scar healing. You have to wear them for at least 12 hours a day
This option is very high on the costly list, and has gotten mixed responses. This option should definitely be discussed with your doctor before doing anything if you are considering it.
The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with multiple appointments. A local anesthetic is used on the area, and a laser burns away the scarred tissue. This can take several months and can be painful. Sometimes the scars left by laser surgery can even be worse than the scars you went in with. Contact your doctor for more information on this treatment.
Ok, so this will get some weird looks from readers, but this can be effective if you wish to lessen the appearance of your scars for a day or two. Apply a concealer that is very close in colour to your skin tone (the colour around the area of the scars) directly over the scars. Blend well, and cover with a similarly coloured powder if skin is shiny. There are also creams available at make up counters that reduce the look of red or purplish marks (it is usually green or purple in the bottle). Simply ask a cosmetician if it is available. Makeup won't necessarily make the scars vanish, but it can lesson their appearance.