Scar Reduction

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by Eternal_struggle, Jan 10, 2005.

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  1. I was doing some research into scar reduction, cause I have my school prom
    coming up. Feel free to add your own! I thought you guys might find this useful:

    -rose hip oil rosa mosqueta

    -Syprex is a clear, pure medical grade silicone sheet

    -bio-oil scar reduction

    -vitamin E oil

    -methyl sulfonyl methane (msm) can reduce scarring, it is available as a supplement or cream

    -mankua honey skincare cream and supplements

    -Curad Scar Therapy Cosmetic Pads

    -Vitamin-E capsules

    -toothpaste overnight & boots natural collection colour corrector

    -normal white scars- 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 Vit E oil into the scars! Do this once a day! The salt exfoliates, the lemon juice lightens and the oil moisturises

    -Savlon ActivHeal. 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." I bought them a year ago, and I think that they cost about 20GBP. However, that's only from memory.
    You should only need to buy one pack for the duration of the treatment. Another thing I wanted to say was that what I do sometimes to cover up
    scars on arms is to buy some Tubigrip 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

    -Calendula cream also works, its a bit like vitamin E cream. The scar patches are faster, though
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  2. Crowe

    Crowe Guest

    Thank you Eternal_struggle, this will be of great use to all us harmers I think. Crowe
  3. querida

    querida Well-Known Member

    Thanks, this is great, wen the cuts are gone and the scars show,i'll try some out.
  4. Robin

    Robin Guest

    Those soound like excellent ideas, I think I'll make this thread a sticky :)
  5. Eclipsed

    Eclipsed Well-Known Member

    Apparently Neosporin also helps, whilst helping to prevent infection.

    Thank you so much for the useful resource Eternal_struggle.
  6. Montage

    Montage Well-Known Member

    thanks... i think i will try some of that stuff out...
  7. I'm trying the bio-oil at the moment, which is available in chemists in the UK and aparently has good results. I'll keep you guys up-dated on how effective it is. (Check out the website at I'm also using vitamin E cream which keeps the skin healthy and enables cuts to heal better, also reducing scarring.

    God bless xxxxxx
  8. sadsong

    sadsong Staff Alumni

    thanks for these, i'm definately going to try a few out!!

    Lizzy. xxx
  9. AnnaA89

    AnnaA89 Guest

    This is great, thank you people.
    I've managed to stop self-harming, however when I did do it, it was severe and I still have scars.
    I'll try these things out.
  10. bunny

    bunny Staff Alumni

    could someone tell me where i could get some Savlon ActivHeal, i hav a keloid scar from my heart op when i was little and i havnt been able to fine anything to reduce it

    PM me if u can help thanx

  11. Jenny

    Jenny Staff Alumni


    What is a scar?
    Scar tissue is produced by the body when the skin has been cut or broken open. It's the bodys way of replacing the damaged tissue with stronger healthier tissue. Scar tissue is tougher than regular tissue, however it is also less flexible.

    A scar can occur for a variety of reasons. The first is simply genetics. Normal scar tissue is paler then the surrounding skin, flush with the surface of the skin, and typically is less sensative to touch or pain. Certain skin types (olive, dark, mediterranean, african, for example) scar easier than others. These skin types also tend to be prone to keloids and hypertrophic scars. Both keloids and hypertrophic scars are conditions in which the body produces an excess of scar tissue. Both are characterized by a scar thats raised above the surface of the skin, a scar thats darker tan the surrounding skin, and a scar that may be sensative or painful to touch. The difference between the two is that a keloid spreads beyond the border of the cut while a hypertrophic scar remains within the border of the cut. This is not to say that all persons with dark skin get keloids or hypertrophic scars, nor is it to say that light skinned people never get them. However skin type can be a contributing factor to the amount and type of scarring that a person experiences. Unfortunately, theres not much that can be done about this, except that if you know you have this skin type, you can treat your wounds extra carefully.

    Scars may fade until they are almost unnoticable, but they never disappear completely. Scars are permanent. For that reason, its best to prevent scarring as a cut heals as much as possible.

    Preventing Scarring
    Plain and simply, the faster a cut heals, the less scarring there will be. So, it follows that the smaller the cut, the less scarring there will be. A large cut can be made smaller if the edges are somehow held together so that the cut takes up less surface area. This is ideally done with sutures, although in some cases steri strips are enough. Closing the cut once its been disinfected will also prevent infectious substances from getting in. Infection prolongs healing and causes more damage to the tissue, so preventing infection will reduce the chance of excessive scarring. Products such as Neosporin and Bacitracin also help to speed healing and prevent infection and can be very effective in reducing scarring as the cut heals.

    DO NOT INTEREFERE WITH THE WOUND HEALING - If you do - you can guarentee bad scarring...

    Cold water will not only ease pain in the medium term (though it might sting to start with), but also significantly help reduce the scarring left by burns. Once you have stopped the burning, cover the burned area with a thick gauze pad then leave it alone for at least 24 hours. Burns heal better when left to repair themselves. After than, you can wash the injured skin gently with mild soap and water or a Betadine solution. Betadine is available from some pharmacies. An over-the-counter antibiotic ointment will discourage infection and promote healing. Look for an ointment containing polymyxin B sulfate or bacitracin. Two or three days after you've been burned, try rubbing some aloe vera on the burn. You can either break a stem from an aloe plant or purchase aloe cream. It's available without a prescription. Leave any and all blisters alone. Do not try to pop them. They're your body's natural burn bandages. If one should pop, cleanse the area with mild soap and water, and then cover the area with antibiotic ointment.

    Reducing Scarring (Normal Scar Tissue)
    If the cut develops normal scar tissue (flat, light, painless), then theres not much that can be done to make it less obvious. Vitamin E has been proven to help reduce scarring. This can be found in various products such as Vit E capsules - simply spread the liquid onto scars from these capsules. Taking plently of vitamins and esspecially ZINC - has again shown time and again to be effective. Makeup can also be used to cover it. There are theories that if you have skin color that stays pretty uniform year round, you could tattoo the scar tissue the same color as your natural skin. That would only work on scars that are paler than the rest of the skin, because a tattoo can make something darker, but it cant make something lighter. I'm yet to hear from anyone else who has tried this, but according to several respected tattoo artists, it's very definitely possible. There are also various surgeries which effectively reduce or remove scar tissue, however these are expensive and have variable results. In addition, a doctor will typically insist that a person be recovered from their self injury for a certain amount of time before they will perform surgery to eliminate or reduce self inflicted scarring.

    Scar reduction cream can be effective if put on early (the moment the scab naturally falls off)

    Again - do not interfere with the wound healing - or bad scarring will result...

    Reducing Scarring (Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars)
    If a scar is hypertrophic or keloidal (raised, dark, sensative), then there are a few other options which will reduce the appearance of the scar, effectively turning it into normal scar tissue. I'm prone to hypertrophic scars, and I've been seeing good results with silicone sheets. These are just thin flat pieces of silicone which you tape on top of the scar with special water based adhesive tape. You can leave the sheet on all day, or just at night, or for a few hours per day, as long as you take it off at least once a day to wash it with a mild soap. Of course the longer you leave it on, the faster you'll see results. The sheets can be washed and reused indefinitely.

    Such sheets can be obtained here :
  12. Robin

    Robin Guest

    That's a fantastic post Jenny.. thx :)
  13. Hey guys! I've been using the bio-oil for about 3 weeks now, 3 times a day, and already more skin has formed, flattening my keloid scars and making them slightly more pale. It should take between 3 and 9 months though to show the full effect. I would definitely recommend it. Vitamin E cream is cheap and also very good for helping cuts heal and keeps the skin supple so that it doesn't tear open so much if cut, which makes keloid scars less likely to form.

    Stay strong, God bless xxxxxx
  14. I just wanted to add that along with the Vitamin E caplets, Vitamin K can also be used/mixed to aid in the healing. I used this combination when i skinned half of my face scarring. I suppose it also has to do with luck and how quickly you begin to treat the area.
  15. i have scares all over my arm but everyone i know knows i cut so i don't see a reason to get rid of them
  16. allofme

    allofme Staff Alumni

    thank you very much
  17. Keisuke-kun

    Keisuke-kun Member

    My mother uses Emu oil for her scars from surgery and says it works very well. Plus it all natural and very versitile. It can also be used for normal skin care, wound care, nutrition, diabetes, arthritis, ADD, and even can help hair loss apparently. Plus a bunch of other things. Heres a web site
  18. Jess

    Jess Guest

    hey... this will be a hugee!!!!!!!!!!!! help!!!!!!!!!

    thanks a bunch!

  19. ambr92

    ambr92 Guest

    i know that most the peoples on this site cut but i carve...on my ankle and my way 2 prevent scars is the next day i put neosporin on it then cover it with a bandade then when some1 asks what happened i lie and say something like i scraped my ankle when i tripped or one expects anything.......
  20. TinkerLoop

    TinkerLoop Well-Known Member

    for those of you in the uk the red cross has a scheme but you need to go through your doctor you can get scar make up on the NHS.
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