Post # 1
I just got engaged, and while I know the wedding won’t be soon, I worry. Most likely it’ll be sometime late next year, after FI joins the military (still hasn’t signed up) and finishes boot camp and training. I have a lot of time to do something about this, but what makes scars go away? My forearms are covered in scars from my wrists to my inner elbow area. They aren’t red or bumpy anymore but are still very very noticeable, and noticeable in a way that is obvious how it happened :/ I just wanted to know if theres any bees on here that also have scars or something similar? How did you deal with or hide them?
Post # 3
@Mircat: I’ve done some research on this and the best inexpensive option is BioOil. I’ve bought it but never had the discipline to apply it consistently.
Post # 4
Go and see a dermatologist. Many can help treat scarring. I am waiting for an appointment with mine to discuss treatment to help improve the look of some acne scarring before my wedding.
Post # 5
@Mircat: I have the same scars in the same area and found that going to a dermatologist is thet best thing. I know it’s really embarassing, but trust me they’ve seen it before and they’ll be able to recommend treatments that will help (usually more than you’ll be able to find over the counter). It’s best to get started now because the older scars will take longer.
Post # 6
I am very fair skinned and have scars and bruise easily. If it’s any conciliation, none of them showed in the pictures even without touch-ups.
Post # 7
@renwoman: Really, older scars take longer? I would have thought it’d be the other way around since they are faded. I definitely will seek out a dermatologist if my insurance covers it,
@Andthepupmakes3: I also don’t have the discipline to apply anything, I have scar cream but It won’t work because I forget about it.
@rebelsquest: I will go. Good luck with your scarring as well!
Do you guys think I should just pick out a long sleeve dress in case nothing gets better with the scars?
Post # 8
I have a bunch of “those” scars, but I always tell people that mine are from a car accident where broken glass cut me on my face and neck in a car accident. (they’re on the right side to be from this, and are so large they don’t appear to be cutting scars)
I would visit a derm to see about something more effective than bio oil.
Post # 9
@Mircat: Def check out a dermatologist and even if you say you are undisciplined now, make it a habit to apply the cream or fish oil ( break open the capsules and rub it on your arms). ust do it before you go to bed. They won’t get better if you don’t make an effort.
Also stay out of the sun/ be sure to out spf on your arms. Sunlight makes scars worse
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2014 - Customs House Resturant Geelong
I agree with reblequest. Go see a Dermatologist or even an Advanced skin/Beauty Therapist.
I would recommend getting dermal needling done. It sounds scary, but it is really effective in breaking old scar tissue and smoothing everything out. Get professional treatments done, as well as a home roller. That with the combination of Vitamin A and C oils (I wouldn’t recommend bio oil as its not strong or effective enough for the scarring you are trying to fade. Your doctor or skin therapist will be able to prescribe you a medical grade oil/serum) it will do wonders. Keep realistic expectations. They may not disappear, but they fade/smooth them out dramatically.
Start seeing someone asap, it can takes month sometimes years unfortunately to heal old scar tissue. It took 4 months to heal my acne scarring using this method.
Good Luck xo
Post # 11
@Mircat: I self harmed for 7 years so I have extremely obvious scars all along my forearms inside and out. At first, when I was trying to quit/freshly quit, they were so obvious and red and bothered me a lot so I wore long sleeves most of the time, but now, they are lighter, even though they are still obvious, and I don’t get asked about it nearly as much and quite frankly it doesn’t bother me. It’s a part of my past I have to live with and I believe more people need to be open about this as it’s much more common than believed to be. I have been harm free for the better part of 3 years now.
I’d advise long sleeves, or something if it truly bothers you or makes you anxious for people to notice. As for the wedding, maybe little lace sleeves that you can take on and off or a cardigan or cute wrap?
Post # 12
@Mircat: if going to a dermatologist isn’t an option try mederma, if that’s too expensive then try scar zone. Both are over the counter and found at most drug stores near the first aid/skin section. It both were recommended by reputable plastic surgeons. My FI has had 3 eye surgeries. First they gave him prescription to reduce scar tissue, then after a months use they recommended mederma. I know a few people who have had plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons who were also told to use mederma.
Post # 13
I’m considering illusion sleeves. Between the car accident, chemical burn, mole removal and chicken pox scars, I’m a minefield.
Post # 14
Just for reference, this is what I live with. I don’t cover them and don’t plan on doing so at my wedding. People close to me all know what they are from and supported me while I quit and strangers are sometimes curious but never rude about it.
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Mine sound the same as you described , and are REALLY noticeable (even years later). In high school I was really ashamed of them so I covered up all the time wearing long sleeves in the Texas summer. On prom I wore these fancy gloves to cover them.up but since then I stopped hiding them as much. It does get a little weird at times people asking what happened when its really obvious , but it doesn’t bother me anymore, I even barely notice them. On my wedding I wore a lace sheath and didn’t cover them up though, I mean everyone close to me have already seen them. So I guess my suggestion, gloves, king sleeve cardigans and stuff.
Post # 16
My scars are 3 years old I believe. They aren’t red anymore. They are white, still a bit bumpy. They’re deep and there’s so many of them that I do feel uncomfortable at a special event such as this. I’m ok showing them around my mom and fiance, but I don’t think his family knows about them and I don’t want them to get the wrong impression. I most likely will end up wearing some kind of lace sleeve if the cream or oil they give me doesn’t show much improvement. Thanks for all the advice 🙂