Post # 1
I have a good sized scar on my forearm that I would like gone before the wedding in October. I got it about 6 weeks ago, my cats were hospitalized at the ER clinic I work at. Sheldon is an asshole at the vet, no one can touch him without heavy sedation or full on anesthesia. I can pet him and hold him, but if he thinks I am “vet” and not “mom” he still turns in to devil cat. I was holding him so a tech could clean out the cage, when he decided he’d had enough and flipped out, clawing my arm in the process. I’ve had cat scratches before that didn’t scar, but I think this was worse because his nails were freshly trimmed and blunt which created a wider scratch.
I’ve looked into the typical products that are marketed to help fade scars, and essentially they don’t really do anything. I still bough Mederma because I wanted to try something. I have AHA and BHA products for my face, not sure if those would work. Also I have some Argan oil but other than moisturizing I don’t think that would help fade the scar.
This is what it looks like now:
I know it will fade a bit by October, but I don’t think it would cover easily with makeup if it is still there. Anyone have luck fading scars?
Post # 2
You can try scarguard which I think works a bit, I got it at CVS. I think it’s better than mederma. Those are the 2 main ones. If you really want to invest in it, you can get laser treatments.
Post # 3
it is not the same kind of scar, but when i had a breast reduction, my surgeon told me to keep paper tape on it to keep the scars flat and thin. after a year, they had faded enough that you can barely tell.
but with your scratch, it what i looks like. i would keep it moist with bacetracin and some bandaids and it should heel in 2 weeks.
Post # 4
This wont make it goes away, but make sure that you use MAJOR SPF this summer or it will get darker and stay that way. A few years ago I had 1st and 2nd degree burns all over my upper thighs as a result of a coffee spill at work, at first the scars were bright red, but I kept them moisturized and covered and used SPF 70 on them all the time and now only I can see them (if I really try).
You still have lots of time for it to fade, and it’s not in a spot that most people see unless they really look so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Post # 5
Bio Oil. I used this on surgery scars after my breast reduction and on my gall bladder surgery scar. Worked wonders. You have to use it religiously though.
Post # 6
Yes! Last year when we brought our puppy home, he pretty much had tantrums all the time and I was getting scraped and scratched constantly. I’ve been using a tube of Maderma pretty religiously exactly as instructed and those scars have definitely faded. Mine looked red like yours when they were freshly healed, but now I have look closely to find the actual scar.
Whatever you go with, KEEP AT IT!
Post # 7
Yeah I was going to say bio oil too. Use it often, but it does work
Post # 8
This isn’t too helpful, but I bought something at a plastic surgeon’s office – don’t remember the name. I think it was by Rx only. It was very expensive and smelled like clear nail polish. I had to brush it on like nail polish, too. I had surgery scar like that and it did fade. Good luck!
Post # 9
Buy a cream with hydroquinone in it. It’s a skin-bleaching agent. You may have to go to a dermatologist for a strong prescription but depending where you live, they may also sell a lower-concentration version over-the-counter. There are different brands of skin-lightening creams, but as long as they list hydroqionone as an ingredient, then you know it’ll work. I’ve used it a couple different times with success.
Edited to add: it might be a good idea to talk to a doctor about using hydroquinone—some people have concerns about its effects. Anecdotally, I’ve never had any problems with it.
Post # 10
I haven’t tried this yet but my piano instructor who has rosasea uses all natural Derma e from the health food store. If you google it you find great reviews online. She swears by it and said it’s not as harsh as some of the bleaching creams out there. It might take a bit longer but it works.
Post # 11
Bio oil worked wonders with my surgery scars. You have to put it on multiple times a day for a while, but it really really works wonders.
Post # 12
I have cats who like to play a little rough at times and really really hate the vets! – my hands are covered in scratches which end up staying as scars….
I now use the Dr Max Powers Scar Serum twice a day for just short of a week, I have noticed the smaller scars on my hands have started to fade (they aren’t noticeable to others, but as I know where they are I can still just see them). Its certainly a product that I am going to keep using.
Post # 13
They have a Mederma for night time, which is supposed to work with your skins nighttime regenerative process. You just rub it on every night before bed. I have been using it on a couple scars, and it’s been working really well for me! Good luck <3
Post # 14
Mederma works GREAT at fading scars, assuming you’re not allergic/sensitive to the ingredients. For the small anount of time I was able to use it, I noticed improvements within a few weeks.