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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    hey this is reassuring ! were your scars white like mine and do you have fair/tanned skin? did you do anything to help speed up the process ?
    also no i didnt do anything. didnt think theyd fade so just forgot about them
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    hey, yea mine were white and imfairly pale but i also had scars on the top of my arm (other side of my wrist) and they faded too, also got a really big one on my ankle which hasnt faded due to the severity
    okay thank you hopefully they will fade eventually , I'm using two helpings of bio oil and cocoa butter twice a day so hopefully that will help them fade
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    also no i didnt do anything. didnt think theyd fade so just forgot about them
    can i ask were they self inflicted cuts or injury scrapes etc?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    can i ask were they self inflicted cuts or injury scrapes etc?
    they were all self inflicted
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    (Original post by shawtyb)
    they were all self inflicted
    ok thank you! any other experiences with white scars much appreciated
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    My skin's so light anyway they're not that obvious on me but think mine have faded a bit over 5+ years, some have anyway. Can see them if you look for them or if I've got sunburnt or something, also feel them running fingers over them. They're not that bad though and I've only ever had one person comment I think. The pink/red ones if anything seem to be getting darker but these are mostly a lot more recent, hopefully they'll go eventually.


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    Thanks for all the replies. I am currently using bio oil twice a day and the boots scar serum twice a day. and coconut butter if i dont have those to hand but feel the urge to rub something in.. I dont know which is the most effective so i want to use all of them to get maximum treatment. does anyone know if its a bad idea to use all different treatments simultaneously or if its going to promote as much healing as possible?
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    (Original post by furryface12)
    My skin's so light anyway they're not that obvious on me but think mine have faded a bit over 5+ years, some have anyway. Can see them if you look for them or if I've got sunburnt or something, also feel them running fingers over them. They're not that bad though and I've only ever had one person comment I think. The pink/red ones if anything seem to be getting darker but these are mostly a lot more recent, hopefully they'll go eventually.


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    hey thanks for replying. yours probably are more severe than mine if they are raised as mine are totally flat and just faint white. I'm kind of losing faith that mine will go as I'm expecting results and its only been 5 days but cos they are all clustered close together I'm anxious that they won't all fade back to normal
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    Had my second session of laser therapy today. Did about 1/3 of my arm. It hurt so much but it worked well on the test patch so I'm hoping for replication on this area..

    Just thought you might be interested.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Had my second session of laser therapy today. Did about 1/3 of my arm. It hurt so much but it worked well on the test patch so I'm hoping for replication on this area..

    Just thought you might be interested.
    great! can i ask how much it cost?

    laser isn't really an option for me but thanks for the head up. my scars are literally flat and just lighter then my skin. however they are in tight clusters like a razor which make them noticeable as its like patches. do you think theres any hope for me in them fading if I'm applying bio oil and a scar serum 2/3 times a day each product? i really want them to go everytime i remember them being there it makes me feel really agitated and resentful
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    great! can i ask how much it cost?

    laser isn't really an option for me but thanks for the head up. my scars are literally flat and just lighter then my skin. however they are in tight clusters like a razor which make them noticeable as its like patches. do you think theres any hope for me in them fading if I'm applying bio oil and a scar serum 2/3 times a day each product? i really want them to go everytime i remember them being there it makes me feel really agitated and resentful
    Mine are flat and I'm pale so the color difference isn't too large luckily. The laser therapy is $100 a session (I live in the US) and I'll probably need 5 more. I saved money for a fair while to pay for it, I thought it'd be around $2000 total so I'm happy with the price.

    How long has it been since you self-harmed? I'd say if it's been a while you could talk to your GP about a referral to a dermatologist who can advise you about options - like what kind of cream and how often etc.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Mine are flat and I'm pale so the color difference isn't too large luckily. The laser therapy is $100 a session (I live in the US) and I'll probably need 5 more. I saved money for a fair while to pay for it, I thought it'd be around $2000 total so I'm happy with the price.

    How long has it been since you self-harmed? I'd say if it's been a while you could talk to your GP about a referral to a dermatologist who can advise you about options - like what kind of cream and how often etc.
    i can't really remember it was last year late summer/early autumn. maybe, i just dont think they have any advice apart from what I'm doing at the moment and will probably tell me they are often permanent (like the website says) which is not what i want to hear
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    i can't really remember it was last year late summer/early autumn. maybe, i just dont think they have any advice apart from what I'm doing at the moment and will probably tell me they are often permanent (like the website says) which is not what i want to hear
    If they're flat have you thought about tattooing them to the color of your skin? My dermatologist mentioned it to me if I decided against the laser, apparently it can have very good results.
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    If they're flat have you thought about tattooing them to the color of your skin? My dermatologist mentioned it to me if I decided against the laser, apparently it can have very good results.
    It seems pretty severe to me to tattoo id much prefer natural methods.
    maybe when I'm older and nothing improves i will do that. is it the same cost as a normal tattoo?
    But u seem to have quite a lot of knowledge about scars due to your experience and your doctors. did they ever suggest to you that scars can heal naturally with oils and creams when they are like mine and go back to the natural skin pigment? also do you know if vigorous exfoliation could help 'shed' the skin and replace it with healthy cells? (sorry if that sounds ridiculous)
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    If they're flat have you thought about tattooing them to the color of your skin? My dermatologist mentioned it to me if I decided against the laser, apparently it can have very good results.
    also why did you choose laser over tattoo? tattoo seems like the easier and cheaper option.
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    (Original post by beautifulbigmacs)
    Bio oil is good.

    Even if it takes a few years for the scars to fade, I think that you should be kinder to yourself about them..I know a few people with visible self harm scars and as visible as they are and as cheesy as it might sound, they're not seen as a blemish but something on the body that tells a story about it's journey. They are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of for any reason and I think it's really important to remember that rather than hate on them and yourself.
    thanks for your kind words do you have any personal experience with bio oil/results?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    thanks for your kind words do you have any personal experience with bio oil/results?
    In all honesty I've purchased some upon recommendation from friend but I've not got round to using it with any dedication because I've found that I've become more accepting of my skin over time.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    It seems pretty severe to me to tattoo id much prefer natural methods.
    maybe when I'm older and nothing improves i will do that. is it the same cost as a normal tattoo?
    But u seem to have quite a lot of knowledge about scars due to your experience and your doctors. did they ever suggest to you that scars can heal naturally with oils and creams when they are like mine and go back to the natural skin pigment? also do you know if vigorous exfoliation could help 'shed' the skin and replace it with healthy cells? (sorry if that sounds ridiculous)
    (Original post by Anonymous)
    also why did you choose laser over tattoo? tattoo seems like the easier and cheaper option.

    My psychiatrist said that rubbing dermatix in twice a day could make the scars "fade". When I first started using it, my scars were red and raised - I did the dermatix for a couple of years and now they're flat, white and just look smaller - like not as wide for instance. I read on the internet about dermatix and that's where I found research that it's more the rubbing in than the actual substance that counts. I don't think that the scars will return to totally natural skin pigment, that's actually why I picked the laser over tattoo, it makes a bunch of tiny pricks which encourages the damaged skin to recover, whereas a tattoo just covers it up and makes them less noticeable. After the dermatologist did the test patch in December the 3 scars he targeted with the laser are a lot less noticeable, they blend into the surrounding skin and it looked improved enough that I went back to have a second session today. Tbh, from a layperson's pov, I think the exfoliation might be helpful as it's a rubbing motion and I think you might be right about helping shed the damaged skin. You could try looking on the internet to see if there's any research into exfoliation and scars? I just googled it and there seems to be a lot of pages where that question is asked.
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    My psychiatrist said that rubbing dermatix in twice a day could make the scars "fade". When I first started using it, my scars were red and raised - I did the dermatix for a couple of years and now they're flat, white and just look smaller - like not as wide for instance. I read on the internet about dermatix and that's where I found research that it's more the rubbing in than the actual substance that counts. I don't think that the scars will return to totally natural skin pigment, that's actually why I picked the laser over tattoo, it makes a bunch of tiny pricks which encourages the damaged skin to recover, whereas a tattoo just covers it up and makes them less noticeable. After the dermatologist did the test patch in December the 3 scars he targeted with the laser are a lot less noticeable, they blend into the surrounding skin and it looked improved enough that I went back to have a second session today. Tbh, from a layperson's pov, I think the exfoliation might be helpful as it's a rubbing motion and I think you might be right about helping shed the damaged skin. You could try looking on the internet to see if there's any research into exfoliation and scars? I just googled it and there seems to be a lot of pages where that question is asked.
    thanks for all the advice. I'm going to carry on with bio oil and this boots scar serum i got recently and do that for 3 months.hopefully it will help them fade further. would u say rubbing for 3-5 minutes two or 3 times a day is enough?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    thanks for all the advice. I'm going to carry on with bio oil and this boots scar serum i got recently and do that for 3 months.hopefully it will help them fade further. would u say rubbing for 3-5 minutes two or 3 times a day is enough?
    No problem

    3 months is still on the shorter side with scars but hopefully you'll see some improvement. I think 3-5 minutes sounds fine. It might be an idea for you to take a "before" picture (or maybe daily or weekly pictures) so you can best see how much the bio oil/scar serum are helping.
 
 
 
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