Self harm scars on dark skin

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I have African Caribbean dark skin and I have my self harm scars since year 10. They are flat and dark and I want to fade them since I will be going to university in September and want to join a pole fitness society which requires me to show skin. Any advice would be helpful.
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p_helena
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Hi there,
Really sorry to hear you've had such struggles in the past.
If your scars really concern you, here's a few tips.
-Though my scars are just from acne (and I'm light-skinned), I found that going out in the sun (with suncream on) and getting a tan helped my scars fade more quickly, though they are still visible. I'm not sure how this would work for other skin tones though, and dermatologists probably wouldn't recommend this!
-Sometimes a little bit of foundation, or even tinted moisturiser, can greatly reduce the visibility of scarring (though it may not cover it entirely and may come off during your classes).
- If you have the money and are not averse to tattoos, you can get some beautiful ones done!

However, in all honesty, the scars you have today are proof that you've made it through difficult times of your life- if you're worried about what people may think, I completely understand but you may find that a lot of people don't notice or are not bothered by it :-).
Some of my close friends have scarring, but I have never seen anyone commenting on it or even noticing it. I accept them for who they are, including what happened to them in the past- and hopefully you will also make such friends when you go to uni!

Above all else though, don't let issues with your skin hold you back from doing what you want.
Hope this helps!
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have African Caribbean dark skin and I have my self harm scars since year 10. They are flat and dark and I want to fade them since I will be going to university in September and want to join a pole fitness society which requires me to show skin. Any advice would be helpful.
Hi, Sorry to hear you have gone through this. It is especially hard as you it seems you had to deal with the scars from a young age. Bio oil really helps. You can massage it into your skin every night. Or if that isn't an option even the Aloe Vera vaseline will help slightly fade it. I know that this reply is late but hopefully it helps
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I have African Caribbean dark skin and I have my self harm scars since year 10. They are flat and dark and I want to fade them since I will be going to university in September and want to join a pole fitness society which requires me to show skin. Any advice would be helpful.
most importantly, I thank God you got through such trying times. God Bless you abundantly, God is our refuge and strength( Psalm 46). I really pray you are happy now, God Bless truly
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To an extent, you are going to have to accept that your arms are all ways going to look different. It's the reality of it.
As an ex-selfharmer myself I still struggle with this.

However there are many ways of changing their appearance.
'Changing faces' is a brilliant charity that provide specialist makeup for concealing any form of 'scar, mark or condition' that is significant to you.
https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/
I actually used their survice along time ago and they are absolutely lovely. They basically teach you how to apply the skin camflourge effectively and send you away with a prescription recommendation for your GP.
You have to be 6 months 'clean'

I heard of people having laser treatment- without sounding like an utter idiot, I don't know how it would look on darker skin.

You could try using bio oil OR any other oil that contains vitamin E.

There are various surgical ways of changing the scars appearance.
The most radical is a type of reconstructive surgery where you would have a skin graft placed over the scaring.
Overall it would 'look' worse than it had done before surgery. However, it would now be indistinguishable from a burn. For some some people this is amazing, it frees them. Other people wouldn't like the idea of it. Either ways fine.
I think you have to be 'clean' for at least 3 years to be considered a candidate. Personally I am really interested in this procedure, but I am only 8 months 'properly clean'.


Edit: I didn't notice this post was 10 months old.
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