Wednesday, 19 August 2015


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My recent post about becoming more body confident talked about both loving your body and transforming it. Some women learn to love their body as it is, but still want to make some changes to get it how they want it to be. I have been thinking about the ways that a lot of women want to change their body. And one of the things that come up a lot is scars. Everyone has scars for different reasons, and everyone thinks about them differently. Some people see them as battle wounds and marks of life that they wear proudly. But others would prefer to try and fade them. If you have scars that you don't like looking at, there are a few methods you can use to help them go away.

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Creams and Lotions

If you don't want anything painful, using some different creams is one option. Lots of beauty products claim to be able to help reduce the appearance of scars, but do any of them really work? Many of them contain vitamin E or cocoa butter, which are both supposed to have the desired effect. However, I read that there isn't much evidence that they work. Instead, experts say to use silicon gel, concealer and even sunscreen, so that your scars don't become darker in the sun.


Another option is to use microdermabrasion. You can go to a beauty clinic for this treatment, which is good for getting rid of scars from acne especially. If you choose to have microdermabrasion, the treatment involves using lots of tiny crystals to remove the top layer of skin from your face. I thought it sounded really strange when I first heard about it, but it's a bit like exfoliating. As well as fading scars, it can help you out if you have any fine lines or wrinkles too. After the treatment, you can walk out and go straight home (or even back to work). There's also the option to do it at home with a special machine.

Laser Treatment

If you want something slightly more complicated, you can try have a laser treatment to fade scars. You can use laser skin resurfacing, which removes the top layers of skin. Once this is done, the healing process will grow new skin cells. This will improve the look of your face or another part of your body. Usually you need to have a few treatments for this method, with time in between them. It sounds painful, but everything I have read says that most people say it's a feeling of discomfort rather than pain.

Corticosteroid Injections

For some scars, doctors sometimes recommend injections of corticosteroids. They don't get rid of scars but they help to improve their appearance. Injecting into different areas around the scar contributes to reducing inflammation and flattening it. You have to have around three treatments over a few weeks, and you could have them over several months.

If you don't like your scars, you can do things to fade them. But you can also cover them up if you don't like the sound of any of the treatments available.

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