How to Cover Your Scars |

Scars are the natural result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that results from injury or surgery. In some cases, a person may have no problems with their scar and tend not to be self-conscious about its appearance. However, when a scar forms on a noticeable part of the body, such as the face or arm, finding ways to conceal it become a greater concern. But what are the best ways to cover a scar and what can you do to make it less noticeable? There are several ways to do this, but we will go over the more effective ways in this article.

Continue reading to learn more about what you can do to cover and reduce the appearance of your scars.

Concealing your scars

Scars can be difficult to manage when they are on a part of the body that many people will see. If you suffer from keloids or hypertrophic scars, the problem can be aggravating to say the least. However, with a few tips and tricks, covering your scar in a way that suits your lifestyle can greatly improve your confidence.

Using makeup to cover your scar can be a great option if you know what to look for. If you have sensitive skin and want to ensure your scar doesn’t become irritated, try searching for makeups that only use natural, organic ingredients. Because you are likely using the makeup on an exposed scar, you may want to find one that also contains SPF. A makeup with SPF 15 or higher can protect your scar against UV radiation and hyperpigmentation from the Sun.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t put makeup on an open wound prior to scarring. Makeup can dry out your wound and slow down the wound healing process, putting you at greater risk for infection. You never want to use a makeup that contains hydroquinone or other depigmenting agents, as these can cause damage to sensitive scar tissue.

Scarves, watches, and other accessories
Depending on where you scar is located, you may find some luck adding extra items to your wardrobe to conceal your scar. A scar on the neck from thyroid surgery, for instance, can be easily concealed with a scarf or other lightweight neck item. A scar on the wrist can be conveniently covered by wearing a watch or bracelet. It’s up to you to get creative for how you want to conceal your scar, but keep in mind that many fashion statements can be used for more than just fashion.

Scar-camouflaging kit
Some stores and beauty salons sell supplies that are specifically designed to cover up your scar. These kits give you an option that may be better suited to your scar than makeup because they often provide longer-lasting concealment. These kits usually contain a mixture of adhesive creams and powders that create a thick paste capable of covering more aggressive scar types.

Silicone gel sheeting
All of the options discussed above for concealing scars are only temporary measures, not long-term solutions. If you want a way to cover your scar while also permanently reducing its appearance, then silicone gel sheeting is your best option. Medical-grade silicone gel technology is the only clinically-proven topical solution for the reduction and prevention of keloid and hypertrophic scars. If you have a scar on the face or other exposed area, silicone sticks with SPF are the ideal solution. If you wish to conceal your scar, applying silicone gel sheeting in natural skin color will completely cover the scar site while allowing it to blend in with the surrounding tissue.

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