I'm sorry but there really isn't anything that will fade scars except time....And... it pretty much depends on your skin type/genetics. Also if these scars were never stitched and healed without medical intervention you would need a plastic surgeon to help you out with the facial ones. There are a lot of creams, lotions and potions that claim to treat scars but if the scars are from you cutting on yourself you damaged probably a few layers of tissue and would need surgical intervention. There is also some very good make- up that has been developed to cover many kinds of facial scars. You can find makers of those online but you would probably want to see those people in person for them to make up a color and texture just for you. Good luck.
I have recently been reading about a product called ScarGuard. I have never used it but am considering trying it. They have a contact number and supposedly you can describe the type of scar you have and they can tell you whether or not their product would benefit you. The web page says it helps mostly with raised and thick scars. It won't darken white scars but it might help remove some of the redness and pink color from new scars. It is kind of expensive ($30-$40), but if it works I'd pay that in a heartbeat. They have testimonials from many plastic surgeons that recomend the product to their patients saying that they are happy with the product and find it helps almost everyone, even if it is just a little. Don't know, you might want to give it a shot. They have a website. If I end up getting it I will post the results I get.
The only thing I have found that fades the scars of self-injury is recovery. The actual scars don't go away...ever. I'm 58 and started cutting at 17 and still have those scars to this day(with a lot of others). But I found out that if I forgot about them and just conducted my life as if they never happened, then no one else notices them either. I can't tell you the number of friends I have who never noticed them until I pointed them out.
But the people who do notice are usually cutters themselves looking for support from those of us who won the battle. It's important to give that support.
I've been to plastic surgeons and I have been told there is nothing they can do. But we can do a lot FOR ourselves instead of TO ourselves. Figure out why you cut and what you get from it. I got anxiety relief. Once I realized why I did it and where I learned to do it, then I could stop it by finding alternative ways to deal with the anxiety. Easy to say....very hard to do.
I wish you luck and very gentle hugs..................Jenny
my 5 year old daughter took a tumble from her bed while playing & hit her face on her dresser drawer, which left a scar on her pretty face(cheek). It's been 3 days now & i have cried everyday including as I type this as I just feel so guilty about it... I have cleaning it & religiously putting cocoa butter on it while covering w-a band-aid during school hours to keep the germs out. I have prayed to God that this COMPLETELY heals and her cheek goes back to normal. I just read about Mederma (which may not be good to use w-o consulting her doctor 1st.), lemon juice, Vitamin E & aloe vera gel as options for restoration but can anyone tell from there own or secondary experiences of these anything outside of cocoa butter works? can any of the items be used w-cocoa butter? I am so distraught over this & truly would appreciate any & suggestions. Thanks & be blessed
I have found that Vitamin E and aloe have worked the best for me as far as creams and ointments go. I use this Fruit of the Earth, I think it is called, lotion/cream. But I think what really helps the most is the actual massaging and rubbing of the cream into the scar after the wound has heals. I usually massage the lotion in twice a day for like 3-5 minutes each time. Also, use sunscreen on the scar. And not just once a day. I used to carry lipbalm with SPF in it around my neck when I was three and had to have stitches across the front of my face. I used to put it on several times a day. People don't notice the scar at all unless I scrunch my forehead and even then, it just kind of looks like a crease in my skin from scrunching my face. I suggest something plain and unsented but has at least 15 SPF. The higher the better.
All the things mentioned above are for after the wound heals, but if it hasn't healed yet I would use antibacterial ointment like neopsorin or bactriban because they keep the wound clean from infections and can help it heal faster. Also, mild antibacterial soap and water are the simple-est and best thing to clean it with. I wouldn't worry too much. I was three when I had stitches and nobody knows unless I tell them, so it will be ok. I doubt she will even remember unless you tell her a story about it later.
For really old scars, they are pretty much going to stay that way (sorry).
But for newer or more shallow scars, I have found that a combination of Mederma and Vitamin E oil help quite a bit. I have some lighter scars on my upper arm that have significantly gone down in visibility after about a month of this treatment, but they were also fairly fresh at the time.
Also! Don't put these things on open wounds.
Our scars are our stories...I refuse to put scar cream on my deeper ones. They remind me...
I regularly self-harmed, and at the moment I am using a lot of Bio Oil, which is used to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks etc. It won't get rid of them completely but it should at least make them less obvious if you use it twice a day, every day. You can also get special plasters for scars to reduce the redness and make them less bumpy as well, I don't use them that often, however they have made my scars flatter and less noticable. Unfortunatley nothing is going to get rid of them completely...