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Trouble With Teens

Self Harm Scars

The first case that the doctor’s see this week is 18-year old Kayley who suffered from depression and is covered in the scars that resulted from her self-harming. One scar in particular is very big and Dr Christian sends her to a surgeon to see if they can remove the scar tissue. Having received counselling, Kayley is on the mend, but it is estimated that 1 in 15 teens might be self-harming. Having removed the scar, Kayley returns to see Dr Christian with a noticeable improvement. She’s also been to a camouflage make-up artist who has been able to recommend a set of make-up that will help her cover up her scars.

Find out more about self-harming and the support groups available >

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Will leg scars stay longer than your arm ones or does it all depend on how deep you do it?





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I'm 13 and I self harmed last week and I regret it so much! I just discovered I'm going on holiday at the end of August this year and I don't know what I can do to cover them up because I will want to go for a swim I've been using aloe Vera more than twice a day, should I carry on using it? Or is their something better to do?im really scared, I don't want my family to know, I did it with a blade all the way down my thigh (leg) any suggestions?please





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im 15 years old and i have severe depression and I've been medicated for about 2 years now, but I've been self harming for about 3-4 years, and i have a fair few self harm scars, that are all quite deep. I decided to myself that if i can make it through my depression i want to try to persue a modelling career. I'm not bad with criticism from others, I'm my hardest critic anyway and i understand how hard the industry is but if i make it through my depression hopefully by then i will have a strong mindset and be strongly mentally stable. But I just want to know, will agencies and stuff reject me because i have scars? even if they like everything else?





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I am 13 and I have modelled for a few years now though I have also suffered with self harm since I was 11. My scars are quite horrible and when I had to do the summer shoots my agent-at-the-time dropped me saying there was no point if I couldn't wear a bikini. though I don't want to be a model when I'm older I didn't want to stop because that was how I made my money but soon I found an agent who was more than happy to hire me since its so easy to edit cuts out of photos. so it may be hard to find an agent at first just keep looking Im sure your beautiful!

Hi, I'm 14 and I used to self harm. I haven't cut myself for almost a year now, but I have a lot of scars all over my thighs. I haven't told anyone about my self harm. Is there any natural treatment for scars? like something I can find in my house anyway, because I don't have enough money and I can't ask my parents to buy it for me cause I'm really scared of telling them I used to self harm.





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Use some bio oil and over time the scars will fade ^~^

I'm 17 and have self harmed since I was 14. Both my arms are covered in scars, and my mom wants me to rub coconut oil on them so that they fade away. I get why and stuff, but I haven't gone to any treatment yet and I'm not ready for that. I like my scars, yes I get insecure, embarrassed & annoyed about having to hide them, but like I'm sure you all get what I mean. So idk what to do. My scars are my own, and I just need advice on this situation!





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Hey Im 19 now and did self harm for multiple years and I do understand that the scars are a part of you. My advice to you is to not to be embarrassed, when I recovered from self harm I began to show my scars, at first it was akward and hard but after a short time you will learn to embrace your scars. Some people get weird about it but the people who you should be hanging around will not judge you. They are a reminder of who you are and anyone who is unwilling to accept you then they are obviously shallow and closed minded. To me my scars are a personal reminder that I can deal with what life gives me, they give me a sense of personal pride, if I was able to get over self harm just imagine what else I could do...

I think you guys should keep your scars...yes they are embarrassing when someone finds out about them or sees them but we are all tigerswho have eared our stripes...cuts are not just embarrassing nor am I saying they should ever be considered a fashion trend, but they are battle wounds of a battle you finally concurred you should be proud.Don't get rid of them..don't let them change the real you the one that has battle wounds and has been through the toughest battles..let those wound remind you not of your battle but your victory in winning the battle and stopping the selfharm~a fellow cat (selfharmer)

A little concerned that this has been placed under the category "Trouble with Teens" ... I wish that an emphasis was made in educating people that this is not purely a "teenage" issue. This false belief can 1) make people take older individuals with these struggles less seriously, and 2) make older individuals with these struggles feel more ashamed.





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Hi Sarah I completely agree with you. I self-harmed for the very first time at the age of 38 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it felt as if it was something that I was too old to do - as if I should know better. Fortunately, I got (and still have) the right support from my mental health team but it was certainly a wake up call that it can happen at any age

I am 21. I am a recovering cutter. I have very large scars on my thighs, inner calls and belly. They have been there since I was 14. Before you start, just remember that the marks will be there forever. They won't go away and they will remind you every day of what pain you were once in.





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For those of you who are repeatedly self-harming please seek some help - Google a local support group or whatever you can do. I have been there and I know how it feels. It's a serious issue and one you need to tackle before it takes over your life. I know you're all concerned about fading scars, but the mental scars will linger on long after the physical ones have faded. So please talk to a teacher or a trusted adult and seek help. Fading scars takes time - I used Bio Oil for a while. Or getting Vitamin E capsules and cutting them open and applying the contents to the scars can help too. But this is only a temporary fix. You need to address the other issues as well if you are ever going to fully recover.





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Im 17 years old and ive been slefharming since I was 10. My arms and legs are covered with scars to the point that my arms have keloid (bumpy) scars and the skin on my leg arm isn't level anymore woth dints in where I would cut deep and never get it treated. I encourage anyone qho self harms to always get them checked out . even if you do not think they are bad they need checking. Im now on 3 different medications. Please get help of you self harm because I can assure you, you will regret it I've experienced being in a mental hospital twice. Stay strong and try do something else yoi enjoy, draw, paint, dance, sing. Even crying is better. Just please try not to hurt yourself. I love you all so much!





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Im 13 I have had 2 surgerys on my left hip, my first one was in 2008 I had a plate and screws put in, anyway something happend and I had to get it redone in 2012 and I they are so long and noticeable I want to go to the pool but my scars are so big is there something I can do? I really dont want surgery on it. Please help thanks.





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Hi I've had 3 major hip operations that didn't work and then a hip replacement 4 years ago (I'm 19 now). My scars really bothered me at one point but I didn't want more surgery. So i totally get where you're coming from. You should try bio oil it definetly helps scars fade. I have 6 holes where I had my leg pinned and because they're quite deep holes I think they can only be covered with surgery so it depends on the scar. I think there is laser operations they do for scars now that smooths the skin. And then they can do this thing that's like tattooing to make the skin a more 'normal' colour. If you talk to your doctor you should be able to get it done on the NHS. Good luck





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