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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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Hi im a 46 yr old woman and my body is so scarred I have been selfharming since I was 11 it upsets me becouse a lot of ppl think that young people selfharm nobody seems to think about the older people :(





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Hello, I'm 16 now and the last time I cut was probably almost 2 years ago and my cuts are still super bad. I tried covering with makeup and I think I'm more depressed now then I was before I starting cutting. Because I know it's a reminder of how far I came but I regret it so much, and I just want them gone. I'm so embarrassed and I can't wear anything I want without being cautious if someone sees them. What can I do? Please help.





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I'm sixteen and schizophrenic, I self-harmed for about two years, I have very severe cuts on my arms, thighs and stomach however I don't feel the need to get rid of them, it's a reminder of how far I've come. T That's okay too.





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Hi I've been self harming from the age of 8 and I'm now 21 and I'm just fed up with my life now If I didnt have a gorgeous little girl in my life I would of killed myself by now I've had so much crap in my life e.g. bullying, living with my mum, ex boyfriend and so much more I've tried counseling and psychiatric help and now I don't no where to turn I don't have that someone's shoulder to just cry on I only have my cat's please help someone who can understand me





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HELPPP!! IF ANYONE SEES THIS PLEASE HELP! :( Hello I am 15 and I self harmed by cutting into my thighs with a bobbypin I only like tore skin. Not very deep but they turned like a pinkish color and they are flat. I did this about a week or so before january of 2014 and I waited for them to fade and they have but arestill noticeable especially when I shower. So I have had them about two months. I really need them to be gone :( it was a stupid desicion. Please help me.... it would be a miracle :/





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go to www.compactmind.weebly.com they might help they help me.

Hi darling i have done the same thing before and had this issue i used different creams like savlon to reduce the redness at the time and then using things like bio oil can help fade the scars, even just potibg moisturisure on at night can help soften and replenish the skin. Hope you're okay please stay strong i know how tough it is xxx

I have that well... I had them for about 3 weeks its stupid self harm but I use hand cream it works

Hey! I'm in literally the exact same situation here. I've resorted to wearing longer pants as much as possible, and also a concealer can reduce the redness. They will fade over time.... We just have to live with out decisions. Don't be ashamed of them.

I'm 14 and I've been cutting for about 2 years now and I have mild depression. I only cut when I feel worthless and feel like I and a disgrace to the world or somethin really depressing comes up in my life. I have some scars and I really don't care if people see them! That is my personal business and I can care less about what other people think of me. if someone wants to judge u on ur past tell them to back off becuz I bet they can't handle half of the stuff u go through on a daily basis! But I wanted to share my story thing. So yea I've been cutting for Bout 2 years Nd it's not like it's constantly. I have cuts on my now and I have scars. But please if u have depression and self harm I recommend u get help right away because it sucks feeling like u need to die. So pleas estat strong and get help. :)





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iv ben cutting since i was 12 when my um and dad split because he cheated. no one knows not even my mum. i try to to were short sleeve tops and i stopped all sports i had the option of stopping. however i want to know how i can get make them less visible because soon I'm getting a job and for it i need to were a short sleeve top and swimming costume.





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they eventualy fade on their own but to speed up the process use scar cream bio-oil cocnut oil. i know what its like, but stay stong and try not to do it any more

I'm wondering how to get rid of self harm scars? They're on my thighs and I don't want anyone to see them and my parents would freak out if they found out. I'm going on a cruise in about two months and I don't want them to see them. I don't have any stores near my house, I'm in the country side and I don't have any time to go into town. I also don't have any vitamin e oil or any of that stuff. I'm clean now but I'm still worried.





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cocnut oil, bio-oil and exfuliate gently lemon juice and the sun helps if they are flat ans wight or pink it they are raised put on sunscrean they can actualy darken them if they are raised scars stay strong love iit get eaiser i promiss

I'm 16 and have been self-harming since I was 14. I started after my friend's dad did something terrible to me. I also have BPD and am depressed a lot of the time. I really want to stop sh but I feel that I can't. In PE, the other girls make insult the cuts and scars that cover my arms, legs, hips, and stomach. The comments they make only make me feel more motivated to sh. I trim d to stop (threw aeay my razors) but the urge was so strong that I broke a glass and cut my thighs sith the shards. I really need to stop, and I don't want my family to know.





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I need help I've carved fat and whale into my leg how to get rid fast I did it last night





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Get help sweetie. Your worth so much more. Make sure you keep it clean and once it has healed get some bio oil. Be strong. There's so many people who care about you and want to help you! Use your anger and upset as motivation go for a walk and admire things it will help you think more positively. Amanda palmer and her band Dresden dolls are really good to help you feel better. Be happy with yourself and your image. I've always been a big girl and yeah losing a few pounds would make me happy but I have no problem with my lumps and bumps... It's who I am. Be happy with yourself write a list of all things good about yourself and right one target. Not a bad thing just a thing to look forward to. Xxx

use lots of nesoborin to heal the cut faster and it will make the scar less visible bio-oil and counut oil works try scar creams and if u are abel to get any stay strong i know its hard it gets better.





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