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The Skinny On Scars

If you’ve ever bumped your head on something hard or scraped your knee on the concrete, it may have left a mark on your body called a scar. So, what are these marks, how do you get them, how can you stop yourself from getting them and what can you do to get rid of them? Read on to find out!


What’s A Scar?

Scars are those pale pink, brown or gray marks on your skin that grow in the same places you once had cuts, scrapes or sores. Basically, a scar is your skin’s way of repairing itself after an injury. Most people have a few scars: it’s hard not to get injured at all over the course of a lifetime! Lots of things leave scars behind, everything from a short fall to a major surgery.


If you have scars, don’t worry. Not only are they a natural part of life, they’re actually kind of special in that they tell stories of some of the things you’ve been through! Maybe you look at one of your scars and remember the time you had chicken pox when you were a baby. Another scar could remind you of the first time you rode on a two-wheeler without training wheels. And then there’s that scar that you got from slamming your locker door on your hand – you’ll never do that again!


How Do Scars Form?

It doesn’t matter how you got your scar – for every million scars there are a million different stories. But here’s how every human being’s skin repairs itself through an open wound.


Once you get an open wound, your skin sends a bunch of collagen – tough, white protein fibres that act like bridges – to reconnect the broken tissue. As your body does its healing work, a dry, temporary crust forms over the wound. This is called a scab.


The scab’s job is to protect the wound as the damaged skin heals underneath. Eventually, the scab dries up and falls off on its own, leaving behind the repaired skin and, often, a scar.


But you won’t get a scar for every open wound injury you experience. It all depends on where the wound is located and your own body’s tendency to form scars. In other words, some people get scars more easily than others, and scars are more likely to form on certain parts of your body than other, tougher parts.


I Don’t Want Scars!

If you’re worried about getting scars on your skin, the best thing to do is not to get any injuries! You can reduce your chances of getting hurt when you’re playing by being careful, wearing safety gear and staying smart. Of course, even when you’re doing all these things you could get hurt and you could get injured. If this happens, there are ways to prevent or reduce scarring:

  • Keep the wound covered as it heals to keep out bacteria and germs.
  • Don’t pick your scabs because it may tear at the collagen or introduce germs to the wound.
  • Get plenty of Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits), which helps speed up the creation of new skin cells and the shedding of old ones.
  • Rub Vitamin E on the wound after the scab starts to form (talk to your parents and doctor about this first).

  • Sayonara Scars!

    Some scars fade over time. If your scar doesn’t fade and it bothers you, there are treatments that can make it less noticeable. But you’ll have to talk to your parents and doctor to find out what these options are and whether or not they’re right for you.


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    Autonomy
    Autonomy posted in Family Issues:
    "StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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    Dounuts
    Dounuts posted in Family Issues:
    Go to your neighbor's house and ask him/her to call to police.Everything will be just fine.
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    RavenClawRaina
    my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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    XxRuby_PhoenixxX
    If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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    MRAP
    MRAP posted in Family Issues:
    Hey, Just wanted some advice to help me on what to do on this. Ever since I was 3 I've been both Verbally, Mentally, And Physically abused. To me, this is normal since it's been happening for so long. But I just can't take this thing anymore. When I get home I always get yelled at for no reason. I have been on Anti-Depressants for the past 1-2 years. Been going to counseling for 6-7 years for family. Nothing has changed yet. I just need help on how to handle this. Thanks.
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