Sometimes a scratch on the skin has to be removed. Depending on their size and location, there are several techniques you can use to heal and hide a scratch.
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Part 1 of 3: Hiding Scratches
Step 1. Put on your clothes
The essence of this step is planning. Of course, there are parts of your body that you can't hide with clothes, but if you plan for it, most parts of the body can be hidden with the right clothing choices. If you're worried about scratching your thigh, don't wear shorts in public. To hide a scratch on the neck, wear a collared shirt. All of these options may be self-explanatory, but they can sometimes be the most useful steps for you.
Step 2. Use accessories
This option is best suited for hiding a scratch on the wrist, which can be easily disguised with a watch or bracelet. However, as they can make the scar worse, you should avoid wearing accessories that can hinder and interfere with the healing process of a new wound. The best option is to protect the new wound with a skin-colored bandage, then cover it with an accessory.
Step 3. Prepare a cause story
As we know, scratches on certain body parts are a sign of danger. You can do your best to hide it, but sometimes people can still see it. Depending on who's asking, you may not be very comfortable telling the cause. If the scratch is self-inflicted, we advise you to discuss it with a friend, family member, or seek professional help. However, you may not want to tell the truth to the person who is aware of the wound. So, prepare a story about the cause of the wound, so that you are ready to answer people's questions.
- If you're an athlete, consider telling yourself that the cause of the scratch was a training accident.
- Say your wound was caused by a cat. Cats scratch frequently, and sometimes the resulting scratches can be quite severe.
- Say your wound was caused by an accident while cooking.
- Say your wound was caused by an accident while making crafts or crafts.
Step 4. Apply makeup
In general, you no it is recommended to apply makeup on fresh wounds. Applying makeup to a fresh wound will not only be painful, it will also increase the chance of infection, as makeup often carries bacteria, and a layer of makeup will make the wound more difficult to clean. Oil-free makeup may be okay after most of the wound has healed. The best option for hiding the wound using makeup is to apply a transparent tape over the wound, and apply foundation over the plaster. This method may be enough to cover the wound, but don't use it too often, as it can block airflow to the wound and slow the healing process.
Part 2 of 3: Caring for Scratches
Step 1. Stop the bleeding
If your wound is new, the first step is to stop the bleeding. Follow these steps:
- Press the wound using a cloth or tissue clean.
- Lift the wound higher than the heart if possible, to reduce blood flow.
- After the bleeding stops, clean the wound with soap and water, and try to remove any foreign objects, such as dust or glass, from the wound.
Step 2. Determine if your wound needs stitches
Before treating it yourself, you'll want to make sure it doesn't need stitches. Of course, in the short term, stitches are difficult to hide, but in the long term they can prevent scarring. Also, if the wound is severe, stitches can save your life. The wound should be sutured if:
- Bleeding that occurs does not stop, even if you press and lift.
- Deep enough that you can see the yellow fat tissue beneath the skin layer.
- It's so wide that you can't close it.
- It is located in a part of your body that you move frequently, such as your knee, which prevents the wound from healing on its own.
Step 3. Prevent infection
Infection is one of the main reasons for scar tissue to form as a result of wounds, so we must take all possible steps to prevent it.
- Treat with an antibacterial such as Neosporin, according to the instructions on the package.
- If you need a bandage, change the bandage regularly to keep the wound clean.
Step 4. Massage the wound
Once the wound has healed -- no longer open -- wash your hands and massage the wound using a lotion containing aloe vera or vitamin E. This will prevent scar tissue from forming. Massage your wound twice daily for two weeks, then continue once daily for two weeks.
Step 5. Protect the wound from the sun
Because the scar tissue that forms after a wound heals is different from normal skin tissue, it will darken when exposed to sunlight. It's best to stay out of the sun all at once, but if that's not possible, apply an extra strong sunscreen, with an SPF of 50 or more, before spending time in the sun.
Part 3 of 3: Disguising Scars from Scratch Wounds
Step 1. Use sunscreen
Sunscreen won't cover your scar tissue in the short term. However, in the long run, protecting the scar tissue with a strong sunscreen will prevent darkening and help fade it.
Step 2. Treat with skin healing compounds
Scar tissue that has been there for more than two years is very difficult to remove, but new scar tissue can be disguised with the right skin care products. Look for a skin cream that contains the following ingredients:
- Quercetin, which is an antioxidant compound.
- Petrolatum, although some medical practitioners do not recommend its use.
- Vitamin C
Step 3. Exfoliate
Exfoliating before applying makeup to scar tissue is an important step, as scar tissue tends to contain a lot of dead skin cells. However, use gentle exfoliants to prevent the wound from getting worse.
Step 4. Moisturize with a skin darkener
After exfoliating the scar tissue, apply a gentle moisturizer that contains a darkening agent. This moisturizer will not only soften the skin, and make the skin more ready for make-up, but will also neutralize the difference in color between the scar tissue and normal skin, without exposing the scar tissue to the sun's harmful rays.
Step 5. Use a color corrector
Before applying foundation and concealer, choose the right color corrector according to the complementary color of your scar tissue. If your scar is green, use a red color corrector, if your scar is yellow, use a purple color corrector, and so on. Use your fingers to gently blend the color corrector into your skin.
Step 6. Use foundation and concealer
The next step is to apply foundation and concealer. Ideally, use a silicone-based product, as it can even out the texture of your scar tissue. Thus, the next step will be easier.
Step 7. Blend
Mix color corrector and concealer, then coat with light powder. Use a soft brush to maintain the color you've blended.