Tips to Conceal Scars as They Heal

Tips to Conceal Scars as They Heal

Scars tell a story, whether good or bad, and every individual will end up with a scar at some point in his or her life. However, not every individual wants to showcase that scar to the world.

Fortunately, with today’s treatments, it is easier than ever to not only speed up the healing process but to allow a scar to heal to the point to where it is almost indistinguishable from the surrounding healthy skin on an individual’s body. But that doesn’t mean that a scar is invisible during the healing process, which means that people still have to find ways to conceal their injuries while they are allowing them to heal.

Apart from wearing long sleeves and slacks for months and months on end, is there really a way to thoroughly conceal scars as they heal? Some people may be surprised to know that there are ways to keep scars hidden. However, it is important to do it the right way.

Using Makeup to Cover Scars

One of the most common solutions for covering up any scar is to use makeup. This comes with an added bonus. Damage from the sunlight can worsen the appearance of scars, so choosing a foundation to cover up scars that has added sun protection in the form of SPF provides you with additional protection for your scar as it heals.

Read: How Does the Sun Affect Scars

Remember that if you do choose to use a concealer, as the foundation for the scar, opt for one that works with the tone of the scar itself. A pink or red scar is best covered with a concealer that has green undertones while one that is closer to the tone of the skin is better matched with skin-toned concealer. And of course, even when not using makeup, it is always a good idea to use a good sunscreen whenever the scar is going to be exposed to sunlight to ensure that it is protected.

Read: 4 Tips for Concealing Acne Scars

Priming Skin for Makeup Use

Remember that any time you plan to cover up healing skin with anything, including makeup, it is important to prime your skin with the appropriate healing treatments. For example, using products containing stable Vitamin C can be incredibly effective in helping to produce healthy collagen to replace the damaged, broken down collagen from the skin injury, and reduce abnormal pigmentation in the scar. This ensures that the scar continues to heal as well as possible even if it is covered up with a concealer and foundation during the healing process.

Remember to avoid skin lightening agents, bleaching agents, and other primers that contain harmful compounds such as hydroquinone, as these can be incredibly harmful to the skin, and can even damage the skin during the healing process. While you want to cover up your scars, you also want to help them to heal. Treat them with care and you can leave your skin looking bright, beautiful, and as healthy as it was prior to being injured.

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Michelle Mitchell says:

    I have a pit on the end of my nose (ugh) and cannot find the perfect concealer to hide it without it looking like the concealer is pooling up in the scar. There is nothing worse than a tan scar but still seeing the pit. Can you help me?

  3. I have had some precancerous areas removed, which left some scarring, and I also have melasma. To top it off, in January, I had a kitchen accident leaving me with 2nd degree burns on my face. Now I have dark AND white patches on my face. Everywhere that blistered is now white. Any suggestions on covering these areas? Makeup oxidizes, and I have combination (oily/dry) skin. #frustratedbeyondbelief

  4. Crystal faughnan says:

    I have purple scaring across my checks from lupus flares. They have been bad over the years, I got them to settle somewhat but even with every make up I try ( and I have tried hundreds of dollars worth) to cover it up almost daily someone asks me if I got hit or have a black eye. Any suggestions how to lighten these purple scars without irritation.

    • Hi Crystal, scars from Lupus are difficult to treat since it can flare up again at any time. I’m sure you’ve tried various concealers, but have you tried Dermablend? This is a concealer that even hides tattoos – it should help.

  5. Elizabeth killian says:

    I burnt my leg on a bike exhaust a year ago under my knee. The scar is itchy and hurts at times but seems to be swollen and dark. Pls help me, i want it flat so it heals fast and not get noticeable.

  6. I have a injury scar on my forearm, its slightly raised and a dark red colour. I need to be using long sleeves when I go out. I saw some green coloured primers online which can neutralize the redness, also some of them are silicone based. Im currently wearing silicone sheets to help with my scar, so do you think the silicone based primer is the best or can i buy other primers like water based too? Also any recommendation on make-up cover is the best to cover the raised scar? thanks.

    • Hi Hamsa, silicone is great for scar healing, so you are on the right track in your thinking. However, makeup primers aren’t in the business of fading scars. You’ll want something that is silicone plus Vitamin C to fade your scar. Have you tried our scar lotion, InviCible Scars? It does work well as a makeup primer due to the silicone, but it also has scar healing ingredients.

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