How To Camouflage a Scar

Checking a scar on her back

Depending on its severity, size and location, a scar can affect the life of an individual in more ways than one. Having a visible and ugly scar on one’s face for instance can have a negative impact on your confidence and dealings with other people or could be an unwelcome reminder of a painful accident. However, you don’t have to live with the stigma of having one if you know how to camouflage a scar following these tips:

  1. Consider cosmetic surgery options. Depending on your available financial resources, the severity and location of your scars, cosmetic surgery is possible the best and permanent solution for totally getting rid of or concealing scars. There are many cosmetic surgery options available today.  Skin grafting, or transferring skin tissue from one part of the body to another is one procedure that is conducted to remove or lessen scars caused by severe burns for instance. It is best to consult with an experienced doctor before undergoing any cosmetic surgery to know whether this option is best for your condition.
  2. Another less drastic way of camouflaging a scar is to sport a different hairstyle.  For instance, if you have a scar on your forehead, why not consider a hairstyle, which incorporates bangs? Ask for your trusted hairstylist’s professional opinion, look at magazines or surf online to get ideas for your new hairdo.
  3. Learn how to apply concealing make-up or camouflage make-up for the scars. Concealing make-up is the regular make-up seen and sold in beauty stores.  Waterproof concealing creams in your skin tone are some of your best bets. Camouflage make-up on the other hand is thicker than conventional make-up and provides better coverage, thus concealing your scar better.
  4. Whether you will be using concealing or camouflage make-up, make sure your skin is clean. Check the ingredients and test a small amount of the make-up on a small portion of your skin to see if you get any allergic reactions.
  5. Pick make-up in a color that matches your skin tone. The concealing cream or make-up should “disappear” or perfectly blend into and not stand out when applied to your skin. If you can’t find the perfect shade, try to blend two (one in a darker and the other in a lighter shade).
  6. Using your fingertips or a make-up sponge, make-up on the scar, blending outwards towards the scar’s outside edges. Make sure you fill in the recessions or uneven bumps caused by the scars as you go along. With a cosmetic brush, cosmetic puff or cotton ball, set your creation with pressed or loose powder.
  7. Not confident about you make-up skills? Ask sales personnel in your favorite beauty stores to assist you in applying the make-up and observe them carefully.  Before going, try to apply the make-up on yourself to see if you can duplicate their techniques. You can also go to your favorite beauty salon to ask for help.
  8. Stick to skin adhesives or concealing tape in your skin tone. Cut a piece or several pieces of concealing tape in the shape of the scar you wish to conceal. Again, make sure that the skin surface is clean before wearing the adhesive or concealing tape.

Learning how to camouflage a scar is relatively easy thing to learn.  It’s a small price to pay in exchange for the stigma of a scar, if you put a little effort into the task.


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