How To Cover a Scar

Scars are unsightly reminders of past wounds. These can be caused by bumps and falls during one’s childhood. These might also be a result of surgery or operations. Whatever the origin, scars can be embarrassing, especially if they are keloidal. This embarrassment often results in self-confidence problems.

People with pronounced scars will often avoid being seen in public especially in situations where the scar will be visible. For instance, in a beach or swimming pool setting, wearing a swimsuit can be particularly revealing.

Modern plastic surgery has come up with breakthroughs in covering up scars. These are expensive treatments, though, and there is no 100% assurance that a scar will be completely healed without side effects. You can use several remedies to cover scars, though, with clothing and makeup.


The easiest way to cover a scar would be with clothing. You would usually be lucky if your scars are on a part of your body that is normally covered by clothing. Most children would have bruises and scrapes on arms, legs, knees and elbows. If you’ve had your share of falls during childhood, then you might find yourself avoiding short pants and short sleeved shirts and blouses.

Some injected vaccinations would also cause deep scarring. You may have been inoculated as an infant either on your thighs or your shoulders. Women who have given birth by Caesarian section would also have scars on their abdomens. Some have long, vertical scars, while some have horizontal “bikini cut” scars, which let you expose your midriff without exposing the scar.

If the scars prove to be unsightly, avoid wearing revealing clothing. When at the beach, wear a one-piece swimsuit if you have scars on your abdomen, or a sarong if you have scars on your thighs or legs.


You can consult with a cosmetician to determine what particular products can help conceal your scars. These would usually include liquid concealers and foundations that are the same color and tone as your skin. If you have a light scar on the face, you can use thin coats of face powder to prevent sheen and shine.

Skin care

Aside from covering your scar with makeup, you can also use creams and ointments with vitamin E. This will help soften the skin and promote healing. While vitamin E will not make your scar disappear, it will make the scar tissue softer, thus easier to apply makeup on. In the long run, vitamin E might eventually reduce the visibility of the scar.


Some people would prefer to take a more drastic approach to covering scars. You can approach a tattoo artist for a design that he can work around your scar. You can be creative with your design, and even incorporate the scar into the artwork. However, remember that a tattoo is more or less permanent, and it will also be painful while applying.

You can be as creative as you wish when covering your scars. Whatever method you use to cover your scars, don’t let these skin problems prevent you from living life to the fullest.


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