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Looking Good With Scars

Love Your Scars, Love Yourself

We live in a culture that doesn't value women's scars. There are a ton of creams, oils, and gels, in fact, that exist specifically to get rid of them. And while I understand the impulse to erase them and have certainly used scar-fading products myself, I also think that it's wrong to behave as though they're categorically a bad thing. Scars mark your continued survival and tout your ability to heal, to surmount obstacles. They're also universal—I don't know anyone who doesn't have at least one, whether it's from an accident, a wasp sting, chickenpox, or falling out of a tree. I have several myself, and I don't think they make me a less attractive person. In some cases, people look a whole lot sexier with their scars. Even celebrities like Padma Lakshmi, who are held to a much higher standard of "perfection" than the rest of us, have them and continue to look amazing. So don't be ashamed of your scars. Every one of them is, in its own way, a little personal victory, one you should feel free to celebrate.

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paaaaaaaaam paaaaaaaaam 7 years
I'm glad I read your article. This is basically my problem ever since. When I entered high school, I dunno what happened but I became conscious everything about my body. especially these scars I have. I always think that it's very shameful to let it out or expose it 'coz it doesn't look attractive at all. Thanks to your words of wisdom because it gives me encouragement not to be stuck by my scars and prevent me from wearing shorts, skirts and cocktail dresses. 'hope that you'll write some more article about overcoming depression from body scars so that people out there who, like me, is stuck in their depression over their scars liven up and help them be proud of their body.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 7 years
Oh yeah, I only have one index finger...on each hand. LOL! Didn't mean to trip you up with the plural!!!!!
msdyanelk msdyanelk 7 years
My knee scars, as well as some keloids on my back and the screw surgically placed in my left index fingers are all constant reminders to me of how good GOD is. Over two years ago, after a near fatal auto accident; I was reminded at that time by complete strangers that most people would not have survived such trauma. It's because of God that I am still here to wear the shortest dresses I can find when I go out with my girls! Forget those scars. He spared my life. Thank You God!
gardeniagirl07 gardeniagirl07 7 years
I sure wish I could get over my conspicuous scars, especially my keloid scars. I've always been somewhat embarrassed about my scars but it's probably just the way I was raised... to be self-conscious of such things. But I have found that using a really good moisturizing cream with sloughing ingredients helps to minimize some of my scars to a degree. And that's a small comfort at least until I learn to deal with my scars better because most of mine are from goofy accidents I've had... they're not from anything that anyone else would find interesting to hear about, in my opinion. Perhaps one day. :)
MadEddy MadEddy 7 years
I have a half-moon scar on my left elbow that's about five inches long. I tell people I was bitten by a very small shark.
candyfusion candyfusion 7 years
I dont think scars should be covered up because it is a part of you!
miratorres miratorres 7 years
ITA though. All my scars are from lame things. Wish I had the ability to lie and make up a kick butt story about them but when the randomness of "scar questioning" pops up - I can only blurt out the God's honest truth. Me getting yanked on fake sand at a water park, cooking salmon with oil instead of butter, and the da*m iron. Lame lame lame. Great article nonetheless.
typeA typeA 7 years
i have 2 keloids and several smaller scars. i consider my smaller ones battle wounds. they're from learning to ride a bike plus the burn my babysitter gave me with an iron when i was three. the keloids are from chicken pox and my piercing getting infected when i decided that i didn't want it anymore (3 years after getting it). the navel one is shrinking and isn't noticeable. my derma has to angle strangely to give it cortisone so it disappears. the chicken pox one is 13 yrs old and is the same size despite cortisone. it's on my shoulder and i hate it so.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I have a long scar above my right brow from surgery. I really hate it and never wear my hair back anymore.
lydia_or_not lydia_or_not 7 years
I have big one on my knee from a crazy bike crash and I was so insecure because of it when I was a kid, I hated wearing shorts during summer and always used to hide it on the photos. But as I got older I realized that it's story is quite unique stop hiding it. But it took a lot of time. Agostopr, I wish my mother would think the same way about her scar since she has the same one and hates it...
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
I have a large scar in my lower lip from busting it open when I was two. I also have very VERY full lips, so it was horrifying to be called names as a small child. Now, women are paying to have their lips filled to look just like mine, so I guess having to be extra careful all these years with the lipstick has taught me a few things. I'm not proud or or ashamed of my scar. It just is what it is.
agostopr agostopr 7 years
I love my scar, I had thyroid cancer, I see it as a beauty mark. ;)
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 7 years
I have a couple large, unpleasant looking scars from biking incidents, as well as a massive one that goes about 3/4 of the way down my left shin (faded now). My knees look like they've been in a battle. Then there are the various shaving nicks and new shoe scars. I don't mind them...I think they make me look kinda badass like someone else said haha.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
Yup, I have quite a few. They don't really bother me anymore bc I just rationalized that everyone has them so why obesess over them. Thanks for the article RobyTose!
xxmisswanxx xxmisswanxx 7 years
I've had a handful of knee surgeries growing up and have an 8 inch and 5 inch scar running down both my knees. I've always always kept them covered until I started a fashion blog and realized I didn't want to exclude an outfit because I didn't want to show my legs. So... I just let whatever insecurities go and started wearing things above the knee. It's truly liberating and whenever I think about being self-conscious I just remind myself that: 1. No one else really notices 2. Looking good is SO secondary to being able to walk w/o fear 3. Scars are kinda badass
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 7 years
I have several small scars from having birthmarks removed and one bigger one on my left calf that I used to be terribly self-conscious about. Now I don't care much anymore.
MzShanon MzShanon 7 years
I have scars from my spinal surgery just like DJebeth. I had three surgeries for scoliosis at 16 years old and the scar runs from my neck to my waist. I also have a scar on my waist and near my ribcage. I've always been insecure about them but Im learning to embrace them because they do make me unique.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 7 years
I would have to agree that it depends on the scar. I have a couple of small scars that I don't even think about, but, to be honest, I think it's a tiny bit insensitive to people who have to deal with disfiguring scars on a daily basis. I'm not sure anyone would be telling a person with bad burn scars to view them as a "personal victory". In most cases, I'm all for personal empowerment and good self-esteem - and I agree that it would be a better world if everyone *could* feel comfortable and empowered by their scars, but realistically, for some people they must be a daily burden to bear.
SBG SBG 7 years
I think it depends on where your scar is. A couple of months ago a cat scratched me and now I have a scar of about 1 inch in the apple of my cheek. I don't love it and I'm trying to get rid of it... I can't wear blush!!! However I have an ancient one that I love, it's moon shaped near my right eye.
MissSophia MissSophia 7 years
Ive always thought that scars meant that the person has an interesting story to tell - the bigger and uglier, the better the story I think. Besides, if someone is totally scar free, I kinda think that theyre a little boring - they havent done something exciting in their life to get a scar
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Most of my scars are on my face and its hard to love them. I still wish they would just disappear
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I have a big one on my left knee. I scraped it up twice within a month while chasing rabbits. I don't like it but I'm accepting it.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
This culture doesn't really celebrate "imperfections" in general. Not even just scars.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I have seven little pock scars on my right hand. They're from little bumps I had as a baby, the doctor gave my mom cream to put on them, and they went away, but left the little scars. I used to hate them because people thought that I had skewered myself with a fork, but I've grown to like them. They're mine, they're different :)
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