Jole from Philippines
I have the same problem. Not only do I have scars, but I'm very pale, so they show up a lot.
I don't have a miracle cure, but whenever I have to wear a dress, I wear dressy boots that go to my knees and a skirt that stops at the boots. It might take some shopping to find the right boots, but it's worth it. You can dress up and not worry about anyone seeing your legs! (08/22/2007)
I have very big broken veins on my legs, I am 65 years old. My trick is to put concealer on the scar or spots, then my shade of make up, blot and put pressed powder on top. This keeps it on for most of the day. If you're wearing a dress this does work. I, too, cannot afford leg cover-up cream so this works for me. Hope this helps. Also, don't feel ashamed there are a lot of us with flaws. Bless you. (08/22/2007)
My legs are always covered with scars from insect bites and I can't afford leg make-up either. Maybe that's a good thing: they come in weird colors and they're hard to spread evenly. I use Revlon's Colorstay foundation. It's about $8.00 a bottle, comes in a wide range of colors, is easy to apply, and stays put pretty good. In fact, it can be a little hard to get off. I don't know what cosmetics they sell in the Philippines but there must be some brand of long-lasting foundation, why don't you give it a try? (08/22/2007)
Try these tips. It might not help you get rid of it completely but it can definitely make it less visible.
Try using Bio-Oil. You'll find it won't show much change for a couple of months, but the results are just wonderful! This oil doesn't completely make the scar(s) go away, it just lightens them so that you can barely notice it. You just have to be patient, though, and a 60ml bottle lasts a long time - especially for the price. (09/01/2007)
I've been trying "Glycolic acid" on my lower leg scars. The scars are from scraping my razor repeatedly over the years on that outer ligament just above the ankle bone. I also have one from where something shot out of the lawnmower and apparently embedded itself in my calf. These are deep burgundy red scars, although they aren't raised. I've had the razor one for almost a year now and the other for 3-4 months. The razor one is so bad my doctor asked me what kind of surgery I had had on my ankle.
I got this small bottle of Glycolic acid on eBay for around $5 or $8.00. Don't pay more. Commercial places and dermatologists will charge up to $50 for this. But you can get it readily on eBay much cheaper. I used it on my face and it was scary how strong it was. It is not recommended for use above the neck.
I've put it on my scars about 6 times in the past 2 weeks and tonight I really looked at them. I can tell you without a doubt, they are both definitely lighter in color and smaller. I will try it daily for a few days to really get the most intense sloughing action and will update in a week or so!
Here's an update on my use of 70% Glycolic Acid on my 2 leg scars for about 2 weeks. I used it every day or every other day; then I tapered off to about 2-3 times a week, as I'm not disciplined enough to remember to do it.
The 2.5 inch long one is now 2 inchs long; the other was a little smaller than a dime, now it's about the size of a pencil eraser. Both are lighter and smoother. Definite improvement! Still a long way to go before they'll be gone. If I had to guess, I'd say I have about a 30-50% improvement: reduction in both size and color. That's pretty good for 2-3 weeks, if you ask me. Too bad I'm too lazy to stick to a schedule and continue. Eventually I will and will try to post if there are any dramatic results or complete healing!
Do not put 70% on your face. It really burns and can actually cause scars on tender skin! (10/24/2007)
Beautiful lacy nylons look very nice, and can cover good. It's a thought. (01/27/2008)
To camouflage my (otherwise OK) legs when wearing a skirt or dress, I wear fishnet stockings (either thigh high or waist high). They are much cooler in humid weather, look prettier (I think), come in more colors, and they tend to be way less expensive than pantyhose. I can get them for about $2 at local store. They also don't run, and have less tendency to snag, rip, and tear, so they last longer, too.
The best thing to do, I think, is to somehow learn to love your body, scars and all. Camouflage the parts you aren't thrilled with and accentuate the parts you like. For instance, I like my shoulders and will wear tops that really show off my shoulders. Take care. (01/27/2008)
Well, how can I start. It all began when I was 12 and started shaving my legs. Scrape after scrape, the each brown ugly scar tells a story. Scars are very annoying. Some people tried putting lemon on their scars then applying cocoa butter or aloe vera (cocoa butter recommended) then applying baby oil to lock in moisture. This really works. I was told by a dermatologist read from a Q+A website. Cocoa butter really works. Also recommend for stretch marks! (03/31/2008)
Tattoos, that's the answer. Glycolic acid should be used to smooth out the raised scars and fill in stretch marks, etc. Then tattoo all scars and scar areas with something meaningful to you. You will not be able to see the scars under the design, particularly detailed designs. The worse people will think is, "Oh, they're one of those tattoo people".
Besides, what's sexier, dressing like an Eskimo in the summer, or baring all your sexy tattoos? I wasn't a tattoo person either, then I gained/lost 200 lbs. Not a pretty picture. I hid my tummy tuck/stretch marks under tattoos. You really have to look to tell they're there. Try it, you'll redefine what people think of you and how you view yourself. Body art is the wave of the future. Choose your prints wisely.
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I have a lot of scars but everyone has convinced me that Sally Hanson's Airbrushed Legs spray works well, so I am gonna try it! It's only $10 at drugstores and Walmart. Good luck. For the record I am African-American, medium complexion, but they have 5 shades (light to dark) to chose from and you spray, rub to blend, and go! (06/29/2008)
I posted on this site earlier, and I'm so relieved to know I'm not the only one with this problem. "Sigh" It's so restricting and depressing. I've started experimenting with chemical peels (glycolic acid 70%, and TCA in various strengths). I've had somewhat good results, but I did it once and left it on too long and I got burnt. I'm hoping to lighten this off with the chemical peels too, but be more careful in the future! (01/09/2009)
When I was younger I went to the Caribbean and came back with a lot of insect bites on my legs. I never wore shorts or dresses. It's very depressing. Then I found the creme, Bioclaire. It's a bleaching agent and it works. When I go out, I use a bronzer on my legs and it evens my skin tone. (01/21/2009)
I have had a skin disease off and on for many years, called Lichen planus. This disease leaves dark marks on my legs, arms, and torso. Luckily it has never effected my face. I have a light honey toned complexion and every mark is noticeable.
What I find affective is exfoliating. I am exfoliating every evening before and during my bath. Then I saturate my body while still wet, with a moisturizer. Over the months I have seen a noticeable difference. Like everything in life, it takes time. Also, I am a veggie, never smoked, don't drink or do drugs. Keeping a healthy life style and a positive attitude helps to speed up healing time. A B6 supplement is also good for the skin. But if you eat properly you should not need a supplement. Be patient. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. (02/16/2009)
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