Scars are a weird one aren't they? No matter how you got it, it tells some kind of story, even if it's just a simple one. Some scars bother me and some scars don't, and I think that's the way it's always going to be.
The scar on my forehead that came about when I was three and ran in the house (against my dad's warning words ofc) straight into a radiator, I barely think about. But whilst my self-harm scars don't bother me *that* much now, a few years ago when they were much more vivid both emotionally and physically, they really upset me. I wanted them to fade as quickly as possible so that neither myself nor other people could see them.
The one real bonus of this self-consciousness was that I tried out a hella tonne of things to help minimise scarring when it was still fairly recent, and to help them fade quicker. Obviously I'm not a medical professional, and these are all things that helped me, and won't necessarily work for everyone, but nonetheless, they are all things that I really have found to work.
The most obvious one is bio-oil, let's face it. This is the best of the best in my opinion, and they *usually* have it for a really good price in Primark. It's something that you can really work into the skin. I've found that this is great for keeping scars moisturised, and helping them fade from pink to clear. It's also something that helps to do the same with stretch marks, making it a win-win. My sister used this on operation scars too, and rubbing it in really helped to desensitise areas of scarring that were painfully oversensitive.
Next up, is sudocrem, aka the cure for every skin problem. Whilst bio-oil is wonderful in the long-term, sudocrem is fab in the short-term. It's super thick, nourishing and helps to clean & repair surface wounds. This is more of a preventative measure than a curative measure for scars, and can really help to avoid awful dry scab itching. Gross, but it happens.
And the final part of my scar care trilogy is for both the long and short term. It's my trusty peach body butter from The Body Shop (similar here). The scent doesn't make a difference - I just love this one - but the formula of this is fab. It's super thick again, and just completely keeps scarred skin hydrated without irritating it. I find it a really good moisturiser to work into the skin with a little bit of massaging (especially in Winter when it's cold and the body butter is harder than normal), which helps the elasticity of your skin.
These three products are 100% what I reach for, and what I would recommend. Scarred skin can be a lot more sensitive than the rest of your skin, and it's so important to take good care of it. Obviously, this post isn't saying that you need to use products to make your scars less visible because they're something to be ashamed of. I don't cover up my scars for anyone else's benefit, and I don't believe anyone else has to if they don't want to. But, I do like to take care of my skin, and looking after my scars is a big part of that.