How To Cover Self-Harm Scars

How To Cover Self-Harm Scars

Self-harm is a way for people who feel trapped and alone to cope with their pain at the moment. It can be an effective if temporary, way to manage your pain if you do it in a healthy way and don’t let it get out of hand. Many people who self-harm will not want to cover their scars or tattoos as a result. However, for those who do want to hide them or reduce their visibility, here are some easy ways to achieve that goal. Self-harming isn’t something you should feel ashamed of if you do it responsibly and in a safe way. Here are some tips on how to cover up your self-harm scars if this is something you want to do:

How To Cover Self-Harm Scars? 

Prodding & Scraping

You might not even be aware that you are self-harming and may not even realize you are doing it. If you notice your fingernails are getting shorter and there are parts of your skin that are red and covered in tiny scabs, you might be picking. You could also be prodding your skin with your fingernails. If you think this might be happening to you, it’s important you seek help from a doctor or therapist. They can help you understand why you are doing this and get you the help you need. If you are already self-harming, it’s important to put a stop to it. But what do you do if you have scars to cover?


Tattoos are a great way to cover self-harm scars. They can be large or small, covering up what you’re ashamed of or just one small area on your body. When deciding where to put your tattoo, try to avoid the areas of your body where you have scars. This will help avoid the tattoo looking patchy when you’re finished healing. This will also mean you can wear clothing that isn’t as revealing so people can’t see the scars you’re trying to cover up. Tattoo artists are trained to work with scarred skin, so you shouldn’t let your scars put you off getting a tattoo. If you’re working with a tattoo artist who knows how to cover up scars, they can help you decide where to put your tattoo so it’s the least noticeable.

Scar Camouflage

Scar camouflage is when a cosmetic therapist uses makeup to cover up your scars. Your scars might be healing nicely, but they’re still red and icky – so no one wants to see them. Scar camouflage is a gray to start getting your scars out in public and covering them up so they’re less visible. This will help you feel more confident in yourself and get you out of the house more. Scar camouflage isn’t just for when your scars are fresh. You can also use it when your scars are healed but they’re still a little red. Using this type of concealer will help blend the red out of your scars so they’re less noticeable. This is a great option for people who don’t want to cover up their scars with a tattoo or get another form of treatment.

Dermacolour: Tattoo Foundation for Scars

Dermacolour is a colored tattoo paint that you can use to cover up your scars. It’s a great option for people who want to cover their scars but don’t want a full-on tattoo. Dermacolour works by being applied to your scar and “painting” it so it matches the rest of your skin. You can also use it to even out skin tone if your scar has left a permanent mark on your skin. Most people who use derma color on their scars are looking to cover up a scar that is pink, red, or purple. This is because red and purple scars will heal completely, leaving no trace of the scar once all the redness has faded. People who have pink scars may also want to use derma color to cover them up. However, scar camouflage should work just as well for pink scars. Dermacolour takes about five hours to complete, so you will need to set aside some time to have it done.

Covermark: Tattoo Camouflage for Scars

Covermark is a colored tattoo paint that can be used to cover up scars. It’s very similar to derma color and works in a similar way. Although it looks like a colored pencil, it is a tattoo paint that is applied to your scar and blends in with the rest of your skin. You’ll need to visit a qualified tattoo artist to have this done, but this will be worth it when you can show off your scars proudly. People with lots of scars on their bodies might find it easier to cover them all up with one big tattoo. People with one or two scars that aren’t too big might prefer to cover them up with colored tattoo paint. The choice is yours.

Why Do People Do Self Harm? 


Depression is the most common reason people start self-harming. It’s a mental illness where your mood is low, you have no energy, and you lack the desire to do anything. Self-harmers who suffer from depression may also feel guilty, ashamed, or upset with themselves for feeling this way. This feeling of worthlessness can drive people to self-harm as a way of punishing themselves. They feel like they don’t deserve to be happy or have a good life. People who suffer from depression often have distorted thoughts. They might believe they’re worthless, unlovable, or incapable of achieving their goals. Self-harm is one way of coping with these negative thoughts and feelings. It gives depressed people a sense of control over their lives and feelings of guilt, shame, self-blame, or worthlessness.

Sevents or situations

Sometimes people self-harm as a way of dealing with stressful events in their lives, such as a relationship breakup or losing a job. People may self-harm as a way of coping with the enormous feelings of frustration, anger, disappointment, and failure that come with stressful life situations. When you’re stressed, you’re flooded with a rush of powerful emotions that may feel more than you can handle. Self-harm may help you manage these emotions and feel less overwhelmed.

Traumatic events

Self-harmers may have experienced a traumatic event or have been in an abusive relationship in the past. Self-harm can be used as a way of coping with these traumatic experiences — and the feelings of shame, guilt, shame, and self-blame that come with them. Self-harmers who have been sexually or physically abused may be trying to deal with the enormous feelings of shame and guilt that come with being in a traumatic relationship. People who have survived sexual abuse or assault may also be feeling shame that they didn’t fight back or escape the situation sooner. Self-harm can be used as a way of dealing with these intense feelings and the shame that comes with the past trauma.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) often self-harm or have engaged in self-harm in the past. BPD is a mental illness that affects millions of people around the world. It makes people feel incredibly insecure and unstable, and they have an intense fear of abandonment. BPD is also linked to intense negative emotions, such as depression and anxiety. BPD sufferers often use self-harm as a way of dealing with these intense emotions and the feelings of worthlessness that comes with them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a proven treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. It can help people who self-harm to manage their intense emotions and deal with their self-harm urges.

Tips on Hiding Self-Harm Scars

You might have scars that you want to cover up because you don’t want to be reminded of your past self-harm or because you don’t want other people to see them. If so, here are a few tips to help you cover them up. 

  1. The first thing you should do is to talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out the best way to cover up your scars depending on the type of scars you have. 
  2. Another important thing to do is to make sure you’re taking care of your scars properly. Self-harm can impact your body and health in a variety of ways. It can cause psychological distress and make it harder to get along with other people. 
  3. It can also make your skin more susceptible to infection and cause you to heal slower. Luckily, there are many ways you can take care of your scars and prevent them from getting infected.


Self-harm is a way for people who feel trapped and alone to cope with their pain at the moment. It can be an effective if temporary, way to manage your pain if you do it in a healthy way and don’t let it get out of hand. If this article has resonated with you and you have scars from self-harm, there are many ways to cover them up. Whether you have scars from cuts or burns, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many people who have been where you are, who have felt what you feel, and who have healed and grown beyond their self-harm.