What’s it like to live with something to hide? Bio-Oil’s Scars Uncovered video of women talking openly and honestly with each other about the personal impact of their scars on their confidence gives a glimpse into the reality. Each woman brings a piece of clothing with them to symbolise an acceptance goal – when they make peace with their bodies, wearing those clothes are the sign that it’s happened for them.
We’ve all got something to hide – bits of our bodies we’re not happy with, but it’s a different thing, somehow, to be brought so low by the physical signs of an accident, an operation or even an attack. A scar is a daily reminder of something that happened to you – it may have injured you or it may have healed you but scars don’t come without their own story.
When it comes to confidence, it takes so little to unbalance our scales – we’re weighted in the negative I think and yet, as the Bio-Oil video shows, the way to balance into the positive is to talk and share. When others accept you, you accept yourself more readily.
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I have a scar over my right eye as a result of being whopped in the face by my sister with a glass ornament (when she was five, I must say!) and I have stretch marks across my breasts from feeding my children. I have two tiny operation scars on my stomach. They won’t go away – I didn’t start out with them, but I will certainly leave with them – and they mark important chapters in my life. But, these are not hard to bear scars. Bio-Oil’s research revealed that 59.9% of people with scarring are hiding them away with make-up or clothing. One in ten feels their scar is more visible than their true selves and the same number feel isolated because of scarring.
So, what’s the way forward? Bio-Oil’s video has been viewed a million times – that’s a million of us who understand how other women feel about their scars. Now we know, we can be part of their journey. It’s bigger picture stuff – being an empathetic ear, being a confidence booster, embracing all of our differences and making a conscious effort to see past a scar without ignoring its story. I think we’re good at that already but please watch the video through to see how a person wears their scar is so hugely affected by how we look at them.
All of us can be part of a scar journey – whether it’s wearing it, understanding it, accepting it or embracing it. The end of the story belongs to all of us.
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