Better skin throughout cancer

Caring for skin and feeling better during cancer treatments

Scarring marks

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If you have cancer, you may need to receive surgery or a Port-a-Cath® (PAC), and have to deal with the issue of scarring. Scars may appear red and very noticeable in the months immediately following the operation, but most of them will fade over time.


How to naturally and topically conceal a scar

  • 1If the scar appears flat, thin, and slightly red, topical application of corrective make-up may be sufficient, such as Tolériane Concealer Pen-Brush. If the scar is thicker, hyper- or hypo-pigmented, larger, or located on the body, you may use a corrective product such as Tolériane Compact Corrective Foundation. For more effective correction, apply the corrective product with a flat foundation brush in order to reach all the crevices.
  • 2It is best to select a shade in-between that of the scarred skin and healthy skin.
  • 3Corrective product is best applied by working perpendicular to the skin to avoid drawing around the scar, which would accentuate the embossed appearance of the skin.
  • 4Set the corrective make-up with a matte mineral powder such as Tolériane Teint Mineral Foundation. Gently pat with a tissue to absorb any excess foundation.
  • 5Mist a small amount of thermal source water over the corrective make-up, and allow to air-dry. This will give it a more natural look that lasts longer.

Note that hypertrophic or keloid scars are harder to conceal due to their volume.

Carine's Tip

Aim to improve your appearance rather than for perfection. Thick make-up will only draw attention to the scar.
Scars reach maturity around the 18th month, so remember to regularly check the shade of your corrective products to keep a natural appearance. The appearance of the scar will change continually for a year and a half before it stabilizes.

Photo-protection

Photo-protection is essential to the scarring process. Your scar needs to be protected for at least 2 years with SPF 50+ products to avoid hyperpigmentation.
Ideally, your scar should flatten out, whitening until maturity and then progressively regaining its pigmentation over time.
People with brown or black skin should be even more careful to use photo-protection as their scarred skin will become very dark and spotted.