Not all scars and stretch marks react to a self-tan in the same way. However, some general patterns may give you a clue as to what to expect.
If you have scars and stretch marks, you may be considering self-tanner as a way to disguise them. Alternatively, you may be a self-tan lover but worry that a tan will make your skin's flaws stand out even more.
Covering Scars with Self-Tanner
Scar tissue is different from normal skin tissue and can react very unpredictably to self-tanners. Some people may notice that the tan darkens scar tissue and helps it blend into the surrounding skin.
Others notice no difference. Some users claim the tan actually accentuates the scar tissue, as the surrounding skin darkens whilst the scar tissue doesn't.
Typically, small, superficial scars will darken along with your skin, whereas larger and deeper scars won't react as well. However, this is only a general rule, and everyone's scars are different.
The best way to see if your self-tanner is going to positively or negative affect your scarring is to do a small patch test on the area. We recommend using a self-tanning lotion such asClinique Body Tinted Lotion Medium - Deep on scars, because lotions give the most precision and control.
Exfoliate the area prior to performing your self-tan patch test to ensure a smooth surface. After a full 8 to 10 hours, assess how the scar tissue and surrounding skin looks in order to see if the self-tanner has helped.