I have a scar that runs down the entire length of my chest. At age 24, I went into sudden cardiac arrest, and nobody could figure out why. My heart stopped, I went into a coma, and my parents were told I had a 7% survival rate. Later it was decided that to keep me alive, I'd need open heart triple bypass surgery. When my doctor told me, the first thing I asked was, "Am I going to have a scar?"
Today I love my scar. Over the years, I've nurtured and conditioned it.
It makes me feel special, and I wear it like a badge of honor. But I'll never forget that my first instinct was to hate it and conceal it. A few years later, I caught up with a friend, Alejandra Thompson, who had recently had a C-section.
She told me she was struggling with her scar and that she didn't like how it looked or how it felt. She tried a few creams, but they were sticky and greasy, so she stopped using them. She didn't even want to touch her scar.
After our chat, I couldn't get the conversation out of my head. I knew exactly what she was feeling, but I wanted her to be proud of her scar, too. My idea was to get her a fancy luxury scar cream, to inspire her to take care of it, and maybe even learn to love it the way I did with my scar.
What I thought would be a quick online search turned into a months-long journey. When I couldn't find the kind of scar product I wanted to buy my friend, I dove into research. I spoke to doctors, beauty experts, chemists, and other women with scars. It became clear that the luxury skincare-style product to treat scars properly did not exist. If I wanted to give Alejandra the perfect skincare product to help her love her scar, I'd have to create it myself.
Together, Alejandra and I are making the skincare products for scars we've always searched for.