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While chickenpox is a nightmare, the scars it leaves behind are a whole other thing. Chickenpox can leave obvious scars on the face and body. These scars can last for a lifetime, and most people wonder if there’s a reliable way to get rid of them.
There are natural, medical, as well as cosmetic methods to remove Chickenpox scars. However, there’s an important factor to consider which is prevention.
Prevention is key
Chickenpox blisters are usually very itchy, and it’s difficult to resist the urge to scratch them. However, not scratching these pimples limits their spread, as they’re highly contagious. It might be very difficult for you to control your child, but trimming their nails and watching them closely might help. Keeping the skin moisturized and applying sunscreen during the virus incubation period is important. Make sure your child is vaccinated against chickenpox.
Natural methods to get rid of chickenpox scars
Many people prefer to use 100% natural products to make sure they’re chemical-free, especially if they’re going to apply it on a child’s skin. The following are some of the natural remedies people use to get rid of Chickenpox scars.
- Natural oils such as olive, coconut, argan, vitamin E, rosehip, and jojoba oils.
- Natural butter such as shea and cocoa butter.
- Natural ingredients such as aloe vera, oats/oatmeal, honey, and lemon.
- Exfoliation and masks using natural ingredients.
It’s a known fact that the consistent use of natural products might lead to the desired result after a period of time. However, there’s too little research to support natural remedies’ effect on healing chickenpox scars. Moreover, a study has shown that vitamin E usage has no effect on scars.
Medical methods to get rid of chickenpox scars
Many over-the-counter medications are available for scar removal. The following are examples for what you might find in your nearest pharmacy:
- Retinol based creams.
- Scar removal creams.
- Exfoliators and scrubs.
Advanced ways to get rid of Chickenpox scars
If the above treatments failed, there’s still plenty of options. Advanced or professional cosmetic treatments are more likely to give you the desired result in a shorter period of time.
- Laser treatment: It’s considered as the most effective way for scar removal. Although it might not totally remove the scar, it has been very effective in making the skin look even. It uses focused light therapy to either remove the outer layer of the skin surface or stimulate the production of new skin cells to cover damaged skin cells.
- Fillers: The doctor injects the scar with a safe cosmetic material to fill it in. However, this treatment is not a permanent solution, as it’d need to be redone after a period of time.
- Microneedling: The dermatologist rolls a derma-roller -a tool with very small needles- on the scared areas, to enhance the natural production of collagen in the skin.
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion: Both treatments aim at exfoliating the top layers of the skin to allow a new smoother layer to form.
- Chemical Peels: A method to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin to make room for a new skin layer to form. This procedure has different degrees such as light, medium, and deep. They vary in the effect and recovery period.
- Skin Grafting: A procedure that involves removing parts of the skin from body parts to transplant it to scared areas during cosmetic surgery. Although this surgical operation is mainly for major injuries and burns, people with very obvious and deep scars have the option to undergo it.
- Excision: Trimming or cutting off the excess skin to make it even. It’s notable to mention that this procedure’s stitching will leave permanent smaller scars, but with the new cosmetic techniques, it shouldn’t be that visible.
Further reading: 5 Super Easy Homemade Masks for Glowing Skin