Get Rid of Chickenpox Scars

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Chickenpox is a highly contagious virus many people experience at some point in their lives. Apart from it being very itchy and irritating, it can leave scars, making our skin look unpleasant. Depending on the severity of the case, and how much you scratch the lesions, the scars left behind may vary from being neutral in color to dark and deep. The Scars won't disappear without effort, and getting your smooth and flawless skin back may take months or even years if you just let it lighten by itself. However, with effort and patience, it is possible to reduce the appearance of scars over time or get rid of them completely. The following steps explain different types of scars and what you can do to get rid of them.

Types of Chickenpox Scars

To determine how to get rid of chickenpox scars, it is important to understand the type of scar you are treating and the severity of the scarring.

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    Atrophic Scars
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    This is the same type of scarring people get from severe acne problems. It causes our skin to become pitted such as the skin of an orange. Due to inflammation by things such as chickenpox, skin tissue and collagen become damaged, causing our skin's outer layer to be broken. This is why atrophic scars have a crater-like appearance. The longer the chickenpox virus remains in our body, the bigger the possibility of it leaving these kinds of scars. Our skin has natural ways to recuperate but there are cases in which collagen production slows down, making atrophic scars maintain their appearance. This can have a damaging effect on one's confidence and can be a cause of distress.
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    Light Round Marks
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    For some people, chickenpox may only leave light red or dark acne-like marks on their skin. There are cases where the chickenpox only remains on a person's body for a few days, so the chickenpox marks begin to decline right away. These scars are easier to get rid of and may even go away naturally, especially if the patient is a child. When our skin stretches, our light marks or scars stretch too, making them less visible. Light scars may be easier to deal with, but there are still steps you can take to make them fade instead of waiting for them to do so naturally.
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Chickenpox Scars

One treatment for removing chickenpox scars can be found in your kitchen or you can it pick up at a natural health store, or wherever vitamins are sold.

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    Vitamin E.
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    Vitamin E can do wonders on repairing damaged skin
    It is a good source of antioxidants and protects our skin from free radicals caused by dirt, bacteria and other natural byproducts from our environment that cause cell and collagen damage. Natural sources of vitamin E include almonds, spinach, avocado, vegetable oils, papaya and sunflower seeds. You can take also vitamin E supplements for overall health. Vitamin E oil can be purchased or you can poke the end of a capsule with a pin, to get to the oil inside. Wash the area around the scar and pat dry before applying the oil. Each morning and every night before bed, massage the oil directly into the affected area. Here's another recipe you can try.
    1. What You Need  
      1. 1 Ripe Avocado
      2. 2 tbsp. of Honey
      3. 2 tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar
    2. Procedure  
      1. Blend all the ingredients in a bowl.
      2. As an option, you can put the mixture in the fridge for 15-20 minutes so it will have a cooling effect on your skin.
      3. Apply the mixture on the affected areas of your skin and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing. This is best done before taking a shower.
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    Lemon Juice.
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    Lemon juice is a natural skin brightener
    It is rich in Vitamin C and citric acid that are natural doctors for skin discolorations and scarring. It is also a good exfoliate (removes dead skin cells), which helps our skin to naturally form collagen and a fresh outer skin layer. Leave it on the affected area for 10 minutes and rinse. While lemon juice can be applied directly on the affected areas of your skin, you should avoid getting any near your eyes. Use lemon juice only if the wounds from your chickenpox have already dried out so it wouldn't hurt you. It is also not advisable to be used on children because they may have sensitive skin and lemon juice may cause irritation. If lemon juice is too strong for your skin, you can try this recipe instead.  
    1. What you need  
      1. Lemon Juice (squeezed from ½ lemon fruit)
      2. 2 tsp of Honey
    2. Procedure  
      1. Combine the ingredients and mix them well.
      2. Apply the mixture on the affected areas and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Avoid getting it on surrounding skin especially if you have a dark complexion. You do not want to bleach the surrounding skin, only the dark spots.
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    Honey is known for its natural antioxidants which support the skin's ability to heal itself and produce more collagen
    It also has antiseptic properties that are very helpful for healing your chickenpox scars, provided they haven't fully dried out yet. It is highly recommended to use raw honey instead of the processed kind because it is organic and still contains all the vitamins and minerals it naturally possesses. It also has anti-irritants that will not aggravate your little one's delicate skin. Honey will work best for kids and for people who have very sensitive skin. Honey can be included in your daily skin routine even after your scars heal since it is completely safe and gentle on skin. Here is an easy recipe you can try.  
    1. What you need  
      1. 1 tbsp. of Raw Honey
      2. 1 tbsp. of Dried Oats
      3. 1 tbsp. of Water
    2. Procedure  
      1. Combine the oats and water and mash it together until the oats become soft and thick. Add the raw honey and mash it again until they are completely mixed.
      2. Apply this on the affected area of the skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. This is a very gentle mixture so it will not irritate your skin.
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    The popularity of skin lightening products made out of papaya is undeniable
    Papayas contain the enzyme called Papain, which is known for its ability to remove dead skin cells. It can also be used to exfoliate skin, as it will remove dry and discolored skin cells. Because of its low-sodium quality and high amount of water it helps retain the moisture in your skin to keep it hydrated. This is very important for those that are still healing the chickenpox wounds, so the skin won't look dull after it heals. Mashing papaya and applying it directly on your skin is the fastest way to achieve results, however, if you want to enjoy it more while getting rid of your chickenpox scars, you can make a homemade papaya scrub by following these instructions.
    1. What You Need  
      1. 1 cup of Fresh Papaya
      2. 5 tbsp. of Brown Sugar
      3. 5 tbsp. of Fresh Milk
    2. Procedure  
      1. Combine the brown sugar and fresh milk and mix them until the sugar has dissolved. Set it aside.
      2. Mash the papaya and pour it into the milk mixture. Keep stirring until they are completely combined.
      3. Use this as a scrub after washing your body with a mild soap. Do this regularly until your scars fade to your satisfaction.
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    Aloe Vera.
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    Aloe Vera may be one of the most wonderful plants on this planet
    It has anti microbial properties which help the skin heal from wounds, allergies, diseases, burns and viruses like chickenpox. It has antioxidants that fight free-radicals in our body and help the skin recover from inflammations and wounds. It can also reduce the pain and inflammation of chickenpox scars. It has many benefits, not only for the skin, but also for our overall health and can be used to treats skin infections. Aloe Vera can also remove stubborn dark spots and blemishes left by chickenpox, wounds and even acne. Rejuvenate your skin using this Aloe Vera scrub.  
    1. What you need  
      1. Lemon Juice (squeezed from ½ lemon fruit)
      2. 2 Aloe Vera Leaves
      3. 1 tbsp of Brown Sugar
    2. Procedure  
      1. Cut the saw-like edges off the Aloe Vera leaves to prevent your hands from getting punctured.
      2. Using a knife, tear the top layer of the Aloe Vera leaves. The gel will now show.
      3. Scrape the Aloe Vera gel into a blender.
      4. Blend the Aloe Vera together with the lemon juice and brown sugar. Use this as a body scrub to treat the affected areas.
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Dermatological Solutions for Scars

While lighter scars may be easier to get rid of, deeper scars, like atrophic scars, are more challenging. These types of scars have a crater-like form due to the skin losing its tissue. You can try a home remedy for this type of scar, but should it fail, be aware that science and modern dermatology offer a solution to get rid of this discouraging skin problem.

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    Dermabrasion is the method of removing the outermost layer of the skin so it will generate new skin cells
    The skin is scrubbed with a wire brush to remove the outer layer, causing it to bleed. The skin then generates new cells that form a smoother upper layer, smoothing any facial scarring. If the process has to be done on a larger part of the skin, it may require anesthesia to numb the skin during the procedure.
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    Punch Grafting.
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    This is a process in which skin is taken out from behind the ear to fill in the holes/crater like scars on the body
    This evens out the skin's surface making it appear smoother. It usually heals in 1-2 weeks. The downside of this procedure is the scars that were treated may have a bit of a difference in color compared to the other areas of the skin. This is why a chemical peel may be required to even out the skin color a month after the procedure.
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    Non Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation.
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    Laser technology is used for this procedure so no wound or bleeding will occur during the process
    The laser stimulates the production of collagen on the skin for it to naturally reconstruct its outer layers resulting to fresh and smoother skin surface. You may be required to undergo several sessions in order to get the most satisfactory results out of this process.
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  • Tips

    • To avoid chickenpox scars, do not scratch them, don't even touch them when the pocks/bumps are still visible on your skin. Prevention is always better than treatments later on.
    • If you are still unsure if the acne treatment is right for you, it is best to consult your dermatologist.

    Questions and Answers

    How to cure chickenpox crater-like marks?

    You can do any of these things, depending on your preference: 1. Apply olive oil to the affected area. The olive oil helps skin rejuvenate because of its antioxidant properties. It also encourages the formation of new cells. 2. Eat a lot of fruits rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in the synthesis of collagen, which helps in skin repair. The crater-like marks will soon develop new skin that will blend in with the rest of your skin. 3. Consider procedures like diamond peel. It will help even out your skin and help to reduce the crater-like marks.

    How to get rid of stubborn chickenpox marks or any other dark spots?

    There are numerous ways to properly lighten and remove chickenpox marks and dark spots on the skin. Below are some notable home treatments: 1. Tomato and Lemon Juice.

    These fruits naturally bleach the skin - they whiten skin due to dark pigmentation and scars. To use, dip a cotton swab or cotton applicator and apply the juice directly on the dark spot of the skin, only on the dark spot.

    2. Aloe Vera.

    Aloe Vera is widely used because of its effective skin healing properties, its bleaching properties and the fact it improves skin regeneration. To use, slice the Aloe Vera leaf and scrape out the gel. Apply directly on any dark spots on the skin.

    3. Honey.

    Honey is also commonly used to lighten dark spots on the skin. To use, just apply a small amount of honey to the affected part of the skin.

    4. Skin moisturizer lotion rich in Vitamin E.

    The moisturizing effect lotions rich in Vitamin E have on the skin are beneficial by their act of regeneration and shedding off the dark spots of the skin left by chickenpox.

    The home remedies above will help you remove the dark spots on your skin caused by chickenpox, and will also work on skin blemishes.===What are the odds chickenpox marks will scar and not go away?===

    If you are prone to keloidal scarring, there is a high likelihood that there will be scars. It's best to apply anti-scar creams like Contractubex, the moment the chickenpox marks start to dry up. That will help prevent the formation of keloid scars.

    Also, if you apply collagen-rich creams, that will help your skin to regenerate and heal naturally.

    In other words, the probability of having scars after chickenpox depends greatly on how well you take care of the situation after having it.

    After chickenpox will a new layer of skin regenerate?

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    Skin regeneration may vary from person to person, and on the depth of the chickenpox scars. Naturally, skin regeneration usually takes place after an injury to the skin like cuts, bruises, or open wounds, allowing the formation of the new skin layer. In the case of chickenpox, some people who are recovering from chickenpox have small, rounded and pigmented chickenpox scars and the time it takes for the skin to regenerate a new skin layer is a few weeks up to several months. The spots that have pits will require more time to rebuild enough layers of skin for full regeneration. Many people use home remedies to speed up this process.

    To further explain, when the upper part of the skin (dermis) has been injured or cut, the process of healing is faster compared to the innermost part of the skin (hypodermis) because of the abundant presence of blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels carry blood components to facilitate wound healing such as fibrinogen and collagen that helps in the formation of blood clots allowing the skin to regenerate, unlike the deepest part of the skin hypodermis.

    To properly manage chickenpox scars, I suggest applying skin lotion that is rich in Vitamin E and Aloe Vera and gently massage it into the affected part.

    Rationale: The Vitamin E and Aloe Vera help with skin regeneration and the massaging pressure promote blood circulation in the affected areas, increasing the efficiency of the skin regeneration.

    Therefore, the answer to your query is yes, skin regeneration will take place after chickenpox by forming a new layer of the skin, but the length of time for proper skin regeneration depends on the depth of the chickenpox scar.

    Does fresh papaya get rid of acne pitting?

    Yes, fresh papaya can get rid of acne pitting. You can use fresh papaya to make a scrub or use it as a mask. The fresh papaya can exfoliate the skin while maintaining its moisture. It can also lighten the skin with continued use.

    The fresh papaya mixed with brown sugar and milk will give you a facial scrub.

    Mashed papaya mixed with honey can be a facial mask and can be left on the skin for 20 minutes.

    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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