How to Treat Scars and Spots Due to Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a contagious disease caused by the varicella virus, which causes an itchy rash all over your body. Most people get chicken pox at least once if they have not been vaccinated. Chicken pox is usually not serious, especially in children, but can be more severe in adults, particularly males. Sometimes people are left with scars after a chicken pox infection, which can be treated with creams or other remedies.

Treatment Options

Rub vitamin E oil and aloe vera onto the areas with scarring. Vitamin E and aloe vera are both very soothing and healthy for the skin and encourage quicker healing. Rubbing them on the scarred skin multiple times a day will help keep scars from darkening.

Cocoa butter is a treatment often used for skin blemishes. Apply cocoa butter multiple times a week to lighten the appearance of chicken pox scars and spots.

Over-the-counter scar removal creams can help lighten and soften chicken pox scars. Silicone-based gels and creams work very well at limiting the effects of scarring. Check the active ingredient of each cream you use or you may end up buying the same thing with a different name.

If creams do not work, consult a doctor about a dermabrasion procedure. Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure where your skin is effectively resurfaced with a small device. The upper layers of the skin are evened out. Dermabrasion can lead to hyperpigmented skin and acute pain after surgery, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is a viable option to treat permanent and severe scarring from chicken pox.

Tips

The best way to avoid scarring is to not scratch the rash when you do have chicken pox.

Warnings

Always consult a doctor before medicating children with any drugs.

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