Chickenpox is an illness that a lot of people deal with at some point in their lives, usually when they are children. They result in a red rash all over your body that forms blisters which can leave scars behind. If you get chickenpox when you are very young, the chances of scars staying on your body are a lot lower, however, if you get chickenpox as an adult you would want to take extra precautions in order to prevent scarring. If, however, you do get scars from chicken pox blisters, there are several ways of getting rid of them.
Remember, if you want to prevent scarring, the most important thing to do is not to scratch the blisters, even though they do tend to itch a lot. Try to control yourself as much as you can, apply calamine lotion, and wear gloves and socks when you go to bed to prevent unconscious scratching. Now, let’s move on to some home remedies for chickenpox scars.
Oats are not only delicious and nutritious, but they also make a great remedy for chicken pox scars. We usually have a packet of oats in the kitchen, so why not try them in our skincare routine? They help your skin heal faster and hydrate it, thus reducing the scars.
To make an oat remedy, mix raw oats in warm water to form a paste. Let it cool down before you apply it to your skin. Apply the mixture to your scars and rub it in for about a minute. Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water. You can apply a moisturizer after that, and repeat the process several times a week.
Baking soda is used not only for baking, but it is also very effective for your overall health. It is great for teeth whitening, skin tightening, and, best of all, it can help soothe the inflammation and the itching of the skin. Baking soda also maintains the basicity and the acidity of the skin and helps in getting rid of scars.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply the mixture to your scars and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer. You can repeat the process three times a week for best results.
Vitamin E is famous for the numerous benefits for the skin, as it promotes the production of collagen. Natural sources of vitamin E are almonds, avocados, spinach, various vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, and fruits such as papaya. There are also vitamin E supplements you can purchase over-the-counter, but be careful with these and always consult with your doctor before taking any.
Remedy 1: You can purchase vitamin E capsules which contain vitamin E oil. Poke the end of the capsule with a needle or a pin and apply to the scar. Use this twice a day, in the morning and before bed, and massage the oil into the scar.
Remedy 2: For this, you will need one ripe avocado, two tablespoons of honey, and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Mash the avocado and add the honey and apple cider vinegar to form a paste. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes to cool down before applying it to your skin. Apply the paste and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Lemon juice is full of vitamin C and citric acid, famous as a natural astringent and great for taking care of skin discoloration. Lemon juice is readily available and is a common kitchen ingredient, but you should be careful not to use it around your eyes, and make sure not to put in on your fresh wounds.
To make this remedy, squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a bowl and add two teaspoons of honey. Mix well and apply the mixture to your scars and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well. Be careful not to apply the mixture to the areas surrounding the scar, especially if you have a darker skin tone.
Papaya is a great source of vitamin E, and it contains an enzyme Papain, which is greatly known for its benefits when it comes to the removal of dead skin cells. Papayas are great for exfoliating and removing the discolored and dry skin cells. It is low in sodium and high in water, and it is a perfect fruit for a homemade scrub to mend your chickenpox scars.
To make a scrub, take one cup of fresh papaya, five tablespoons of brown sugar, and five tablespoons of fresh milk. Mash the papaya and mix it with the milk and sugar to make a paste. You can use this scrub in the shower and do this regularly until you see the results.
Coconut water is great for your immune system as it contains lauric acid and cytokines that help regulate the pH levels in the skin. Coconut water is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and many other beneficial elements. It helps kill the bacteria, and it is an antiviral and anti-fungal agent, however, if you have low blood pressure you should consult with your doctor as coconut water can make your problem even worse.
For chickenpox scars, soak a cotton ball with coconut water and apply it to your scars several times a day. You can also drink coconut water daily. Also, you can have coconut water baths! Simply add two cups of coconut water into your bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes. You can take these relaxing baths three times a week for best results.
Following up the coconut water remedy, here is another one that comes from the same plant. Coconut oil is amazing for your hair and your skin, as it contains fatty acids that speed up the healing process and stimulate the production of collagen. Coconut oil helps in getting rid of scars, so you can use it to mend your chickenpox spots.
Simply massage the extra virgin coconut oil into your scars and let it dry. You can repeat this three or four times a day for the best results.
Cocoa butter smells amazing and is very good for your skin. It is extracted from cocoa seeds, and it penetrates the dermis deeply and helps your skin retain the moisture longer. It can help smooth out the scars.
To mend your chickenpox scars, massage the cocoa butter into your scars in a circular motion for a few minutes three times a day, until you see the results.
Lavender essential oil is amazing as it has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. It smells great and it can help heal the skin and fade out the scars. What is interesting about it is that it is most effective not when the scabs fall off, but when your skin is still in the scabbing phase. Lavender oil helps the skin regenerate faster.
Mix one or two drops of lavender oil with two tablespoons of coconut or almond oil. Apply to the scabs and let it sit for a while. You can repeat this two or three times a day until you are satisfied with the results.
Sandalwood is great for the healing of wounded skin as it helps soothe the irritation and get rid of scars. Here are three ways in which you can use it.
Remedy 1: Mix some sandalwood powder with rose water or raw honey to make a paste. Apply to your scars and let the mixture sit for a while. Rinse with lukewarm water. You can repeat this three times a day.
Remedy 2: Get some sandalwood oil and massage it into the scars for about three minutes and leave it on for a while. You can also mix sandalwood oil with grapeseed oil or almond oil and apply it on your rash. You can use this daily until the scabs heal, thus minimizing the chance of scarring.
Remedy 3: Mix one teaspoon of lime juice, rosewater, and three drops of sandalwood essential oil and apply it to your scars. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with cool water. Repeat this daily to reduce the appearance of scars.
Calendula is famous for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties and it is great for the healing of the wounds as it promotes the production of collagen. You can drink calendula tea daily to calm your whole body, but you can also make topical remedies to help get rid of chickenpox scars.
You will need two cups of dried calendula flowers, two and a half cups of beeswax, three cups of coconut oil, and 10 drops of some essential oil. Heat the calendula flowers and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Let this “cook” for three hours, and after that time remove from heat and strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. You will now have the oil which you will then heat in a saucepan over low flame. Add the beeswax and stir occasionally. Turn off the stove and add the essential oil. Let the mixture cool down and store it in an airtight container. You can apply this mixture to your scars twice a day.
Apart from home remedies, there is a myriad of dermatological solutions for chickenpox scars which are deeper and more challenging to remove with natural remedies.
Dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a dermatological method of removing the surface layer of the skin in order to promote the production of new skin cells. The process works like this: a doctor will scrub your skin with a wire brush to remove the outer layer of the skin, which causes bleeding. The skin will then generate new cells that will form a smoother layer, thus getting rid of the scars.
Punch Grafting. Punch grafting is a process of getting the skin from behind the ear which is then used to fill in the scars on your face or your body. This treatment evens out the surface of the skin which makes the scars disappear. The healing process from this treatment takes about two weeks, and the downside is that the treated scars will, in some cases, have a slightly different color compared to the surrounding area. In this case, you may need a chemical peel to even out the skin tone.
Non-Ablative Laser. Laser technology is quite common for this type of problem, as it causes no bleeding or wounds. The laser works by stimulating the production of collagen, which helps your skin reconstruct naturally. If you decide to undergo the laser treatment, you may need a few sessions to get the results you want.