Last updated on
08/08/2021, 11:47 am

While chickenpox is not life threatening, it can leave dark scars

Although effective vaccines exist and the number of infections has decreased significantly, chickenpox is not yet completely eradicated.

For most people, chickenpox goes away with no long-term problems. However, picking up or scratching the blisters can leave scars.

If you have chickenpox scars from a long time ago that won’t go away, try these remedies to visibly reduce the spots.

Retinol strengthens collagen and reduces scars

Retinol strengthens collagen and reduces scars

Retinol is a powerful derivative of vitamin A and studies suggest that it helps in increasing collagen production.

This helps keep the skin hydrated and elastic, and so also reduces blemishes and scars over time.

For best results, apply a retinol cream every day before bed to stimulate collagen in an area that is severely lacking.

Exfoliants help reduce skin pigmentation

Exfoliants help reduce skin pigmentation

Exfoliating skin removes dead skin and makes room for younger and better looking skin.

Exfoliating the chickenpox scar twice can help remove the pigmented skin.

Depending on your skin type, you can use either mechanical peels such as facial peels or chemical peels such as salicylic or glycolic acid.

Gently scrub the scar with circular moments to remove the dead skin cells.

Few pantry ingredients can work if the scars aren’t too deep

Vitamin E is an ancient remedy that helps reduce scars and pimple spots.

Similarly, aloe vera gel and cocoa butter are two other remedies that are known to reduce the appearance of scars.

Argan oil, jojoba oil, lemon juice, and olive oil are also considered effective for lightening chickenpox spots. However, there aren’t many studies that confirm the same thing.

Tips to prevent the scars from darkening further

Tips to prevent the scars from darkening further

Wearing sunscreen at all times will keep a scar from darkening. Opt for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply it if you are going to be out for a long time.

Regularly moisturizing the scar is another way to ensure that sensitive skin is well hydrated.

It’s also best not to touch the scar, as this can further aggravate the marking.