Today’s kids will more than likely go their entire lives without having to worry about the scars left behind by chicken pox. However, for those who grew up before the vaccination or for those who have opted not to vaccinate their children, chicken pox scars are relatively common.
While they are not harmful and can in fact be easily concealed, they can still be problematic, especially if they appear on areas such as the face, shoulders, arms, or legs. Another issue with chicken pox scars is that since they have been there since childhood, they can be much more difficult to remove, as the best time period for getting rid of or fading any scar is during or immediately following the healing process.
Another of the more challenging aspects of treating chicken pox scars is the fact that though they often do not leave any discoloration behind, they can – and usually do – leave behind some form of pitting. This is the same type of pitting that you may notice with scars related to acne. Chicken pox scars and acne scars are in fact very similar, the major difference being that acne scars are more easily avoidable and more easily treated as they occur when you are an adult and you know how to properly care for blemishes even as they are healing to minimize scarring. Additionally, micro-needling may be beneficial to chicken pox scars on your face.
Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of pitting through home remedies or treatments. Dermal fillers can be administered in order to reduce the appearance of this type of pitting, but be advised that it is only temporary and will not offer you a permanent solution to this problem. Microdermabrasion can be successful in minimizing the appearance of pitting in many cases, though it likely will not be able to get rid of these types of chicken pox scars completely.
Chicken pox scars will generally have no discoloration, though in some cases they can be much lighter than your natural skin tone. If you do find yourself with darker colored scars from chicken pox, they can be faded through the use of a stable form of Vitamin C . Just remember to apply it with care in sensitive areas such as the face. A scar treamtment that contains licorice root extract, such as InviCible Scars, is another product to fade scars that could work wonders.
Just be realistic when you are looking to get rid of chicken pox scars. If you have had them for many years, your chances of getting rid of them completely are reduced significantly. If you get chicken pox as an adult or your child gets chicken pox and you are looking to reduce their chances at scarring, remember to use proper care with these spots to ensure that these spots heal quickly and do not leave a mark. Keep your skin moisturized, do not scratch or pick at these spots, and take care to help them heal properly.
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