What are the treatments for chickenpox scars?

Written by kelly sundstrom
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Chickenpox is a common ailment that typically effects children, and if the proper precautions are not taken to prevent itching of the skin, scarring can develop. Chickenpox scars can cause skin discolourations that can last days, weeks or even years if not treated. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can treat the skin discolourations from chickenpox that will effectively reduce and eliminate the scars.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil is a very emollient oil that can nourish the skin, as well as loosening dead skin cells. Once these skin cells become detached from the skin, they can be sloughed off, allowing new skin cells to come through to create a balanced skin tone. To use, simply massage the vitamin E oil onto the areas of discolouration and scarring for at least two minutes. You can use vitamin E oil for scarring on the skin up to three times per day.


Oatmeal is incredibly moisturising and helps reduce redness on the skin while gently exfoliating skin discolouration. Oatmeal can be used on chickenpox scars by massaging raw oats onto wet skin for two minutes to lift off dead skin cells, or by creating a mask to apply to the skin. To make the mask, soak 1 cup of raw oats in 2 cups of hot water. Wait for the oats to cool, and apply it to the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse well with water.

Baking Soda Scrub

Baking soda is an alkaline substance that is a powerful and effective skin scrub that buffs off skin discolouration and scarring quickly. You can make a baking soda scrub by mixing 2 tbsp of baking soda with a drizzle of water so that a soft paste is created. Gently massage this paste onto the areas of scarring for one to two minutes, then rinsing it thoroughly with water.

Citrus Compress

Concentrated citrus juices are highly acidic, making is a great skin toner as well as helping to improve new skin cell turnover. When the skin cells can turnover rapidly, new skin can come through allowing for the skin to become balanced. To lighten chickenpox scars, soak a washcloth in a concentrated citrus juice, such as lemon juice, then apply this compress to the areas of scarring. Let the compress stay on the skin for at least five minutes.

Calamine Lotion Spot Treatment

Calamine lotion has been the old standby treatment for combating the itchiness of chickenpox for years, but it can also help reduce redness and discolourations on the skin long after the chickenpox blemishes have disappeared. To spot treat chickenpox scarring, soak a cotton swab in Calamine lotion, and dab it into the chickenpox scars. Let the lotion dry completely and leave it on for at least one hour.

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