How to Minimize Chicken Pox Scars

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How to Minimize Chicken Pox Scars
Oatmeal can alleviate irritating chickenpox itching. (Haferflocken, kernig image by bbroianigo from

Varicella zoster, commonly called chickenpox, causes itchy, fluid-filled blisters all over the body. These blisters are nearly impossible to resist scratching. According to the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine, most chickenpox won't scar unless they have become infected due to scratching. Therefore, it is important to keep fingernails short to reduce infection and the resultant scarring during a chickenpox breakout. There are ways to reduce and fade the dark spots or prevent scars from occurring when infected.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 c uncooked oatmeal
  • Baking soda
  • Colloidal oatmeal lotion
  • Antihistamine medicine
  • Cocoa butter
  • Vitamin E

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    Add baking soda or 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal to a cool bath to alleviate itching. After bathing, apply a colloidal oatmeal lotion to soothe pox sores. Taking an antihistamine also will prevent itching from the inside out.

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    Apply cocoa butter or vitamin E to scars that have formed. This will keep the skin soft and allow for a uniform healing pattern. Keeping skin moisturised will also prevent hard, fibrous tissue from forming.

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    Visit a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician for non-surgical treatments if you are not seeing results with home methods. Your skin professional may recommend dermabrasion, laser treatment, retinol (vitamin A), chemical peels or vitamin C treatment to minimise your chickenpox scars.

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