How to Treat Chicken Pox Scars

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How to Treat Chicken Pox Scars
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Finding yourself sick with the chickenpox is never fun, whether you are an adult or a child. Chickenpox marks itch and, if not treated properly, can leave ugly scars as a reminder of your disease. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to treat the scars you get from your illness. These treatments will prevent the scars from worsening or keep them from forming to begin with.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sandalwood oil
  • Carrier oil (extra virgin olive oil, vitamin E oil, grapeseed oil)

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    Treating Chickenpox Scars with Sandalwood Oil

  1. 1

    Purchase a small bottle of sandalwood oil. You should be able to find this at a health food supply store or at a major chain such as Whole Foods.

  2. 2

    Mix a tablespoon or so of your carrier oil with two to three drops of sandalwood oil. Blend thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Apply sandalwood oil to the rash. Begin this process as soon as possible once the rash appears.

  4. 4

    Repeat the application process two to three times per day until the scabs on your chickenpox wounds fall off naturally.

Tips and warnings

  • Try not to scratch your chickenpox wounds. This will only contribute to scarring.
  • Honey is another alternative for healing your wounds, but is not recommended unless you have no other options or unless your itching is confined to a specific area of your body. Otherwise, while it does promote healing, honey may be a bit too sticky or messy to use frequently.
  • Several commercially manufactured chickenpox remedies are on the market as well. You may choose to purchase a cream or ointment with both healing and anti-itch properties.
  • Another option is the application of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is healthy for the skin and can be purchased as an oil or in capsule form. If you end up purchasing gel capsules you can simply puncture the capsule with a pin and squeeze out the vitamin E oil. Apply the oil several times per day until you are healed.
  • Another way to treat the itching (and subsequently stop the scarring process) is a lukewarm bath with margosa leaves.
  • See a doctor if you have open wounds or if any of your chickenpox rashes appear to be oozing or infected.

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