For the majority of human beings, one inevitable part of childhood is the chickenpox. We all get it, we all suffer through it, and while most of us soon forget about it, some are left with a lasting reminder of scars. Some scars will eventually fade, but depending on your personal attributes, chickenpox scars can hang around for a long time. Here are several effective ways, both at home and in clinic, that can help to get rid of old chickenpox scars.
How to get rid of old chicken pox scars at home
Apply Vitamin E Oil to your skin. Vitamin E helps to nourish and heal the skin. Apply the oil twice daily until you see the scars fade.
Ingest products high in Vitamin K. Foods that are high in Vitamin K are good for you skin because vitamin K helps to heal and protect the skin. Add foods like green cabbage, spinach, green turnips, tomatoes, liver, broccoli, lean meats and dairy products to your diet for a natural fading of old chickenpox scars.
Brush fresh lemon over the scars. By passing a fresh cut lemon over your chickenpox scars you can help to remove dead skin and will give you a healthy glow. It also acts as a bleaching agent; it can help to lighten the scars. Stay out of direct sunlight for about 30 minutes after applying the lemon to your skin.
Drink lots of water. By drinking at least 2 to 2.5 litres (80oz.) of water every day, you can greatly diminish unwanted chickenpox scars. Water intake increases circulation and increases the natural production of collagen which helps to keep the skin firm and even. An even skin tone will diminish the look of unwanted chickenpox scars.
Consider clinical alternatives. The above suggestions can help to get rid of old chickenpox scars, but the older they are the tougher they are to remove. If you've tried all the at home remedies, it may be time to consider visiting a dermatologist or a medical spa for a skin consultation.
How to get rid of old chicken pox scars at a clinic
Undergo a consultation. Before choosing a treatment plan, undergo a consultation with a dermatologist or with a certified skin specialist at a medical spa or clinic. There are several treatments, both invasive and non-invasive, that can help to effectively get rid of old chickenpox scars. Depending on the severity of your situation, some may work better than others.
Get a Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasions are non-invasive facial treatments that work to revitalise and regenerate damaged skin. This procedure effectively removes the surface layer of the skin to allow the treatment area to appear fresher and healthier. This treatment can help with mild chickenpox scars, but severe scars will need a stronger solution.
Undergo a Photo Facial: Photo Facials or photo rejuvenation techniques utilise laser light to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin from the inside out. The photo facial procedure is able to break apart the pigment that gives the scar its colour, while at the same time it promotes collagen growth in the deeper tissue layers which helps to even out the outer layers of skin. This treatment works better for deeper, more severe chickenpox scars.
Consider excision. If you find that the non-invasive techniques for chickenpox scar removal just aren't working, depending on where the scars are located, you may want to try a more surgical route. Excision is an invasive treatment that will surgically remove the scar. While the incision will still leave you with a scar, it will be minimal when compared to your original scar. This route should only be necessary when individuals have deep-pitted chickenpox scars.
- It is best to consult with a dermatologist or skin specialist before trying any treatments to get rid of old chickenpox scars.
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