Chicken pox attacks both the children and adults. Known for being a highly contagious disease, chicken pox causes constant itching and innumerable bumps throughout the body. These bumps carry infectious bacteria and sometimes results in scars.
During the post-recovery period, many children and adults suffer from the scar marks formed throughout the face, limbs, and torso etc. If such scars are not removed, people may lose confidence in wearing revealing dresses or might feel embarrassed to face people.
To avoid such uncomfortable situation, it is strongly recommended to take proper measures to get rid of the dark spots during the post chicken pox days.
What is Chickenpox?
It is a condition that is no less than an infection. Varicella-zoster virus is the bacteria that causes chickenpox. It is a very painful condition that lasts for about 2 weeks. An individual starts having rashes that are like blisters. It starts to appear in the trunk and face. Though it doesn’t have life-threatening complications some people might face the adverse effects of it on their bodies.
Besides the clinical treatments, there are some home remedies or natural remedies practiced since ancient times to get rid of the scars caused by drying up of the dumps. In this article, we will be sharing ways by which you can treat the scars of the chickenpox.
Simple diet and lifestyle
- For a quick positive recovery, fulfill your body with fruit juices and vegetable soups. It is better to avoid citrus fruits as it may be allergic to some people.
- Eat foods that can be easily swallowed. Stick to vegetarian diet.
- Stop scratching your blisters to avoid infection.
- Wear comfortable cotton clothes to avoid itching.
Home remedies/Natural remedies to remove the scars of chicken pox
Jasmine with rice water
Crush jasmine flowers by adding rice water and make a thick paste out of it. Add this paste to your bathing warm water to soothe your chickenpox redness and heal stubborn dark spots easily. Use this remedy daily to recover sooner than usual.
Green peas water
Soak a handful of green peas in water overnight and strain the water. Take a dab of green peas water and sponge it on the dark spots to get back the original color of skin.
This remedy is popularly used to treat dark spots for many skin conditions over the years. Use a cold compress to clean your blisters and wipe it clean by using a soft cloth. Now massage calamine lotion on the affected area to vanish the dark marks and get soft skin.
Carrot coriander soup
Boil carrot slices with coriander leaves in water for 10 – 15 minutes until the water reduces into its half. Switch off the flame and let it cool till its slightly warm for consumption. Have this soup every day to enrich your body with nutrients that can fade dark spots quickly.
Massage your skin with kumkumadhi thailam in circular inward and outward strokes for 10 minutes on a daily basis to reduce scarring and chickenpox pits on the skin.
Pick a handful of fresh mint leaves and crush them into a fine paste by adding water as per requirement. Apply this paste on dark spots for 2 weeks to notice the good results on your skin. Same way, you can also apply Brahmi leaves paste on chickenpox scars.
Orange peel off
Orange as a fruit is loaded with Vitamin C extracts that is amazing for the skin. But the real benefit for chicken pox dark spots is hidden in the peels of the orange that is usually thrown away. The peels are used in a variety of skin care products to get a better skin. As the orange peels are full of anti-inflammatory properties and has natural anti-bacterial properties it helps in reduces in removing of scars and marks too.
Just dry off the orange peels in sunlight and make a dry powder out of it. This powder can be stored for months in airtight containers. Mix the orange peel powder with a little of turmeric, orange juice and curd to turn it into a face mask.
Apply this face mask two times a week to get lighter chicken pox spots. It helps in whitening the skin and lightening the dark spots which works effectively for chicken pox marks.
Egg whites are known for its skin tightening properties. It is an effective ingredient for the face packs to give your skin a brightened-up look, fight with the acne and also get rid of scars. Egg whites although not used during the chicken pox period but can be used after it has gone to treat the deepened dark spots which make the skin rough.
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Use one egg white into a face pack with aloe vera gel or just use it raw for applying it on the face. Let it turn dry on your face and then wash off. This will make your pores close and tighten up the skin so that the dark rough spots are covered as soon as possible. It ensures that your skin turns smooth and spotless soon. Use it twice a week for best results.
When someone has chickenpox, they should never ever scratch those blisters no matter how much it itches, this will lead to scars that will be very ugly to look at. Baking soda has alkaline, that will reduce the irritation on your skin and stop the sensation of itching. The alkaline in the baking soda will help to keep the pH level in the skin normal. It has properties that will help the skin to remain free from spots by gently exfoliating it and allowing the skin to breathe.
What do you need to make a face pack?
- Water about a tablespoon.
- Baking soda about three tablespoons.
You need to make a paste of the baking soda and water in a bowl by mixing it well. You need to apply it all over the place that has the spots of chickenpox. After rubbing it for some time wash it off with cold water. Apply it for thrice a week and you will see results.
Coconut oil with its properties to heal wounds can reduce the presence of spots that occur on your face due to chickenpox. To make scars fade away you need to massage the area that has the spots of chickenpox. Massage it for straight 20 minutes to remove any spot on the skin. You can do it for 4-5 times a day to heal faster.
Aloe vera gel
This product is a miraculous ingredient that is used for its anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidants properties. Any kind of wound or injury can be healed with this product. It heals the presence of scars and makes the tone of the skin lighter. Scoop some aloe vera gel from the leaf of the aloe vera plant. Apply this on the affected areas by massaging it thoroughly for a few minutes. After a while, you’ll be able to feel that your skin has become tight that is when you need to wash it off. For best results do this daily for at least three times.
If you’re looking for the best results then look out for this plant that bears this flower. It has all the properties one looks for. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of this product helps it to remove any kind of scar present on the body of a person.
What will you be needing for this?
- Three cups of coconut oil.
- Two and a half cups of beeswax.
- Lavender oil about two tablespoons.
- Two cups of calendula flowers that are dried up.
What will you do with this?
The oil and calendula flowers need to go in a pot. Heat this mixture at low temperature. Once the mixture is heated you need to strain it through a muslin cloth. Now add the wax to it and put it back on the flame. Your mixture will be ready when the wax melts completely. Once it has melted add the lavender oil to it. You need to let it cool down before you can pour it in a jar and use it on the affected areas.
This product finds an important place in the world of beauty and skin care. It’s ability to heal any wound and the therapeutic aroma of the product is why it is being used. It is widely used with different kinds of oil and rose water.
What will you need?
- A teaspoon of rosewater.
- Two teaspoons of sandalwood powder.
Make a paste that has no lumps in it with the use of these two products. Before you go to sleep apply this mixture on the affected areas and leave it for the night. Wash it off in the morning. Do this every day for best results.
A vegetable that has cooling and soothing effects. It will help the skin to get over all the itching and irritation. The swelling and scars present on the skin will be removed too. Apart from reducing the scars of chickenpox, it will work on the fine lines and signs of ageing on the skin. You will be needing.
- Lemon juice about a tablespoon.
- Cucumber juice about two tablespoons.
You need to combine the two ingredients well. Soak a swab of cotton in the mixture and apply it on the affected area. After 20 minutes wash the mixture off your face with cold water. It will help you have a flawless skin.
This ingredient is the best to treat any kind of skin problem. It has different properties like that of analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties. Neem along with its medicinal properties heals every scar and wound.
What will you need for this?
- A cup of neem leaves.
What will you do with it?
You need to wash the neem leaves very well and make them into a paste. This paste will go on the scars of your face. Let it rest on your face for about 20 minutes. This is one of the best treatments for the scars that are caused by chickenpox. You can also add some leaves to your bath water and take shower with it.
You need to drink a good amount of water each day to have a clear and glowing skin that has no scars on it. The cells of your body will function better and flush out every harmful toxin present in the body. Drink as much as eight to ten glasses of water every day.
Tomato is an ingredient that has the goodness of a bleaching agent. With its antibacterial and soothing properties, you will see a noticeable change in your skin. It will start glowing and the pores on your skin will tighten. It will lighten the presence of scars on your skin.
What will you do?
Mix two tablespoons of tomato juice with lemon and apply it on the dark spots with a cotton. Carry out this procedure for a week.
A cream that can remove the scars on your face
By now you have realized the properties that many ingredients possess in order to treat the scars on the face of a person who has suffered from chickenpox. These ingredients will increase the production of collagen in your skin, heal every wound and keep it healthy. This cream unlike the ones present in the market doesn’t have any chemical in it that can harm the skin. This cream that we will be teaching you to make will keep your skin hydrated. You can make this product at home with the following ingredients.
What will you need?
- Essential oil about half a teaspoon.
- Vitamin E in the form of oil about two tablespoons.
- Half a cup of cocoa butter.
- And almost 12 spoonful of coconut oil.
What to do with these products?
Place all the above ingredients in a pan and put it over the flame. The temperature should be just enough to melt all the ingredients in the pan. Once it melts turn off the flame and cool the ingredients in a container. Apply this every day two to three times on the scars of your face.
A mix of essential oils
The different ailments of the body can be cured by the application of therapeutic oils that has a wide range of benefits along with the mesmerizing aroma.
What you have to do for this?
- Tea tree oil about 2 tablespoons.
- Three tablespoons of witch hazel.
- Three tablespoons of distilled water.
- One teaspoon of Eucalyptus oil.
- Chamomile oil and Lavender oil two tablespoons.
What to do?
Mix these oils together and store it in a container. This mixture right here will prevent the formation of scars on your face. You must apply it twice every day.
A vegetable that has the power to reduce any spot or blemish from your skin. Potato has two ingredients in it, one being sugar and the other being starch. They will exfoliate your skin making the skin glow and remove all spots. It will remove the dead cells that are found on the skin of your face. Potato has potassium, Vitamin C and B6 along with zinc. They will help your skin to look younger than ever and increase the production of collagen.
What will you need?
- Potato one in number.
- Lemon juice about one tablespoon.
- A cup of hot water.
What to do?
We are combining the goodness of potato with the bleaching agent that is lemon. You need to make thin slices of the potato and soak it in the hot water. After half an hour strains the water and adds the lemon juice to it. Cool it in a container and apply this to the spots on your face. You must do it every day twice.
What is this? It is the product that is left behind once butter has been made out of milk by churning it. This product has alpha hydroxyl acid to work on the spots of your face. It will lighten the spots on your face caused by chickenpox. A product that will beat every chemical product in the market.
What will you need for this?
- Cotton for the application.
What to do?
Apply the buttermilk on the spots of your face with a cotton ball. Keep this on for about half an hour and then wash it off with cold water. Do this every day unless you see changes.
Sweet almond oil
The benefits of almond are not unknown to any of us. It is great for the health of your skin and hair. It has linoleic and oleic acids along with phytosterols, Vitamins and fatty acids that are unsaturated. The oil that is derived from the almonds is the best ingredient found in the cosmetic and healthcare industry. It keeps your skin hydrated and protects you from the Sun’s harmful rays.
What will you do?
You will apply this oil as a lotion on your face. Concentrate on the spots and massage well. Don’t wash it off. For best results use it every night before you sleep.
It contains rejuvenating properties with the presence of magnesium in it. It prevents the onset of wrinkles and keeps the skin tight. It acts as a detoxifying agent and protects the skin from the sun with its Vitamin B properties. Chickpeas exfoliate the skin helping it to breathe and remove the presence of any spots on it. Scrub away the dead cells with this product.
What will you need to use it?
- Chickpeas about half a cup.
- Water half a cup.
What will you do?
Boil the chickpeas in water unless they turn soft. Bring it to room temperature and grind it into a paste. Apply this mixture in your face. Wash it off after thirty minutes. Do this every day for a week to see results.
Who doesn’t know the importance and beauty of this product? A product that with gives a glow to the skin. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties to fight the deadly spots on the skin. Let us see how you can put it to use.
What will you need?
- Turmeric about half a teaspoon.
- One tablespoon of milk.
- Lemon juice about half a tablespoon.
What to do next?
Make a paste with all three ingredients and apply it all over your face or just on the spots of your face. Keep it until it dries. Wash it off with cold water. You can do this for 3 days in a week.
Packed with the goodness of different Vitamins, it helps to increase the production of collagen in your skin. It rejuvenates the skin and fights every spot present on the skin. It will help you get a skin that you crave with its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
What will you need?
- Parsley a bunch.
- Lemon juice half a tablespoon.
- Honey about two tablespoons.
What to do with it?
Use a blender to make a fine paste of the chopped up parsley and water. You have to add the lemon and honey to this and mix it well. Apply this paste all over your face. Keep it for half an hour and then wash it off with cold water. Do this every other day unless you see significant changes.
Despite its medicinal value, honey is enriched with natural nutrients and moisturizer. Honey also contains bleach substances that lighten the scars. Applying honey or honey packs on the affected areas contributes to skin regeneration as well as skin rejuvenation because of the osmotic power.
People suffering from chicken pox scars are often suggested to apply natural honey packs as it helps in removing the dead skin cells faster and ensure quick healing by promoting skin regeneration. For best results, applying a pack of honey and oats on the scars can be more effective.
Take one tablespoon of honey, oats, and water and mix well to make a soft and thick paste. Apply it on the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes. Use regular water to cleanse the scrub pack from the face. An instant glow will be visible on the face and the other part of skin where the paste is applied and washed.
Vitamin E-oil and blend of essential oils
Applying vitamin E oil on the dark spots created by chicken pox is also advisable by many skin specialists. Vitamin E oil is natural and safe to apply. Massaging the oil on the scars diminishes the dark spots left behind by the chicken pox.
Alongside the vitamin E oils, lavender oil, witch hazel, tea tree oil, bergamot oil etc are great to hydrate skin and helps in abolishing the scar marks and rejuvenate the skin.
Lemon juice is one of the one-stop natural ingredients which helps in removing dark spots quickly and lightens the skin. Often used as an astringent for oily skin, applying lemon juice directly on the scars can give excellent results for its bleaching properties. People with sensitive skin should dilute the juice with some water and avoid appearing to the direct sunlight for the few minutes they are keeping the lemon juice pack on their skin.
Quite available in all households, using coconut water onto the skin surface helps to erase the dark spots and in rejuvenating the scar marks. The antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties in coconut water help to refresh the skin apart from hydrating it.
Here is a list of ingredients that can do wonders for your skin and fight the presence of spots on it. Choose natural and home remedies and fight those deadly spots on your skin that has been caused by chickenpox.
Professional dermatological treatments for reducing the dark spots caused by chicken pox
The specialists use a long white brush to scrub the skin and gradually the out layer of the skin is removed. This process causes to bleeding, thus, local anesthesia is given to numb the area where the process is being done. As the wounds heal, a fresh new layer of skin is generated from there.
Laser skin treatment
Different types of laser skin treatment are practiced. When it comes to removing the scars of the chicken pox, mostly dermatologists recommend Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatment. The laser helps in producing the collagen on the skin so that fresh skin surface is created.
This is a dermatological surgery where the skin layer beneath the ears is taken to fill up the holes and craters formed as the dumps of the chicken pox got dried up. Often the color of the skin doesn’t matches, thus the dermatologists recommend a process named chemical peeling after a month of the punch grafting treatment.
As we all know and most of us prefer oats as a greater source of fibre. It is a part of our daily meal. Along with high fibre contents, oats has the ability of reducing chicken pox scars. It helps in curing the scars left out due to chicken pox. It keeps your skin hydrated which later helps in faster healing of your skin. It also helps in retaining the skin tone.
- Take handful of raw oats and blend it in with lukewarm water.
- Stir well to make a thick paste.
- Let the mixture cool down before applying on your skin.
- While applying it on your skin rub it on the scars.
- Rinse it off after 10 minutes with warm water.
Papaya is that one ingredient in our daily meal which has a lot to offer for our good health. It is beneficial for our digestion, skin, hydrates the body, rejuvenates the skin, removes dust particles and toxins, removes dead skin cells and slows down the aging process. It has one more benefit to offer which most of us don’t know and that is reduction of scars caused due to chicken pox.
- You need a fresh papaya, milk and brown sugar to make this solution.
- Make a mixture by using the above given ingredient.
- Apply the mixture on the scar affected areas of your skin.
- Rinse it off after 5-6 minutes with a mild soap and water.
Cocoa butter is considered as a not so important element but only few people know its actual benefits. Most of us don’t even know from where it is formed. Well it is the fat extracted from cacao seeds. The cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer which keeps the skin moisturized, soft and removes dryness. It also helps in faster healing of the skin. It also helps in reduction or removal of scars left out on the skin due to chicken pox.
- Take a small quantity of cocoa butter and apply it on your skin.
- Massage the cocoa butter on the skin tenderly in a circular motion until your skin absorbs the cocoa butter completely.
- Repeat this process twice or thrice a day for effective results.
Lavender oil is known for its rich properties which help in reducing skin rashes, itchiness, irritation and dryness. Apart from these it has some other properties which help in removal of chicken pox scars. It helps in rejuvenating the skin and gives you a hydrated clear skin. It also lightens and brightens the skin tone.
- Make a mixture of lavender oil with carrier oil so that it helps in faster absorption by your skin.
- Massage the lavender oil mixture on the chicken pox scars.
- Let your skin completely soak the mixture.
- Practice this method twice or thrice a day for effective results.
These are some of the most viable ways to get rid of the dark spots caused by the vicious chicken pox. Both the natural and dermatological treatments are effective. Now, considering the urgency and other factors such as finances etc, people usually decide the mode of treatment.