Most cases of chicken pox shouldn’t leave any scars on your child’s body, according to MedlinePlus. But when scars do appear from chicken pox or other adolescent health problems, such as teenage acne, they can be difficult to get rid of without surgical methods. Chicken pox scars can appear on the face or torso and can cause embarrassment to your child if they don’t fade in time. While some over-the-counter remedies really don’t reduce scarring, a few at-home treatments might work to reduce the appearance of your child’s chickenpox scars, according to both the MayoClinic.com and MedHelp.
Ask your doctor about Vitamin E cream to help reduce the appearance of chicken pox scars. This treatment might help reduce your child’s scars and enhance his confidence.
Try makeup if your child is female or a male who is comfortable wearing cover-up cosmetics, like concealer and foundation. Makeup can mask the problem and doesn’t hurt the scars or sores associated with chicken pox, according to MedHelp.
Apply sunscreen to each scar before going out into the sun, advises the MayoClinic.com. This practice can help reduce the appearance of the scars over time. Also, be sure your child drinks plenty of water; this practice helps the natural skin healing process.
Talk to a qualified dermatologist about treatments, such as microdermabrasion or laser scar removal, if the problem is significantly bothering you or your child, advises Med Help. Keep in mind, however, that these types of treatments for chicken pox scars may be painful, aren’t necessarily 100 percent effective and usually aren’t covered by health insurance plans, warns the MayoClinic.com.
- Never let your child scratch chicken pox blisters; scratching spreads infection and greatly increases scarring risks.
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