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I'd like to know what can be done to make chicken pox scars go away. I had chicken pox a month ago, which left several dark marks on my body. Fortunately, the chicken pox spots on my face seem to have somewhat faded, but those on my chest, arms and legs just wouldn't disappear. Are there any home remedies to remove chicken pox scars, or lighten scar color naturally? Thanks. – Brina, Idaho.


What Will Fade Chicken Pox Scars Naturally?


Hi Brina,

Thanks for a great question. Scarring from chicken pox is a very common concern among people who have recently recovered from the viral infection.

Broadly speaking, chicken pox scars will slowly fade and become less noticeable over time so don't worry too much about it. In the meantime, you can try some of these home remedies that will help speed up your skin's natural cell renewal process and dramatically reduce chicken pox marks.


Natural Home Remedies to Fade Chicken Pox Scars (Marks)

1. One of the best ways to heal and reduce chicken pox scars naturally is to apply Vitamin E oil directly on the affected area, at least twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to bed. Vitamin E oil penetrates deep into the skin to soften and condition scars. It also helps prevent chicken pox scars from darkening.

After your shower, pour a small amount of pure Vitamin E oil onto your torso, legs and arms, and gently massage in a circular motion until the oil is absorbed. Massage improves circulation, and together with the moisturizing effects of Vitamin E, it helps scars heal faster.

If you're currently taking Vitamin E supplements, my suggestion is pierce a few capsules, squeeze the oil out and rub onto areas that need lightening. Alternatively, use olive oil, or coconut oil for old scars, or any lotion or cream that contains Vitamin E. Try Rosken Skin Repair High Potency Vitamin E Cream, which works great for scarring, and costs very little.



2. Spreading honey and lemon juice (or lime juice) on chicken pox scars once a day will also help fade them considerably. Honey is a superb skin moisturizer and help break down scar tissue while lemon works as a natural bleach to lighten scars and dark spots. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which is widely known to encourage new skin cells to grow and reduce dark chicken pox scars.

Combine 2-3 tablespoons manuka honey with fresh 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice in  bowl, and mix well. Smooth mixture evenly on areas affected with chicken pox marks. Wait for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Alternatively, lightly rub a freshly cut lemon on scars once a day, but make sure to stay out of the sun. This is because your skin will be slightly more sensitive to the sun after lemon juice remedy, and it may cause itching and further darkening of the scars.



3. Another simple and highly effective home treatment for removing chicken pox marks is to apply a thick paste made from pearl powder, honey and milk.

Pearl powder is highly valued in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for its skin whitening properties and its ability to repair and promote the healing of damaged skin tissues. The lactic acid in milk is a natural alpha-hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates dead skin to make way for newer, fresher skin cells.

Mix 1 teaspoon pearl powder with ½ teaspoon honey and just a bit of milk (or sour cream) in a small bowl. Apply pearl powder paste on chicken pox scars and wash off after 10 minutes (5 minutes if you've sensitive skin). For best scar lightening results, I'd suggest you use this homemade pearl powder paste 3-4 times a week.

Make sure you buy only genuine pearl powder from a reputable source as fake pearl powder is associated with many side effects. High quality pearl powder can be quite expensive.



4. You can also make chicken pox scars go away naturally with almond, which has been used for thousands of years as a home remedy to whiten skin and fade scars.

Soak 4-6 almonds in water overnight. In the morning, grind into a fine paste and add a bit of manuka honey to it. Spread paste on areas where you've chicken pox marks and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse it off while you gently scrub the affected areas.

If you prefer a hassle-free way to treat chicken pox marks, then use sweet almond oil. It's a wonderful emollient that refines and softens scars. Gently massage dark spots with almond oil twice a day to gradually lighten scar color.



Aside from the above home remedies to fade chicken pox scars, you can try tea tree oil, bio oil, rosehip oil, or lavender oil. Additionally, sandalwood paste and rose water as well as nutmeg and milk, are good natural home treatments for scar reduction.


It is worth mentioning that, although most chicken pox scars will fade with time, more severe ones (pitted scars or rolling scars) may not respond well to home treatments or over-the-counter chicken pox scar removal creams.

In such cases, I'd strongly suggest you visit a dermatologist and ask him about other treatment options such as microdermabrasion (microderm), laser resurfacing and skin-tightening procedures.




By Diane Hanson

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