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14 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Chicken Pox Scars

14 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Chicken Pox Scars

Chicken pox scars are unsightly marks, sometimes left by the viral infection caused by varicella-zoster virus which we know as chicken pox. This infection leads to itchy, fluid-filled blisters on your skin. These blisters eventually burst and form crust (scab) which may leave scars on your skin. Once formed, chicken pox scars are quite difficult to remove and therefore one should always try not to scratch when the infection is in scabbing state. Prevention is always better than cure! But what if you can’t resist scratching all the time and thus get few scars on your skin! There are a host of medical procedures like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, photo facial, excision etc. that remove these ugly chicken pox marks from your skin. But why go for these expensive treatments when natural home remedies for chicken pox scars are there for your help!

Remedies to Get Rid of Chicken Pox Scars

1. Coconut Water for Chicken Pox Scars

Coconut water is a treasure house of nutrients which includes vitamins, minerals and a host of trace elements. It is a rich source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus along with many other trace elements. But what is more important when it comes to skin and its problems such as scars, wrinkles, dehydration etc. are the lauric acid and cytokines present in coconut water. Cytokines help regulate cell growth and pH balance along with maintaining the connective tissues. Coconut water is also an anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal agent that helps heal and soothe skin. When you use coconut water daily, you may be able to lighten the pockmarks and pits that you get from chicken pox and even those from small pox and acne.

Ways to Use Coconut Water for Chicken Pox Scars

  1. Apply coconut water directly on your scars. Start doing this just after the chicken pox infection has run its course. You may use a cotton ball to apply coconut water to your marks or just pour it over your skin where the scars appear. Repeat this several times a day.
  2. Add 2 glasses of coconut water to your bath water.
  3. Drink a glass of coconut water every day. However, if you suffer from low blood pressure, consult your doctor before consuming coconut water as it tends to lower blood pressure.

2. Oats for Chicken Pox Scars

Oats can hydrate skin miraculously. This helps in speeding up the healing process for scars that get lightened eventually. Not only does oatmeal moisturizes your skin but also helps in reducing its redness while mildly exfoliating the skin discoloration. This makes oats a good remedy for scars, even those you get from chicken pox.

Ways to Use Oats for Chicken Pox Scars

  1. Take 1 cup of raw oats flour and 2 cups of warm water. Make a paste using this oat flour and water. Let it cool down. Now apply this to your scars and rub gently for about ten minutes.
  2. Mix yogurt and oatmeal powder to get a paste like consistency. Add few drops of lemon juice to this. Apply this pack to your scar affected skin. Let it dry out before washing with cold water.
  3. You can also simply rub some raw oats on your wet skin. Do this just for 1-2 minutes. This will remove the dead skin and also lighten the scars.
  4. Take half a cup of oatmeal, one cup water, 2 drops of lemon juice and 1 tsp of cinnamon powder. Bring the water to a boil and add oatmeal to this. Add lemon juice and stir till the thing becomes a thick paste. Let it cool down a little. Add cinnamon powder to this oatmeal paste. Apply this to your scar affected area. Leave for 20-30 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.

3. Baking Soda for Chicken Pox Scars

Baking soda, due to its alkaline nature, maintains the pH level of your skin. As it soothes itchiness and irritation, it is a great remedy to prevent yourself from scratching the scabs so that you do not get scars at the first place. Even when you get the scars, baking soda comes to your help as a natural exfoliating agent.

Get this:

  • Baking soda- 2 tbsp
  • Water

Do this:

  • Add a drizzle of water to the baking soda.
  • Apply this paste like scrub to the scar affected areas.
  • Gently rub it there for 1-2 minutes.
  • Wash off with water.

4. Lemon Juice for Chicken Pox Scars

Any scar or mark on your skin form during the healing process of a damaged skin or tissues. Your body releases the protein called collagen to repair damage done to your skin or tissues. Collagen also keeps your skin strong, flexible and resilient. Lemon juice is a rich source of Vitamin C which contributes in the production of collagen. Also, like any other citrus fruit, lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that have the capacity to heal your skin. Lemon juice, which is categorized as a natural bleach also can lighten any scar including the chickenpox marks.

Do this:

  • Take 1 tsp of lemon juice and pour this over a cotton ball.
  • Apply this to your scar affected skin.
  • Leave it for 10 minutes.
  • Wash it off with water.

Remember, regular use of lemon juice on skin makes your skin photosensitive. Therefore, always apply sunscreen before stepping out in sun. The best way would be not to use lemon juice on skin during daytime. Use it at night.

5. Honey for Chicken Pox Scars

Honey, full of natural nutrients, is not only a good moisturizer but also has some bleaching properties that lighten your scars. In fact, it promotes regeneration of skin at the site of scarring by providing the required nutrients to your skin. It works through osmotic effect whereby it draws nutrients and blood towards the scars eliminating the dead skin cells and promoting faster healing of wound and skin regeneration. There’s one more way by which honey promotes skin regeneration, by providing acidity to the scars which releases oxygen from the red blood cells. For maximum benefit, make a honey-oats scrub to get rid of chicken pox scars.

Get this:

  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Oats- 1 tbsp
  • Water- 1 tbsp

Do this:

  • Add water to the oats and mash it continuously so that it gets soft and thick.
  • Now add the honey and mash it to blend it completely.
  • Apply this to scar affected area.
  • Leave for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with water.

Also read 18 Simple Home Remedies for Chickenpox

 


6. Vitamin E from Natural Sources for Chicken Pox Scars

Vitamin E is specially good for skin as it has loads of antioxidants to support skin cells by repairing the damage done to it. These antioxidants help protect skin from free radicals, bacteria, dirt and other environmental hazards that damage skin cells and collagen. Although vitamin E oils are available along with capsules that can be punctured and the vitamin E within it can be used to rejuvenate skin, it is better if you use natural sources of vitamin E such as almonds, spinach, papaya, avocado, etc. Include them in your daily diet. Along with this, you can also apply some of these vitamin E sources to your damaged scarred skin. Here’s one of the ways using avocado.

Get this:

  • Avocado (ripe)- 1
  • Honey- 2 tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar- 2 tbsp

Do this:

  • Take the pulp of avocado in a bowl.
  • Add honey and apple cider vinegar to this avocado mash.
  • Apply this to scar affected area.
  • Leave for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash off.

7. Papaya for Chicken Pox Scars

The papain enzyme present in papaya has the capacity to remove dead skin cells as well as exfoliating the skin so that the dry discolored skin layer falls off. The hydrating properties of papaya are well known. Due to low sodium in it, papaya keeps your skin moisturized for a long time. Papaya is also a rich source of vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen giving a fresh lease of life to your skin. While you can always mash some ripe papaya and apply this to your skin for few minutes before washing off, adding certain other ingredients to make a scrub that gets you rid of scars seems to be more beneficial.

Get this:

  • Fresh papaya pieces- 1 cup
  • Brown sugar- 5 tbsp
  • Fresh milk- 5 tbsp

Do this:

  • Add the brown sugar to milk and stir till it gets melted.
  • Mash the papaya pieces to get its pulp.
  • Add this mashed papaya pulp to the milk-sugar mixture.
  • Blend them well.
  • Now wash your body part having chicken pox scars with a mild soap and water.
  • Apply the prepared papaya scrub to your skin.
  • Leave it for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off.

8. Aloe Vera Gel for Chicken Pox Scars

Aloe vera is a miraculous herb of our times with excellent soothing, moisturizing and healing properties. Full with antioxidants and anti-microbial properties, the gel trapped within the aloe vera leaves is immensely helpful in healing your skin from wounds, allergies and infections like chicken pox. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe gel get you rid of irritation due to skin wounds and also removes the dead skin from there. As it can penetrate deep into your skin, aloe vera gel moisturizes your skin efficiently and also helps increase collagen that your skin produces so that your skin heals faster and any mark on it may get lightened.

Do this:

  • Take some aloe vera gel.
  • Apply this to your scar affected skin.
  • Rub it gently for a couple of minutes.
  • Leave it to dry off.
  • You may not do anything with this now but if you feel a little sticky, you may wash it off with some water.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

9. Cocoa Butter for Scars from Chicken Pox

Cocoa butter, which is a highly concentrated fat extracted from cacao seeds, is extensively used for treating various scars. It is one of the best moisturizers and emollients available for human skin. Cocoa butter penetrates deep into the dermis layer of skin and thus help retain moisture for a longer period. It smooths out the scar and its surrounding skin in a way that the marks become less noticeable. A well hydrated skin is a first condition for growth of new healthy skin tissues. As coco butter effectively moisturizes your skin from deep within and keeps it hydrated all along, it is one of the best remedies to lighten the scars even those that you get from chicken pox.

Do this:

  • Take some coco butter.
  • Rub this on your scar affected skin in circular motion.
  • Do this till all the butter is absorbed by your skin.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

10. Coconut Oil for Chicken Pox Scars

The medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil can speed up the process of wound healing. These fatty acids not only keep your skin hydrated but also stimulate the production of collagen. This oil also helps form new blood vessels at faster rate which in turn helps in making your skin free of marks.

Do this:

  • Get coconut oil, preferably extra virgin coconut oil.
  • Apply this to your scar affected skin.
  • Massage gently so that the oil penetrates into your skin.
  • Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

11. Make Scar Removal Cream at Home

From the above description of various natural remedies for scars by chicken pox, you have come to know about the beneficial properties of lemon, cocoa butter, vitamin E and coconut oil. How these ingredients work to keep your skin hydrated and promote the healing of wound as well as production of collagen is just amazing. When any one of these ingredients can lighten your scars, what would be the result when you combine all these to make your own scar removal cream! This cream can also be used by those having dry skin as it makes your skin super soft. Here’s the recipe for making your scar removal cream at home and believe me, its too simple!

Get this:

  • Cocoa butter- ½ cup
  • Coconut oil- 12 tbsp
  • Vitamin E oil- 2 tbsp
  • Lemon essential oil- ½ tsp

You may increase or decrease the quantity as per your requirement but maintain the proportion of the ingredients.

Do this:

  • Take a saucepan and place coconut oil and cocoa butter in it.
  • Warm this on low heat. You just need to melt them.
  • Once the mixture gets melted, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Add vitamin E oil and lemon essential oil to this melted oil and butter mixture.
  • Let it cool down till it becomes solid and then store it in your choice of container. However, you can also pour it into the storage container and then let it cool down.
  • Apply this cream daily to your scars 3-4 times a day.

12. Lavender Essential Oil for Chicken Pox Scars

Lavender essential oil not only has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties but it also prevents your skin from scarring apart from healing the wounds faster. It is especially beneficial at the scabbing stage of chicken pox. When you apply lavender essential oil, it improves the formation of scar tissues. While lavender essential is said to be safe when applied undiluted, it is always better to dilute it with some carrier oil before applying to skin, especially in case of children.

Get this:

  • Lavender essential oil- 1-2 drops
  • Olive oil or coconut oil- 1-2 tbsp

Do this:

  • Add 2 drops of lavender oil to 1 tbsp of carrier oil for adults.
  • Add 1 drop of lavender oil to 2 tbsp of carrier oil for children.
  • Apply this to your chicken pox marks.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

13. Essential Oils Blend for Chickenpox Scars

Aromatherapy uses a variety of oils to treat various conditions. When it comes to scarring of skin due to chicken pox, there is a remedy in aromatherapy that uses a blend of essential oils along with witch hazel to speed up the wound healing in a way that it doesn’t leave scars on skin. Here is how and what you should do to use these essential oils.


Get this:

  • Tea Tree oil – 6 drops
  • Bergamot oil – 10 drops Or Eucalyptus oil- 5 drops
  • Chamomile oil – 10 drops
  • Lavender oil- 10 drops
  • Witch Hazel – 50 ml (about 3- ¼ tbsp or 10 tsp)
  • Distilled water – 50 ml (about 3- ¼ tbsp or 10 tsp)
  • Glass bottle to store

Do this:

  • Pour all the oils, witch hazel and distilled water in your storage bottle.
  • Whenever you apply this to chicken pox affected skin, shake them well.
  • Start using this oil blend in the latter stages of chicken pox infection as it will speed up the healing process and will reduce the possibility of scarring from the blisters.
  • If you are allergic to any of the oils, just leave it and use other oils in the blend. Do not increase or decrease the amount of other oils.
  • As you are using bergamot essential oil, you need to avoid sun for at least 12 hours after applying this oil blend otherwise you will get sunburn. If you can’t avoid sun, just replace it with eucalyptus oil as mentioned in the ingredients.
  • Use the oil blend 1-2 times a day.

14. Make Calendula Salve for Chickenpox Scars

The bright yellow or orange calendula flowers, also called pot marigold, are not only a delight to your eyes but to your skin too. This herb has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties along with capacity to heal wounds faster. Above all, this is a safe herb that can be used on kid’s skin too. It is especially effective in treating chickenpox as it stimulates the production of collagen where you have wounds thus minimizing the risk of scarring. Calendula is not just a folk remedy but is used by moder physicians too. They use calendula ointment for such conditions as amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, and also for minor infections of the skin. Here is a simple recipe to make calendula salve at home.

Get this:

  • Dried calendula flowers- 2 cups
  • Coconut oil- 3 cups
  • Beeswax- 2- ½ cups
  • Any one of the essential oils (galbanum, lavender or neroli)- 10 drops
  • Double boiler or heavy bottom saucepan and a small crockpot
  • Coffee filter or cheesecloth or wire mesh strainer

Do this:

  • When using double boiler, simmer calendula flowers, coconut oil and beeswax over it for one and a half hours.
  • Add the essential oil to this.
  • Strain with the help of coffee filter or wire mesh strainer.
  • Pour the filtered thing into a glass jar.
  • Let it cool down before applying this to your skin.
  • When you don’t have the double boiler, place the oil and calendula flowers in the small crackpot.
  • Heat this on low flame for 3 hours.
  • Strain with the help of cheesecloth.
  • Pour the oil into the heavy saucepan.
  • Turn on the heat on low and add the beeswax to this.
  • Melt the beeswax stirring occasionally.
  • Once melted, turn off the heat and add the essential oil.
  • Store in a jar or container and let it cool down before you cover it with the lid.

Always use lesser amounts of essential oils when preparing calendula ointment for children. For them, 10 drops is enough. When you prepare this salve for adults, you can increase the amount of lavender essential oil to up to 40 drops.

One important thing to remember is that these natural home remedies for chicken pox scars can lighten your marks to the extent where they become less noticeable but it is difficult to completely get rid of deep scars on skin.

About Sara

Sara is a Boston-based registered dietitian who works with clients to improve their health by optimizing nutrition. You can find her running, sweating in hot yoga, cooking in the kitchen, dining out, or exploring. Eating Food-Mostly Plants, and improving our relationship with food, is the secret to lifelong health in her eyes.

7 comments

  1. is this effective ?i got chickenpox last june .until now i dont how to remove it .btw im going to try you recommendation .

  2. Yeah try it,…The remedies are very effective

  3. Can I use 3 or more remedies on my chicken pox scars all at once?

  4. only big problem of scar.
    so help me for how to scar gone what kind of work do.

  5. Hlo I am adarsh raj I.am.suffering from chicken pox from last 3 days but the scars r not so.big.one but then.also I.got feared that the scars will be remains I.my face so plz recommend. Me that which one of remedies should I.use of your

  6. Sir ,,at the time of chicken pox 1 hole onthe top of my nose and ,throw the 1 month , ,,,,i regular use aloe vera jel ,,but there is no result

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