How can I prevent chicken pox from leaving pitted scars on my forehead? (photo)

Doctor's Answers 2

I would add on topical sunblock as a last step after your moisturiser. This is important as UV can worsen the darkening and collagen loss from your injured skin.

Use a good sunblock after you have adequately moisturized the area, and top up the sunscreen every few hours in the day. The vitamin E oil should help with that, but please make sure that it is suitable for wounds that are still healing. Also ensure that you moisturize the skin well at night before sleeping.

You will need to be patient with managing your scar. It looks like a recent episode, and there is little else to be done in the next 8-12 weeks except good skincare.

You should also consider consulting a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or aesthetic doctor to reassure yourself and start understanding some possible treatment options in the future.

Chicken pox tends to leave behind boxcar scars. The base of the scar is pulled down by scar tissue giving the appearance of a punched out appearance. These can be mitigated somewhat using silicone based gels. Be sure to pick the ones that are suitable for use on open wounds.
Applying moisturiser and taking both vitamin C and collagen pills may help with a quicker recovery. Using aloe vera gel may also help.

It is important that you do not pick at it as it heals. Take antihistamines to reduce any itching and avoid washing with hot water as that might make the itch worse.

There are several options for later should the need arise. I prefer to use a Picosecond laser with the fractional handpiece to create areas of injury underneath the skin (called Laser Induced Optical Breakdown) in order to break up the scar tissue pulling the base down and allow it to surface upwards. Understand though that this is not a one off treatment and several treatments will be required.

Similar Questions

Do I need to see a dermatologist for itchy, red patches on my face?

Thanks for question. It does sound like you are having some jawline acne. I do see this very often in women and this is usually related to hormonal factors. The acne breakout commonly occurs around the mouth and on the jawline areas. You have also described itchy, dry and flaky red patches on the cheeks and eyelids and this sound like possible eczema on the face as well. This can be due to underlying sensitive skin or can be aggravated by use of harsh products. I do think that it would be good for you to see the dermatologist to get both conditions attended to.

Photo of Dr Colin Theng

Answered By

Dr Colin Theng


What is the best treatment for forehead wrinkles in Singapore? How effective is Botox, and how long does it last for?

Yes, the forehead lines will only get worse over time and it is important to use Botox to weaken those muscles to prevent the lines from becoming permanent ones. Once you start Botox, you just need to go for it every 4-6 months. Alternatively, you can leave it alone and your wrinkles WILL become permanently etched – it’s just a matter of time before it happens. Whether to go for botox treatments depend on how aggressive are you towards reducing wrinkles of expression on your face.

Photo of Human

Answered By


Ask any health question for free

I’m not so sure about a procedure...

Ask Icon Ask a Question

Join Human

Sign up now for a free Human account to get answers from specialists in Singapore.

Sign Up

Get The Pill

Be healthier with our Bite-sized health news straight in your inbox