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Severe chickenpox pitted scars on sons face - looking for support(56 Posts)
Hello, my ds got chickenpox 7 weeks ago and he has been left severely scarred on his face he is 11 and there are deep pitted scars about 25 of them on his forehead, cheeks and chin. They are still very red at the moment and know that the redness will fade but can anyone tell me it the pitted scars will get any better over time his face looks really terrible and when he is outside the light shows up all the holes in his face.
We were abroad when he contracted the chickenpox and they were like boils on his face and all over his body, the body ones have about gone now but his face was so lovely before this happened - please reply
Five years on from my first post about my ds's chicken pox scars (how fast those years have gone). Where do I start... when I look back at the beginning I was a bit of an emotional mess as 20+ pitted scars on an almost 11 year olds face was pretty horrendous at first to look at but as the years have gone by some have filled in slightly and as his face is maturing they are now looking a lot better but still very visible.
It took a long time for me to come to terms with his scars and even now a still have a sadness now and again when I look at him as the face is the first thing you see in a person. He has grow into the most kind and lovely teenager and I am so proud of him.
Over the years I have tried dozens of creams but none make any difference the best advice I can give is to massage the scars morning and evening, I have done this for years just try a few moisturisers to find one that you feel is not to greasy or thick and doesn't irritate the skin.
Now that he is nearly 16 we have decided to embark on some treatment which will hopefully lessen the severity of the scars, we have been for a consultation for Dermapen then a light chemical peel, Dermapen is the only treatment that I believe has a chance of working and is within a price range that is affordable.
(>>>Dermapen employs the traditional Chinese technique for acupuncture only that here; the targeted result is not to reduce pain but rather to improve the skin appearance.
Basically, a Dermapen has 12 needles on the very tip and these 12 needles are the ones that are used to puncture the top layer of the skin as the Dermapen glides over the area being treated. Usually, the Dermapen will be positioned vertically over the skin and when it is turned on, a motor that is found inside the pen will start making the needles to move rapidly back and forth on the skin surface creating the punctures and these needles have been created in such a way that they can rotate in a slight way. These punctures created in the process are usually aimed at opening up the pores for a period of time only.
When a person hurts themselves, the skin will generally initiate skin repair by stimulating growth factors that will, in turn, lead to the generation of collagen and elastin. Therefore, when the punctures are made using the Dermapen, the skin will treat the punctures as wounds and therefore initiate healing. This means that micro-needling tend to trick the skin to produce collagen and elastin to promote ‘healing’ and the effect will be a rejuvenated skin.
Dermapen is used mostly for face wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and facial lines. When one is injured and the skin forms a scar, or if they have a stretch mark the body will treat these as though that area was repaired. Therefore having the punctures created in the scar tissue will cause the skin to initiate healing and, therefore, the damaged skin will tend to get eliminated and replaced with new skin. For wrinkles and face lines, basically, the produced collagen and elastin will cause the skin to thicken and also tighten leaving the skin looking youthful.
Generally, Dermapen has been effective and quite advantageous over other skin treatment procedures. This has seen to it that its popularity keeps growing by the day.>>>)
He has his first treatment on the 9th August. He will have this treatment every 4-6 weeks and possibly 5-6 treatments. Initial pictures have been taken and progress pictures will be done that I will upload here if anybody would like to see them. I will post again after the first treatment as to how it went. xx
I'd be interested in any updates on this post from several years ago. We are going through the first few months after severe pox which has left 20+ visible pitted scars on my almost 3 yr olds face. It's v upsetting and is love to hear more positive stories of healing.....x
Hi all, I'd really love to hear updates on how your lo's are doing. My little girl had chicken pox 6 months ago and has bad scaring that really upsets me. She has one between her eye brows that is 5mm x 3mm and quite deep, prob 1-1.5 deep. One on her cheek 5x5mm and another one one the opposite cheek 4x4mm. She has other little ones but these are the worst. They have faded a lot but still look terrible. I don't let her know they upset me. Interested1 it's nice to hear that your daughters have improved. What vitamin c did you use referencing your earlier post? Also would you recommend seeing a dermatologist?
If anyone else can give their honest experience after a few years I'd love to hear it. Also if there is anything you did that helped, or is it just time That's needed? What about much older children/young adults? Has anyone looked at options there like lasers etc?
Rainbowinacloud it's good that you are helping your son develop a positive attitude. That's what I hope to do, but it scares me how mean children can be and I worry for the future. I'm not sure what I would have suggested as a response to the other boy as my lo turns 3 soon and haven't had to face comments from other children yet.
Hiya, we had the same thing. 2.5 years ago DS1 had horrendous chicken pox and was in hospital. He has numerous scars on his forehead and body. You can still see them but I'm so used to them I hardly notice.
I don't think you can make them go so you have to give the child skills to cope with them. I tell DS1 to answer in a matter of fact way if he's asked about them but I'm stills bit stumped about what to tell him to say if anyone comments negatively on them. He had a child say they were ugly the other week and he was upset- what could he have said in return do you think?
I actually wouldn't swap or change anything about him so we have to 'Own' the scars now IYSWIM
I thought I would follow up on my initial post from a couple of years back as I am sure that there are people out there now whose kids have chicken pox and are looking for support and advice.
All I can say is that the scars will improve and fade with time, but it takes time. My DD had them pretty bad and the scars were noticeable for a good year or so. They've since faded and filled in a bit (especially the scars on her back). The two scars on her face have remained pitted but they are small and get smaller as her face gets bigger. I only notice them in a certain light now. Other people don't notice them at all. The redness has gone completely.
In terms of creams and ointments we just used cocoa butter after bath time to keep her skin moisturised.
Hope this helps...
How are you and your DS doing, OP? Have you tried anything new on the scars? Have you been taking photos - that sounds like a good strategy to become aware of improvement over time.
A few people have posted positive stories! I've just been looking back at photos over the last year (my 18m DD had the CP a year ago) and the scars really are lots lots better.
Just wondering if anyone has had any improvements since posting. ..anxiously looking for positive stories
You can get Kelocote gel prescribed to help smooth out scarred areas - worth asking about. It can also be bought over the counter but is expensive. Try asking your GP for a prescription. Also using high factor sunscreen is very important.
i agree bio oil is an utter waste of money . I am appalled they are allowed to market it the way they do
My DD had a really bad bout of cp over 3 months ago now. We were abroad at the time and she was literally covered in hundreds of very red spots and a month later, whilst they had slightly faded, most were still very red and visible and she looked like she still had the virus. I was pretty upset and thought she would have the marks forever. I remember taking her to my GP who was no help and just looked shocked at how bad they were and commented that the ones on her back and torso were very deep so would probably stay. I then took her to a leading dermatologist who felt that most would fade over time despite how horrendous they now looked and that I would need to give it a year. 3 months on I can honestly say that they are tons better. She still has quite a lot of red marks but they have faded loads and the deep ones on her back and torso are no longer really pitted so they can fill in a bit. I am sure she will be left with a few scars but it has shown that time is a great healer. Btw - I was told bio oil etc was a waste of money and to just keep her body and face moisturised. Also ensure you use sunscreen on the scars as the sun can cause them to scar more.
Not sure - tried bio oil? My dd has a few on her face but she's 3 so not self conscious. Hope she'll lose it a bit loil
Oh and looking back at photos, the redness probably lasted 3/4 months. In a way I think the earlier they get them the better as skin is so young and presumably heals better than an older person??
My DD had them at 6 months and had a few nasty scars on her beautiful face. I have been really upset about it. We have been using bio-oil daily. I have to admit, a year down the line, they are looking better and I'm hoping they will continue to improve. Of course we'll never know if it was the bio-oil or not!!
Hi there, I appreciate this thread is from almost a year ago, but I'd love to hear how you are getting on ref chicken pox scars. My DD who is 4 got a very severe dose 4 weeks ago, necessitating antivirals and a hasty early return from holidays, and has been left covered in livid red marks where each scabbed spot was. Her face is particularly bad and some people in shops etc have stopped to ask what happened to her (I know, mad!).
At the moment I can already tell some will be pitted, but its the redness that's driving me crazy. I think the pitted ones can wait to be worried about in the future LOL. She is starting school in August and has also recently been made to wear an eye patch 6 hours per day but the poor love just keeps rolling along happy as Larry. Bless.
I'd love to get a perspective from someone a year down the line after a bad dose. I hate CP!
Try not too worry. The best thing for chicken pox is Bio Oil. I've had it three times and it really works. My children have it at the moment and I'm using it on my daughter. It is already making a difference.
My dd had chicken pox age 3. She has some deep pitted scrs but they are small. Two years on they are the same colour as her normal skin.
I had chicken pox at 26 and ten years on still see the scars. They are only noticible to other people if they are doing my hair ! or when i have been in the sun they go pinker than the rest of my face.
well done to your dh. you cant beat facts to give perspective :-)
I'm glad things are better for you and being able to look at old photo's without getting upset it's what I hope for myself in the future, I know that time will come but the waiting is hard as you know.
Will keep in touch xx
Hi Fake68, yes we took a lot of photos too and it really does help especially as time goes on, I am at the stage now whereby I can look at both pre-pox and post-pox photos which shows how much they have improved and me also as I used to get really upset.
Your son sounds like he has some good friends and that will help his confidence and self-esteem. I wish I had talked to my dd more about her scars as i know her friends say things to her sometimes and she still draws pictures of princesses covered in the pox, it might help him talking about it.
Keep in touch x
Thank you for posting and your continued support, I think I have always known that I will just have to let nature take its course and let the scars mature, (but the waiting game is hard), I am just keeping his face well moisturised and always use sunblock as you advised.
Someone had suggested to my dh that he took a photo of ds's face every week in the same light and that would show any improvement as when you see him everyday you don't see the change. I had no idea he had done this but today he showed me them and yes over the last few week there is a difference in the colour and texture of his skin, we showed ds them and even he see the difference ( he told me that some of his friends have said that he looks alot better over the last few weeks) which has made him feel alot better about going back to school.
Sorry posted too early. Some of the pits may fill in over time some will remain but will fade and soften over time, but may still be noticeable in a certain light.
It will take up to 12-18 months for the scars to fully mature and I can assure you they will improve a lot.
I wish you and your son the v v best.
I'm sorry you are still looking for support for your sons scars, you know where I am if you need more. Can I just say we went to both a dermatologist(private - one of the best in our area) and there is absolutely no magic potions for pitted scars I'm afraid, we also went to see a plastic surgeon (privately) and got exactly the same response, we wasted a lot of money.
The red will definitely go, it took 6 months for dd's to go, some
I would look into getting silicone gel, as others have said. My pharmacist told me this is what plastic surgeons use to minimise starring and particularly to even out bumpy scars. My son came through chicken pox ok but had a nasty fall which scarred his face. I know exactly how terrible you feel for them but they are still gorgeous.
I will check my brand of silicon gel later as think it is different to the others mentioned so far. Was told you can but it though it's about £30, but we asked for it to be prescribed and doctors agreed. It has really helped in just a few months.
DD had it about a year ago, and has white, almost pigment free spots on her body, where the poxes were, and some craters on the face, the worst being nearly a centimetre across, above the bridge of her nose. The redness has completely faded but they are, to me, quite obvious.
DS on the other hand has only one scar, a white mark on his lip. I think the difference is that DD has eczema, and dry skin, and maybe her skin is less able to heal cleanly?
I was quite worried about DD's scars, but DM pointed out that nearly everyone has had chicken pox, but you almost never look at an adult and think, "gosh, look at those chicken pox scars," so presumable by the time we are adults they have mostly faded or stretched to the point where they are not noticeable to others? I'm hoping so!
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