Ringworm scars are nasty, something that you don’t want to have after a battle with the infection brought about by the fungus that caused the condition. Ringworm, the infectious skin condition that can attack any part of your body from head to foot, is very itchy. When scratched, it could lead to something worse and result to scarring.
The dreaded fungal infection is marked by red, scaly patches and often, fungus does not scar, but only cause discoloration in the area, the only proof of a previous attack. This becomes less and less visible over time but in worse cases scarring could still occur.
Getting Rid of Ringworm Scars
- Skin planning or microdermabrasion – a dermatologist can help you remove mild scars caused by ringworm through moderate removal of the scars’ outer layer using microdermabrasion. It is a gentler, non-surgical procedure unlike the more invasive dermabrasion used for skin planning for deeper scars. Some drugstores and beauty supplies offer reasonably priced microdermabrasion kits but make sure you understand and know how to use the tools.
- Laser treatments – this procedure has been long used for scar removal but the procedure could mean several sessions before an improvement in the scar is seen. The procedure is about tissue destruction to promote the growth of newer skin and replace ringworm scars. It can be done two ways: non-ablative or fractional.
- Exfoliation – this works effectively for mild scars too where the top layers of the scarred skin is exfoliated or removed on a regular basis until the scar is visibly reduced. You may use water and baking soda mixture, lemon juice, ground fruit seeds and nuts, papaya, ground coffee, over-the-counter exfoliants.
- Dermabrasion – this procedure, unlike microdermabrasion, is invasive and must be done in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s clinic. Instruments are used in sanding the skin to remove the top layers and reduce the disfigurement such as ringworm scars. This may not be necessary but for deeper scars, you can consult your doctor about the possibility of this method.
The affected areas of the body where the ringworm occurred may not always show some scarring but some kind of pigmentation and discoloration. In instances where ringworm takes longer to heal due to further infection and scars are likely to happen, you may take other effective steps to prevent or get rid of the scars.
One such step is the application of an essential oil containing Vitamins E and A, Rosemary and Lavender oils. All these are great for healing scars. Sulfur soaps can also help reduce ringworm scars. Used daily, the sulfur content of the soap acts as an exfoliant and can aid in restoring the health and beauty of the scarred area. Sulfur soaps contain natural antibacterial and anti-fungal ingredients. These natural ingredients do a good job at destroying skin bacteria that lead to scarring.
While the steps mentioned here can help get rid of scars caused by ringworms, it is best to avoid the skin condition itself. Ringworm is unsightly, is contagious and can cause you unnecessary expenses. This could give you emotional distress and make you deal with the skin infection badly so avoid it altogether so you can also avoid ringworm scars.