Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect skin anywhere on your body. Jock itch and athlete's foot are common names for this type of infection. Warm, moist environments like steam rooms, saunas, pools and gyms are a perfect breeding ground for ringworm to thrive. The most common symptom is itchy skin which can lead to scarring if scratched often and harshly. There are plenty of ways to reduce the appearance or get rid of ringworm scars.
Use microdermabrasion for mild ringworm scars. A dermatologist gently removes the surface layer of skin when done in a clinical setting. Skin will instantly feel smoother and skin tone is evened out. If professional treatment is too costly, microdermabrasion kits are available at your local drugstore and online.
Exfoliate the affected skin at least two or three times a week. This eliminates the top layers of skin on a regular basis and smooths any scarred areas. You may use natural home ingredients lemon juice or baking soda and water or an OTC exfoliant with hydroxy acids. If you do this on a regular basis, it will remove those dead skin cells and promote healthier, scar-free skin.
Ask your dermatologist if dermabrasion can get rid of ringworm scars. A rotating, sanding instrument removes outer skin layers, helping reduce the appearance of scars and evening skin tone. It is a dramatic procedure, but it is done only once to produce miraculous results. Redness or swelling are common for up to two to three weeks after treatment. However, the end result is fresher, healthier skin.
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Use laser treatments to remove ringworm scars.There are two types; Non ablative and fractional lasers. Nonablative lasers get rid of scars by scanning laser beam that targets underneath layers of skin yet leaving top layers intact. Fractional lasers beams use a laser with a wavelength injecting holes in your tissues. When the tissue is destroyed, newer skin can emerge. Laser treatments require a series of sessions to see consistent results.
David Friedman began writing professionally in 2004. His work appears in the "Daily Illini" and various websites. Friedman is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and has Bachelor of Science in exercise science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.