One thing that often upsets people after getting scabies, especially if it persists for many weeks or if they are chronic scratchers, is the scars they leave behind.
Depending on how far the mites spread through your body, one can be left with scarring right from their neck down to their feet.
Obviously this is not the best souvenir to have from an experience that was probably quite emotionally and physically traumatic already.
This also happened to me, and I was left with scarring all across my torso and down my thighs which was especially difficult as I’m a beach-loving person and love to swim and surf.
The important thing to remember here is that skin regenerates and heals, your body is constantly shedding dead skin cells and producing new ones. Scarring from scabies should not be deep like surgical scars or scars from serious cuts that are going to last forever. Scarring from scabies is usually shallow scarring and should closer resemble a scar from a pimple you popped or a mosquito bite.
The good news about those scars is they fade in time. After about 3 months most of my scars were barely visible unless you really looked for them, and after 6 months they were gone completely.
I know that can sound like a long time, but it will pass much sooner than you think.
To help speed up the skin healing process I did not use any fancy remedy or skin care routine. I was just doing a basic daily moisturizing using a Cetaphil cream, which is something I was already doing long before I got scabies.
Moisturizing the skin is extremely important as it provides a protective barrier for the skin and allows it to heal as fast as possible. If your skin is dry, it’s prone to breakage making it vulnerable and much more difficult to heal.
The one thing I did add for a few months was the use of an aloe vera gel, which I applied immediately after showering. Aloe vera is well-studied to be excellent for skin rejuvenation and is a natural remedy that dates back centuries for this very purpose. The best thing about aloe vera is it is completely natural and inexpensive too, so it wasn’t a bother at all to add this to my daily routine. I cannot say for sure whether it helped or not, but I certainly gave me some comfort knowing I was probably giving my skin a much needed nutrient boost after a few tough weeks. This is the aloe vera gel I use.
Some other things people like to use are shea butter and/or cocoa butter, although these are things I never felt the need to use and have never tried. Many people around the interwebs have sworn by them though!
The last bit of advice is to treat your body well during this post-scabies time. That means eating a good diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, cutting down on alcohol and processed foods, and also getting a lot of sleep! Most people tend to forget the last one, but try to remember your body is only able to replenish and heal while you are sleeping. Making sure you get a full 8 hours will make sure you are back to your old self faster and better than ever before.
Best of luck and wishing you a quick recovery.
Have you been suffering from scabies? I would highly recommend checking out my Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid of Scabies – which outlines the exact treatment I used to cure my scabies within just a couple of weeks. You can click here to go there now.