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How to get rid of impetigo scars?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection known for its red sores that develop into yellow-brown crusts. It’s common among children but can affect anyone, spreading easily through direct contact or contaminated objects, especially in crowded places.

The visible symptoms can be uncomfortable, distressing, and can potentially lead to scarring if not treated soon after the blisters appear.

If you think you might have impetigo, don’t wait to see your doctor. Book an online consultation with a pharmacist to get the care and treatment you need.

How to get rid of impetigo scars naturally?

No one wants to deal with scars, especially on the face, so here’s some tips on how to get rid of impetigo scars naturally:

  • Apply pure aloe vera gel twice daily to soothe and heal scars


  • Spread manuka honey on the affected area for 20 minutes, and then rinse away with warm water


  • Massaging coconut oil into your skin can help to moisturise the area, but this should be avoided if you’re prone to acne


  • Try rubbing a freshly cut lemon on the scarred skin and leaving the juice for 10 minutes before washing away with warm water – you should avoid going out in the sun as citrus can cause photosensitivity

Frequently asked questions about impetigo

How long do impetigo scars take to fade?

Impetigo scars typically fade within weeks to months, depending on severity and skin type. Consistent skincare can speed up the process.

Are there natural remedies for impetigo scars?

Yes, several natural remedies can help reduce impetigo scars, including aloe vera gel, honey, coconut oil, and lemon juice.

What medical treatments are available for impetigo scars?

You can apply corticosteroid creams directly to the affected area, which work by promoting collagen production and improving the appearance of scars.

A child has impetigo around their mouth, which may become scarred.

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