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Is There Any Way to Get Rid of Scars From Cellulitis?

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author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
Is There Any Way to Get Rid of Scars From Cellulitis?
A woman is receiving laser skin resurfacing. Photo Credit Belyjmishka/iStock/Getty Images

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can become life-threatening when left untreated. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, cellulitis can spread your lymph nodes, causing deeper infection. Cellulitis causes inflammation, blistering and lesions at the site of infection, and is normally treated with antibiotic therapy. Although antibiotics are effective at killing the bacteria responsible for cellulitis, scarring may still occur as the lesions heal. Make sure to consult a licensed dermatologist about your treatment options.

Step 1

Opt for a chemical peel of the affected area. Chemical peels remove the outer layer of damaged skin, reducing scar appearance and evening skin tone. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, removing the top layer of skin causes it to regenerate, thus improving skin's appearance.

Step 2

Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C two to six times daily. This treatment should be followed only for a short-term basis to be determined by your physician. Vitamin C speeds up the skin's healing process by promoting collagen fiber formation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Step 3

Opt for laser resurfacing to minimize scarring. This procedure uses high-energy light to burn away damaged skin and even out skin tone and texture. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, laser resurfacing is mostly used for fine lines and thinner scars.

Step 4

Massage the affected area several times per day to increase blood flow and help distribute collagen to the surrounding skin. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, massage should be avoided during active infections; however, once the infections are healed, massage actually helps promote lymph node drainage, decreasing scar appearance and preventing recurring infections.

Step 5

Submit yourself to collagen injections for pitted scarring that can occur with cellulitis. Collagen derived from cattle is injected into the scar, plumping the skin and promoting natural collagen formation within your own skin, according to the Medical University of South Carolina.

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