How to Get Rid of Acne Scabs?

Acne can be a real pain! These infected follicles that usually erupt on the face can be embarrassing and unsightly for anyone. You go through all the trouble to get these off your face and just when you think it will all be fine your skin gets another visitor, acne scabs.

Even though these scabs form for your skin to heal the follicles, the scabs are just as bad looking as that acne it replaced! So, what to do now? Simple, we wage war against this too, but in a way that does not slow down the healing process. Here we go!

Wait! Before we go any further there is something you should know: Do NOT Pick on the Acne Scabs!

You know how you were told not to pick fights with kids in the playground? Well, you are to do something similar over here. The only difference is this time around the fight is on your turf, aka your skin. If you want those acne scabs to heal faster, do not pick on them!

Yes, it is tempting to scratch or rub the scabs, but by doing so; they will only turn worse or turn into wounds. If you are feeling an itch on scab, don’t do it! Use an anti-itch cream instead. As mentioned in the beginning, scabs form an outer layer to expedite your skin’s capability to heal itself.

How to Get Rid Of Acne Scabs Fast

There is always a quicker way to do things, and you can say the same about getting rid of acne scabs. Before we begin, keep in mind that scabs also tend to get infected. So it is important that you don’t do anything that will cause the scab to form pus or become unbearably painful.

Before we let you in on how to cleanse your acne scabs, there is something important you should know!

 

Scab-free with Tea Tree Oil

Try tea tree oil for acne scabs!

Tea tree oil is a home remedy that helps in getting rid of the scabs quite quickly. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties. When you apply it, it will fight off bacteria. For acne scabs, wounds and cuts on the skin, tea tree oil can work wonders if used right. The process of implementing Tea Tree is as follows:

  1. Wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel.
  2. Take a fresh piece of cotton wool. Make sure that it is clean!
  3. Using your hands, shape the cotton wool into a ball, which will make it easier to use.
  4. Then, take the bottle of the tea tree oil and pour some oil on to the cotton wool.
  5. Using the soaked cotton ball, apply on the scabs gently.
  6. Make sure not to apply too much pressure as that can cause bleeding by breaking the crust.

By following these steps at least two times a day, you will see a significant difference in healing the acne scab within a day or two.

TIP: Check out our comprehensive guide – how to get rid of acne!

Natural Healing the Organic Honey Way

Honey as a natural treatment for acne scabs.

Honey is not just a sweet topping you put on your ice-cream and pancakes. It is way more than just that! In ancient times honey was used as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. It not only helps fight against infections, it is also has healing properties when applied to boils, burns and cuts. With so many helpful benefits, you can use honey to improve the appearance of your skin.

Here are a few steps of applying honey to your skin:

  1. As always, thoroughly clean your skin and dry with a clean towel
  2. Apply the honey on the scabs
  3. Use a hydro-polymer dressing as it will absorb any discharge of fluids from the zit
  4. Wash with water after 15 to 20 min

Do this twice a day for maximum effect to get rid of the scabs.

 

Aloe Vera, Nature’s Beauty Gel

aloe vera gel for acne scabs treatment

 

Aloe Vera’s use as a beauty gel and as a healing agent can be dated back to as far as 6000 B.C! It had been used by the Pharaohs of those times as it was called the ‘plant of immortality’. Even today, after all this time, aloe vera has not lost its reputation.

You can use aloe vera to get rid of the acne scabs fast. The aloe vera gel, when applied on the scabs, has a soothing effect that greatly reduces itching and discomfort. Its healing factor also helps in preventing the acne from leaving any unwanted spots or scars on the skin.

Getting the aloe vera can be a bit tricky, but not to worry, it’s not difficult. You can get the gel out of the leaves by simply pressing on them. Once you have enough, simply apply the gel on the acne scabs. Let the gel sit on your skin for a couple of hours (yes, it takes some time!) before washing away.

Don’t stop using aloe vera once the scabs are gone. Keep using it and you will see a great deal of difference on your skin as it helps in keeping your skin fresh and healthy!

Using Petroleum Jelly to Get Rid of Acne Scabs

Use petroleum jelly for acne scabs

Petroleum Jelly, also known in some parts as Vaseline, is also beneficial in healing acne scabs. However, before you use this make sure that the scab is not oozing pus or blood. After you have cleaned and patted the acne scabs dry, apply a little petroleum jelly on the scab as it will keep the scab moist. This allows the healing process to be faster as it protects the area from bacteria.

With the moisturizing properties of petroleum jelly, it will loosen the acne scab and make it go away faster. It is best to keep the petroleum jelly applied overnight!

 

Get Rid of the Acne Scabs with Baking Soda

Baking soda to fight acne scabs

One of the most commonly used ingredients in cooking in our kitchens nowadays is baking soda. You must be wondering how this can help? Well, believe it or not, baking soda has been used for home remedies since our grandparents were young. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, it works as an antiseptic and as a fungicide.

Baking soda gets to work immediately on the scabs as it heals the wound underneath the scab. This tightens the acne scab, letting it slide off the skin. Follow the below guidelines on how to use baking soda:

  1. The first thing you will have to do is go to your kitchen and find some baking soda. If you don’t have some at home then make a quick stop by your local grocery store.
  2. Once you have it, pour a small amount into a bowl.
  3. Add some water and start mixing the content till they form a paste. You can use your hands for the mixing, no problem!
  4. Now, using your fingers or a cotton ball, apply the paste on the acne scabs.
  5. Make sure to cover the entirety of the scab with the paste.
  6. Leave the paste on the scabs for a couple of hours as the baking soda works to disinfect and loosen the scab.

That was easy was it not! Not only is baking soda cheap, but it is readily available everywhere.

 

No More Acne Scabs with Warm Compresses

Clean washcloth and warm water - perfect remedy for acne scabs.

Another easy home remedy to get rid of acne scabs is using warm compresses. All you need is a clean washcloth and some warm water. That’s it, just two things to help you to clean your face. However, this method may not work overnight so you will need to do it at least twice a day for a few days to see some real difference.

How this works is that the moisture from the warm compresses loosen up the scabs on your skin and softening them. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Buy a new quality washcloth or just use a clean one you have at home
  2. Heat some water till it is lukewarm.
  3. Make sure that the water does not get too hot as you will end up burning yourself!
  4. Dip the clean washcloth in the water and twist it to drain it.
  5. Place the warm water washcloth on the acne scabs.
  6. This will loosen the scab’s crust and relieve the itch as well.
  7. Keep the washcloth there till it feels like it has lost the heat.
  8. Go back to step 4 and repeat twice a day for optimum results.

Warm compresses help in increasing the blood supply to the skin’s surface and allow for a much faster healing of the acne wound. If you have a popped acne scab from swelling, warm compresses can help you in remedying that situation as well.

 

Avoid things Getting Worse

If the acne on your skin has popped, or you did it yourself, even after reading about how you are not supposed to do that, stop picking on it or it will get worse!

Our bodies are amazing as they start the healing process right away, which is exactly why you have to let them do their work and not interfere. In case the skin is getting red and swollen, apply ice wrapped in a soft clean cloth as it will reduce the pain and the swelling.

However, once the skin breaks, our bodies start creating new skin right away to replace it. So whatever you do, do NOT squeeze the acne scab or pick on it! Hands off please!

Letting things get out of hand is the worst you can do to your skin as this can lead to an infection. This also might lead to a few visits to the dermatologist. Even though medication can fix the issue, it is better to not start popping pills and go for the natural way of healing with home remedies. The stuff you can find lying around your home can be used to organically treat your acne scabs.

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What if These Remedies Don’t Work Overnight?

By providing good hygiene and avoiding picking the scabs, you can start the healing process. The home remedies mentioned above will have to be applied for a few days rather than just one or two. Some people might suggest applying toothpaste, but it is not recommended. It can cause burning and there is hardly any research done on whether toothpaste can be helpful in healing acne scabs so it is better to avoid using it!

If none of the above mentioned remedies work, chances are your acne scab might be infected. Look for the signs, if the scab is oozing too much pus or blood for a day or two, keep it dry till it drains out completely. You may seek medical care if you wish, but infected scabs can be cured at home. You will just have to put in a bit more effort and time.

The medications usually taken for infected acne scabs are Polysporin and Neosporin. Polysporin is an over the counter antibiotic that can help cure the infection. However, make sure to keep the scabs dry to accelerate the healing process.

Even though it is better to let the body do its natural healing, with infections you might not have a choice. Antibiotic medications are the best way to go in case of infections as the body may not have what it takes to keep the infection from spreading.

 

Don’t Stress, Relax!

Whatever you do, do not stress over your acne scabs. The best remedy of all is happiness. Don’t overthink situations because acne and acne scabs are a natural part of life. They will come and go so don’t ruin your valuable time brooding over this.

It may be a myth, but stress is said to cause more acne, and it is true that it can reduce the effectiveness of healing. So whatever you do, relax and give nature a chance with the natural remedies to getting rid of acne scabs!

How to Get Rid of Acne Scabs?
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Jonathan Clark
 

An individual with more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. The last 5 years i have been specializing in acne treatment and analyzed more than 100 products.

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