If you have ever had scabs develop on your pimples, you know how conspicuous and embarrassing this issue can be! In this article, we will discuss the causes of this problem, as well as the question of how to get rid of pimple scabs.
Causes of Pimple Scabs
If you have acne, you will experience the existence of annoying and embarrassing pimple scabs. Red, noticeable pimple scabs are sometimes more likely to develop when you manually interfere with a pimple (for example, if you pop it). However, a scab of some sort is likely to develop over any pimple as it heals.
In the next section, we will go over home remedies you can use to deal with pimple scabs, in addition to pimples that have not yet formed scabbing.
How To Get Rid Of Pimple or Acne Scabs Fast With Home Remedies
Remember: whatever you do, do not forcibly (manually) remove the full scab too early! Doing so will only cause the formation of a new scab, and possibly make permanent scarring more likely to occur.
Honey has amazing antibacterial and healing properties. Honey will promote the healing of the affected area, thus making the scab more likely to fall off more quickly. It will also help to prevent infections, and will moisturize the skin. Apply a small amount of honey (preferably raw and organic) two or three times a day. If possible, use a raw, organic variety.
Neosporin or Polysporin
Apply small amounts of over-the-counter Neosporin or Polysporin to the affected area a few times a day. This type of cream will help to promote healing, and is antibacterial.
Baking soda has antibacterial qualities, and helps to promote healing. Make a baking soda paste by slowly mixing small amounts of water into baking soda. Apply the baking soda paste to the affected area, making sure to completely cover the scab. You should do this at least once a day.
Applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the acne scab (as long as the scab is very dry) each day will help to loosen it, thus helping it fall off more quickly.
Aloe vera gel
Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to the affected area. You should make sure to use pure aloe vera gel that you have extracted from aloe vera leaves. Alternatively, you can use an aloe vera you buy in a store as long as it contains a high proportion of real aloe. You should apply a thick layer of the gel to the scab, and allow it to sit for at least a couple of hours. Many people find it very effective to leave the aloe vera gel on overnight.
Using a warm compress on the scabbed area will help to promote healing. Immerse a clean washcloth in warm water, and then press this cloth on the affected area. Make sure to leave the washcloth on the area for at least five minutes. You should do this two times a day.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial and healing properties. Use a clean piece of cotton wool to apply a drop of tea tree oil to the scab two times a day.
Boost your consumption of vitamins C, D, and E
Eat more foods that are rich in these vitamins, and/or take vitamin supplements. Make sure to read the dosage instructions on the supplement jars.
Garlic has excellent antibacterial and healing properties. One way to use garlic is to soak two or three garlic cloves in a cup of wine. After you have allowed the garlic to soak in the wine for two hours, strain the liquid. Use a clean cotton ball to apply the liquid to the affected area, and leave it on for ten minutes maximum. Make sure to gently rinse the solution away with water. You should do this one or two times a day.
Plantain leaves have excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and promote healing. Extract plantain leaf juice by pounding ten leaves. You should apply this juice to the affected area. You should do this daily.
Onion has strong antibacterial properties, and helps to promote healing. Chop up and pound an onion, and then mix it with honey to make a paste. You should apply this to the affected area four times a day, leaving it on for ten minutes each time.
Soaking with water
Use a cotton ball to soak the scab in water. This is helpful because the water will help to soften the scab. This softening will help make permanent scarring less likely to occur. You should do this several times a day.
Epsom salts are very effective in calming the skin and reducing irritation. You should soak a clean cotton ball in water containing Epsom salts. Soak your scab with this solution using the cotton ball. You should do this several times a day.
Vitamin E has amazing healing properties. Break open one or two vitamin E supplement capsules and apply the contents to the scab. You should do this daily. Vitamin E will help make permanent scarring less likely to occur.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar exfoliates, and promotes the growth of new skin cells. This will help your scab heal and fall off more quickly. Mix 50 ml of water with 5 ml of apple cider vinegar, and gently apply the mixture to the scab using a clean cotton ball. You should leave this on for 20 minutes before using lukewarm water to remove the solution. You should do this once or twice a day.
Potassium alum is antibacterial, and is an effective astringent. Mix pre-ground potassium alum with water and create a paste. Gently apply this paste to the scab, and allow it to dry. You should do this daily.
Applying ice to the affected area will help to reduce inflammation, thus making the scab less obvious and promoting healing. You can use either a cold pack or an ice cube. Make sure to wrap it in something, such as a paper towel or cloth, so that it is not directly on the skin.
Lemon juice has antibacterial properties and helps to cleanse the pores. It also exfoliates the skin. Apply it with a clean cotton ball. Once you have left it on for about 30 minutes, splash the area with cool water to remove. You should do this two or three times a day.
Witch hazel is an extremely effective astringent that will help to dry out the pimple and cleanse the pores. You should apply witch hazel two or three times daily with a clean cotton ball.
Chamomile helps with inflammation. Mix a chamomile tea bag’s contents with a small amount of water in a blender until the mix is like a paste. Apply this to the area. Another way you can use chamomile is to let two chamomile tea bags steep for 15 minutes in a cup of boiled water. Once the tea has cooled, use a clean cotton ball to apply it.
Make an aspirin paste by mixing a crushed aspirin with water. Apply the paste to the affected area daily. Another way to use aspirin is to allow four aspirins to dissolve in a small amount of water and apply with a clean cotton ball.
Echinacea is effective in promoting healing and lessening inflammation. It also has antibacterial properties. Soak a clean cotton ball in a few drops of Echinacea tincture and then apply.
Mint helps to cleanse the pores. Mix some freshly chopped mint with two tablespoons of oatmeal and an equal amount of yogurt. Apply this mixture to the affected area, and leave it on for 10 minutes. After that, you should rinse it off with cool water.
Rosewater and lemon juice
Mix a half teaspoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of rosewater, and apply this mixture to the affected area using a clean cotton ball.
Crush and “mush” some fresh cabbage leaves and massage them into the affected area. You should leave the resulting juice on the pimple for a minimum of half an hour, and then rinse it off and use an astringent.
Egg white mask
Whip the white of one or two eggs, and then gently apply this to the area. You should put this on before bed, so you can leave it on overnight. Make sure to wash it off thoroughly in the morning.
Cinnamon and honey
Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon with honey, and mix the two ingredients together until you have made a paste. Gently apply this mixture to the affected area, and let it sit for at least twenty minutes. This will be especially effective if you leave it on overnight.
Apply a little clay mask on the affected area. If you cannot find any already made clay mask, buy a bag or box of cosmetic clay. Mix one teaspoon of cosmetic clay with small amounts of distilled water. Once the mixture is the consistency of a thick paste, apply it to the affected area. You should leave this on for at least twenty minutes. Alternatively, you can leave it on overnight.
Green tea ice cubes
Once you have brewed some green tea and it has cooled down, make it into ice cubes. You should rub one of these ice cubes on the affected area three times daily. This will help to ease inflammation. The green tea will also work as an astringent on the skin, helping to cleanse the pores.
Cut the top area off of one strawberry. Rub the strawberry flesh that is located in the top on the affected area. You should leave the juice that collects on the area on the skin for at least 20 minutes to half an hour. Rinse it off of the skin using cool water.
Cloves and nutmeg
Mix one teaspoon of ground nutmeg with two teaspoons of whole cloves and milk. Heat this mixture on low for about 10 minutes, and then let the milk cool down. Use a clean cloth to apply the mixture to the affected area.
Castor oil, glycerin, and lanolin
Mix equal parts of all these ingredients. Melt this mixture by heating it on a very low setting. Once you have done this, put the mixture in a small jar. You can keep this for an extended period of time. Apply this mixture to the affected area daily.
Rub one potato slice on the affected area, and make sure to leave the juice on for at least twenty minutes. You could also leave it on overnight.
Apply fresh tomato juice to the affected area using a clean cotton ball. You should leave this on for at least one hour, and then wash it off.
Neem oil or neem powder
Neem powder and neem oil can be found at many health food stores. If you use neem oil, use a clean cotton ball to apply it to the affected area. If you use the powder, mix it with a very small amount of witch hazel or water until the mixture has reached a paste like consistency. You should apply this directly to the affected area, and leave it on for at least an hour. Leave it on all night for maximum effectiveness.
Lavender oil can be found at many health food stores. Apply a small amount of lavender oil to the affected area, using a clean cotton ball or Q-tip. You should leave this on overnight.
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