How To Get Rid Of Pimple Scabs

Posted 5 months ago by Vani Kambali in

Everyone dreams of a skin that is soft, supple and without any bumps. However, having that is not always easy. There are so many factors that can ruin the situation of having a clear skin that the industry of skin care is growing immensely because of the endless opportunities. Pollution, clogged pores because of dirt and gunk or even something as complex as hormones, there are a lot of ways skin can go terribly wrong in its health and it is important to fix it as soon as it is possible. 

One such problem is pimple. Well, we all hate them but there is no denying that they exist. They are mostly caused when pores get clogged up. This can happen because of pollution, dirt, gunk or even plain hormones. A pimple can pop up from something as basic a body heating up too. A lot of woman also get pimples during their periods. So having them is pretty common but treating them soon is also very important because if left unattended or in a rut situation, it can grow into something terrible and worse. 

How To Get Rid Of Pimple Scabs

Well, that is when drop in the topic that we are addressing today. Most of us don't know what they are called but if we have faced pimples, we surely have faced them too. Yes, we are talking about Pimple Scabs.

What are Pimple Scabs?

Pimple scab is in fact a positive thing but only when it happens naturally. It is caused when the skin dry after the pimple burst. It is a healing process and it in fact protects the skin. Pimple scabs are usually made of dried blood, blood fluids, and dried immune cells. It is important to note that you must get rid of them very gently and not by pulling them off. 

We understand that having something like that on the skin can be very embarrassing but if you think that pulling it off will save you from that, you are wrong, it is going to further worsen the situation and cause you discomfort like an infection, inflammation, swelling and even a rash. Also when pimple scabs happen naturally, it is not a problem as the possibility is quite rare but when you intentionally go ahead to prick it, they will for sure happen, so the best way to avoid it is to not prick the pimple when they are fresh. 

Now assuming that you have somehow got the pimple scabs, there are two basic ways to get rid of them. They are very simple and wouldn't cause any sort of discomfort. They are either by drying it up entirely which will eventually make them fall or you can also opt for moisturizing it so that it stays hydrated which will eventually fasten the process of repairing. In both cases, opting for a natural means to do it is the best option. 

There are a lot of options to choose from and the best part is they are all 100% natural. This means that you can use them every day, alternating between remedies to improve the healing process by making it faster and better. So if you are sick and tired of facing the problem of pimple scabs and didn't know what to do with them, well, we are to help you with it. Let's dive in, shall we?

Home Remedies To Treat Pimple Scabs

Here is a list of home remedies that you can very conveniently follow at your very home to treat the problem of pimples scabs. They are natural, they will be gentle and they will leave you with younger and brand new looking skin.

  1. Ice Packs
  2. Heat Treatment
  3. Tea Tree Oil
  4. Apple cider vinegar
  5. Aloe Vera
  6. Honey
  7. Vaseline
  8. Toothpaste
  9. Baking Soda
  10. Aspirin
  11. Lemon Treatment
  12. Orange Peel And Juice
  13. Onion
  14. Garlic Treatment
  15. Plantain Leaves
  16. Salt
  17. Turmeric
  18. Papaya
  19. Fenugreek
  20. Mint Leaves
  21. Egg White


Ice Packs

Things you will need:

Ice2-3 pieces
Cloth              1


Process:

  1. Take 2-3 ice cubes and wrap it a cheese cloth or any other thin clean fabric.
  2. Apply it on the scabs[1] and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. Repeat this till you see the scab and the swelling disappear.
Ice[2] is great when it comes to pimple scabs and its swelling. It helps in soothing the redness as well as the inflammation. However, make sure that there is a swelling left behind after the pimple is burst. The ice will only work is there is a swelling.


Heat Treatment

Things you will need:

Warm water1 cup
Cloth1


Process:

  1. Take a vessel and add one cup of water into it. Heat it up and take it off the flame after the first boil.
  2. Once done, let it cool down a little till it reach lukewarm stage.
  3. Soak a clean cloth into it and squeeze the water out of it.
  4. Apply it directly onto the scabs and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Hold it in place and don't scrub it out.
Warm water is a great treatment when it comes to getting rid of pimple[3] scabs. The warm water helps in making the blood flow to area faster which will help in healing it better. However, make sure that you don't scrub it and only dab it on the area.


Tea Tree Oil

Things you need:

Tea tree oilA few drops
Cotton Ball1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and add a few drops of tea tree oil[4] into it.
  2. Soak a cotton ball into it, squeeze the tea tree oil from it.
  3. Cleanse your face thoroughly and then apply it directly onto the pimple scabs.
  4. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and dab it a couple of times.
Tea tree oil is great when it comes to any sort of a wound. It contains antibacterial properties which help soothe the wounds and speed up the skin healing process. Tea tree is a great ingredient for all sorts of skin issues including the pimple scabs.


Apple cider vinegar

Things you will need:

Apple Cider Vinegar3 tbsp
Water3 tbsp
Cotton Ball1


Process:

  1. Take a bowl, add 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar[5] and 3 tbsp of water into it.
  2. Mix both the ingredients really well and soak one cotton ball into it.
  3. Squeeze the cotton nice to extract excess concoction and apply it directly onto the scabs.
  4. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Apple cider vinegar is a great ingredient when it comes to pimple scabs. It helps in killing the bacteria which makes a fresh scab worse if not taken care of in time. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and hence it helps in removing dead skin cells whilst unblocking the pores. However, make sure that you test patch it first to check if it suits your skin. Also, always dilute the ACV as it can be very strong.


Aloe Vera

Things you will need:

Aloe Vera Gel1 Leaf
Q-tip1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and take a leaf of Aloe Vera[6] out. Peel the skin off it.
  2. Take a spoon and extract its gel out and using a spoon make them into a runny-sticky concoction.
  3. Once done, use a Q-tip and dip it into the Aloe Vera concoction. Apply it directly onto your scabs.
  4. Leave it on for several hours and if possible overnight. Rinse it off in the morning.
Use it till you see the scabs disappear or till you see the swelling subside. Aloe Vera gel is a great ingredient to soothe all sorts of inflammation and redness. Aloe Vera increase the collagen production in the skin and speeding the process of skin formation. There are two ways to deal with a pimple either by moisturizing it or by drying it out. Aloe Vera cures the problem by moisturizing it well.


Honey

Things you will need:

Honey2 Tsp
Bandage1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and add 2 Tsp of honey[7] into it.
  2. Clean your face thoroughly as well as your hands and using your clean fingers, apply the honey onto the scab and cover it with a bandage.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then take the bandage off and rinse your face off.
You can use this method every 2 days . Honey contains antibacterial properties that help in keeping all sorts of bacteria from the pimple scabs away which can make the situation worse by causing a terrible infection. It helps the acne by reducing water content and drying the area up, this helps the acne and protect it from not seeping deep in the skin. Honey contains glucuronic acid which works very similar to Benzoyl Peroxide. The difference here however is that unlike Benzoyl Peroxide honey can very gently treat the problem.


Vaseline For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

Vaseline1 Tsp
Q-tip1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and take some Vaseline[8] out in it.
  2. Cleanse your face as well as your hands.
  3. Use a Q-tip and put them in the Vaseline. Apply it directly onto the pimple scabs.
  4. Leave it on overnight and then rinse it off in the morning.
You can use it multiple times till you see the scabs healing. Vaseline is very gentle on use and thus using it multiple times will not harm you. The Vaseline helps in making the scabs smooth, soft and easy to detach. This is the moisturizing way of getting rid of the pimple scab. It will also help in keeping the bacteria to enter the wound. However, note that clean the pimple first before applying the Vaseline on it instead of applying it on blooded or puss filled acne.


Toothpaste

Things you will need:

Toothpaste1 Tsp
Q-tip1


Process:

  1. Take a small bowl or a plate and add 1 Tsp of toothpaste[9] into it.
  2. Use a Q-tip and dip it into the toothpaste. Apply it directly on to the scab.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it off. You can also opt to leave it overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
Toothpaste contains silica which is a great drying agent. Like we mentioned, scabs can be removed either by drying it up or moisturizing it. When you apply toothpaste to the scabs, it stops the pores from clogging up and also from oil entering the skin. Make sure that you opt for the ones that does not contain a lot of sodium content which can cause a lot of irritation.


Baking Soda

Things you will need:

Baking Soda1/2 tbsp
Water1/2 cup


Process:

  1. Take a bowl and fill it with 1/2 cup of water into it.
  2. Add 1/2 a tbsp of baking soda[10] in it and mix them really well.
  3. Cleanse your face and hands and using a Q-tip, apply this concoction onto your fresh scabs.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.
Baking soda is also one amongst the most used ingredient when it comes to pimples or even pimple scabs. Baking soda contains antiseptic and a fungicide which helps to speed up the process. The way baking soda will work is that it tightens the scabs and allows a pimple to fall off. Apart from working on the scabs, it also helps exfoliate the skin. This process helps in keeping the pores clean and away from gunk which can clog up the pore and make the situation worse.


Aspirin

Things you will need:

Aspirin4-5
WaterA few drops
Pestle and Mortar1


Process:

  1. Take a pestle and mortar and add in 4-5 aspirin[11] into it.
  2. Crush it really well till it forms a powdery texture. Transfer it into a bowl.
  3. Add a little water as required to make a paste out of it and apply it directly onto the scabs.
  4. Let it sit till it dries and then rinse it off using water.
  5. You can also choose to leave it overnight and rinsing it off in the morning.
Aspirin is a great exfoliant and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. It fights the inflammation which is caused when the pimple is pricked. Aspirin also helps in shrinking the pores which will help in dirt or gunk getting into it which will further worsen the situation. It also help soothes the skin.


Lemon Treatment

Things you will need:

Lemon1-2
WaterA few drops
Q-tip1


Process:

  1. Take a small bowl and squeeze half a lemon[12] into it.
  2. Add a few drops of water to dilute the concoction by mixing them well.
  3. Dip a Q-tip into the concoction and apply it directly onto the pimple scabs.
  4. Let it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Repeat this method twice every day to help reduce any sort of acne issues. Lemon contains citric acid which works really well for pimples and its scabs. Lemon contains astringent and antibacterial properties that is a natural exfoliant which helps in cleansing the pores and keeping them dirt and gunk free. A clogged pore can worsen the situation by turning the scab into an infection.


Orange Peel And Juice

Things you will need:

Orange juice4 tbsp
Orange peel1
WaterA few drops
Q-tip1


Process:

  1. Using a mild cleanser, cleanse your face thoroughly and pat it dry.
  2. Take the orange[13] peel and rub it very gently on the scab. Make sure you are gentle and don't scrub it cause that can cause inflammation and will also hurt you in long run.
  3. Once done, take a bowl and add 4 tbsp of orange juice into it. Add a few drops of water to it and mix well.
  4. Dip a Q-tip into the orange juice concoction and apply it directly on the scab.
  5. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it off using cold water to keep the pores clean.
Orange juice contain vitamin C[14] which helps in skins elasticity as well as its elasticity. It repair everything from deep within and keeps the pores cleansed. Orange also contains potent antioxidants which reduces the inflammation an makes the pimple scabs much easier to heal. It also contains arachidonic acid which reduce the inflammation in the cells and help in repairing the process faster and quicker.


Onion For Pimple Scab

Things you will need:

Onion1 medium
WaterA few drops


Process:

  1. Take an onion, peel them and chop them into small pieces.
  2. Toss it into the blender and blend it till it forms a paste.
  3. Add a little water to it an blend again so that the onion juice is very well extracted.
  4. Now, dip the Q-tip into the onion paste, squeeze the onion paste through it and directly apply it onto the scabs.
  5. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.
Onion contains excellent antibacterial and healing properties and they will work brilliantly for pimple scabs as well. Onion also contains vitamin C which helps in providing the skin a repair from deep within. Onions contains quercetin an antioxidant which will help reduce the inflammation and make the scabs to very effectively wave off. It also contains antiseptic and antibacterial property which whilst repairing the skin will also work from the deepest layer and treat it from within. It will also block the bacteria from entering the pores and causing further problem.


Garlic Treatment

Things you will need:

Garlic Cloves5-6 pieces
WaterA few drops
Pestle and mortar1


Process:

  1. Take a mortar and pestle and add 5-6 pieces of garlic cloves into it.
  2. Crush them to make a paste of it and add a few drops of water into it.
  3. Crush again to extract all the juice from the garlic and then use a Q-tip to directly apply the paste onto the scab.
  4. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.
  5. You can also choose to cut the garlic in two halves and rub it directly onto the pimple scabs. Make sure you do that gently.
Garlic is one amongst the great ingredients which can help when it comes to pimples. Garlic contains antibacterial properties that help in keeping the bacteria away from the scabs which if not done can cause a worse situation by infecting it. It also contains anti fungal properties which kills the bacteria that cause the acne in the first place. If you have already have acne, it can defend the bacteria to form up on the already caused acne and protect it from not causing any sort of an infection.


Plantain Leaves

Things you will need:

Water1 cup
Plantain leavesHandful
Pestle and mortar1
Essential OilA few drops


Process:

  1. Take a vessel and fill it with water. Put it on flame, and bring it to boil.
  2. Add a handful of plantain leaf into the boiling water and let it boil. Take it off the flame after the first boil.
  3. After it hits the first boil, turn the flame off and set it aside. Once cool, put it int the mortar and pestle and stamp it to make a paste out of it.
  4. Add a few drops of essential oil, whichever you prefer and mix it very well with the paste.
  5. Once done, cleanse your face using a mild cleanser and apply the plantain leaf onto the scabs.
  6. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water.
Plantain leaf contains anti inflammatory properties which can help soothe the inflammation caused due to the pimples bursting.  It can also help soothe pimples swelling which is cause after the inflammation. Once the swelling subside, the scabs will get back to normal as well. It also contains Allantoin which fastens the repairing of wounds and also help in keeping any sort of scars away.


Salt For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

Water1 cup
Epsom Salt2 tbsp


Process:

  1. Take a vessel and fill it with water. Put it on the flame and let the water boil. Turn the flame off after the first boil.
  2. Once the water turns lukewarm, add 2 tbsp of Epsom salt into it and dilute well.
  3. Dip a cotton ball into the concoction and squeeze the excess solution out and dab it onto the scabs.
  4. Leave it on till it dries and rinse it off using cold water.
Epsom salt is a great way to treat pimple scabs. It is a great exfoliator and the texture plus its effect will work brilliantly on the pimple scab. It also helps in removing dead skin which clog the pores in the first place and cause the pimple in the first place. And if you have the pimple and you have already scraped it out, the Epsom salt will help with it. You can also mix it with oil and  massage onto the scabs gently.


Turmeric For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

Turmeric Powder1 tbsp
WaterA few drops


Process:

  1. Take a small bowl and add 1 tbsp of turmeric[15] powder into it. Add a little water to it and mix well.
  2. Form a paste and apply it to the pimple scabs directly.
  3. Let it sit till it dries entirely and then rinse it off using cold water. Pat dry.
Turmeric is the most trusted ingredient when it comes to healing the wounds. It contains a lot of medicinal properties that helps in healing the scabs and helping them heal. Turmeric contains antimicrobial properties which keep the bacteria that cause infection away. It also helps in sucking the oil away which can also clog the pores and worsen the situation by turning it into an infection which can be really bad for the overall skin.


Papaya For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

PapayaHalf
WaterA few drops


Process:

  1. Take a blender and toss in papaya chunks into it.
  2. Blend it really nice and add a little water if required. Try to keep a few chunks as is so that it is easier to apply it onto the scabs.
  3. Leave it on till it dries and then rinse it off using cold water.
  4. You can also opt to cut the papaya into chunks and applying it directly onto the scabs instead of blending it. You can also mix in some honey to it.
Papaya is a great ingredient when it comes to healing pimples and its scabs which are caused when you blast the pimple. Papaya moisturize the scabs and help in healing them from the deepest of layers. It is because of the enzymes that the skin gets moisturized as well as treat the acne and let the scars diminish. Apart from the papaya, its seeds as well as the leaf works excellently on the acne.


Fenugreek For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

Fenugreek SeedsHandful
WaterA cup


Process:

  1. Take a vessel and fill it with 1 cup of water.
  2. Add in a handful of fenugreek seeds into it and let it soak. Put it on the flame and bring it to boil. After the first boil, turn the flame off and let it sit.
  3. Take a mortar and pestle and make a paste of it or else use a blender to make a paste.
  4. Using your cleansed fingers apply the fenugreek seed paste onto the pimple scabs.
  5. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water after that. Pat dry.
Fenugreek seeds is known to fight the acne as well as the acne scabs. It helps in reducing the inflammation which happened once you prick the pimple. It can also cause help with the swelling. Apart from acne, it works brilliantly with blackheads, whiteheads as well as pigmentation. It also exfoliates the skin and keep the pores tightly shut and cleanse it when it comes to dirt or gunk.


Mint Leaves

Things you will need:

Mint LeavesHandful
Almond oil1 tbsp


Process:

  1. Take a mortar and pestle and add a handful of mint leaves to it.
  2. Crush it dry and then add 1 tbsp of almond oil to it.
  3. Mix again and make a paste out of it. Cleanse your face as well as hands.
  4. Scoop the paste in your fingers and apply it onto the scabs directly.
  5. Let it sit till dries and then rinse it off using cold water. Pat dry.
Mint leaves contains cooling properties that help in soothing the inflammation that is caused when one pricks the pimple which causes the scabs in the first place. Mint also contains antibacterial properties which helps in keeping the bacteria that can cause infection at bay. Apart from anti bacterial properties, it also contains vitamin A which controls the secretion of oil which clogs the pores and can ruin the situation for a longer run.


Egg White For Pimple Scabs

Things you will need:

Egg White1
Lemon1


Process:

  1. Take a bowl and break open one egg into it. Make sure to use only the white part and not the yolk as yolks can further make the clogs oily and worsen the situation even more.
  2. If the smell is too much to take then squeeze 1 whole lemon into the egg white.
  3. Mix both the ingredients really well and then apply it directly onto the scab.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off using cold water. Don't use warm water as they can bake and stick the pores. Pat dry.
Egg white have a good source of amino acids and vitamins that helps in creating new skin tissues which in turn fasten the process of healing. Apart form that, it also helps in soaking up excess oil which can clog the pores and further ruin the situation by causing an infection.

Now that you have gone through the list of home remedies that you can use to treat you pimples, we are sure that you will try them out to look fabulous the next time they happen. A lot of times pimples are not something that we can have control over and not of scabs. Having scabs in fact is a good thing as it says that we are on the process of healing. But that does not mean that you have to stick with it and skip going out because your face has this ugly blob. 

Creams also might be very scary considering that they have preservatives which can back fire and worsen the situation. When it is natural, you can blindly trust it and go for it. Apart from using these ingredients, the one thing that you must keep in mind when it comes to pimple scab is to keep the area extremely clean and protected. 

Note that a healthy skin attracts most people to you. You can have a fair skin, a dark skin, varied sorts of features, but when a person looks at you, their eyes naturally travel through the quality of the skin. So make sure that you continue to keep them healthy so that you continue to look fabulous!


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 03/06/2019 

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