Scabs can be both, painful and unappealing to look at. Especially if you have a friend’s night out, a date or an event, you have been planning for, a long time.
Thinking of how to get rid of scabs? Well, surprisingly there are a few tricks you can apply to get rid of them faster than you can imagine.
But before we hop on to how to get rid of scabs, here’s all that you need to know about scabs:
- Other than making you look unappealing and in pain, scabs have a whole different reason of existence. Healing:
Oh yes, they help heal the wound. They appear as a result of a skin injury, forming a thick layer over the wound to prevent blood loss and also help stop the bacteria from sneaking in.
So since this is our body’s natural healing mechanism, scratching the scab or peeling the scab off won’t help get rid of it. Instead, it will worsen your wound’s condition, prolonging the scab’s stay.
And who wants that?
How long do scabs take to heal?
An average scab that appears after a small scratch or injury takes nearly a week or more to be replaced by new skin. Whereas scabs covering deep wounds may take up to 2 weeks or more to heal and shed off completely.
How to speed up scab healing?
Healing a scab is easy, but as mentioned above, takes its time. In case you are running low on time, here are a few tips that will help speed up the process of healing that ugly scab.
- Never ever pull, scratch or peel off the scab. Peeling the scab, damages the layer of tissue underneath, resulting in a scared tissue. It’s like getting out of the frying pan into the fire.
- Use products that encourage healing, soothing and rejuvenating of skin. Such as Vitamin E oil.
- In case of an emergency, use a warm compress, to help soften and dissolve the scab, which will make it easier for it to shed off quick and also not leave any sort of a scar.
How to get rid of scabs on leg?
The most common forms of scabs are found on legs or hands. Especially young children. and even most adults, if they are as clumsy as me and trip every now and then.
Where the scabs look ugly and unappealing for us, for children they are play. Don’t believe me?
Well, ask a child to not touch the scab or wound and they will be doing exactly that, moments later. Picking the scab over and over again. Disturbing the process of healing and making it impossibly painful for themselves.
Here’s how to get rid of a scab:
1. Using onions or garlic
Onions, as well as garlics are known to be packed with antimicrobials and antioxidants that not only heal the scab efficiently but keep the wound from getting infected as well.
- Crush a quarter of an onion or a garlic, along with a tsp of honey and make a smooth paste.
- Apply over the scab three times a day, for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.
2. Baking soda with water
Baking soda is known as the most used or efficient product, when it comes to home remedies. It works as both an anti-fungal as well as a skin tightening product, which helps shed the scab as well as keep bacteria and fungi away from sneaking into the wound.
- Take one part baking soda and two parts water. Mix to form a paste.
- Apply generously over the scab and let sit until dry. Rinse off with warm water.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known for its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. It is great for soothing wounds and scars. The rejuvenating formula, also helps get rid of inflammation and keeps the skin looking soft and rejuvenating.
- Take sufficient amount of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and dab it onto the wound and let it air dry.
The scabs will be gone within no time. Leaving behind, fresh and softer than ever scar-free skin.
How to heal scabs on face, after picking?
Picking the scab may be very tempting, but it can cause havoc for your skin. especially your facial skin, which is far more sensitive and having scars over your face is the worst you could wish for.
Now there is a 70% chance that you are lingering over this particular article, searching how to rectify the damage you have just made, by picking that scab, on your face.
Well, good for you, we have a solution.
This is a first-aid antibiotic cream. Since you just damaged your skins natural healing mechanism by picking the scab, you will need something powerful enough to keep the open wound from getting infected. Neosporin is best to use in that case. Not too harsh to damage the skin, but powerful enough to quickly heal the wound.
How to get rid of pimple scabs and redness overnight?
If you are someone who is frequently visited by a pimple, you would know how only getting rid of the pimple is not all. Dealing with pimple scabs is far worse. Not only this, the itch, the redness and the scars make it one hell of a traumatic event.
But not anymore.
Here are three things that would help in keeping the pimple scabs away and at bay.
1. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is known as a cooling and soothing agent, which works efficiently over acne marks. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps not only tone the swelling but also get rid of the redness, over a period of one night.
Take some freshly squeezed gel, and put over scabs, overnight.
2. Epsom salt
Epsom salt contains minerals, anti-inflammatory agents and the salt crystals work as a mild exfoliator. The minerals rejuvenate skin, and the anti-inflammatory agents help keep the redness and swelling away, while the exfoliator along with Sulphur, scrapes off dead skin, blackheads and keeps the bacteria from lounging in the pores.
Struggling with blackheads? Here’s how to get rid of them, once and for all!
Mix a tbsp. of Epsom salt with water and form a thick paste. Apply a thick layer over the scabs and let sit until dry. Once dried, scrub and rinse with cold water.
3. Vitamin E
When looking for an overnight solution to reduce the redness, applying vitamin E gel right out of the capsule, works wonders. It is filled with anti-inflammatory agents, which reduces the swelling and redness within hours.
Cut open a Vitamin E gel capsule and apply the gel right on top of the inflammation and scabs. Let sit overnight.
However, taking Vitamin E in the form of a supplement gives far better results but over a period of a couple months. So next time you are at the doctors, make sure to get vitamin E capsules prescribed according to your health requirement.