Acne is a painful and troublesome issue faced by most of us. Those red, white, and black marks certainly affect the appearance negatively, and seem embarrassing. What makes it more annoying is the idea of acne scabs. While the desire of getting rid of acne is at its peak, we tend to pick on our pimples, expecting a quick relief from the suffering. This, however, tends to worsen the situation, leading to the formation of scabs and yes, getting rid of acne scabs is as difficult as getting rid of acne. So, here we’ll take you through a list of 35 home remedies to get rid of acne scabs.
What is Acne?
Acne is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases, which affects millions of adults around the world (1). It results in zits, white heads, and blackheads. Acne generally hits during puberty. This is due to the rise in the number of male sex hormones, in both the genders, during adolescence. This rise in the male sex hormones leads to an increase in the activity of sebaceous glands, increasing the production of sebum. (2)
What Causes Acne?
Acne results from the closure of tiny holes, which are present on the surface of skin. These holes are often referred to as pores. Each pore of the skin opens to a follicle that contains a combination of fine hair and oil glands. The follicle is a canal-shaped structure, which is connected to the sebaceous gland. Sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is an oily substance that reaches the surface of the skin through follicle. Sebum softens the skin, and aids the removal of old skin. Acne results from over-production of sebum by the sebaceous gland, which blocks the pores (3), (4).
This leads to the build-up of dirt, bacteria, and inflammatory cells. The blockage results in the formation of a plug or comedo, which is an early sign of acne. A comedo, which reaches the skin surface and opens up, is known as blackhead. Blackhead derives it color from the variation in the sebum owing to its exposure to the air. A comedo that stays beneath the surface of the skin is known as closed comedo and leads to the formation of white bump which is known as a whitehead.
What are Acne Scabs?
Acne Scabs form as a part of the curative process of the acne. Acne scabs are as painful and unsightly as acne. Scratching and popping the pimples or zits results into scabs, which have a dry and crusty appearance. Scabs should be handled gently and should not be pulled off forcefully as it leads to scars, irritation, infection, and delay in the healing process.The best treatment to treat acne scabs includes keeping them soft, supple and moist, and allowing natural healing below the scabs. Otherwise, scabs can lead to itching, and force you to pick them. Scabs can get infected leading to bleeding, pus formation, and a painful experience if not treated well in-time.
The best treatment to treat acne scabs includes keeping them soft, supple and moist, and allowing natural healing below the scabs. Otherwise, scabs can lead to itching, and force you to pick them. Scabs can get infected leading to bleeding, pus formation, and a painful experience if not treated well in-time.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Acne Scabs
Here are some of the magical home remedies that will prove really effective for treating acne scabs, leaving an amazing skin.
Honey has been used to heal wounds, owing to its therapeutic capabilities, since ancient era. It can be applied to heal a wide range of injuries.(5). This natural healing agent with anti-bacterial properties, when applied to the lesion, absorbs the fluids released off by a pimple. This acne scab treatment works marvelously if applied once everyday. It not only aids the healing process of the scabs but also gives you a flawless and amazing skin by preventing further infection and scarring.Clean the affected area gently with a combination of mild soap and water, and dry it well. Alternatively, you can use other cleansing solutions such as hydrogen peroxide. Now, spread the honey evenly over the affected area.
Clean the affected area gently with a combination of mild soap and water, and dry it well. Alternatively, you can use other cleansing solutions such as hydrogen peroxide. Now, spread the honey evenly over the affected area.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
This natural product, obtained from aloe vera plant, is enriched with all the properties that are effective for treating acne and acne scabs. Other than its amazing acne-healing benefits, this treatment also proves beneficial to overcome uneven skin tone. (6). It is generally used as a constituent of beauty products, owing to its moisturizing and curative properties. Its antibacterial properties prove advantageous for healing acne scabs and acne. Moreover, the cooling, soothing, and astringent effects it produces draws out all the toxins from the acne scabs, as they cure.
All you have to do is, just grab some gel either from the aloe vera leaves available in your garden or the market under various brands. Apply it to the affected area and allow it to rest overnight, to wake up one step closer to an incredible skin.
3. Turmeric Powder
Another amazing remedy, to treat acne scabs, is turmeric powder. Turmeric powder not only treats acne but also lightens the skin tone, leaving a glowing skin. (7) Turmeric is one of the most preferably used natural products for healing acne scabs, wounds, injuries, and acne because of its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and skin-regenerative properties.
Turmeric can be applied as a paste, made by mixing a suitable amount of turmeric in water. You can use it by preparing a mixture of turmeric powder, milk, and raw honey in the ratio of 4:1:4, and applying it to the affected area.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is obtained from the tea tree leaves, and is used as medicine to treat various wounds, including scabs. Its antimicrobial characteristics accelerate the healing process of acne scabs. (8, 9)
Though it is available in various cosmetic products, usage of pure tea tree oil is more efficient for treating acne scabs. However, the concentration of tea tree oil higher than 10% causes skin irritation.
Clean your face gently with mild cleansers, and apply tea tree oil using a cotton ball.
Other than being one of the most popular food ingredients, antiseptic properties of garlic make it suitable to use it as a medicine for curing wounds and injuries. Garlic contains an active element, known as Allicin, which imparts its anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, garlic is an effective treatment to treat acne scabs. It not only heals the acne scabs, but also fights bacteria that causes acne, absorbs extra oil, and fights free radicals in the skin, combating the further outbreak of acne.
All you need to do is grate a single clove of garlic, and mix it in 2 teaspoons of water. Massage the mixture gently on your skin, and wash it with lukewarm water. Garlic exfoliates the dead skin cells and removes the top layer of the scabbed tissue, along with the bacteria and oils that cause acne. Ensure that you do not leave the mixture on your face for more than 5 minutes. You can apply this mixture twice or thrice in a week. (10)
6. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a widely available every-day ingredient, which has natural elements that make it a bleaching agent, and help in treating the acne scabs. The natural astringent and antibacterial properties of lemon juice greatly help in the cleansing of pores of the skin. Vitamin C present in lemon helps to rebuild collagen in the skin, which enhances the quality of the skin. In addition to it, it also exfoliates the skin. (11, 12, 13)
Just squeeze a fresh lemon and apply it to the scabs using finger tips or cotton ball. Leave it for about 10 minutes and use cold water to wash it off after that.
7. Baking Soda
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an inexpensive and natural option to cure skin problems such as acne. It is free of harmful chemicals and has mild antiseptic and drying properties. Baking soda exfoliates and cleans the skin, as well as reduces the inflammation. (14) Its antibacterial properties promote healing of acne scabs. Besides this, it helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin and absorbs the oil, thereby playing a vital role in controlling further acne breakout.
Prepare the paste of baking soda by mixing a small amount of baking soda in water. Apply it on the affected area, ensuring that the scab is entirely covered. Leave the paste for about 15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Owing to the great variety of essential properties it has, apple cider vinegar proves to be one of the most effective remedies for treating acne scabs as well as acne. It has antibiotic and antiseptic properties, and helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin. Apple cider vinegar exfoliates the skin and aids the growth of new skin cells, due to presence of malic and lactic acids (15). It is because of these, that the scab heals and falls off in less time. Additionally, it acts as powerful detox and cleaner for the skin. (16)
It is used by preparing a mixture of 5 ml apple cider vinegar in 50 ml of water. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture over the scab. Leave it for about 20 minutes, and use warm water to remove the solution. This mixture can be applied once or twice in a week.
9. Fenugreek Seed
Fenugreek seeds are a blend of various essentials elements such as vitamin A, C and K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and iron. This makes it capable of treating a diverse range of skin ailments such as sun burns, acne, acne scabs along with minor wounds and injuries. Fenugreek seeds act as an exfoliating agent, reduces inflammation, treats blackheads, wrinkles, lightens the skin, and prevents the formation of dark spots.
It can be used by grinding the leaves and applying the paste to the affected area. Alternatively, you can boil some fenugreek seeds and blend it to form a fine paste. Apply the paste on your skin, and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it with cold water. (17, 18)
10. Egg White
It is another remedy to treat acne scabs. Egg whites contain proteins and riboflavin, which enhances the overall health of the skin by absorbing the oils and repairing the skin.
You can apply egg white by combining it with 1 teaspoon of lemon. Blend the mixture well to form a smooth paste, and apply it to your face. Let it rest for about 15 minutes, and wash it off with lukewarm water. (19)
11. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant, which grows in North America and some parts of Asia. Hazel extract is added in a variety of beauty and health products due to its antioxidant and astringent nature. It quickens the healing process, prevents damage to the cellular structure, and is antibacterial in nature. Not only this, witch hazel reduces the inflammation, redness, oiliness, and bleeding. Its application dries out the pimple and cleans the skin pores. (20)
It is popularly applied directly to the skin along with the carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. You can apply witch hazel twice or thrice in a day.
Mint is another one of the magical home remedies to get rid of acne scabs. This anti-acne element dries up the acne and cleanses the skin pores. To add to this, it is loaded with diverse skin-friendly characteristics, including antibacterial and antioxidant nature. This helps the skin in staying soft and supple, and also helps it fight against various bacteria, thus, reducing the outbreak of acne. Other than being an amazing skin toner, it can help you get rid of blackheads in no time, making it a wonderful option to consider. Its consumption also purifies the blood, which combats impurities such as acne. (21)
Simply prepare a mixture of freshly chopped mint in 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, and an equal amount of yogurt. Apply this mixture to the affected area of the skin and wash it off well after 10 minutes using cold water.
Owing to its excellent cosmetic properties, potato works wonders on the acne scabs. It absorbs the excess oil from the skin pores, which effectively treats acne and scabs. Potato works wonderfully to remove dead skin cells, impurities, and fat from the skin. Besides this, owing to its bleaching properties, it is also capable of lightening the skin tone. The antibacterial properties of potato prevent the formation of bacteria. Besides removing dead cells, it also helps in generation of new skin cells.
All you need to do this is cut a slice of potato and rub it over the affected area. Repeat the process until the fluid present in the slice dries. Wash the face well after finishing. (22)
Tomatoes are one of the most effective treatments to get rid of acne scabs. Lycopene, an enzyme present in tomatoes, loosens the topmost layer of the dead skin and lightens the dark spots. It behaves as a mild astringent against excess oil, which enables it to tone and soften the skin. The love apple is a store-house of antioxidants, which help to restore the moisture and prevents aging. It also improves the skin texture by reducing the size of pores and cleaning them. Tomato also maintains the pH level of the skin. It contains salicylic acid, which is a common constituent of commercial acne products. This acid exfoliates the skin and gets it rid of various toxins.
Simply squeeze some tomato juice from fresh tomatoes, and apply it generously on your face. Rinse the face well after letting it stay for 15 minutes. (23)
Oatmeal is a brilliant agent to remove acne scabs. It absorbs the excess oil and prevents clogging of pores. It effectively exfoliates and cleans the skin, detoxicating it, and paves the way for the generation of new cells. Helping the skin to retain natural moisture, it contains magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, and zinc, which restore the hormonal balance and control the production of oil. Oatmeal also comprises of vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9 along with folate, which help in regeneration of cells.
Prepare a thick paste by mixing oatmeal powder and rosewater well. Cover the affected area and let it dry for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. (24)
16. Neem Oil or Neem Powder
Antimicrobial properties of neem makes it suitable for application as a treatment for wide range of skin problems such as acne, acne scars, acne scabs, and skin pigmentation. It does so by getting the skin free of infections that cause acne and other skin-related diseases. (25) Neem is greatly effective in treating damaged skin and preventing scars.
Boil some neem leaves in water. Allow it to come down to room temperature. Once the water is lukewarm, use it to wash the affected area. Alternatively, you can apply neem face mask over the affected area. Also, consuming 4-5 neem leaves everyday on an empty stomach combats the outbreak of acne.
Ice is known for relieving the swelling and redness at the acne spots. It enhances the blood circulation of the affected area, and tightens the pores of the skin. It also removes oil and dirt collected on the skin surface. Ice can be either applied as ice cubes, or as crushed ice after wrapping it in a cloth.
Other than being used as a taste enhancer in the kitchen, onion is considered to be an ideal acne and acne scab treatment. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the acne. It also enhances the production of collagen. (26) This helps to repair the damaged cells.
All you have to do is, take an onion and chop it into pieces. Extract the juice from it, and add a teaspoon of honey to it, in order to form a smooth paste. Apply this mixture to the affected area and let it rest for about 10 minutes. You can repeat the process for 3-4 times in a day to get rid of acne scabs.
19. Plantain Leaves
Plantain is a herb that resembles spinach. However, it is relatively bitter in taste. Plantain is said to have astringent properties, which make it suitable to be used to reduce inflammation. (27) Being antibiotic, it prevents the skin from bacteria that might increase the infection on the wounded area.
Just pick some fresh plantain leaves and boil them slowly in some water. Stop boiling once the leaves turn soft. Strain the water from the leaves, and mash them to obtain a smooth paste. Allow the paste to cool, and add few drops of essential oils of your choice. Apply the solution to the acne scab, and cover it with a band-aid. Wash it off after sometime. Repeat the process everyday to get the desired results.
20. Green Clay
Green clay is not only used for growing veggies, constructing the buildings, or pottery production, but also has therapeutic value. Clay is one of the most willingly used remedies for treating acne scabs. It not only stimulates the healing process, but also helps the skin to regenerate the skin tissues. Clay pulls the impurities and toxins off the skin, thereby unclogging the skin pores. Also, it controls the secretion of sebum, which in turn, controls the acne. Adding more to it, it exfoliates the skin and leaves your skin glowing. (28)
All you have to do is, take 2 tablespoons of clay in a container, and prepare a smooth paste in water. You can also add few drops of lemon juice, combined with a few drops of rose water. Apply the paste to your face, and let it dry. Wash it off well with warm water after drying. (29)
21. Olive Oil
Olive oil is full of iron and vitamin A, D, E, C, B1, and B2. Being anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, it helps in eliminating the acne problem, and effectively removes the scabs. Also, its does not clog pores, and dissolves dirt and oil trapped in the blocked pores. Olive oil removes dead skin cells and improves circulation in the skin, while restoring the essential nutrients. (30)
You can massage olive oil onto your skin, focusing on the affected area. To ensure deeper penetration of oil, you can also use a warm washcloth over the face. Wipe away the extra oil. Repeat the process twice or thrice and wash off your face using cold water.
Other than helping you to get rid of acne scab, a combination of olive oil and tea tree oil works wonders for uneven skin tone, and stimulates its lightening.
The best part of sandalwood is that it can be applied in order to cure a wide range of skin problems, and it suits all the types of skins. This multipurpose ingredient is a part of various cosmetic products. It acts as a cleansing agent, unclogs the skin pores, and helps in the healing acne scabs, acne blemishes, blackheads, and other skin ailments. It restricts the growth of bacteria, and hence, accelerates the healing process.
A paste of sandalwood can be prepared by mixing some sandalwood, in powdered form, with rose water. Stir the solution well to form a smooth paste, and apply it on the face. Leave it for some time. Wash it off well after drying. (31)
If you think cucumber is only eaten for overall health benefits, due to the nutrients present in it, think again. The same essential nutrients and vitamins make it an amazing element to boost the health of the skin. Cucumber is rich in vitamin E, which fights free radicals in the skin, thus, healing the acne scabs. Its natural cooling effect soothes the skins, relieves it from redness, irritation, and inflammation caused by the pimples. Its juice penetrates deep within the skin to clean it well. To add to it, cucumber contains an essential element, silica, which promotes the curative process, and regenerates the dead skin cells.
You can either gently rub a slice of cucumber on the skin and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes, or apply fresh cucumber juice onto your skin. (32)
This is a ready-made mixture of baking soda, witch hazel, and alcohol, which works wonders when applied on zits or pimples. It draws excess oil from the skin and leaves unclogged pores. (33)
Just apply some toothpaste on the affected area, leave it for about 15-20 minutes, and wash it after the time is up. However, a patch test should be performed before applying it. This is because the presence of fluoride can cause irritation to some.
Strawberry contains salicylic acid, which is one of the ingredients used in most of the acne treatments. It is because it helps you get rid of the dead skin cells. It also contains antioxidants and various vitamins and nutrients, which repair the damaged skin. (34)
Remove the top of a strawberry. Rub its fleshy part against the affected area. Leave it undisturbed for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it well with water.
26. Green Tea
You must have heard about the popularity of green tea only as a weight controller. Well, there is more to it. Green tea is used in a wide variety of cosmetic products, such as anti-bacterial soaps, skin creams, lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, etc. It contains compounds that enrich it with various skin-friendly characteristics and nutrients such as anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial nature, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, zinc, selenium, and flavonoids. (35) It is one of the most effective acne and acne scab treatments. The application of green tea on skin decreases the production of sebum up to 50%.
You can freeze some brewed green tea as ice cubes and apply it to the affected area. This soothes the skin and eases the inflammation. It also cleanses the skin, owing to excellent astringent properties. You can apply it twice or thrice in a day to get visible results in less time.
27. Calendula Gel
Calendula or pot marigold, or common marigold, is recommended by German health authorities for topical treatment due to its capability to boost collagen metabolism and thus, accelerate the healing process of wounds. (36) It is capable of curing wounds naturally, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The antibacterial properties of calendula help in preventing the outbreak of acne by restricting the bacteria production. Besides this, it prevents premature aging, soothes the skin, and improves the blood circulation to the cells. You can use it not only to prevent acne but also to get an even-toned and smooth skin. It can be applied as oil, cream, tea or gel.
Echinacea boosts the healing process by reducing the inflammation and limits the chances of infection. Various cosmetic products use this as a main constituent, such as creams, lotions or gels. (37)
This is an effective Ayurvedic remedy to get rid of acne scabs. Although, it gives burning sensation for some time on application, its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it an ideal remedy for acne. The essential oils extracted from clove have a skin-purifying effect which makes it capable of curing various skin problems such as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, scaly skin, and uneven tone. Apart from this, it has anti-aging effects and cures the infection.
You can also apply it along with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil.) Herein, the ratio of clove oil to the carrier oil should be 1:10. This is because direct application of clove oil may irritate the skin. Apply the mixture using a cotton ball, and leave it to dry before washing.
Usage of nutmeg for skin, dates back to the ancient era where people used it commonly for treating eczema and ringworms, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Even now, it is one of the most recommended remedies by Ayurveda to cure acne. It helps you in cleaning your skin by unclogging the pores, and gets rid of excess oil. What more, it can also lighten the dark spots present on your skin, enhancing your appearance. (38) Nutmeg exhibits great anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. (39)
Its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties can help you heal acne scabs within no time, while unclogging your pores. The best method of applying nutmeg is its application in combination with honey. All you have to do is, mix 2 teaspoons of nutmeg with 1 teaspoon of honey, and apply it gently to the affected spots. Let it to rest for 30 minutes, and wash the face with water. You can also use milk or aloe vera with nutmeg.
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Besides being a fantastic flavoring agent, which satisfies our taste buds, cinnamon is a great health booster for skin. It comes loaded with lots of minerals as well as antimicrobials and antioxidants. Cinnamon greatly stimulates the blood circulation, which smoothens the skin. It also forms a great scrub due to its coarse texture. (40) Being an exfoliant, it removes the dead cells from the skin, and aids the growth of new cells. It is also tested to delay the aging effects.
Take 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon, and mix it in 4 teaspoons of honey. Stir the paste to smoothen it. Apply it gently to your face while rubbing it. Let it rest for about 15-20 minutes and wash the skin with cold water. Repeat the process thrice in a week to see the desired results.
32. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is another gift from mother nature that works incredibly well to facilitate a healthy skin. It is an age-old remedy to treat various ailments such as acne, skin disorders, etc. (41) According to a study, lavender oil is one of the essential oils that exhibits excellent anti-bacterial action against Propionibacterium acnes, at a concentration of 0.25%. (42) It also soothes and nourishes the skin while treating the acne and acne scabs.
Buy some lavender oil from a nearby store and apply it on the affected area using a clean cotton ball, before sleeping. Leave it overnight to wake up with a wonderful skin.
One of the major advantages of using aspirin for acne treatment is the presence of acetylsalicylic acid, which an excellent exfoliant. Also, it shrinks the pores and reduces the inflammation while cleaning the skin.
Apply Aspirin in the form of a mask on the skin. Just grab some aspirin tablets, and crush it in a bowl to form a powder. Add some water to it; stir it to mix well and form a thin paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it stay for about 15 minutes. Use lukewarm water to wash the face after the application. (43) We recommend a patch test before you apply aspirin to the face.
34. Soaking in Water
Keeping the scab soft and supple will help you get rid of it easily and prevent permanent scarring. Water is really helpful in this context. You can simply soak some cotton balls in lukewarm water, and press it against the scab. You can repeat the process several times in a day. Also, adding Epsom salt to water aids the healing of acne scabs.
Papaya contains papain and chymopapain, which are the enzymes that reduce inflammation and restrict pus formation. They also impart anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to papaya. (44) It also softens the skin by removing the dead skin cells and excess lipids. Moreover, it contains lycopene, which helps the skin to get rid of free radicals causing acne.
Get a papaya from the market, and cut it into slices. Blend these slices in the blender to form a smooth paste. Wash the face , apply the papaya paste to the skin, and leave it to dry. Rinse the face with warm water. Repeat the process everyday to get a flawless skin.
- Wash your face at least twice a day. This will ensure that the skin remains free of dirt, dust, and impurities.
- Follow a religious cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine. This guarantees a clean and healthy skin.
- Change your pillow covers regularly. This is because dirty pillow covers are a home to bacteria and micro-organisms that reach your skin and spread the infection.
- Maintain a diet that is healthy and balanced.
- Drink ample water to keep yourself hydrated. It also throws toxins out from the body.
- Wash your hair 2-3 times in a week. Dirt and impurities can reach to your face faster from a dirty scalp.
- Exercise regularly. This aids the blood circulation in the body and hence, to the skin. This helps your skin to staysoft and radiant. Also, various toxins escape out from the body through sweat.
- Hormones react to the stress which is why the secretion of sebum increases with an increase in stress levels. Look for ways to reduce your stress. It might be a yoga class or giving time to your hobbies. Look for what works best for you.
- Do not touch your face frequently. This helps micro-organisms to reach your face through hands, and hence, stimulate the outbreak of acne. Also, it would increase your tendency to pick the existing zits which would lead to acne scabs.
- Do not try to scratch or get rid of acne scabs forcefully as it may lead to permanent or temporary scars.
- Don’t wash you face more than three times in a day. Washing the face, more times than required, increases the secretion of sebum which leads to oily skin.
- Avoid frequent facials and clean-ups. This would lead to an increase in outbreaks.
- Don’t share your make-up kits and personal stuff, such as towels, sheets, combs, etc.
- Don’t go for oil-free cosmetic products. Rather, look for products that are non-comedogenic and suit your skin.
Having those acne scabs resting on your face might get disheartening. The natural home remedies to get rid of acne scabs will help you to secure your gorgeous appearance by not only helping you combat the acne and acne scabs, but also boosting your skin’s overall health. Although the market is flooded with various chemicals products that claim 100% results in less time, one cannot avoid the cost and side-effects associated with them. Therefore, it’s time to take a turn towards mother nature and explore the therapeutic treasures hidden within it.