Scabs begin to form when your skin’s outer layer becomes damaged by grazes or cuts, and as a result, starts to bleed. Even though a scab can be unsightly, it is a vital part of body’s healing process. The scab protects the fresh wound by forming a hard crust over it and thereby making sure that no infections or germs will be able to access it.
You may be tempted to eliminate the scab by picking it, but this is not recommended as it could lead to skin damage and permanent scarring. However, the good news is that there are natural ingredients, e.g., honey, tea tree oil, and coconut oil that will help you get rid of scabs much faster.
Why do scabs form on the face and skin?
As mentioned above, the scabs form as a way of preventing a damaged or injured body part from becoming infected or from sustaining further damage. When a scab starts to form, this is an indication that the natural healing process has already started. Apart from preventing your wound from being exposed to other factors in the environment, it also assists in ensuring that the wound remains dry. This prevents further discharge and bleeding.
Before your wound can start healing, you will notice that your wound will not only be irritating, but it will also be very itchy. When a scab appears in an area of your body, e.g., the face, you may feel embarrassed due to their ugly nature. Later on in this article, we will look at ways that you can use to speed up the healing process of a scab using naturally available ingredients.
But first, let’s look at why scabs occur on your face, in nose, genitals and other parts of the body.
The platelets available in your body assist in the healing process. Your body then produces a protein that is known as fibrin to kick-start the formation of the scabs. This scab will prevent infection and bleeding.
- Bacterial infections
This can also lead to the formation of a skin patch that could start to bleed as it forms a scab. Popular bacterial infections that have been known to cause scabs to form include staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, folliculitis, scarlet fever, and toxic shock syndrome.
The lumps and bumps that come with having acne can start forming scabs if you insist on popping and scratching them every time.
This is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system starts attacking the healthy cells in your body. The attack occurs on the cells that are in your face as well as other body parts, and will normally cause your skin to become itchy, leading to the formation of scabby-like lesions.
Also referred to as atopic dermatitis. This is a condition which causes your skin to become itchy, red, and dry. It has also been known to make your skin become cracked due to weeping leading to scabs.
- Dry skin
The presence of dry skin in the region around your mouth and eyes may become severe which would then cause it to start cracking. Once it has begun cracking, it will begin bleeding, and this will cause scabs to form due to the constant scratching.
There are two main types of scabs:
Acne and pimple scabs
(from popped pimples and acne bumps)
Acne happens to be a very common skin condition. It comes about when your sebaceous glands, which are found on your skin surface become inflamed. It is a very common skin condition among teenagers, although it can affect people of all ages.
It is characterized by the appearance of red pimples all over the face. Picking or touching these pimples often causes them to start cracking and bleeding, and this eventually leads to scarring.
To take off acne scabs at home, you need to:
- Do not pick these bumps
Scratching, touching, or picking these bumps will only cause them to increase their healing time. Additionally, by touching them, you are increasing their chances of becoming infected. If you find that these scabs are itchy and you need to scratch them regularly, try and apply an anti-itching cream or gel.
- Warm compress
Warm water has also been known to assist in getting rid of the acne scabs. All you need to do is apply a warm compress and you will see them start to get away much faster. The moisture from your compress will soften this scab thereby loosening it.
Once you are done applying the warm compress, you have to make sure that your scab remains moisturized and soft at all times. This is vital if you are to prevent it from bleeding or cracking. Applying Vaseline helps you achieve this goal, as it holds in the moisture. But do not apply this jelly on any scab that is oozing.
- Neosporin treatments
When you have an infected scab, the best way to proceed would be to use Polysporin and Neosporin treatments. It is advisable to confirm that your scabs are not bleeding or oozing before you can start using oral or topical antibiotics.
Cold sore scabs
Fever blisters or cold sores are the small, reddish blisters that are normally filled with a clear liquid. They are common in the mouth region and are associated with HSV (herpes simplex virus).
It is important to note that there is a big difference between herpes simplex virus 2 responsible for causing genital herpes and cold sore virus.
Cold sores scabs form in the following manner:
- Itching, tingling, and burning
- Blisters appear around the mouth, nose, and lips
- Your blister may start to open up
- The surrounding region may become irritated and start to turn reddish
- Once this is done, your blister will then start to dry up, paving way for the formation of a crust, which will then cover the entire area.
It can be very embarrassing to have to walk around with the yellowish cold sore scab. Therefore, how do you go about getting rid of this scab?
- Make sure not to pick, scratch or touch the scab unless you want to clean it
- The area around this scab should always be clean. You can clean it using warm water and unscented soap. Use a clean towel to dry the area.
- According to Mayo Clinic, people with painful scabs ought to consider using OTC topical ointments like lidocaine.
- Keep the scabs soft at all times by using petroleum jelly. The jelly will ensure that your scabs do not start to bleed or crack.
- A cold compress can assist you to get relief from the constant irritation and itching
- Always confirm that your hands are clean before you can touch the scabs
How to get rid of scabs fast
There are a few natural remedies that you can rely on to get rid of that ugly, and embarrassing scab on your face overnight. They include:
- Baking Soda Paste
Application of a baking soda paste to a scab is one of the fastest and most natural ways for you to get rid of a scab. Baking soda works overnight as it contains mild fungicidal and antiseptic properties. When applied on a scab, it will assist in disinfecting your scab.
- Apple cider vinegar
ACV is another effective natural method used in treating skin eruptions and scabs. It does this by balancing your skin’s pH levels. In addition, it also assists in promoting the growth of cells around the wound thereby speeding up the healing process.
- Potassium Alum
The other kind of salt that can be used in eliminating scabs is potassium alum. This natural salt can be used as both an astringent or a deodorant. It works to speed up the healing proceed by constricting the blood vessels that are around the scab, and by doing this, makes it tighter. This makes it easy to lift the scab from your skin.
Natural home remedies
The following are top natural home remedies to use when you have a scab problem:
- Warm compress
For you to get rid of the scabs, you have to soften them by using warm water and a soft towel. As they begin to soften, you will notice that they will also start to reduce size wise. The compress also assists with the irritating issue of constant scratching.
What to do at home
- Take a clean towel and soak it in warm water
- Wring out all the excess water
- Place the towel in the region affected by these scabs
- Leave it in place for between ten and fifteen minutes to allow the heat from the towel get to the scabs
- Repeat once each day
- Warm oil massage
A warm oil massage is effective in reducing itchiness. You can use oils such as olive or coconut oils. The oil will help you create a barrier that will ensure your skin remains moisturized at all times. It is, therefore, an effective method to use in treating face scabs.
What to do at home
- Take a quarter cup of virgin oil and warm it
- Take the warm oil and use it to massage all your face scabs
- Leave it in place for about ten minutes
- Use warm water to wash your face
- Repeat this procedure three times each week
- Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a natural gel that has soothing properties, making it ideal for easing pain and itchiness. It also ensures that your face scabs will not become infected. In addition to protecting the scabs from an infection, the gel is vital in ensuring that your skin remains moisturized at all times.
What to do at home
- Obtain a fresh aloe vera leaf and cut it open to extract this gel
- Using your fingers, spread it all over your face in the areas that have been affected by the scabs
- Allow it to remain there for at least one hour
- Finish off by using warm water to cleanse your face
- Repeat the procedure at least three times each week
How long do scabs take to heal?
Scabs on the face are just some of the things that a human being has to live with. But this does not mean that you should sit back and wait for it to fall off on its own. It is not possible to estimate the length of time that it would take for a scab to heal, but if you were to follow the instructions above, it should not take more than a few days for it to be completely healed.
Ensure that you protect your scabs and that you do not pick at them or irritate them for enhanced healing.
How can you speed up the healing of wounds and scabs?
The healing process is quite complicated, but luckily, there are a few things that you can do to try and speed it up. This will include ensuring that you do not encounter complications such as scars and infections. You can try the following:
- Slap on a bandage in the affected region
- Use some Neosporin on the affected area
- Follow a good dietary regimen
By following the tips that have been discussed above, it should not take long for you to get rid of the annoying scabs that have taken over your face.