How to Get Rid of Scabs Without Picking Them

Written by marie jones
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If you've ever skinned your knee or accidentally cut your finger, you are likely familiar with scabs. A scab is a crust-like covering that forms over a wound as a protective covering until the wound can heal. Scabs are often considered to be unsightly and ugly, and they can be bulky and hard. While you shouldn't pick at a scab to remove it, you can speed up the departure of your scab through proper care of your wound. The faster you heal your injury, the quicker your scab will fall off.

Skill level:


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    Ensure that your scab is dry and the wound is not painful or sensitive. If your wound is damp, dab it with a soft paper towel to absorb any moisture.

  2. 2

    Apply antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream or moisturiser to the scab. Any type of moisturising cream helps the wound to heal more quickly.

  3. 3

    Cover your scab with a bandage or plastic cling-wrap overnight to lock in the moisture.

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    Replace the covering each day. If your scab begins to itch, allow it to rest uncovered for a few hours, then place a new bandage on it.

Tips and warnings

  • Some people are allergic to some antibiotic ointments. The ointment can cause redness and skin irritation, thereby slowing healing instead of helping it.

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