Face scab treatment

Updated April 17, 2017

When the skin has broken on the face and blood dries, a scab is formed. Scabs are often caused by tampering with pimples, cuts or sores. Because scabs have a tendency to scar, treating a face scab is an important process.

Don't Pick

The most important rule to scab treatment is to leave the scab alone. Irritating, touching and picking the scab prevents it from healing and may cause it to scar. On an even more serious note, picking a scab may result in infection; infections on the face are exceedingly dangerous as it is in close proximity to the brain.

Healing Methods

Applying a warm, wet wash rag to the scar helps keep it moist and reduces the redness around the area. Keeping the area moist helps the skin from flaking, lessening the possibility of scars. Cleaning the scab with an astringent or light cleanser helps keep infection down, and topping the scab with antibiotic ointment helps the healing process. Do not exfoliate or wash the scab with any abrasive cleaner as it will worsen the scab and increase possible scarring.


Many people use plant oils as a treatment for scabs on the face. Olive oil is one of the most popular oils used to heal scabs. Easily available and not overly expensive, olive oil has been used for thousands of years in the Mediterranean regions as a moisturiser and healer of skin. Olive oil is believed to moisturise the skin and help keep the scab soft so the new skin underneath can grow properly. Coconut oil is used in countries like the Philippines and almond oil is also a popular oil to help treat scabs. The best thing to remember is to let nature due its course. Aiding a scab with oil, moist compress and ointment is beneficial; however, irritating the scab, as hard as it may be not to, will cause further skin damage and possibly scarring.

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