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How to Get Rid of Scabs & Scars

Updated February 21, 2017

Scabs are the encrusted formation that forms atop a wound during the healing process. Designed to keep germs and bacteria from invading the wound and leading the infection, they can be unsightly. Improper caring of scabs can lead to permanent scarring. There are methods you can employ to help heal scabs more quickly and reduce the likelihood of nasty scars.

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  1. Avoid the temptation to pick your scabs. Picking scabs open not only exposes the cut to bacteria, but keeps it from healing properly and will eventually lead to scarring.

  2. Keep the scab moist by applying a warm, wet compress one to two times a day. This will help promote healing by allowing the skin beneath the scab to regenerate.

  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the scab between soakings to help keep it from hardening.

  4. Talk to your doctor about chemical peeling for scabs and scars. Chemical peels remove the top layer of skin, but may lead to some skin discolouration. In the case of severe acne scabs and scarring, this is one way to achieve a smooth layer of skin.

  5. Consider having microdermabrasion treatments. Like chemical peels, microdermabrasion removes the top layer of skin, allowing the skin to regenerate. It may result in skin discolouration.

  6. Tip

    Methods for treatment may vary depending on the depth of the scar.

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Things You'll Need

  • Antibiotic ointment

About the Author

Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.

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