Scabs begin to form after a bleeding injury starts to heal. It is a natural process for the skin to heal itself; however, scars are common remnants after a scab has completely healed. While scabs can occur in any area of the body, acne scabs are among the most common and due to their visibility can lead to unsightly scars that are difficult to remove. Home remedies for scabs are simple, and when applied properly can be effective towards scab treatment and scar prevention.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used almost as a cure-all, thanks to its properties that help maintain a healthy pH balance and promote cell growth. The nutrients in apple cider vinegar treat scabs and other skin irritations, and have been found to reduce acne severity as well as promote cell growth to prevent scarring.
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one-fourth cup of water. Take a cotton ball and allow the mixture to completely soak into it. Apply the vinegar/water mix directly onto facial scabs, as well as any other scabs on the body. Once the area has been generously wiped with the solution, allow it to soak in for 15 minutes. Rinse the area with warm water and repeat on a daily basis until the scab has fallen off.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is commonly used for its antiseptic properties, which are beneficial when used to treat scabs and scars. This ingredient is available in both oil and gel composition; however, the gel is known to not be as effective as the oil.
Using a cotton ball or pad, apply a generous amount of tea tree oil directly onto the scab and the surrounding area. Allow the oil to completely dry before putting on clothes. Since the oil can take in upward of 10 minutes to dry, apply directly after a shower and allow it to soak in throughout your morning routine. Tea tree oil can also be used to treat mild to moderate acne scabbing.
Baking Soda Paste
Once a scab has fallen off, or is about to fall off, ensuring that a scar doesn't take its place can be done through a topical paste. Baking soda paste is commonly used to remove scabs and prevent or impede scars from forming. This remedy should only be performed once the wound is nearing its healing process, or if it is completely healed. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water and stir until a paste is formed. Take the paste and apply it directly to the scab/scar with clean fingers or a spatula. Apply the paste liberally until the entire area has been covered.
Allow the paste to completely dry, which takes 15 minutes on average, and then rinse with warm water. Repeat this remedy at least three times per week to properly remove a scab or to reduce the appearance of a scar.