Scabs may be unsightly, but they serve a very important purpose. The result of a wound on the surface of the skin, scabs act as a protective cover to an injury as the skin heals itself. And if you are a picker, they may lead to unsightly red marks that are difficult to fade completely. Luckily, there are several simple, all-natural fixes that help heal scabs and fade away annoying red marks, some of which may already be sitting in your cabinets at home.

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Apply an Apple a Day

Apple cider vinegar's disinfectant properties help your skin maintain a healthy pH balance. And because it also promotes cell growth and the shedding of dead skin, scarring is minimized and fresh skin is revealed. Mix one teaspoon in 1/4 cup of water. Place a cotton ball in the solution and let it sit until it's soaked through. Dab the vinegar mix directly onto scabs and 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.

Wait for Tea Time

Tea tree oil comes from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree and is touted for its anti-inflammatory qualities, which are beneficial when used to treat scabs and scars. Dip a cotton ball or pad into the oil and apply a generously to the scab and surrounding area. Tea tree oil can take up to 10 minutes to dry so allow it to completely penetrate your skin before putting on clothes. Tea tree oil can also be used to treat mild to moderate acne.

Get Baking

Once a scab has fallen off, or is about to fall off, ensure that a new scar doesn’t take its place by applying a baking soda paste, which can remove scabs and prevent or impede fresh ones from forming. This remedy should only be used once the wound is towards the end of the healing process. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with 1/2 cup of water and stir until a paste is formed. Apply the paste directly to the scab/scar with clean fingers or a cosmetic spatula. Use a liberal amount, enough for the entire area to be covered. Allow the paste to completely dry, (about 15 minutes) and 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.