Scabs are crusty spots on the skin, evidence that a recent abrasion or wound is healing. Scabs, especially facial scabs, can make social situations awkward and leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Camouflage the embarrassing blemishes with a touch of makeup or discreet adhesive bandages. Covering a scab will hide the wound and also protect it from becoming infected. Good coverage will also keep the wound soft so the scab does not come off easily.

Things You'll Need

Bandage Coverage

Dip a cotton swab in a capful of rubbing alcohol. Rub the scab lightly with the wet tip. This will sterilize the wound.

Blow on the wet wound to make it dry or tap it lightly with clean gauze. The area around the scab should be dry.

Apply the appropriate-size bandage to the wound to cover the scab. The adhesive portion should surround the scab, not become attached to it. You may pull the scab away if you cover the scab with the adhesive.

Makeup Coverage

Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Wet the scab slightly with the cotton ball. Allow the area to dry for one minute.

Touch the tip of your clean finger to the concealer. The concealer should match your natural skin tone. Dab the concealer on the scab, covering it completely.

Tip the liquid makeup over while keeping your finger over the opening. You may also use a sponge applicator to hold some of the makeup.

Dab the area with the liquid makeup. Allow the makeup to dry, then apply a second coat.


  • Finish the makeup coverage with pressed powder. Press the powder on the scab using a powder pad. Press straight down rather than rubbing the scab; rubbing may remove your concealer.