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How to Get Rid of Pimple Scabs Fast, Heal Acne Scabs on Face Overnight

Pimple scabs or acne scabs are red and sore formations that form after popping a pimple. How do you heal scabs on pimples? Crusty scabs form, usually on wounds or cuts to help healing. After scratching and popping zits, dry crusty scabs form on the pimple’s head. They can keep scabbing over and over and come off too early, or even not heal or form scars. Here’s how to get rid of pimple scabs fast, overnight and naturally.

Pimple scabs that won’t heal or won’t go away can form on the face, mouth, cheek, chin, lips and even corners of the mouth. These can get itchy if not treated fast, and make you feel like picking them. Scabs can appear as red, brown and even sometimes black.

Pimple scabs - how to get rid of pimple acne scabs overnight fast
Dry, crusty acne scabs on face.

Other than pimples, acne zits, boils and wounds, cold sores can also cause scabbing over. Below, I have discussed how to cover, heal fast and get rid of these unsightly scabs overnight or fast enough.


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Popped pimple scab

Popping pimples can be difficult to stop even when you know you should not. But if you know how to do it the right way, you shouldn’t remain with a scar or a dry crusty scab. Scabs form on zits that have been squeezed because you are likely to have torn the skin or made it to bleed. Here are a few things you should know about popping boils and pimple heads.

Pimple scabs or acne scabs - how to heal and get rid of scabs from pimples overnight
Scabbing over can make your face itchy and prone to picking.
  • Before scabbing over, popped zits are likely to bleed, swell and even become itchy.
  • According to Zakiya Rice, MD, a dermatologist being interviewed on WebMD, the bacteria and dirt in the pimple, when squeezed, will land in other skin pores. That gunk is likely to cause more pimples.
  • To keep your skin healthy, avoid popping pimples.

Usually, scabbing over popped pimples and acne spots leads to the formation of scars on your face, nose, cheeks and even forehead. Soon enough, you will start looking for ways to get rid of dark spots on your face because the clot usually turns dark and form those blemishes.

How to get rid of pimple scabs fast

When infected, scabs can form pus, bleed, or even become painful. In order to get rid of scabs fast, you will need to not only know how to clean the wound but also how to deal with infections. The following are important practices you should consider.

1. Avoid picking acne scabs on face

Some people ask the healing time of scabs and sores. If you want those pimple and acne scabs to heal fast, avoid picking them. It is tempting, but avoid scratching, rubbing, popping and squeezing them. In order to heal scabs quickly, allow the clot to stay put in order for the pimple to go away.

Scabbed wounds and zits can be itchy. That feeling is what makes you want to pick it off. Try to use anti-itch creams if you want to stop picking the acne scabs on your face, nose and chin.

  • The scabs on the pimple acts as a temporary skin. It prevents the wound or pimple from getting infected by external bacteria.
  • Picking the scabs will take will get rid of the protective coating and slow down the healing process.

Even though you can try to cure pimple scabs fast, it is important to know that your body takes time to heal. A balanced diet, vitamin C, D and vitamin E can go a long way in making your zit scabs heal fast.

2. Apply tea tree oil to treat pimple scabs quickly

Another good home remedy for treating scabs from acne and pimples is tea tree oil. It is used because of its antiseptic properties. It will prevent bacterial infections on cuts, wounds and scabs on the skin. Here’s how to get rid of a pimple scab using tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil is a good home remedy for healing pimples and acne zits
Tea tree oil is a good home remedy for healing pimples and acne zits
  1. Take a clean piece of cotton wool.
  2. Drip a little tea tree oil to dampen the cotton ball with it.
  3. Apply the oil gently on the scabs. Avoid applying pressure because it can break the crust and cause bleeding.
  4. Do this once or twice a day to heal acne scabs overnight and naturally.

3. How to get rid of pimple scabs overnight with warm compresses

Another quick home remedy to make facial scabs from zits to disappear is warm compress. Warm compresses are said to remove scabs overnight or in just a few hours. Why is that? The moisture from the compresses will soften the skin and loosen the scab. Here’s how to heal a pimple scab fast by doing warm compresses.

  1. Take a clean washcloth.
  2. Dip it in warm water. The water should not be hot, otherwise you will burn your skin.
  3. Apply the warm water compress on your pimple scabs to relieve the itch and loosen the scabs and crust.
  4. Do this for about 5 minutes, twice a day in order to get rid of pimple and acne scabs overnight or within hours.

Warm compresses are known to moisturize wounds, cuts and scabs from pimples and zits. They also increase blood supply on the skin surface around the pimples. This will make the healing process faster. Warm compresses are also part of the home remedies to stop popped pimple scab from swelling.

4. Use honey to heal a scab on pimple naturally

Honey is an ancient antiseptic. It not only prevents infections but will help you heal faster. According to Max D. Gray of OneHowto, honey is an antibiotic and will also improve the appearance of your skin after pimples and injuries such as cuts, burns and boils.

  1. Clean your face thoroughly, especially the areas round the pimples and acne zits.
  2. Dry the areas cleaned in order to remove any moisture and water.
  3. Apply honey, preferably, Manuka honey.
  4. Dress with a hydropolymer dressing. You can buy this at the drugstore.

This kind of dressing will absorb fluids discharged by the zit. By keeping the scabs dry and clean, you will help it heal faster. Apply this scab treatment once a day in order to get rid of scabs that won’t heal on their own.

5. Aloe vera to get rid of spot scabs quickly

Aloe vera gel for healing cuts wounds and scabs
Aloe vera gel for healing cuts wounds and infected scabs

Aloe vera is used for healing sunburns, cuts and even bruises. You can use it to get rid of pimple scabs fast. According to Natural Products Network, aloe vera gel helps soothe the discomfort and itch on the scabs from pimples. It will also prevent unsightly scars from forming after the acne spots.

  1. Get aloe vera gel by squeezing the leaves.
  2. Apply a thick gel of aloe vera to the scabs on pimples.
  3. Let is sit on your skin for a couple of hours. It is preferable that you leave it on your face overnight to heal acne scabs fast.

Other than treating scabs caused by pimples and acne zits, aloe vera is known for its skin lightening properties as well and will help you lighten the dark spots on your face, usually from the breakouts.

6. Vaseline treatment for pimple scabs

Scabbing over on a pimple can leave you with scars, dark spots and all sorts of blemishes on your face. Made Man recommends that when you pick or pop pimples and rapture them, you should use Vaseline to seal them and help them heal faster.

Vaseline petroleum jelly for healing your wounds and cuts
Vaseline petroleum jelly for healing your wounds and cuts
  1. Before using Vaseline petroleum jelly on your acne zits, ensure that the spots are not oozing any liquid such as blood or even pus. Green pus in pimples will mean they are infected.
  2. Dry the crusty scabbed spots on your face after cleaning and patting dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Vaseline on the scab. This will keep it moist and protected from entry of infectious bacteria.
  4. Petroleum jelly also loosens pimple scabs to make them go away faster.

How long do scabs from pimples take to heal? With this treatment, you will get rid of the dry crusty scabs almost overnight, but the little wounds under the pimples might remain.

7. Baking soda for removing scabs

Baking soda is one of the most widely used home remedies for very many skin health problems. Acne scabs can be treated using baking soda paste. The reason for this is that baking soda is an ingredient that works as a fungicide as well as antiseptic.

When used on scabs, baking soda will tighten the scabs (making them loosen from the pimple wound). This draws it away from the wound, allowing it to fall off. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Take a small amount of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and add it into a bowl or glass.
  2. Add a little amount of water and mix to make a consistent paste.
  3. Apply the paste on the pimple scabs to cover it completely.
  4. Repeat this daily until the scab falls off the pimple or acne zit by itself.

Other than loosening scabs on acne and breakouts to help them come off easily, this remedy will ward off infections and the itchy feeling that will make you want to pick pimples on your face, chin, forehead and nose.

8. Polysporin and Neosporin treatments for pimple scabs

Scab on lips from bumps
Scab on lips from bumps

For infected pimples and acne, Neosporin and Polysporin antibiotics cab help you treat it. Polysporin can also help as an over-the-counter treat, but try to keep the pimples dry because that is what will accelerate the healing process.

How to cover a pimple scab and zit crusts

Scabs from pimples can make your face look unsightly. Other than knowing how to get rid of pimple scabs in a quick way, other important tips to learn include concealing and covering them. So, how do you cover the zits and acne blemish dry, flaky crusts? You will need the following:

  • Cotton wool balls
  • Petroleum jelly like Vaseline
  • Foundation and its applicator brush
  • Mild toner
  • Cream concealer
  • Makeup sponges
  • A gentle moisturizing cream
  • Wash cloth

Other thins include those you will find in your general makeup box or kit. So here’s what to do to get rid of a pimple scab by hiding it, covering or concealing it.

  1. Cleanse your face using your regular cleanser and warm water. Pat dry with clean towels.
  2. Use cotton balls to dab a gentle toner on the scabbed areas. This will help your skin soften.
  3. Apply a smooth layer of moisturizer on your face and allow time to absorb.
  4. Put a little Vaseline over the scabbed areas.
  5. Use a foundation brush to apply foundation on your face, stroking it in a downward motion. On the scabbing areas, dab until you cover them.
  6. Apply your cream concealer. Be careful not to break or loosen the scabs.
  7. Dust off your face using a translucent powder.

While concealer makeup can help you hide or cover scabs instantly, they are not a permanent solution. In fact, they make the wounds heal slower than you may thing. If possible, avoid makeup and allow your skin to cure the wounds naturally.

Infected pimple scab on face, lip, corner of mouth, cheek, chin

Acne scabs that won’t heal on your face can be infected. They are likely to appear as green. Sometimes, they will ooze blood all the time, a clear fluid or even turn green. When pus is oozing, keep the wound dry and seek medication.

Infected pimple scabs can be cured at home but they will need good hygiene and avoid touching, picking scratching the pimple because it will not help it go away.

I have read about using toothpaste for scabs and pimples, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend it. Mint toothpaste soothes the skin, but can also have a drying effect on it. Worse still, it will cause inflammation on your acne scabs and make them feel like they are burning.

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Sources and References


  1. Pimples are a usual skin condition that have an effect on lots of
    people. Pimples are an inflammation of skin within which the sebaceous
    glands (oil glands) develop into infected with bacteria, swell up, and
    fill with pus.

  2. I use desitin rapid relief. It gets rid of redness in 1 day. I also use it to get rid of cuts burns scratches. I apply it 10x a day or more so IT caN be gone in the next day .

    • Ice for 10 minutes then when your about to go to bed put toothpaste on it (must be paste not gel and white toothpaste looks the best)

      • Putting toothpaste on a pimple actually makes the pimple more irritated and more redness will occur from doing so. I don’t suggest putting toothpaste on pimples.

  3. I have a small pimple on my forehead… I decided to pick it cos it’s scratchy bout it ended up as a dark spot on my forehead… I need a solution quickly!!

  4. hi I have a pimple right above my lip that was tiny but I have a wedding to go to and Lets just say I tried to pop it and now it has a soft scab but pus underneath and I have been appling the aquaphor since last night can I keep doing this as the wedding is Sat or do I need to dry it out? HELP please email me!

  5. Help my small pimple above lip is now a soft scab with yellow/white pus I started aquaphor last night and have a wedding to go to this weekend will this work or do I have to dry it out? ahhhhhhh

    • please tell me this worked. In the same boat. Chin and nose are horrible after a clay mask and caused sores. My sisters wedding is ON saturday and its Wednesday!!! AHHH (not to mention the family coming from out of town that i havent seen in years) im freaking out!

    • absolutely mate!!!!! and it will help prevent the pimples too because it is really good for your pores! I’m starting my year of grade 11 soon and i did that and it helped really well!

  6. I have a really bad scab on my chin and have had it for months. I’ve tried every remedie there is but nothing has helped!! SOS!!!

    • Put baking soda mixed with water on it and make sure it is completely covered then wait ten minutes. After that is done gently wash it off with warm water then if it bleeds apply pressure ( not to hard though ) with a cloth full of ice. If it doesn’t bleed though, or if it did and you followed my steps then take a cloth full ice and ice it for about 5-10 minutes and follow those steps for a few days until it is better or gone

    • Like blackheads? You can extract them with tweezers and other methods to get rid of them, as no product will *eat* them away, despite advertising it. However, to avoid getting blackheads, the best thing to do is exfoliate a lot, so rubbing with a washcloth, using a face brush, or a face wash with some type of acid, such as salicylic.

  7. I used to have so many issues with this. I felt like half of these don’t work/make it worse/ or bring out more acne. Peroxide really is the cure-all for drying out the area, and then you can quick heal it with Neosporin.

  8. If you’re trying to remove blackheads there is a blackhead removal tool you can buy at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, ect. It’s a metal tool that has a flattened loop at the end of it. To use it properly take a wash cloth and soak it with hot water. Put the cloth where ever you have blackheads to open your pores. Firmly (and I mean firmly) press the loop down and pull it across your skin. Your blackheads will be squeezed out into the center of the loop where the can be cleaned off.

  9. I recently got a pimple on my cheek. I popped it because it looked really unsightly with the pus, and soon a scab was formed. The scab was annoying me so I peeled it off but now I regret it! Another scab has formed but my skin is now red and a little swollen and it’s ruining my whole face! Ice doesn’t help get rid of the redness. What should I do? School is starting soon… 😰

    • Use baking soda paste ( baking soda with little water ) apply and wait ten minutes . Wash off with a warm/moist cloth carefully and put ice in a cloth and apply gently for about 5-10 minutes ( if it bleeds it’s ok just apply a little pressure with the cloth with ice so it will slow the bleeding or stop it ) repeat these steps until it is gone ( which won’t be long at all )

    • Ice it often and in 5-minute intervals. Use the warm compress method in the article. It works like a charm. I am in the same boat as you Sammy except its on my damn forehead.

  10. I’ve done a lot and I mean a lot of research on how to heal, treat, and prevent my face from breaking out and in my research I discovered is that if you will put tyme preferably German tyme in rubbing alcohol and let it sit for over a week it will turn into a powerful tincture that you can apply a cotton ball to your entire face as a toner it is the best thing you can do beyond anything on the market if your research tyme (the herb) you will see as many beneficial properties. However I still suggest a moisturizer to follow.

  11. Doesn’t everyone love getting a giant pimple on the tip of THEIR NOSE on the last day of summer….. No…. Just me…

  12. I have a lot of vanished acne but they always leave red marks on my face after the pimple is gone how do I get rid of them??

  13. Sudocrem gets rid and prevents acne, eczema and all sorts of rashes and insect bites. I get it on Amazon and it works better than steroids on eczema. Its super cheap too

    • Good combination with tea tree oil is witch hazel , salicylic acid , Burt Bees toner ( all of their acne products are A+).. Use a cotton pad that has a textured surface , combine two pads to hold more fluid, use witch hazel to saturate pad since it’s the cheapest, next is salicylic acid, then Burt Bees and now the pads should be close to fully saturated. Lastly , you apply the tea tree oil by holding pad to bottle and quickly turning over so it’s not pored on. Use 2-3 spots on pad at first to gauge tolerance and if it’s not too strong then apply to 5 spots ( kinda like a dice 5 ). Now it’s close to drippping and start applying to face in gentle circular pattern with more vigor after pad is not so saturated. Once you have cleaned face, turn pads inside out for a clean surface to give it another pass until most of the pads are dry. Moisturize since this will leave face dry , tight but dirt, and oil free. If it’s too harsh you can reduce tea tree or acid, don’t do this more than 1 time a day ( before bed ).. Use witch hazel for any other cleanings throughout the day. Don’t pick, don’t pluck and wash/change your pillow often (3-4 days).

  14. Help!!!!!!!! I have a dance this Friday and I had this pimple on my lip off to the left. It was really annoying so I popped it then I didn’t get it all and the next day it was all red. I continued to mess with it, popping it more, peeling off the scrub and even face masks which made it very irritated. I need something quick that can get ride of in in two days. Pleas please please help me!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I want my skin to glow all times without any makeup and all and I have rubbed my pimple leading to blood coming out and there is no formation of skin for many days the blood comes out regularly as I wash my face.

  16. I get loads of spots and I just try to squeeze them and they bleed leaving a scab. I have loads on my face. How long will it take for them to go away??


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