How to heal a popped pimple scab


So, you've isolated the pimple that was driving you crazy. (Yes, you know you shouldn't pop pimples , but sometimes you just can't help it.) Now, instead of a pimple, you have a red sore or a dry scab.

This article will show you how to quickly heal a popped pimple. It explains several home treatments that can help soothe a popped pimple and prevent scarring.

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Don't keep picking the pimple

First things first: let the popped pimple heal. This means you don't have to mess with it anymore.

Do not squeeze it to see if more appear, even if the white dot reappears in place. Do not touch the scab. Allow your skin to begin the healing process without interruption. As the skin heals, do not touch it with your hands.

If this is difficult for you, small stickers called hydrocolloid sheets can help. These dressings trap moisture and trap dirt and excess oil on pimples.

Wipe the stain gently

If you just isolated a pimple, clean it well. You can use your regular facial cleanser to do this while washing your face. However, be careful not to shed the scab that you are trying to form.

You can also apply a little witch hazel on a cotton ball or swab. Gently blot the pimple with this solution several times a day, at least until a good crust forms. Again, don't scrub it aggressively or disturb the crust that forms.

While many people suggest treating acne with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, they can cause burning. They are also not as effective as witch hazel in reducing inflammation.

Apply ice if it is swollen

If you actually drove into town to try and douse the stain, you probably have a big red, swollen bump on your face right now. Ice is the best way to calm you down and reduce inflammation.

Use an ice cube or a cold pack wrapped in a soft cloth or paper towel. Apply it to the inflamed area for a few minutes, several times a day. This will help ease the swelling and make the pimple look and feel much better.

A warm compress can also help.

If the popped pimple isn't swollen and has already crusted over, applying ice to this area will do nothing, so you can simply skip this step.

Apply an antibiotic ointment

Treat a protruding pimple as an open wound because this is mostly the case. An over-the-counter antibiotic ointment is your best friend.

Apply a small amount directly to the squeezed pimples or scabs. This will help speed up the healing time. It also keeps the scab moist so it doesn't look dry, cracked, or transparent. Apply a small amount of ointment to the selected pimple until completely healed. This could take several days.

Also, be sure to cover only the pimple and not the surrounding skin (especially if it's on your face). Antibiotic ointment can clog pores, so store only where needed.

Keep using acne remedies

If you are using any over-the-counter acne products or prescription acne medications , you should continue to do so. Most acne medications have antibacterial properties that should help heal acne.

If you treat a popped pimple well, it will heal in a few days. Try to be patient until this happens.


If you need to heal a popped pimple, there are several things you can do.

Do not touch the scab to allow it to heal. Apply a small amount of witch hazel to the scab several times a day. Use your regular facial cleanser to keep it clean.

If the area is swollen, ice or a warm compress can be applied. Keep using your acne remedies. You can also use an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to help heal a popped pimple.

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The best way to avoid scarring your face is to never pop pimples. Blowing a pimple increases the risk of acne scars and can make acne worse. But we are all human and most people have acne sometimes. However, do your best not to pop your pimples.

If you have an overwhelming urge to pluck, pluck, or pull pimples to the point where they can damage your skin, talk to your doctor. You may have a special type of acne called excoriated acne . Your healthcare provider can help you get the treatment you need.

Also, if you are not an obsessive picker but still need help with your breakouts, you should call your doctor. There are prescription medications that can help you get rid of acne.

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