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Pimple Scab: How to Heal Acne Scabs

By Dr. Leslie Baumann on Oct 04, 2023

Acne scabs and pimple scabs form as part of the normal wound healing process, but premature removal can lead to scarring. This article explains the three phases of wound repair and how acne lesions heal. It provides science-based guidance on what not to apply to open acne wounds, like salicylic acid, retinoids, witch hazel, and vitamin C, as these can irritate, slow cell growth, and disrupt scab formation. Instead, the article recommends using occlusive ointments and hydrocolloid bandages to protect lesions, retain moisture, and allow growth factors to accelerate healing. Follow these tips to help your acne scabs and pimple scabs heal faster and minimize the chances of scarring.

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