How to heal popped or squeezed pimple scab

Popping a pimple, no doubt how bad or tempting it looks, is never the right solution. However, you already know that.

There are times when we just cannot control the impulses and popping a pimple on the face even after knowing that it will make things even messier, becomes inevitable.

If you have already done the job, it is not certainly the end of the world. However, you also have to keep in mind that it is also not the end of what you need to do to the pimple for it to get cured first.

To tell the fact, you need to take some real care to ensure that the popped pimple heals quickly. Otherwise, it can cause another serious infection or a scar on the skin.

So, if you have already popped that pimple here is what you should do next to heal the squeezed pimple scab quickly.

Do not pick the pimple any more

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Once you have popped the pimple and you are satisfied that there is nothing more in it to come out, stop picking it every now and then.

Your hands might be itching to pick it once again to check that there is nothing left in it, but believe us picking again will only delay the healing process and increase the chance of further infection.

So, once you have popped the pimple and have squeezed out the pus, stop picking it anymore.

Dab with a soft absorbing tissue

After popping the pimple, dab it with a soft and absorbing tissue. It will absorb any residual pus or blood that might have come out during popping but has not been removed properly.

While using the tissue make sure that you do not smear it on the area. Just dab it on the spot and hold it there lightly for few seconds so that it can absorb any pus or blood that might have been left on the skin.

Wash your face

After you have removed any pus or blood coming out of the pimple properly, wash your face with sufficient water, focusing on the popped pimple.

You can also use a neem based face wash formula to wash your face in order to ensure that there is nothing left that can cause another infection.


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Ice can be very soothing for the skin and if you find that the skin around the popped pimple is still red, swollen or irritated, applying some eyes to the spot can soothe the skin.

Take an ice cube in a soft cotton towel and dab it on the popped pimple. Make sure that you do not use the ice directly, which can harm the skin and also do not rub the eyes on the popped pimple or the nearby area which can cause further damage to the skin.

After you have applied ice, you will see improvements in the condition of the squeezed pimple, as the swelling and redness will reduce.

Now you can use any of the following home treatments for the next few days to ensure that the pimple scab heals quickly.

Diluted tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is well known for its high antibacterial properties and applying some diluted tea tree oil on the squeezed pimple scab can be most helpful to dry it out quickly.

Tea tree oil will keep any type of infection away and let the natural healing process of the skin work at its best.

Add 1 drop of tea tree oil with 15-20 drops of water. Mix the two well and soak a cotton ball in this solution.

Dab the cotton ball on the squeezed pimple and then leave on. Wash off with water after 1 hour. You should not repeat this treatment more than once in a day.

Neem leaf

An easy and effective option to heal a squeezed pimple is to apply paste of neem leaves on it.

Neem has excellent natural antibacterial properties that will keep any type of infections away giving your skin the needed time to heal.

Take few neem leaves, grind them to paste and apply it directly onto the pimple scab. Leave on.

Once the neem paste has dried it will fall off automatically. You need not to wash it off. You should apply this paste twice a day and the popped pimple scab will be healed quickly.

Manuka Honey

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Another natural and effective treatment for healing popped pimple scab is Manuka honey. Manuka honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and unlike the above two items, it also helps in nourishing the skin, helping it to heal quickly.

Just apply a thick dot of Manuka honey on the pimple scab and live on. You need not to wash it off unless you are going out or applying makeup or another product on your skin. You can apply Manuka honey 2-3 times in a day and the scab will be healed very quickly.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel also has natural antibacterial properties which make it ideal for treating popped pimples. You can apply witch hazel on the squeezed pimple scab with a cotton bud twice a day to ensure that there are no infections.

After 2 hours of applying witch hazel wash your face with water and then apply a thick layer of Aloe Vera gel on the squeezed pimple. Aloe Vera has excellent skin healing properties and it will boost the healing process. If you use these two together, you can see improvement in the condition of the squeezed pimple in just one day.


Turmeric has strong antibacterial properties and it also helps in promoting the natural healing process of the skin. If you have very sensitive skin, turmeric can be the best and safest solution to treat the squeezed pimple scab and to promote healing.

Take 1 inch of fresh turmeric root and smash it to a paste. Apply this paste onto the squeezed pimple and leave on. You need not to wash it off unless you are going out. The paste will be removed automatically once it is completely dry. Apply it 2-3 times in a day.


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Sandalwood paste is the other effective treatment that you can use to soothe and heal the pimple scab quickly. Sandalwood oil has extreme skin nourishing properties and the soothing effect of sandalwood paste on the skin promotes healing.

Prepare fresh sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on a sandstone with clean water. Apply this paste on to the pimple scab and live on. You can apply it on the scab 2-3 times or even more. You need not to wash it off. It will be removed automatically once dry.

Aspirin can give overnight results

If you have got a squeezed pimple scab and you want to get rid of it overnight, aspirin might be of great help. Aspirin has salicylic acid which will help in drying out the squeezed pimple scab.

Make a paste of aspirin by grinding it with few drops of water and apply onto the scab before going to bed. Wash off in the morning. You can repeat the treatment twice a day.

Do not use makeup on a just popped pimple

Well, you have a nasty popped pimple scab on your face and you have to go out. It is only usual that you will feel the need of covering up the pimple scab with makeup. This is a point where you need to maintain caution. If you have just popped the pimple and the scab has not even formed properly, do not use makeup products on it. This can cause not only skin irritation but further damage to the skin that might leave a nasty scar.

However, if you have popped the pimple at least a day back and there is already a scab in place. You can cover it up with a concealer that comes with antibacterial properties. There are a number of concealers in the market that can actually help in drying out of the squeezed pimple scab. So, opt for one of these first and use your foundation only at the top of it.

Continue with anti-pimple skin care regimen

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After you have popped a pimple, it simply indicates that your skin is prone to having pimples. So, in order to make sure that you do not get any more pimples that you might again pop, continue with a regular anti-pimple skin care regimen. Using anti-pimple face washes and face masks can be of great help in this regard. You can also use some home treatments to keep future pimples away. Continuing with a proper anti-pimple skin care regimen not only helps in quick healing of the squeezed pimple scab but also stops future breakouts.