Acne can be an unsightly, embarrassing outbreak of inflamed, infected follicles that generally occurs on the face, chest, back and neck. Once acne is treated and begins to heal, the skin forms small scabs on the follicles to allow them to heal from within. Unfortunately, while the redness and swelling are fading, the discolored, raised scabs can be just as unsightly as the acne was. There are, however, ways to get rid of acne scabs quickly without disturbing the healing process.
Wash the affected area twice daily with an antibacterial soap or acne cleanser, available at your local pharmacy. Use a clean washcloth to cleanse the skin gently, using a circular motion. Rinse away the soap with warm water and pat dry with another clean washcloth. Always use a clean washcloth, because bacteria can be transmitted by one that has already been used and can cause new acne to appear.
Avoid touching or scratching the affected or surrounding areas. According to AcneNet, picking at or scratching acne scabs can delay healing and can cause the spread of acne-causing bacteria. If you have an itch you can't resist, take a clean dry washcloth and gently dab the area that itches. Keep in mind that scratching of any kind can cause trauma and make the skin become red and irritated, so use the least amount of pressure with the washcloth.
Apply a topical acne cream to the affected areas twice daily, 10 to 15 minutes after cleansing. Be sure to use a cream that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Both help accelerate healing and keep the areas dry. Using topical cream will also dry out the scab faster, making it fall off quickly. Always wash your hands thoroughly before applying acne cream, as dirty hands can transmit bacteria and dirt.
Apply a warm moist compress to the scabs for 10 minutes twice a day. Use a clean washcloth that has been dampened with hot water and hold it gently against the scab. The moisture and heat help to soften and loosen the scabs and also draw blood to the affected areas, which aids healing.
Apply a topical antibiotic cream, available at a local pharmacy, to the scabs twice daily. Wait at least 30 minutes after you have applied the acne cream, and apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream to each scab. According to MayoClinic.com, antibiotic cream helps heal existing acne and prevents new acne from appearing. In addition, the cream will soften the scabs, getting rid of them faster.