A scab can take a long time to fall off on its own. Pulling off an unready scab may cause bleeding or scarring. In order for a scab to fall off the skin tightens and makes a dry area around the scab. The scab in this stage is probably prepared to come off but it doesn’t. The scab needs a gentle push. If you have a stubborn scab apply one of the step methods below.
Pull & tighten a scab into falling off.
1. Soak in Water.
Sometimes all it takes to drop a scab is a good soak. Try an Epsom Salt soak to progress healing. If the scab is pre-ready to go Epsom Salt will help to relieve any tenderness remaining in the area and decrease redness of the skin which may be inflamed or irritated.
Pour a speck of Alum in a bowl, wet it and apply the Alum over the entire scab and let it dry. As the Alum dries it will help to pull & tighten the scab. Applying Alum at the edges of the scab touching the surrounding skin will also help to pull & tighten the scab. The pulling & tightening action will help to loosen the scab speeding the fall off time.
3. Baking Soda.
Baking Soda has a natural property to draw, pull & tighten. Apply Baking Soda the same as Alum.
Soften a scab into falling off.
1. Soak in Water.
Water has a softening affect. When you have stayed in the water too long not only does the water soften things such as toenails & fingernails but it also shrivels the skin. When the skin dries the skin will return to normal. This makes water have both a pulling & tightening and softening affect important in scab removal.
2. Dampen scab with Cooking Oil, “Baby Oil,” or Mineral Oil.
Apply oil over entire scab area including the edges and the surrounding skin.
Wipe or dab over entire scab area including the edges and the surrounding skin. Shortening will be somewhat stiff and may take a little more light rubbing than oil. You may have to let the shortening sit out briefly in the sun, sit it by a window in the house where the sun is coming in, to soften it up but don’t leave it too long it will melt. You can remove a spoonful of shortening, no more then what you think you will use, and sit it where the sun will hit it instead of sitting the whole can out.
4. Hand Lotion.
This is a fast easy way to soften a scab. Apply over the entire scab area including the edges and the surrounding skin.