Wash with gentle soap using just your fingertips. Massage the cleanser into your skin lightly and the scabs will slough off when they're ready. Rinse with lukewarm water, patting your skin dry. You'll only cause more zits and skin irritations if you start scrubbing and using harsh cleansers.
Keep applying your zit cream to the scab to make sure it stays dry and does not develop an infection. The most effective pimple treatments are those that contain resorcinol, sulfur or benzoyl peroxide. The drier the scab remains, the quicker it will just slough off.
Clean your skin at night and remove all makeup. Let the scab breathe so that it can continue to heal. Maintain your regular cleansing routines by washing twice a day, in the morning and at night. Wash your skin after you exercise, so that dirt and sweat don't aggravate the healing pimples.
Wear sunscreen every day to prevent skin discoloration. As the scab falls away, you may experience a slight change in skin color. Light-skinned people may see red or purple spots, while dark-skinned folks may notice tan or light brown pigment. According to the AcneNet, an information resource of the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin color will return to normal unless it is exposed to ultraviolet light.
Cover up the small scabs with cosmetics and sunscreen products that are labeled noncomedogenic or water-based so that you won't cause more zits. The pimple needs to dry out and the scab is a sign that it's doing just that. Make sure you blend any makeup you apply so that you don't highlight the scab by putting cover-up on just one spot.
While picking at a scab may give you temporary relief cosmetically, you greatly increase your chances of leaving permanent scars when you do. You think the scarring is bad, just wait till you get a quote on the cost of cosmetic procedures to get rid of the scars. Doctors at the AcneNet report that most of the time, medical insurance does not cover scar removal, so you better start saving if you just can't wait to pick that scab.