How to conceal a facial scab with success

I have a scab on my jawline.

It’s dark against my very pale skin and very obvious and I want it to heal ASAP, without scarring if possible. But I can’t hermit myself away because I also have to go to work and I don’t want to look like I have ringworm or only bathe once every week.

I’m not going to explain how or why I’m scabby because WE ALL KNOW AND WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE.



(It was a cystic zit and I picked it)

Anyway, after nearly 20 years of dealing with pimple scabs I have FINALLY discovered my HG.

I have one gnarly scar on the side of my face that is 14 years old and is the result of months of picking a cystic zit, covering with old grotty concealer and probably just generally being a gross teen. Luckily with age and good skincare it’s evened out and become much paler and more uniform.

I’ll probably need to get to the bottom of my picking one day, but it borders on my obsession with removing the source of the pain, and my guess is that anxiety, too, plays a big part.

No, it’s definitely anxiety. I’ve noticed a correlation between feeling anxious and picking or squeezing my face.

So when you end up with a nasty scab on your face, how in the world do you conceal that horror? First things first; you are never ever going to be able to fully disguise its colour or texture, but you can make it look a little more uniform with the rest of your skin so that you can feel ok to appear in public again.

I’ve had scabs that hung around for way too long because I was touching them and putting makeup on them too early and just generally doing the wrong things.

This one is different. It’s painless and healing quickly. So, what’s the process?


I immediately cleaned it with antiseptic, had a shower and cleaned again with my normal cleanser and just popped a sticking plaster on top – one that will not upset the fragile facial skin – and went to bed. I used clean towels and clean pillowcases to lessen bacteria transfer. Also, I was worried about scratching and touching it in my sleep and didn’t want to upset the healing process.


Washed it gently with saline and a cotton pad. I let it dry naturally and didn’t do anything else. NO MORE TOUCHING. I cleaned it again with saline at before bed and put another sticking plaster on top to minimise bacteria and prevent sleep-scratching/touching. The good thing about bandaids is they keep it moist (sorry).


Time to go to work. There is no way I am putting makeup on a fresh scab while it’s clean and healing nicely, I’m not taking any chances! I really don’t want this to scar and I definitely don’t want to dislodge any of the hard red crust on top. I’ve noticed that on other delicate skin, if I have a scab, it’s less likely to scar if the scab is allowed to fall off naturally.

How to cover this? MAGIC.

Basically, what I’m saying is I am certain that hydrocolloid bandages are actually made of fairy dust. Hydrocolloid bandages are waterproof and stick like glue, fairly un-germy and seem to help heal my zits pretty well. Whatever works for you!

These also have the great benefit of being semi-transparent, muting the redness/brown tone. Also I didn’t touch, thanks to the bandage. Win.

Got home, cleaned with my Dr Spiller cucumber cleanser (so gentle) and left it alone.

Attempting concealer today. I read online that the best way to do this is to use a paler concealer on the base and your natural skin colour on top. Ok, I thought. This will be yet another kindly but useless tip. Wrong. WRONG.

Blast away all signs of redness with a concealer that’s lighter than your natural tone. I used Jane Iredale Disappear Full Coverage Concealer in light. Yes it looks weird, but stick with me. Then cover that with a concealer that’s a match with the rest of your face. I used RMS “Un” Cover-Up in 11. Set with powder. Done.

These two concealers are great because, as always, they are cruelty-free. Jane Iredale has lovely botanicals to heal that poor, stressed skin underneath, including my gal jojoba and antiseptic rosemary extract. RMS also has rosemary 🌿

Like I said before, your scab won’t be invisible. But it will make you feel better about what you’ve done.

To remove, micellar water is great. After years of loving Bioderma I now use Sukin. It’s gentle and doesn’t leave my skin squeaky. I need to let my skin do its thing and self-moisturise as best it can. All reading I’ve done indicates that scabs are meant to be a little bit moist (sorry) to heal to the best of their ability. A tiny bit of aloe on top can help.

Repeat process from all other days until it falls off naturally.

When that blessed time arrives, I’ll use Kosmea Rosehip Oil to heal the pink skin underneath and treat myself better next time.

Are you a picker? And will you try this two-step concealer trick?


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