It's important to keep scabs hydrated, but Dr. Gohara says to avoid using alcohol-based toners and harsh astringents on the area because these products can cause further irritation. Wearing sunscreen daily and adding a retinol to your skincare routine can help prevent scabs from leaving scars or dark marks, plus minimize future breakouts. We recommend The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane ($19; adorebeauty.com.au), an anti-aging formula that'll also target acne. It's formulated with nourishing ingredients to minimize the potential irritating effects of retinol.
As for what types of blemishes are more prone to scabbing, Dr. Gohara says that deep, cystic, painful, or hard ones most often cause inflammation, which can lead to itching, irritation, and the urge to pick. The best course of action is to treat the blemish right away with an antibiotic cream, or better yet, an in-office cortisone injection.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.