How to make our wounds heal AND disappear QUICKLY

Hi everyone! I've been doing a lot of research online on how to heal open wounds faster and to prevent or minimize scarring caused by my picking. I have two really big open lesions on my face (one on my chin and the other on my forehead). I stumbled across a site created by a sufferer of dermatillomania and he talked about how calomine lotion really helped in the healing and deminishing of his wounds and scars from years of picking at his skin. I figured it was worth a try and I went out and purchased a bottle for $1.44 USD ( at a price like that how could I not try it???) Well this is only my second day and my wounds have deminished significantly and are already healing twice as fast as they used to. Also, since I started using this as a mask, I have not yet experienced any new breakouts. I bought the Humco brand of calomine lotion because it had fewer ingredients than other name brand options. This is the stuff we used as kids when we suffered from chicken pox to help them heal faster and to calm itching. I don't know about you, but whenever one of my wounds is scabbed over and dry it becomes really itchy and sometimes cracks, prolonging the healing time. Calomine lotion prevents that and it stops any wound seeping we experience when the wounds are fresh. After I wash it off using my cetaphil antibacterial gentle cleansing bar, I apply a thick layer of Vaseline intensive rescue repairing moisture body lotion to my face and the results I've seen are incredible. I was worried at first that the moisturizer would clog my pores but it hasn't and I've been using it as a repairing moisturizing mask for about 3 weeks now. The cleanser, calomine lotion and body lotion I listed are all very inexpensive and you can purchase all 3 for around $15.00 USD. PS - I've been using the calomine lotion as a night mask and I sleep with it on and then I wash it off in the morning. I've chosen to do this so that I can heal the fresh wounds on my face and to lighten hyperpigmentation and scarring everywhere else on my face from previous wounds and acne lesions. I hope this helps someone out there as much as it's helped me thus far. Please keep me updated if you should choose to try this... I'm anxious to hear if anyone else experiences the same amazing results I have.


This is my first post, I've been picking for a couple years, I always go into it thinking popping pimples will help them go away quicker.... Though I'm always wrong it's gotten me to the point where I had an eraser sized hole on my face. Luckily I saw the derm a couple of months ago Anf she prescribed me antibiotics. My skin is alright when I don't pick, there's just some post hyper pigmentation. Well this time the hole wasn't healing I tried keeping it moist even while taking the antibiotics and nothing helped. Manuka honey, tea tree oil, which hazel, aloe Vera, aquaphor, polysporin, tegaderm... Coconut oil did help a bit more but I found the ultimate help, and I found it in CVS (local drugstore). They are called Wound Closures their like butterfly stitches only ten times better!!! I was too embarrassed to go to work or school. I skipped school and tried tegaderm all day, nothing helped. That night through the next night I put on the wound closures and now they are easy to cover! I wish I knew this in the past this has stopped some major scaring, I feel like to other products will now work better because it was too big of a wound to heal without some closure. I hope this helps!!
Thank you SO much. I'm trying this tonight....sick of suffering...
Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. I'm in my 40's and I've had skin problems for probly 11 years. I had a hysterectomy when I was 30 and I wanna say that's when I noticed the beginning of what I've been diagnosed with as adult acne. Only thing is I've been to about 25 dermatologists, aesthetician's, hormone specialists, holistic Chinese Dr's, allergists, etc... over the course of 12 years and nothing works. Nothing. I'm on Bio-identical hormones and I've tried hundreds of products, including some of the ideas listed here. I've found I'm allergic to aloe, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil and soy (which is in everything). I pick when I'm stressed out...which seems to be often when I'm home, I have super dry, sensitive, fair skin as a red head. My scars tend to keyloid and I have several on my face. I've missed work because of the sores on my face and when I do go to work, I lie and say I had skin cancer removed so people don't stare as much. I've lost self esteem, I never want to leave my house and I'm desperate. I tried the calamine lotion but it stung so bad I figured I have an allergy to something in that. The weird thing is the bumps I pick on my face are almost like in grown hairs and not pimples. I can rub moisturizer on my face and my hands will have little hairs all on them after I've rubbed the lotion into my face and pores. Does anyone else have this problem? With hairs? I don't wax my face but I did buy the No-No about 2 years ago. Any suggestions for me?? The last dermatologist said I need accutane. I told her my face was too dry for that and there were too many side affects. She insisted it was the only thing that will help me. Any suggestions?? Plzzz? One more thing...I found out I have celiac disease and several food allergies. I've drastically changed my diet, including no gluten, dairy, eggs, and all the other allergies I have. I've gone 3-4 months, lost 23 pounds and my face almost seems worse. I figure there's no way it's still getting rid of toxins and my sores take sometimes 2-4 months to heal. HELP!!!!
Hello. I'm am currently having to live with this gross open wound on my face. I've had it for about three weeks now. I have put aloe vera gel on it and it had not helped. I have also put neosporin on it but it only made it more raw. It's all red and it has like a border around it that is harded, red, and swollen. I have not gone to the doctor because I don't have the available funds for it. I have some calamine lotion that I will try. I pray that it works. Is there anything else that can be recommended?
****UPDATE!!!!!**** Okay so started putting calamine lotion on my wound on Friday. and it is now Wednesday (five days later) its completely healed and just a light pink color. YAYYYY!!! To anyone who doesn't believe me, I have took pictures since the day i got it and how it is now. I will happily send it to anyone who is scared to try it.
So you just put calamine lotion on a cotton ball or whatever and dabbed it on open wound? Thank you for any advice!
Hi Breva, I have had the same wound for over a year. I feel I've tried everything. Would you mind if I saw what yours look like and what helped you finally get rid of it/them? Is there a way we can pass email privately?
your 4 month old doesnt have "acne" idiot, its normal for babies to have what looks like acne. why arent you talking to her pediatrician? you are asking a bunch of people that arent qualified to be telling you what is and isnt safe for your child, shaking my head, seriously use some common sense
I've used calamine too, after seeing it suggested here, about a yr and a half ago. I'd say it's a decent spot treatment, as it works by drying your skin out. I wouldn't put it all over my face, nor would I leave it on overnight. In my experience it's only benefiting if your face is healed up, not completely, of course. Just no open lesions, sore, raw, or scabbed up areas. And def no recently lifted or peeled off scabs! Just do this one thing I suggest further down and those scabs will be gone in no time I promise. And too bc that bright red raw-ish spot looks nice next to that fresh white lining of new skin you just ripped away… SAID NO ONE EVER.) lol.. But for real using calamine on that rawish spot won't help if at all (actually prob worsens it) and covering it w makeup would've been easier if if were the scab, trust me! Furthermore putting calamine ON an actual scab.. you might as well have ripped it off bc that's what you'll wbu up doing after seeing those scabs are now a pepto bismo looking pink up next the rest of your skin upon rinsing. So in conclusion, whatever good calamine does or our skin its gonna be done when the skin isn't broken. And I've done it since and it did make my face feel really soft! I liked it. But temember its a BAD IDEA esp if you have scabs (or several like I did) to use calamine until after that've healed. Don't do it. Lol it not good either way bc all it does is dry out.. When the truth is your skins already dried out enough. The picking, the sun, the constant washing, the harsh products we use to treat, they're all very DRYING. Which is why those of is who never had acne before I our lives started having it not long after we started picking. Because when the skin gets this dry it starts producing oil to compensate for the lack of moisture which in turns clogs pores, which causes pimples, which causes us to over obsess, to pick more often more extremely, to wash our face more, put more acne products bc we think that's the problem. But were just drying our skin out more and more therefore the skin keeps making more oil (more pimples) and so on.. It's never ending! Meanwhile with our skin feeling so oily, it's only natural we think we have "oily skin" type and we then treat it as so which just further dries us out. And if you're like me I just couldn't rationalize putting lotion or cream or any form of extra moisture on my skin bc the bit would be even more oily... I couldn't bare the thought. I went on for years using ivory soap bar a my go to right after picking my face arms breast everywhere and Even with several open wounds id still just use ivory soap bar to purposely dry it out bc I didn't know better. And my scabs did heal eventually through drying everything out I thought I was keeping more nasty moisture like pimples and junk away but no I was jst slowing my skin heal process down and now I still have scars particularly on my arm that r still there bc they never got moisture. They fade over time but they last longer and appear darker than moisturizer scars is the point. If I'd only known to MOISTURIZE. Finally I did tho. through enough self research (bc I could never afford a doc) and I just hid away from the fam every chance I had wore clothes to cover myself as well so they didn't know.. But anyways one day I bought moisturizer bc I tried literally everything I could and I'd read it enough over the yrs so I finallyI did it and it was a immediate diff in my skins appearance I didn't even have to wait over night. It felt better and looked better too w just a few thin layers. And I'll nerve ever ever go back. Moisturizing is the only way to heal the skin you're in now. To make scabs heal faster MOISTURIZE them keep a bandaid or one if those wet band aids that acts like the scab fir you and stays on for days. Depending in how large the scab or wound it could be healed in hours by just keeping it wet. Those band aids.. hydrocolloids.. the word, maybe? Lol if not it's damn close. Hydrocolics hydro something lol. It's late and I'm trying to finish... They are more expensive but to me they've been well worth it! PLZ READ Ohhhhh and one SUPER IMPORTANT PART once we've picked to the point of blood baths and ,covered in scabs, and all that's mean u know the drill. WE ARENT TREATING ACNE we are treating OPEN WOUNDS. We must let them heal. Do not DO NOT I mean seriously DO NOT put acne medication on open WOUNDS and wonder why nothing gets better. Plz ..OPEN WOUNDS mean alcohol(only when needed) lots peroxide, gauges, bandaids, sterile gloves, whatever u might need bc if u don't treat em they gonna be big ugly open crater scars in a yr or two n all u had to do was clean it up a little. get the spray bottle of peroxide i used to keep one in the shower to spray my arms and or chest if I had to and u do it before few times and right before u get out spray it three or four times spraying the white off every time just letting it drip rinse w cold water dap urself dry. Put sab in everything and cover what u can if heals faster. THE MORE MOISTURE THE FASTER U HEAL THE LESS OF SCAR TOO. I'm not kidding either there were few times there were so many sores on my face, even coming straight out the shower, I didn't want to rub anything in w my fingers. It was just too much (even tho I did it) so I'd get the gloves to apply the neosporin (the cream kind is thicker so it's better for scabs)and I'd cover what I could. Woke up several mornings bc it hurt lifting my face off the pillow. I was bad off.. This is a serious serious disease and in more ways scarier then any other bc the people who do it are so secretive. They live in shame, guilt, hurt, pain, anger, self worth is gone, they're in a constant state of confusion, seclusion and more sadly they do it alone.. but I'm better now and I know those suffering now can be too and that's all that matters. I know this is long, and maybes just basic info to some of you and that's ok. I still felt compelled literally. Bc this is bigger than me you him her or anyone this issue is rising fast and since I've never shared w anyone these things I thought it'd be cool to share where it might be needed by some young lost wondering soul as I once was and hopefully inspire too. If I can do it anyone can.❤️❤️❤️agirlnamedjess (:
This helped me so much. Thank you. Now if i could just stop creating the scabs!
Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for the Calamine lotion suggestion! I have incorporated it into my 'healing routine' as an overnight mask. I am 40-years-old, and have been picking at my acne since I was a teenager. I tend to get a deep cystic pimple or two once a month, and obsessively try to pop them to the point where my fingers slip and I end up gouging the area with my finger nails. Not pretty! I have done so much online research and inquired with estheticians and dermatologists as to the best and fastest way to heal these self-inflicted wounds. After trying so many things over the years, I have found the following recommendations to be the most effective: 1) You want to keep the wound moist. This seems counter-intuitive; I had long thought that you should try to dry the area out to heal it up faster, but you should actually avoid having it scab up. 2) If the cyst has turned into an open wound, hold back on using products with acne-fighting ingredients (i.e benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retin-A etc.). These products are too drying when treating an open wound. 3) Wash your face using warm water and a gentle, soap-free cleanser. I have very sensitive skin that reacts to anything overly fragranced, so Cethaphil or Cerave are good choices for me. Pat the area gently with a clean towel to dry. 4) Use witch hazel instead of hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean out the wound. Saturate a Q-tip with it, and GENTLY rub the area to loosen and slough off any scabbing. 5) Cover the wound with a thick layer of Vaseline (100% petroleum jelly) and Neosporin or Polysporin. I actually mix 1 part Vaseline with 1 part of the following concoction (just a dab of each of these): Solarcaine Cool Aloe gel burn relief formula (Lidocaine HCI), Neosporin, and Cortizone-10 (1% hydrocortisone anti-itch cream). 6) If you don't need to go out in public, I would suggest covering the area with a Band-Aid. This helps to keep the area moist, with added benefit of keeping those obsessive fingers away from your face :). 7) Repeat this routine 3 times daily. 8) At bedtime, after washing and drying, apply a thin layer of Calamine lotion to the area and leave on overnight. 9) Start the process all over again in the morn. Note: After a couple of days, I leave out the witch hazel step. Once the wound is healed over (about day 3-4), I just wash my face 2-3 times a day, and follow with a gentle toner and moisturizer. After about a week, I will sometimes apply a little Bio-oil and/or Mederma with SPF 30 to the area daily to prevent scarring. Hope this helps!
I'm so glad I found this. Thank you
Hey Guys, Just stumbled on this forum. I too am always searching for faster ways to heal sores and scrapes. I will try the calamine lotion suggestion but I have found wonderful results from using a scar cream called "kelo-cote". It may just be my type of skin or this truly could be a miracle product but it has worked. I wait for a sore to lose its redness before applying but it will literally get rid of all scars within a couple of weeks. I recently found that Walgreens has been carrying it - I ordered it online in the past but it is not cheap. About $40 for a small tube but it lasts ages. You only need a small amount and the trick is to massage it in for a little bit. It will stop sores from htyper-pigmenting and fade them to skin color really quickly. I've tried many creams over the years but this actually works. Another good remedy is to get a photo facial - good for any part of the body. Helps with scars but expensive and you need several. That's why kelo-cote seems like a really good deal. I don't work for the company by the way! My skin lady gave me a sample to try about 5 years ago. Now just yo find something I can put on broken skin and I'll be set. Hopefully the calamine lotion will work for me too.
Try asking your derm for bionect cream. It works! They use it for cancer patients after radiation. It grows skin back fast. I apply it and put a bandaid on when I sleep
I have been picking the outside of my lower lip for a long time. I go thru periods of where it actually looks good, then I start picking again. I believe that my picking is brought on by stress, or when I am in deep thought. I have chewed a "divot" in my lower lip...you can actually tell that there is a piece of my lip gone. I also chew the inside of my bottom lip. I have tried different lotions, lip therapies, and other remedies, but they only work for a little while.(almost like my lip area becomes immune to it) If it doesn't stay hydrated it gets really dry and cracks-then I pick it again. But on the same note if it is too hydrated, then it gets "gummy" and peels on it's own. I haven't picked now for 3 days, But I can't get it to look any better. I have tried the calamine lotion suggestion, but I didn't see any difference, so today I started using a Vitamin E moisturizing skin lotion with a deep penetrating formula. I am hoping this works. Good luck to all of us!! photobug315
I have pretty bad skin and pick it often, making some nasty scars. I've noticed that I only tend to pick when I feel criticised or threatened. So I think the worst thing one can do is to tell oneself one's "ugly" or criticise one's appearance. Most of the time, people don't actually notice one's skin anyway. I've recently looked into Ayurveda and discovered that people who have a Pitta Dosha like me (reactive, sassy people who have a lot of yang "fire energy" in their physical and emotional makeup) tend to be prone to inflamed and oily skin; especially if they eat foods which have Pitta attributes (oily foods, red meats, some spices). I've tried to eat more Vata dosha foods, which dry out the skin (fruits and veges, fish), and drink more water and I've noticed a great improvement. There's nothing "wrong" with having bad skin, it's just showing that something in your diet or your thinking isn't supporting you.
None of what your saying is helping pls help I need it off in a day
I'm so glad I found this, I am going to try the calamine lotion tonight. I have a tendency to pick at my pimples when I get them which is not too often, but this summer has been terrible. I have small wounds on my left cheek and chin and I have a pretty large one now on the top of my right cheek which is very red around it and a little swollen. Will the calamine lotion help with that as well? I am going off to college in a month and I am hoping these will heal up by the time I leave!
I have found this forum and have been reading and trying all the ideas here including calamine lotion, rosehip oil, honey, aloe vera and other things. Six days from my open wound from picking it looks worse than ever! I am so depressed about this as I have a 40th birthday to go to on the weekend and can't see it looking any better. I have picked it but only in the first few days. It is just a huge weeping crater with a pimple in the middle that refused to burst! I wish I had never touched it. Full of self loathing. Am just wondering if because my skin is so scarred from acne that the healing process is just going to be longer thn normal. :(
I am trying this in my own face now, but I can say with certainty that this works on all kinds of sores and rashes and is safe for babies. There are diaper rash creams (anti monkey butt) made with calamine and corn starch and I personally use this on diaper rash. Who knew calamine was like duct tape?
Hello my daughter is about to be four months on February first she has been suffering from acne for three months already :( I was wondering if the lotion u speak of would safe for me to use on her skin ?
your 4 month old doesnt have "acne" idiot, its normal for babies to have what looks like acne. why arent you talking to her pediatrician? you are asking a bunch of people that arent qualified to be telling you what is and isnt safe for your child, shaking my head, seriously use some common sense
Yes, the calamine lotion is definitely safe to use on a baby's skin :)
hi i picked at a pimple on my face which opened up and made a fairly small red wound. my mom went out to Target and didn't find any Calomine, but instead she found Caladryl. Should they work the same way? Thank you so much!!
Hi thank you for posting this helpful tip... I myself have some ugly looking red scrapes from attacking unwanted acne on my face.... I just bought the Cetaphil soap bar, the Vaseline repairing moisture, and the Calamine lotion... now I understand at night I'm going to want to wash my face using the Cetaphil then apply some Calamine lotion with a cotton ball... But 2 questions I have are: when would I use the Vaseline moisture? And what should I do in the mornings, or afternoon? Thanks for your time. Daniel
Hi Daniel! This post is really old and I have one that is more current and has proven to be a more successful approach for others on this site - wounds are HEALING and scars are FADING. You still need the calamine lotion and cetaphil antibacterial cleansing bar, but I would also recommend purchasing T.N. Dickinson's witch hazel. Here is the link for the forum topic I am referring to http://www.skinpick.com/node/2328. I hope this helps! :)
Hello :) right now im suffering from picked pimples with open wound type acne to the point where there is gooey yellow stuff in the inside guessing its the beginning of a scab. Will this help ? What do i do ? And how fast will it work ? Does it dry it up? I have scars all over my face also will this work ?
Hi there poorsadgirl01! I'm going to refresh my latest post on calamine lotion: wounds are HEALING and scars are FADING. That post will tell you everything you need to know PLUS feedback from other people on this site who have given the calamine lotion a try. I hope this helps! - newperspective
Thank you :)
Thank you so much for this tip!!! I'll have to try this!!! Do you know how it works on scars?
Here is a step by step guide for treating acne using calamine lotion..... Instructions - 1) Wash your skin gently and thoroughly with a natural, preservative-free soap. Remember not to scrub the skin when you wash your face, simply lather your hands, gently apply the soap to your wet skin, lather your face and rinse with clean water. 2) Dry your face with a clean towel. Apply Calamine lotion to a cotton swab and dab a little bit of the Calamine lotion directly to the acne blemishes. You can apply more than one coat if you like. Let the Calamine lotion dry and leave it on overnight. 3) Wash your face as usual the next morning, rinsing the Calamine lotion off of your skin. Apply the lotion as needed every night until the blemishes go away. You should see a marked improvement in about a week. I hope this information helps... I found that because the calamine lotion dries quickly and is hard to take off with just water, the urge to pick and obsess over blemishes has subsided. When it completely dries it leaves a light white/pink mask on your face so you can no longer see any imperfections, therefore, no reason to obsess :)
Here is a step by step guide for treating acne using calamine lotion..... Instructions - 1) Wash your skin gently and thoroughly with a natural, preservative-free soap. Remember not to scrub the skin when you wash your face, simply lather your hands, gently apply the soap to your wet skin, lather your face and rinse with clean water. 2) Dry your face with a clean towel. Apply Calamine lotion to a cotton swab and dab a little bit of the Calamine lotion directly to the acne blemishes. You can apply more than one coat if you like. Let the Calamine lotion dry and leave it on overnight. 3) Wash your face as usual the next morning, rinsing the Calamine lotion off of your skin. Apply the lotion as needed every night until the blemishes go away. You should see a marked improvement in about a week. I hope this information helps... I found that because the calamine lotion dries quickly and is hard to take off with just water, the urge to pick and obsess over blemishes has subsided. When it completely dries it leaves a light white/pink mask on your face so you can no longer see any imperfections, therefore, no reason to obsess :)
Hello Butterfly56! Here are instructions directly from the ehow website for treating your acne scars with calamine lotion... They say it takes around 30 days to see drastic improvement in the fading of acne scars using this method everynight. I would say my wounds are already about 80% healed and I've been using this method for only 3 nights so far. As far as my scars and hyperpigmentation go, the calamine lotion has helped them to not look so red and inflamed. Here are the instructions for treating acne scarring with calamine lotion... Instructions for treating acne with calamine lotion to follow **************** Calamine Lotion - Use a cotton swab or cotton ball. Coat the cotton swab or cotton ball in calamine lotion and smooth the calamine lotion into the acne scar at bedtime each night. Don't cake the calamine lotion on the scar, but rather blend the calamine lotion into the skin. Allow the calamine lotion to remain on the scar overnight. Wash the calamine lotion off with warm water and a soft washcloth the next morning.
Hello Butterfly56! Here are instructions directly from the ehow website for treating your acne scars with calamine lotion... They say it takes around 30 days to see drastic improvement in the fading of acne scars using this method everynight. I would say my wounds are already about 80% healed and I've been using this method for only 3 nights so far. As far as my scars and hyperpigmentation go, the calamine lotion has helped them to not look so red and inflamed. Here are the instructions for treating acne scarring with calamine lotion... Instructions for treating acne with calamine lotion to follow **************** Calamine Lotion - Use a cotton swab or cotton ball. Coat the cotton swab or cotton ball in calamine lotion and smooth the calamine lotion into the acne scar at bedtime each night. Don't cake the calamine lotion on the scar, but rather blend the calamine lotion into the skin. Allow the calamine lotion to remain on the scar overnight. Wash the calamine lotion off with warm water and a soft washcloth the next morning.
Thank you!!! I am definitly going to give this a try
You are so welcome! Sorry, it's the only thing I could find for scarring. All of my scars are from picking at my skin but I figure treating acne scarring and scarring from picking can't be too different, right? Please keep me updated and let me know how this works for you :)
I started using it 2 nights ago and it works great on places I just picked. It dries them up and they are almost healed by the morning. It is amazing. I haven't noticed a difference in the scars yet but I haven't been using it that long. Thank you so much for sharing about this. It really does work!!!
Fantastic! I was so happy to read that it is working for you as well :) As for the scars, they say it takes at least 30 days of continued use to see any drastic results in the lightening of scars. Today is day 7 using the calamine lotion and all of my wounds have completely healed, except for a popped pimple, but that too is well on its way! I hope it continues to work for you and that we see the results we are hoping and praying for. Hope you have a wonderful, pick-free day! :)
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