What you need to know about healing your skin after scabies

So you’re cured of the mites. Congratulations. Big win.

Now let’s heal your skin.

This post discusses three paths to skin health. Take what you want out of it.

  1. Direct skin treatments.
  2. Diet & Nutrition.
  3. Supplementation.

1) Direct skin treatments

Firstly, irritants to avoid:

–   Long, hot showers. These irritate, dry out and strip the skin of natural oils (think Sebum). This makes you more itchy and slower to heal.

–   Over washing. A well nourished body maintains its own skin support. Washing too much disturbs the body’s skin maintenance procedures.

–   Stay away from synthetic soap additives! Damaging additives are found in almost all major brands that are producing bathing products. Dial, Proctor & Gamble, herbal essences . . . you name it.

Healthy skin applications:

Cold waterthis is perhaps the best thing you can provide for your skin. Cold water hydrates and closes your pores to promote healing. Limit washing and favor cold water when you do.

Coconut oil – Can’t go wrong here. Coconut is great for the body, inside and out. Apply it wherever you want relief.

Source Naturals skin cream – a great option for sensitive skin, this cream is gentle and contains Contains restorative compounds like DMAE, alpha-lipoic acid, ascorbyl palmitate (C-ester), Coenzyme Q-10, MSM.

Some other great pure oils and topicals that I won’t go in depth on include: Pure Jojoba oil, almond oil, raw cocoa butter and shea butter. All are very beneficial and pure products, no artificial irritants added.

Epsom salt baths – both relaxing and beneficial, epsom salt (Magnesium-Sulphate) provide nutrients and works to soften while helping to draw out contaminants in the skin. I recommend a few baths a week for about 30 minutes each. Use 1/4 cup and be mindful of the effects on your skin – if the water is too hot and too much salt is used dry skin could occur. Follow up the bath with a cold shower to close the pores and better seal in moisture. Best before sleep. Here are the salts I use.

2) Diet & Nutrition

Try eating lots of foods rich in bioavailable nutrients while you heal:

  • seafood
  • meat (pastured, non-hormone)
  • plant and animal fats
  • vegetables
  • tubers. 

Some other foods that are especially good for skin health/regrowth are:


Gelatin helps grow new skin and build up its elasticity and suppleness. In addition to improving skin health, gelatin also boasts these benefits:

  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Contains essential Amino Acids
  • Aids the digestive tract
  • Is Anti-Inflammatory
  • Regulates hormones
  • Aids in liver function

You can create gelatin in homemade, mineral rich bone broths. Here is a guide on making bone broth. You can also buy gelatin online, I prefer NOW brand Gelatin. It comes powdered and you can mix it into drinks and soups. I started buying the 1lb container but have since opted for the economical 5lb option.


Colostrum is a powerhouse of immune support. This is because its clinically proven to help restore the gastro-intestinal tract. Our gut health is very important for proper skin functioning, and colostrum happens to be one of the better tonics for your gut. The best is sourced from grass-fed cows.


Collagen deserves kudos here for skin health as well. Here is a list of benefits. I have noticed most of these in my 4 months now of taking collagen.

  • Reduces inflammation, body pain and joint discomfort
  • Rejuvenates skin tone. Healthy skin retains moisture better and is more elastic and less prone to develop fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles
  • Increases energy and physical endurance
  • Improves recovery time after exercise
  • Supports repair of skeleto-muscular injuries and post surgery recovery
  • Improves muscle tone/strength and joint flexibility
  • Reduces muscle soreness and pain after work out or physical activity
  • Increases nail strength. Stronger nails do not chip
  • Improves hair quality and thickness that gives more youthful appearance

Same as for colostrum, the best source for collagen is from grass-fed cows. Here is a top of the line source.

3) Supplementation

Here are some great supplements for skin health. 

Fermented cod liver oil/ high vitamin butter oil.

A synergistic combination of impressive superfoods – this combo provides extremely bioavailable sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A. These are all very important compounds for skin health. Fermented cod liver has been consumed for ages and is well known for it’s effects on the skin and bodily function. Green Pasture’s makes the best product on the market – read the phenomenal reviews.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)

Vitamin B5 is another skin restoring power house – amazingly effective for acne, but also important for general skin ailments. Pantothenic Acid plays an important role in energy storage and release and provides nutritive support for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This is good news for your skin. All of the important nutrients we are taking in to support skin cell regeneration and immune function – this stuff helps it get where it needs to go and makes sure it operates efficiently. 

KAL inc. makes a great B5 product. I take their 1000mg capsules.

Pantothenic acid also is available in a variety of foods, the richest sources being:

  • Organ meats like liver & kidney
  • egg yolk
  • broccoli
  • fish
  • shellfish
  • chicken
  • mushrooms
  • avocado
  • sweet potato

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil contains gamma-lineoic-acid (GLA). GLA fantastic for skin health and is helpful for many other ailments. It’s benefits include:

  • Helping Skin problems (eczema, acne, psoriasis)
  • Aging problems
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Weight control
  • Pain relief (via a compound called phenylalanine)
  • Disease prevention
  • Symptoms of menopause

Evening primrose oil is one of very few sources of GLA – and is the most abundant source known. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. NOW Foods is a cheap and trusted source. You will notice a very quick responsiveness from your skin to this supplement, I found it to be very effective.Zinc

Zinc is an important component of healthy skin. It is also required for proper immune system function, as well as for the maintenance of vision, taste, and smell. We need zinc for a huge array of body processes. If you consume the foods I recommended in step #2 then you should have your bases covered on zinc. As a reminder, some zinc rich foods include: oysters, pecans, brazil nuts & egg yolks. You can also choose to supplement it, try to consume at least 15mg of zinc a day.

If you choose to supplement for Zinc I advise buying a Zinc-magnesium-calcium-vitamin D combination supplement. All of these compounds are important for day to day health, including skin health. Magnesium is especially essential!


There has been a lot of buzz in recent years concerning probiotics. With recent advancements in technology we now know that there are over 100 trillion organisms living in our body at any giving moment. The body itself is comprised of roughly 10 trillions cells – that means that for every one cell in your body there are 10 living organisms!

The immune system is predominantly located in the gut – about 75% – this is also where most of the organisms take residence. Did you know that these organisms send direct signals to your body that effect immune responses? If we are unhealthy the gut is largely occupied by pathogens. These pathogens harm our immune system and digestion. For this reason I recommend reconstituting your gut with healthy organisms that benefit our immune system and whole body. I advise anyone to really take the time to read up on and invest in probiotics as a healthy gut leads to healthy skin as well.

Not all probiotics are the same – quality is important as there are varying bacterial species sold and quality assurance is important since they are living organisms.

I recommend products from these companies:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is highly present in our skin and deficiencies are more rare than you might think though, so I advise supplementing it only if you are not maintaining sufficient intake through diet. One element of vitamin E – tocotrienols – is hard to get, and red palm oil is one of the few choices for a source.

If you do decide to supplement Vitamin E, it is very important you buy the right stuff. Not all supplements are created equal, and the divide is especially relevant for this supplement. Too often vitamin E products are synthetic – which the body absorbs inefficiently. I recommend the supplement Unique E, as it is naturally sourced.

Foods containing sufficient amounts of Vitamin E include:

  • Spinach
  • turnip greens
  • chard
  • sunflower seeds
  • almonds
  • bell peppers
  • asparagus
  • collards
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts

*Vitamin E is fat soluble, so it is important to eat these foods with plenty of fat to boost absorption.


So there you have some tips for healing. If your skin is looking as bad as mine was some of these tips should be helpful. I hope you heal well, and leave us some info about your recovery in the comments!

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  1. I haven’t seen one comment yet that says they used the pill form called Stromectol. I got something from a boyfriends house. A very good friend of mine works at a dermatologist office and has for 20+ years. I did SO much research and came to the understanding that it was either bed bugs or scabies because they bites were so similar. She does not think it’s scabies and either did I. I had Orkin come to my house and they said I didn’t have bed bugs, but I had also cleaned everything a day or 2 before not thinking. I started to get aggravated and I NEEDED answers. I went to a dermatologist and they wouldn’t do a skin scrape which is how you find out for sure what it is. I couldn’t afford to get the premethrin so she gave me a script for the pill which was stromectol which kills anything inside and out. I did everything I was supposed to. Washed EVERYTHING, cleaned etc. like I was told to do, and did this several times. It has now been at least 3 weeks or so and I now have different bites, they almost look like mosquito bites but I know they aren’t because my skin swells the size of a quarter. It is driving me CRAZY! Someone please help me, information anything. Is this post scabies after taking the pill form (Stromectol), NOT the cream (Premethrin). I have always used vicks for the itching cause that’s what I was told by my friend that works in a Derm office. It does help but, who wants to put that on every single night before bed?! I’ve tried nice warm/hot oatmeal baths with the Aveeno Oatmeal stuff, I’ve tried cold baths. The cold water actually makes it worse and literally hurts my skin. I NEEEDDDD ANSWERS NOT a guess. Someone please help me. I want to find out what this is and get rid of it. The boyfriend I got it from his whole family used the cream and they are perfectly fine. Why only me?! I have sensitive skin and I have always had reactions to insect bites especially mosquitoes. I have done so much research for months. I have gone to drs. and nothing helps.

    • Hi. I despise scabies. This is what helped me.
      1. Bathe in as hot water as you can stand with 2 cups of borax and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide for at least 20 minutes, then take a hot shower while using sulfur soap to cleanse.
      2. Apply permethrin cream from top of your neck to your toes- in every crevice
      3. Next morning take a hot shower and use sulfur soap. After drying off apply neem oil all over your body and put on clean clothes. The neem oil smells but helps tremendously.
      4. Next morning wash ALL bedding in hot water with 1/2 cup Clorox bleach and 1/2 cup of borax plus a scoop of your laundry detergent.
      5. Put all pillows in the dryer on high for 40 minutes.
      6. At night take another hot bath with borax and hydrogen peroxide and put on clean pjs.
      I followed this protocol for a week, yes it’s exhausting but I’m so grateful that I’m better. No more creepy crawler feeling. Good luck and good health to all

      • Valerie Wray says:

        Where do you get a sulfur soap and what is the name of it? Also what is Borax

        • I just read your post. I hope by now you have found rest from this horrible problem you describe. Walmart carries Sulphur Soap and Sulphur Cream in their Health and Beauty section. It is a section near the bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo section and the items are predominately written in Spanish with Sulphur being clearly stated. I highly recommend a strong magnifying glass,(Harbor Freight sells them online & in store) Look closely at your skin, be very watchful of your finger creaaes, fingeenails (looking closely under the tips of each nail, look at your wrists & any bump, itchy spot or sore. You mentioned that your Scabies nightmare has taken on a very different look than anyone else in your circle. You mentioned a round rash type problem, have you considered Ringworm? Mites are responsible for many skin problems so I highly suggest you read more about Follicular Mites. I hope this nightmare ends for you and all those that suffer in any way. I wish you well & good health.

    • Yes i got post scabies after taking the ivermectin pill. i was unable to take the cream as i have a very severe allergy to pesticides… and yes i have post scabies. the skin is sensitive to a point of everything leaves an imprint on it- also some itching- the torso is clear now but my legs are all red. The skin doctor was confused as to why my skin was still sensitive and i explained to her about post scabies- imagine i have to explain to her. Thankfully i go to a natural doctor chiropractor here in nyc who tested and said this is the after effects of all i went through. if not for him i might still think i had some of the scabies left- it takes time for skin to heal. I am using emuaid and also coconut oil. I see skin doctor tomorrow for three week visit – the ivermectin took so much out of me that i will give it another four weeks as it is getting better slowly- but yes yes yes you will get post scabies after taking the pill for scabies-

      • just want to say doctor said all healed last week but he said it takes time for skin to repair- i did not itch for whole week nothing on my skin now today feels like pin pricks all over body- i am assuming this is part of healing of nerves– for anyone reading this who is thinking of putting more chemicals on your body make sure it is not just the healing process as you dont want to put more poison on skin that is healing and not with scabies

      • i experienced the post scabies treatment…eczema tiny bumps appeared on the scars before it was a dark spot and now reddish spot..grrr…stress!i used cetaphil soap and lotion as per doctor advised and he gave me antihistamine and for allergy and refused to prescribed creams.
        everytime the itch occur i used coconut oil,and it works.my problem after this post scabies treatment is my scars,huhuhu.

        • its months and my skin is still sensitive i can go two weeks no itching but if i shave or just out of nowhere itching and my skin is so sensitive that i get imprints from jewerlry or clothing!!! i am grateful for my chiropractor who tests me he says still it is post scabies- i guess it takes time. I feel for the people who keep putting poison on their skin thinking they still have it and truthfully if not for the dr saying it was clear and my chiro keeping testing and saying it is the after effects i would think i still had it- it really does a number on the skin- never had rashes in my life before this. I Will try the coconut oil more and also just know it takes time

  2. Hey all,

    I’ve recently been fighting with scabies which also triggered a fungal attack on my feet. Im recovering fine after taking permtherin. I have rashes all over and with help of prayer and shea butter they are healing quick with less itching episodes. My feet im having a time with healing plus affecting my mobility seriously. But thanks to this article and the tips this healing process has been great.

  3. I am just getting over scabies, my skin is recovering ok, im not sure its completely gone though, went to the dr and had to buy the permethrin, I also had to get the anti biotics because I had cuts that I was scratching so it infected my blood. My sister told me that her husband gets it every other month from working outside and he fills the tib with hot water and pours hald a bottle of alchohol and sits in it till its cooled down. But I cant hold my my face under water that long,lol.

  4. Gelatin is nothing but the byproduct of the ground ligaments and tendons of slaughtered animals…I have seen no research suggesting the consuming gelatin increases immune function nor speeds healing of any kind. Would love to see any scientific research you’ve found supporting that claim. Any health based article without citation is meaningless to anyone that critically evaluates their sources…as all should.

  5. I just want to thank you for your writings. I’m reading your 100 tips and learning a lot — I found out I had scabies a few days ago and have been up all night, every night, since. about to begin cream (and it’s helpful to know i can get more on ebay for my uninsured boyfriend, who isn’t showing symptoms but i want to treat him too – i learned that from you)! thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • You’re welcome Kacy. I had to go through the same experiences and I know how bad it is! Good job being preventative and getting your boyfriend treated. It will really make a difference in how quickly you can be done with this! Take care.

  6. I had scabies on my penis and I used a penis health creme afterward. The creme contained both Vitamin E and shea butter and definitely improved the look of my penis skin. I still use it actually because it keeps my skin nice and moisturized.

  7. I cured scabies by using clove oil, diluted to make 25% with olive oil or coconut oil. Wash yourself with hot water, cover yourself with 25% clove oil, use hair dryer to dry your hair as hot as you can stand, heat your skin where you feel itchy, as hot as your skin can stand.
    Use cube tip to put clove oil any where you feel itch, feel bump. Avoid scratch, not easy but try not too. Clip nail, or wear glove when you sleep, put clove oil under nails.
    Repeat 2-3 days, then keep spot clove oil, about day 6-7, repeat whole body, keep hair dry process any time of the day you feel itch. Hair dry your bag, your bed sheet etc. You will get fix.

  8. rhythm05 says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am treating scabies with permethrin now for half a year. My skin is all clear. But whenever I stop treating, after 1-3 weeks the itch comes back.
    Now I used permethrin and horse paste for the first time together. What really scares me is that a soft itch is still there, while there are no new spots or anything on my skin, it’s all clear! And what makes me doubt it’s post sacbies is, that the itch actually only comes at night. As we know, the mites are more active then. Do you have any advise for me?

  9. Wow! Thank you for the conformation and validation. I came down with the itch in January 2015. I had all of the scabies symptoms except the red lines. The damage to my skin and mental health cannot be described (as you all know). After two months of craziness (in March) I went to the dermatologist; she claimed I was allergic to my blood pressure meds and to wait it out! Next, my general physician’s vacation replacement concurred. So I took matters into my own hands. First, I took several hot showers in succession, as hot as I could stand. Then, I coated my body from neck down, except genitals, in capcasin. I was highly uncomfortable for two days, but it did a good job. Then, constant application of both types of Sarna (menthol and anti-itch) actually controlled the itch, but the nodules would still flare. In June, my regular physician returned and confirmed scabies on sight, but since my itch was controlled, still no permerthrin for me! Angry, I started on a twice-daily regimen of sulphur soap showers and sulphur cream, and twice weekly coating of pure tea-tree oil on my legs. Voila! I was cured by July. Seven months of hell now required six more months of healing. The nodules and scars mostly faded away. However, a mosquito bite elsewhere on the body or an allergen will still cause a mild itch to return where scabies had once been. The skin nerves in my legs are still highly sensitive (from scratching with a hair brush!). Long-term scabies causes your skin to get fatigued, the way your behind might ache after sitting on hard bleachers for hours. It is more than just superficial; it causes a mental dullness because of the unrelenting distraction, just as pain wears people down. Also, non-itch post-scabies nodules can regularly appear and disappear in a brief time span, especially on genitals and other soft skin. I think it will take more than a year to fully recover, and the tips listed on this blog make complete sense to me because I became very aware of my skin as an organ rather than in terms of vanity. Also, the comments match my successes– menthol, sulphur, essential oil. By the way, scabies was ultimately confirmed when I discovered that an elderly relative whose home I had visited that January (I slept on his couch) had developed scabies after a brief nursing home stay. Go figure.

  10. Deborah says:

    since I was five years,I av been battling with skin problems, I had chickenpox at first afterwards, we relocated from our former resident to to another state, it den worsened,d itches are just unbearable, I even scratch with bottle covers, went to d hospital, d doctor said its scabies DAT I should boil my clothes with hot water. Am 22years now, an my skin is still dented with black spot, especially my legs and hands, it still itches a lot. I need your help.

  11. rhythm05 says:

    Hey guys. I posted it June last time and wanted to keep you up to date about my progression because I am sure it will really help you. I think I am cured now after using permethrin and ivermectin 3 times. I still had itches after the last treatment (especially around my anus and in my face) but they keep getting less and lesser. One night after the final treatment I found track marks on my back. I was going crazy and went to the emergency department. The doctor looked at the tracks and got really mad at me. They were only scratch marks. Please don’t get paranoid! Scratch marks can look dramatic and appear like mite tracks, but they are not. And one more thing: when I was itchy I would tell myself that the itch is NOT real and only in my head. It stopped then! Look up “parasitosis”, some of us suffer from psychological issues after scabies trauma.

    What made me stop treating finally was a post where a woman explained that she treated 12 months constantly. She went to a specialist and told him that noone believed her. He still said that she didn’t have anything. She was so desperate that she didn’t know what to do to proof she was still infested. So she just stopped treating to make the rash come back as a proof. It never came back. After 6 weeks her itch was gone. This is what seems to happen to me too and I still can’t believe it.

    The topix forums made me really desperate and I was about to go mad. I believed every post that said that this is untreatable. But it is. I was infected 9 months ago, and I can’t tell when I was cured because I treated so much! Please, believe in the cure. The mites don’t have magical powers!

  12. I just wanted to thank you for this site, it kept me sane during my scabies ordeal and helped me to realise that I needed stop re-treating myself unnecessarily with permetherin so that my skin could actually start to heal, the coconut oil suggestion really worked for me. Again thank you

  13. I have not slept for five days, i feel so dirty
    I have been on my knees in tears begging for this to end.
    I don’t know if I doing things correct or TOO MUCH
    Once the body is treated, what happens to the scabies which fall from your skin . . . for example
    maybe on to a sofa ? How long before they will die ? I have repeated the treatment process twice and I am so itchy but, in fairness, I have not seen any live critters at all – not even after the treatment
    why is it so itchy and gives the feeling that they are still alive

    MB London UK

    • Hello Mark,

      I know exactly how you feel. I have a phobia of infestations and when myself and my partner were diagnosed with scabies I had and a mental breakdown – I am still going through it now and find sleeping impossible, cannot eat properly, shaking uncontrollably, etc. We have undergone first permethrin treatment so far with another to come on Tuesday. I am still itchy but no new bumps, however, my partner is still getting new ones.

      As far as I can find out you can get more/increased itching due to the body getting rid of the dead mites. The permethrin will kill them on the skin, or when they come in contact with it. I cannot find exactly how long it takes them to die but if you have ever used permethrin as a household insecticide bugs that come into contact with it usually die in under a minute – they slow down amd eventually just curl up dead. As for if they fall off I think they would be harmless if dead. Just incase vacuum my chairs each day where any bare skin may have touched.

  14. I’ve been dealing with this shit for almost 10 years. It goes away for some time then comes back. It all started in a house I lived in a long time ago growing up. I actually think the people who lived there with me still ahve it because everytime I see them or hug them I feel the crawling and itching on my skin immediately. Anyways it’s gone away for the most part for a couple years or more, but there’s always something. I’ll feel a crawl here and there every now and again. I have used so much premetherin, my skin may be damaged. Imprints are easily left and it looks as though it’s wearing thin. Most of the doctors don’t think I have scabies because there’s rarely ever anything in the physical, but every now and then a single bump will appear in the middle of my finger wepts which is where scabies start. I can feel them now crawling in my nose, eye lashes, forehead hair, and random biting feelngs with no marks and I can’t sleep, it distracts me in class. And I have tried washing all my stuff at the wash house with hot water amonnia and borax and bleach, but everytime I pu tclothes back on it’s like they’re there again. I have gotten rid of three beds now… and I don’t knwo what to do. They’re always attacking me, but I’ve never seen an actual bug. I have found what look like little red bug legs in my hair from time to time though. It’s devastating me, because even if I ever do fully get rid of them, I know my family members have them and are in denial because they suffer from mental illness and are in pretty bad shape. But here I am a working class person living a productive life, who is clean and wants to just feel normal and not as though I’m going psychotic. I also notice when I touched other people they sometimes itch, so whatever it is it gets around. I’ve tried sulfur, tee tree oil, bleach baths, borax and rubbing alcohol baths. It just seems like there are thousands of them, but I barely ever see bumps that are obviously scabies. I can’t even be in a relationship anymore, the last person I was with he told me the next day he had little bumps around the edge of his bottom lip which are really tiny (not herpes or naything) and he didnt know where htey came from, and I have them as well… so I couldn’t argue but how the hell do I explain? I am gettin golder now and I already have a very stressful life and a lo tof depression this is very hard fo rme. I feel as though I am going to die and everything is infested no matter how much I clean it. Will they ever go? I’m freaked out. I could get a skin scrape, but I doubt the determologist will entertain it again. PLEASE HELP ME!

  15. Kels, did you try benzyl benzoate? You can order it from Australia (called Ascabiol) or on Amazon.com (called killitch). In order to use it you apply it every day for 5 days but only for 14 hours a day applied at night. Then skip one day, then apply it for two more days. After that it’s a matter of exfoliating and healing. Also, sulfur soaps can irritate the skin and you have to pick a laundry detergent that’s free of dyes and perfumes. As for the environment, you can use a product called Hot Shot No Pest Strips along with Nyguard IGR. These kill them in the environment in 3 days.

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