U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 20-year-old female asked:

I have an open wound on my face and it started to turn into a scab but got ripped off. will neosporin help this heal fast?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
NO: Throw it away. Vaseline or Aquaphor is better. Neosporin, bacitracin, triple antibiotic are all the same aminoglycocide antibiotics. They are not useful for application to skin. They fail to treat or prevent infections. They are common sensitizers, causing allergic reactions and interfering with wound healing. Also avoid peroxide, alcohol, and iodine on wounds.Water is good. Lubricating is good.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Nov 9, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.