According to Safe Kids Worldwide, childhood injuries increase dramatically during the summer. But since we’re all spending so much more time outdoors, it’s probably safe to assume that adults will get hurt a bit more, too. Learning how to deal with the aftermath of an inevitable scuff will help minimize scarring.
Although it's hard to avoid a scar after a major surgery, for minor cuts or other superficial wounds there are things you can do to reduce cellular damage and speed healing time.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, provided step-by-step tips to HealthDay.com:
"Gently wash the injury site with mild soap and water to remove debris and keep out germs. Apply petroleum jelly to keep the wound from drying out and forming a scab. Wounds with scabs take longer to heal. Petroleum jelly will also prevent a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy. If you clean the wound daily, you don't need to use antibacterial ointments.
"After cleaning the wound and applying petroleum jelly or a similar ointment, cover the wound with an adhesive bandage. Change the bandage daily to keep the wound clean while it heals. For larger scrapes, sores, burns or wounds with persistent redness, hydrogel or silicone gel sheets may be helpful.
"If your wound requires stitches, follow your doctor's advice on caring for the wound and when to have the stitches removed. This may help minimize the scar.
"After the wound heals, apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) to the site when you go outside. This may reduce red or brown discoloration and help the scar fade faster."
Do you have any quick-healing, scar-reducing secrets?