Minor Wound Care
Recently I fell and received a significant cut and abrasion to my face. I needed this to heal quickly as my wedding day was rapidly approaching. I searched the web and called my plastic surgeon friend to find answers. Here is what I came up with and what I used to help me heal within a week and reduce scaring.
Initial wound care is critical to starting the healing process
Wash the affected area with soap and cool water.
Remove any debris such as dirt or gravel, grass, etc.
Gently pat dry with a clean cloth.
Initially, I would suggest applying an antibiotic cream
Local wound care
Keep the skin moisturized so that it can heal from the inside out
Use wet, cool compresses with a wash cloth to soak up the exudate from the surface at least 3 times a day.
Don’t rub or scratch at the scabs or wound as this will delay healing and lead to scaring
You can cover the wound to protect it and keep it moist. Use a sterile, non-adhesive dressing
Keep the area out of the sun. Use a hat for your face, clothing or dressings. Sun exposure can lead to discoloration after healing.
Wound healing salves - You can buy them over the counter or make your own!
An effective remedy for skin abrasions due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin-repairing properties
Keeps the skin well-moisturized and promotes healing
Reapply 2 or 3 times daily until the wound is healed
Facilitates quick healing of abraded skin with its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
Effective in treating the wound as well as preventing infection
It also helps reduce the possibility of scarring
Rub some pure honey on the affected area and put a bandage over it.
Allow it to sit for an hour.
Remove the bandage and rinse the area thoroughly with warm water.
Use this remedy 2 or 3 times daily for a few days
Natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties keep the affected area free from infection as well as facilitate healing
Treats abrasions due to its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing properties.
When applied on the affected area, it forms a thin, protective layer that protects the damaged skin from dust, bacteria and viruses.
It even speeds up the healing process by helping repair damaged skin tissue.
Slather some extra-virgin coconut oil on the abraded skin.
Allow it to get absorbed into the skin. You do not need to rinse it off.
Reapply the oil two or three times a day until the skin looks completely healthy.
Calendula, AKA Marigold
Has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, including skin abrasions.
In addition, it stimulates collagen production that helps repair damaged skin.
You can also apply over-the-counter calendula cream or lotion on the affected area several times a day to promote healing.