• Dr. Jay Pennock

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!

  • Aloe Vera

  • 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

  • Honey

  • 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

  • Turmeric

  • Natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties keep the affected area free from infection as well as facilitate healing

  • Coconut Oil

  • 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.


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