To prevent scarring, clean out the wound, cover it and keep it moist. Once the wound starts healing, avoid picking at the scabs. Apply pressure, and massage the injury site.
- Clean out the wound
Use cool water to completely flush a cut or scrape. Using a gentle soap and soft washcloth, wash the area around the wound. Never use hydrogen peroxide, as it kills new skin cells already starting to form, which promotes scarring.
- Cover the wound
Use gauze or an adhesive bandage to completely cover the cut or scrape. This not only protects the wound from bacteria and dirt, but it also prevents the formation of scabs. Scabs dry out the wound and inhibit the healing process.
- Keep the wound moist
In addition to applying a bandage, put a smear of petroleum jelly over the cut or scrape to keep it moist.
- Avoid picking at scabs
Once scabs do form, refrain from picking at them. Scabs represent the body's healing process, and picking them off reopens the wound.
- Keep pressure on the healing wound
Scars are created by a build up of collagen at the injury site. To avoid this build up, apply pads made for minimizing scars, such as Curad Scar Therapy Cosmetic Pads.
- Massage the healing wound
When new skin has started growing, gently apply pressure to the scar with the pads of your fingertips. Use a gentle lotion, and rotate your fingers in a circular motion. This prevents the build up of excess collagen.