Wound care experts recommend keeping facial wounds clean, dry and protected with a bandage to encourage faster healing. According to Scott and White Healthcare, most cuts or lacerations on the face heal quickly on their own. It is important to keep the wound from becoming infected with bacteria and to refrain from picking at the injury.
Serious facial wounds with sutures or stitches require taking precautions to prevent the stitches from popping open. The wound should always remain covered with a dressing or bandage, which should be changed periodically. The bandage helps the wound to heal more effectively and decreases any risk of scarring, according to Band-Aid.com. Unless Steri-strips are being used to bind the wound together, application of an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin can aid in healing.
Anyone with a wound on the face must keep the bandaged wound dry. Special care should also be taken when bathing or showering to keep the bandage from getting wet, and swimming should be avoided. Scrubbing the wound with a washcloth, brush or towel is also to be avoided.
Teen Vogue recommends staying away from too much direct sunlight and tanning lamps. Ultraviolet light darkens scars, which make them more visible after healing.