Nobody wants to have skin scars. Unfortunately, some people are prone to scarring. Even just a minor wound can leave an unsightly scar. The good news is, there are some things that you can do to reduce skin scars from wounds and scrapes. Here's how.
Proper Wound Care
The best way to prevent scars from cuts, scrapes, stitches, acne or wound is to do a great job in caring for the wound.
First, you have to clean out the wound under running water. Any pebbles, splinters or debris that have gotten stuck in the skin should be removed using sterile tweezers. Avoid using soap, iodine, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the wound as this would irritate the skin. These solutions can even delay healing.
After cleaning the wound thoroughly, the next step is to apply antibiotic cream or ointment to prevent infection. Then cover it with a clean cloth or, better yet, sterile bandage if you have one at home. This is important as it helps keep bacteria, dirt and other irritants from entering the wound. This would help speed up the recovery and healing period.
Change the wound wrap every day. Before you wrap a new bandage on the wound, clean it first. Re-apply an antibiotic cream on the wound and clean the skin around it with soap and water. The antibiotic cream doesn't only prevent infection but also keeps the wound moist. This is a good way to help reduce scars.
No to Scab Picking
When you get a cut or scrape, your body heals the wound. At this time, the white blood cells attack bacteria that can cause infection. Red blood cells meanwhile create a clot to cover the wound. This is done with the help of platelets and fibrin. This is why, you would see a scab forming on top of the wound. It's not at all a wise idea to pick off the scab. Doing so not only reopens the wound but also makes it more vulnerable to bacteria, which can lead to a larger, deeper and more visible scar.
Some More Tips
Even if you have managed to care for your wound using the steps above and you do everything to keep yourself from picking the scab, it's still possible to end up with a scar. It's because some people are just more prone to scarring than others. And there are also some parts of the skin that are more likely to get scars. These are the ones that are constantly under tension like the chest, shoulders and back. If you get a wound in this area, avoid lifting heavy objects or doing upper body exercises while the wound is healing.
Another tip would be to protect yourself from the sun. Wearing high SPF sunscreen before going outside can minimize scarring and prevent hyperpigmentation. Moreover, you can also try massaging the skin around the wound, as this has been known to inhibit the development of thick scars.