October 08, 2022
4 Ways to Prevent Long-Lasting Damage of a Scar
Scarring is a natural part of the wound-healing process, but unfortunately, it can be distressing to us, especially if the scar is on a part of the body that’s visible to others. There are measures you can take, however, that can cut down on the severity of scarring. And even having a scar be smaller or lighter can make a big difference depending on the area.
- Keep the Wound Clean
Be sure to wash the wound with water and mild soap as soon as possible after it happens. This keeps out germs and washes away debris, allowing the healing process to begin more quickly.
- Keep the Wound Moist and Covered
Use petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment to keep the wound moist and prevent it from scabbing. This will also keep the size of a potential scar down. Using a bandage in the first few days after the wound occurs will ensure that it remains moist and no debris can get into it.
- If You Get Stitches, Follow Doctor’s Instructions on Care
Following instructions for care and getting the stitches out when it’s recommended to do so will help minimize scarring. If your wound is so deep that you can’t control the bleeding or if it is very painful, you’ll want to seek medical attention instead of trying to do your wound care at home.
- Use Sunscreen on the Wound After it Heals
Once the wound is healed, the skin will be more fragile and can burn easily, which will darken it compared to the rest of your skin. Applying a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher (and reapplying it frequently if you’re out in the sun for a prolonged period of time) will keep it from being discolored and will eventually help the scar fade faster.