The world is a rough, pavement covered and gravity-ridden place full of cords, chihuahuas, and feet to trip over. No matter how much grace and poise we may proclaim to have, we’re going to fall down. That’s life. If we’re lucky, we’ll only lightly bruise – not scar. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here are a few tips to reducing scarring when life, and that pesky extension cord, knocks you down.
As soon as your done fighting back tears and have finished tending to your now-bruised ego, be sure to clean out your cut or scrape. ASAP. Use tweezers to remove any dirt, splinters, or pebbles and wash the wound with cool water.
Keep it covered:
Once you’ve cleaned out your scrape, cover it with a bandage to avoid bacteria and to keep it as moist as possible. This will speed up the healing process. You can also apply some petroleum jelly for an extra boost of moistness.
Don’t move a muscle:
Okay, that was an exaggeration. Move any muscles you wish, but do try to minimize movement near the inflicted area as much as possible. Tension and motion that pull on the skin around the cut can cause it to widen.
Let it heal:
No matter how much you want to, no matter how loud that compulsive OCD voice inside your head is yelling, no matter how painfully ugly the scab looks, do NOT pick at it. Reopening the wound can introduce new bacteria, creating a larger scar.
Treat your skin to a massage:
After the wound has closed completely, massage the newly formed skin in a circular motion with lotion for 30 seconds a couple of times each day. This will help to break down the denser bonds of collagen, the tough, fiber-like bonds of protein in scar tissue.