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Preventing Scars

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

And here are some more daily tips from your local dermatologist.

All right, so you have an injury. You smashed your knee on the dining room table for the 50th time that week, and you’ve got a big gash there. How do you prevent that area from scarring worse than it normally would? The number one tip for it is to seek a provider’s help if you think it’s infected, or if it’s a really deep cut. So in other words if you’re seeing like the fat layer, or the muscle or bone layer, you have to go in and be seen. But if it’s just mostly on the surface of the skin, the skin’s intact, then there are a couple tips that we can help you with.

Number one: keep it moist. A moist wound heals quicker, it heals stronger, and it heals with less of a scar. So the old adage of, “Keep a wound dry, let it breathe!” Well wounds don’t have lungs, guys. They don’t need to breathe. They need to be kept moist and covered, and not bothered, and the best way to do that is with a little vaseline or Aquaphor, and a bandage. You change it once a day. When you change it, you clean it very gently with the gentle cleanser, not a soap, and water. Get pat dry, put the Vaseline on the area, and you keep it covered. And you just change it out once a day. More than once a day actually hurts your healing.

The next thing is leave it alone. Don’t be picking at it. Don’t be scratching at it. Don’t smash it against the table for the 51st time that week. Things need to heal, and just like if you roll your ankle, and you roll it again a week later, it’s gonna be a much worse of an ankle injury. Same with any sort of trauma on your skin.

So let’s review: Don’t smash it into the table anymore. Number one.

Number two: seek a provider’s help if it’s gone too deep, or if it starts looking like it’s infected, or anything else is weird about it.

Three: keep it moist and covered.

Four: let it heal, don’t bother it.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.

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