Whether it’s a paper cut or scraped knee, superficial wounds are an unavoidable and common occurrence in our daily life. Since the skin is our biggest organ and best defense against infection and disease, it’s vital to know how to treat these minor wounds to keep yourself healthy and prevent bigger problems down the road that could have been easily avoided. It’s also a bonus if you can accomplish this with minimal scarring as well.
Superficial skin injuries typically fall into four different categories: burns, scrapes, cuts, and punctures. While each of these has slightly different tricks and tips, the basic treatment of them is similar with cleanliness and disinfection being your most important concern. (Note: These are only general guidelines. You should always consult and follow your physician’s instructions when applicable.)
General Care for Superficial Wounds and Injuries:
Once the wound starts to heal, there’s a good chance that it will eventually cause a scar to form. Although not entirely avoidable in many cases, there are steps that you can take to minimize the scarring. Unless you’re going for the sea battered pirate look, here are a few tips that can help reduce scar tissue: