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Proper wound care: How to minimize a scar

Whenever your skin is injured – whether
by accident or from surgery – your body works to repair the wound. As your skin heals, a scar may form, as this
is a natural part of the healing process. The appearance of a scar often depends on
how well the wound heals. While scars from surgery or over joints like
the knees and elbows are hard to avoid, scars caused by minor cuts and scrapes can become
less noticeable by properly treating the wound at home. Here are dermatologists’ tips for reducing
the appearance of scars caused by injuries such as skinned knees or deep scratches. Always keep your cut, scrape or other skin
injury clean. Wash the injury with mild soap and water to
keep out germs. While the injured skin heals, use petroleum
jelly to keep the wound moist. This will prevent the skin from drying out
and forming a scab, as scabs take longer to heal. It will also help prevent a scar from getting
too large, deep or itchy. After cleaning the wound and applying petroleum
jelly or a similar ointment, cover the skin with an adhesive bandage. For large scrapes, sores, burns, or persistent
redness, it may be helpful to use hydrogel or silicone gel sheets. Change your bandage daily to keep the wound
clean while it heals. If you have skin that is sensitive to adhesives,
try a non-adhesive gauze pad with paper tape. If silicone gel or hydrogel sheets are used,
follow the instructions on the package for changing the sheets. If your cut requires stitches, follow your
doctor’s advice on how to care for them. This may help minimize the appearance of a
scar. After the wound has healed, apply sunscreen
to protect it from the sun and prevent the scar from becoming red or brown. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with
an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply frequently. Sun protection may help the scar fade faster. If you have minor cuts or scrapes, you can
help reduce the appearance of a scar by properly treating the injury at home. However, if your injury is deep, very painful,
or if your skin becomes infected, seek immediate medical care. Although no scar can be completely eliminated,
most scars fade over time. If you’re worried about the appearance of
your scar, see a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist can answer your questions
and talk about ways to make your scar less visible. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit

33 thoughts on “Proper wound care: How to minimize a scar

  1. I fell off my bike and scraped my knee and elbow and it's been about 3 weeks now and it has healed but I can see white parts.

  2. I took a chunk out of my knee, it got all the way to the tissue and it took 3 months to heal. But then I scraped the same spot again and it just taking 3 weeks so far!! Wish me luck 😂😂 and I know I'm super clumsy

  3. Getting out of the Airport is very dangerous when walking to the terminal to get your baggage. There is an upper lip on the way out, and I caught my shoe through it, which caused me to fall on my knee only to experience Black and Blue all through my leg. That was a real nasty feeling.

  4. I was on my way home and I was riding on my bike. I was running so fast and then my fuckin' butt kept eating my underwear. It felt so irretating. So, I tried to separate it and then I out balanced and my hand landed on the ground next was my face and I got a minor scratches. I wish it would not form a scar.

  5. I had a scar on my knee and it dried a lil but my mom doesent know bout it she will be angry knowing it so its a secret until it heals

  6. So could I put even chapstick around and in the small wound?
    Because petroleum jelly is also known as a form of chapstick

  7. I fell down from bike …. Bike accident . I injured badly in elbow . It's been 2 weeks & still pains . At starting more blood came but now it's healing.

  8. I had surgery on my leg and the scar is gonna be big and I can’t take the ace off yet so I can’t even do this stuff so it looks like I’m gonna have to deal with a huge scar

  9. i injured my knee while playing hide n seek in the dark… so i was running away and i didn't see the ledge so i tripped over it and lemme tell yah, i thought i was superman or somethin cuz i felt myself flying

  10. I tripped while playing 4 square and slid on my right shoulder for about 2 feet. It hurt so damn bad.

  11. I cute my knee like normal people do A yellow bubble cane out it because I went swimming and dirt came in it when a walk I fell it

  12. I was playing man hunt outside on a mountain or hill and the person who was it ran into me and didn't see me and I rolled down and messed up my knee

  13. I went on a hike at 5 am and towards the end of the hike as I was going down I really fell and got a deep scrape in my knee ):

  14. I fell of A roof from 3 meter high when i was drunk now i have A very deep wound in my knee i cant do anyting whit this video

  15. Changing bandage daily is non-sensical one-size-fits-all advice. Removing bandage too frequently without letting sufficient time for the wound to heal may risk opening it again and delay healing. Instead, exercise judgement based on how dirty or worn out the bandage becomes.

  16. My clumsy soul decided to pour literal boiling water over my thigh. I went here just to feed my 0.5 percent chance of this not becoming a lifelong reminder of how stupid i am.

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