Even minor wounds will be a concern when located on face. For most people, it is not the wound itself that becomes more of a concern. Instead, the possible scarring that is going to occur while the wound starts to heal. Different from wounds on other parts of the body, wounds on facial skin are easily noticeable, making it an unpleasant thing for almost everyone.
Healing a cut on face without scarring
Scars are basically a natural part of wound healing. However, visible scars, especially on face may cause embarrassment to most people. Healing a cut on face without scarring can be though, if not impossible, since this is the part to elapse during the wound healing and almost always cause discoloration on the injured skin. Although cannot be completely avoided or prevented, proper wound healing treatments can be helpful in minimizing the visibility of any scars on facial skin. The appearance of scars may depend on several risk factors, such as the shape, depth, and size of wound, the skin color, the skin thickness, and the amount of blood supply getting into the wound site.
Despite the personal risk factors contributing to scarring, there are some basic preventions you can do in treating any cuts on face in order to reduce the risk of scarring.
- Perform proper hygiene to the wound site.
- It is important for keeping a wound site clean and hygienic, since clean wound site will inhibit bacteria infestation that may cause infection. A cut which is infected will likely to cause more severe scars compared to the ones that are not.
- Thus, it is important to rinse the wound site with running water immediately. You might want to see on the mirror, whether there are debris left on the wound. If you are wearing make-up, it is important to clean the cut as well as the make-up, as it may irritate the wound site.
- Keep the cut covered.
- While we used to be told that a cut needs to breathe in order to heal, many studies have found the fact that keeping a cut covered during healing process will result in less-visible scars. Moist environment, which is promoted by having a cut covered is the most suitable environment for new skin cells growth that promotes faster healing.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment onto the cut before covering it with sterile bandage. Make sure you change the bandage regularly.
- Don’t use untrusted anti-scar products.
- To minimize the occurrence of scars, people often fall for topical medications which sometimes have not been proven to be effective in reducing scar appearance. Instead of applying these products, consider natural home remedies or merely the antibiotic ointment for your cut. Excessive application of harsh creams will instead make any scars more noticeable.
- Massage the wound site.
- Wounds, including cuts on face need to breathe, and they breathe through the blood supply circulate through the wound site. To promote more blood supply onto the cut, massage this wound in circular motions. Sufficient blood supply is important for wound healing.
- Only touch the wound site with clean hands. Dirty hands may carry bacteria that can infest the wound.
- Minimize sunlight exposure.
- Excessive exposure to sunlight may cause discoloration, especially to newly-growth skin cells. This will cause the healed area to be darker than its surrounding.
- Avoid picking at the scabs.
- Scabs are biologic dressing. Cuts with no gapped edges should heal faster than ones with. Hence, scabs are also formed quickly. Healed cut will trigger itching that tempt you to pick at the scabs. Avoid doing this, since picking at scabs will restart the healing process and thus, raise the risk of scarring.
Other method to heal a cut on face without scarring
Keeping a minor facial cut moist will be enough to minimize the appearance of scars. However, when the cut on face is larger or with gapped edge, stitches can be considered to be used. This medical wound enclosure will prevent dented scars which are resulted from gapped cut edges. In order to get a cut on face stitched, you need to see the doctor immediately after the injury. A cut on face which has been exposed to free air, cosmetics, sweat, and other external substances are prone to bacterial infestation. This way, the doctor will suspend stitching on the wound, as these bacteria might be trapped inside.