Form most of us, after we got into a major or minor accident that caused us wound, we will be focusing on how to heal the wound. After the wound is close to perfectly healed, we will most probably have to undergo a phase where our wound have a scab on it.
Now, for some people, they are fortunate to have the type of gene or type of skin that can heal very fast without scarring. However, for most people having a scar out of scab is very common. It is because they are more prone to scarring especially in some places of the body that usually moves a lot like your elbow and knee. In the other hand, constantly worrying about scarring is not very necessary anymore nowadays as there are so many medication sand cosmetic products that can help you keeping your scab from scarring.
Hence, here we would like to share with you some steps that you can do to keep your scab from scarring as well as several types of medication you can use to reduce the risk of your scab to end up scarring.
Steps of keeping a scab from scarring
Keep the scab moist
During the old days, you might hear that it is best to keep your scab dry in an open air. But as the medical theory develops, they have figured that it is apparently more important to keep your wound moist instead of drying out. Because if a wound dry out in an open air, they might get in contact with germs and bacteria as well as it is increase the risk of the scab to exist and end up scarring
How to keep your scab moist? You can try to cover the entire scab and its surrounding area with the right ointment that contains zinc, chondroitin sulfate, and/or gotu kola. Please make sure that you don’t have any allergic reaction to the ointment that you are going to apply on your scab and also keep the hygiene when practicing this treatment. Keeping your scab moist will also enhance the tissue repair in your body system.
For a herbal approach, aloe has been believed by experts as one of the best products to prevent your scab from scarring.
When your scab starts to look red in or around the setting with some swollen parts and also there is stretched skin around the site of the scab, it most probably means that your scab is getting an inflammation.
Treating an inflammation in a right way has been examined and resulted can prevent your scab from scarring as well. When your scab starts to feel a bit itchy, you will have to be careful as itch can be considered as the first sign of inflammation. Stop the urge of scratching it as it will only make your scab worse.
Taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or aspirin is believed to help if the inflammation does occur. For a more natural way, a cold compresses also can help treating the inflammation and soothe the itch.
Always keep your scab clean
It is believed that itchy feeling will start to appear when your scab is healing. Well, it might or might not be true as from the above point, itchy can also be assign of mild inflammatory. So, whatever the cause of itchy feeling on your scab, always restrain from touching it or worse, scratching it.
Touching and scratching your scab will only cause the healing skin tissue will be torn apart and this can cause infection that will further make the scab vulnerable as more tissue needs to be built up and eventually will leads to scarring.
Applying antibiotics ointment is one of the ways to keep your scab moist and clean from the bacteria that already lives in it. Covering your scab is another thing to be considered practicing when your scab is on the body areas that are open and have higher risk to accidentally being rubbed over other things. In addition to that, washing your hand carefully before practicing any treatment is always a great help to keep your scab clean.
Heal not only from the outside
What does it mean to heal from the inside? It does not mean that you always have to look inside your scab. It will only cause your scab distress and increase risk of your scab scarring. Healing from the inside involves consuming food with high nutrition that is good in building your body immune system that will indirectly help your body to heal perfectly.
While your skin tissues are working at their best to heal, and your body is created to heal by its self eventually, but consuming food that high in multivitamin such as vitamin c and vitamin b-complex can be a great help for your body. Research shows that vitamin c and b-complex together with zinc can helps tissue repair that can in the end prevent your scab to become a permanent scar.