How Skin Heals
Even people who take excellent care of their skin experience damage from time to time. It’s easy to cut yourself while chopping vegetables, scrape your knee while going for a run, or get a sunburn when you lose track of time outside.
Not only is the skin your body’s largest organ, it’s also a powerful one that has the power to naturally heal itself. Let’s learn a bit about how skin heals and what you can do to keep your skin protected from damage and able to repair itself quickly.
How Skin Heals
As soon as you get a cut, wound, or abrasion, your skin starts working to heal itself. The body immediately begins to limit blood flow to the area with damaged skin. Then your body begins to create a protective scab from blood platelets and the protein in your blood. Although a scab might look unsightly, it’s actually your skin’s best protection against infection while new skin layers form underneath.
Over time, new skin tissue begins to form and push the scab up and off of the skin’s surface. Depending on the severity of the wound damage, you may see a scar on your skin after it heals. Your chances of getting a scar increase if you pick the scab, so resist the temptation to pick and let it fall off on its own.
How to Maintain Healthy-Looking Skin
Obviously, the best way to maintain healthy-looking skin is to avoid damaging it, but that’s not always possible because accidents happen. However, there are lots of things you can do to heal wounded skin and keep your skin looking damage-free and beautiful every day. Skin fade creams are extremely helpful in treating wounded skin.
Easy Tips for Healing Wounded Skin
- Immediately clean and rinse a new cut thoroughly
- Cover open wounds with a bandage to prevent infection
- Moisturize your skin to keep it from becoming cracked and dry.
- Conceal post-wound scars with Porcelana Day Skin Lightening Cream with Sunscreen
- Consult a medical professional if your wound is severe or not healing properly
How well your skin can heal itself depends largely upon the lifestyle choices that you make on a daily basis. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips to keep in mind to promote good skin health and healing.
- Use extra caution when using knives or other sharp tools
- Wear sunscreen every day when you go outside, regardless of the temperature
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep to boost your immune system
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated throughout the day
- Eat fruits, vegetables, and proteins to fuel your body with nutrients that protect and heal
If your skin wound is minor, there are some effective home remedies that you can try to ease the pain, prevent infection, and promote healing. These are a few of our favorite easy remedies.
- Apply a natural antiseptic made with lavender, tea tree oil, Echinacea, or calendula to the wound before dressing with a bandage
- Apply aloe to keep shallow wounds moisturized and reduce inflammation
- Apply witch hazel with a cotton ball to reduce inflammation and reduce redness once the cut has healed
- Apply honey, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to the wound to promote healing