How to Improve Your Skin's Healing Cycle
As we live our daily lives, we can’t always avoid various types of injury. Our skin - which is the primary protection of our body against the environment - is constantly in battle in trying to mend its own wounds. Let's learn how our skin heals itself, and how we can help it along the way!
How does the skin actually heal itself?
Upon breaking the skin, the initial response is usually bleeding. After the initial injury, there is a sequence of events that occurs in the body in order to seal the injury and prevent infection. There are 4 different phases in skin healing which may be overlapping at the same time. Let's take a look!
First - This first phase is like making a patch. It occurs almost immediately after a break in the skin and bleeding starts. The body decreases blood flow to the area and there is clumping of certain cells called platelets in the blood. The clumping of these platelets together with the proteins in the blood form into a scab.
Second - The next phase is the inflammatory phase. It is here that the white blood cells migrate to the area and clean the wound of debris (e.g. dead cells, bacteria).
Third - The third phase is the proliferation phase. It is at this stage that the body gathers different substances necessary to the reformation of the injured tissues and blood vessels. After a few weeks of this, the last phase which is remodeling occurs.
Fourth - In the last phase of skin healing, there is constant alteration in the wound. The wound undergoes contraction until there is scar formation. The phases mentioned are the sequences in skin healing without any compromising circumstances. If there is infection, healing may be delayed more than usual.
Tips on how to promote an effective skin healing cycle
Now that you have the knowledge about the skin healing cycle, here are a few reminders:
Immediately wash a fresh cut to remove the debris that can get inside the wound.
Make sure to do daily dressing of the wound. Utilize an antiseptic and a sterile wound gauze dressing. This is to keep the wound clean and avoid accumulation of dirt or bacteria that may cause infection.
After the injury, there will usually be a scar that’s left. By utilizing Porcelana Day and/or Night Skin Lightening Cream, you can reduce your skin’s blemishes, including scars from injuries. These creams can leave your skin hydrated, nourished, and with reduced marking.
Eat nutritious foods and observe a healthy lifestyle to facilitate healing.
Drink enough fluids - mostly water. This can keep your skin moist to prevent cracking and drying.
Take caution when utilizing sharp objects such as knives and scissors.
Wear sunscreen when you anticipate sun exposure, because sun burns can also cause skin injury.
Consult a medical professional if your wound is severe or not healing properly.
Prevention is one of the best remedies to keep the skin healthy and glowing. But, the natural aging process and scarring because of wounds are unavoidable. Knowledge about skin healing and proper skin care will prevent skin discoloration and dark spots.