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How to Help Heal Wounds Faster

We all have the same goal when it comes to treating cuts and scrapes: help heal wounds faster and reduce the risk of scarring. Yet many of us don’t take the best care of our cuts and scrapes simply because we don’t know how to care for our wounds in the proper way and not taking proper care of your wound can delay the healing process. We rely on what our parents taught us or what we have heard during high school health class. But with today’s treatment options we all have the power to help wounds heal faster, we just need to know the wound healing stages and the right action steps.

Step 1: Clean The Cut or Scrape

The best starting point for treating a wound is to by cleaning the cut or scrape it out. Without cleaning the wound, debris could remain in the wound, which impairs healing. Thoroughly flush and clean the affected area with mild soap, water and BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash* and allow to dry. This wash is specially formulated to temporarily relieve pain and discomfort while helping to remove dirt and germs.

(*For adults and children 2 years and older.)

Step 2: Treat the Wound with a Topical Antibiotic

The next step to help wounds heal faster is to treat the cut or scrape with a first-aid antibiotic ointment because wounds that become infected take longer to heal. Ointments include NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar,* which provides 24-hour infection protection. NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar helps heal minor wounds four days faster** and may help minimize the appearance of scars.

(*For adults and children 2 years and older.)

(**versus bandage alone)

Step 3: Cover The Cut or Scrape

While step three may go against convention for some, it has the power of science on its side: Cover the affected area with an appropriate bandage like BAND-AID® Brand SKIN-FLEX® Bandages—and keep it covered until the wound is completely healed. This creates a moist wound healing environment and it helps protect the wound from dirt, and germs that can cause infection and delay healing.

Without this protective covering, you risk infection and are likely to scab, which actually creates a barrier to the skin’s healing process and increases the chance of scarring. Remove and reapply a fresh bandage daily, keeping your wound covered until your wound is completely healed.

Now that you’re feeling like you could ace a “how to help heal cuts faster” quiz, let’s do a quick review just to make sure our bases are covered.

An uncovered wound…

  • Has a greater risk of infection
  • Has a greater chance of scabbing & scarring
  • Heals more slowly

A covered wound…

  • Has less chance of infection
  • Has less chance of scarring
  • Heals faster

For more information on how covering a wound affects the healing process, read this article on uncovered vs covered wounds.

Now you truly know how to treat a cut or scrape properly and you’re ready for your next adventure – so click here to discover where you can get stocked up on these BAND-AID® Brand First Aid supplies and then go get back out there.