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How to Help Heal Wounds Faster

We all have the same goal when it comes to healing wounds: to heal faster with minimal scarring. Yet many of us don’t take the best care of our cuts and scrapes simply because we don’t know how to help heal wounds the proper way. We rely on what our parents taught us or what we half heard during high school health class about how wounds heal. But with today’s science, we all have the power to help heal wounds faster, we just need to know the wound healing stages and the right action steps.

How to Heal Wounds

Step 1: Clean The Cut or Scrape

The best starting point for treating a wound is to clean it out. Thoroughly flush and clean the affected area with mild soap, water and BAND-AID® Brand HURT-FREE® Antiseptic Wash* and allow to dry. It's specially formulated to temporarily relieve pain and discomfort while helping to remove dirt and germs.

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

How to Heal Wounds

Step 2: Treat with an Antibiotic

The next step to help promote faster healing is to treat the wound with a first-aid antibiotic ointment, like the First Aid Antibiotic 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)

How to Heal Wounds

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 a BAND-AID® Brand SKIN-FLEX™ Adhesive Bandage—and keep it covered until the wound is completely healed. This protects 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. Naturally, if your bandage becomes dirty, remove and reapply a fresh bandage until your wound is completely healed.

Now that you’re feeling like you could ace a “how to help heal a wound 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

Now you truly know how to properly care for minor wounds 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.

Download this pdf for a list of the products your family should always have on hand to treat minor emergencies.

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