For Less Chance of Scarring and Faster Healing, Head for Cover
People have long believed the myth that keeping minor cuts and scrapes uncovered to let them air out helps them heal faster. Extensive research has proven this belief untrue!
An uncovered wound...
- Dries out and forms a scab
This is not a good thing. Scabs impede the healing process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab in order to form new tissue and heal.
- Has a greater chance of scarring
Scabs formed from leaving a wound uncovered often result in unwanted scars.
- Has a greater chance of re-injury
When the body forms a scab, it's nature's way of protecting against germs. However, scabs can be scratched or torn, causing re-injury that prolongs healing.
A covered wound...
- Decreases the chance of scarring
Keeping a wound covered until it heals can prevent a scab from forming, thereby minimizing chances of scarring.
- Has less chance of infection
Bandages help prevent exposure to water, dirt, and germs.
- Gets superior protection
Bandages provide extra cushioning for added comfort and protection from re-injury until the wound is completely healed.
BAND-AID® Brand suggests the easy-to-follow, 3-step CLEAN • TREAT • PROTECT process to promote better healing!
* This illustration represents the difference in healing between a covered versus uncovered wound. Please note this is only a representation.