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Myths About Protecting Cuts and Your Skin

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!

How to Heal Wounds

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.

Wound Healing Before

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.

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