When our three-year old daughter got a cut on her forehead, we treated it with an antibiotic ointment (neosporin) and butterfly bandages. After a few days the question was: how do we prevent the cut from scarring? Scars look manly on boys, not on girls.
These are the DOs and DON’TS:
- Don’t use hydrogen peroxide: yes, it does clean the skin, but it also destroys new skin cells. This slows down healing and increases chances of scars;
- Don’t use vitamin E: it also impairs healing and may cause allergies;
- Don’t expose to the sun: ultraviolet rays may slow healing and discolor the scar
- Do clean the face wound with soap and water or with antibacterial soap;
- Do cover the cut: if you don’t, the cut will dry out and scab over. You don’t want the scab; it’s a barrier to healing. Instead, keep the cut moist by applying neosporin or cocoa butter (I prefer Manuka honey), and covering with a band aid for a week; then dab the wound with vaseline and keep covered until new skin begins to grow
- Do place pressure on cut: use those pads that flatten scars; there are many, like Curad Scar Therapy Cosmetic Pads,ReJuveness Pure Silicone Sheeting, Scar Fx, and Sypres Scar Sheets; one that seems to work very well is Scar-Away, which also makes effective pads for C-section scars; this is the one we used.
- Do gently massage the wound: this helps break down the dense bonds of collagen, thus helping prevent the appearance of the scar. Massage lotion in a circular motion for 15 to 30 seconds a few times a day. One lotion to try is Mederma. It’s a nonprescription ointment that contains onion extract and has been shown to inhibit the formation of collagen.
A study conducted in 1996 in India showed that burns treated with honey healed sooner than those treated with conventional methods (petrolatum and gauze). Also scarring was reduced. (6.2% of the 450 patients treated ended up with scars compared to 19.7% of the same number of patients who received conventional treatment).
The best Manuka honey for wounds is sterilized by (gamma irradiation). Don’t use raw Manuka honey; it may contribute to infections caused by naturally occurring bacteria. There are special FDA approved Medihoney wound gels and dressings available. These medical grade Medihoney products are developed in close cooperation with the authorities on medical Manuka honey research in New Zealand. This guarantees the honey used is potent and has all the medical benefits it is known for. This is important because there’s much difference between the antibacterial activity in Manuka honey.
Below is a video on how to apply honey on scars.