A scab is the body's response to skin that has been scraped off due to injury. If you have suffered a skin abrasion, you are quite familiar with the scabbing process. While many individuals believe that a scab is a required part of the healing process, new evidence shows that it can prolong healing time. If you want to prevent scabs from forming, you simply need to follow a strict process of cleaning, treating, and protecting your wound. Properly execute the three-step process and remove scabs easily.
Clean the wound immediately. Rinse the scraped area under a forceful running water source then gently apply an antiseptic product containing benzalkonium chloride to the wound. Allow the abrasion to air-dry completely before further treating.
Treat the injured area. Gently dab an antibiotic ointment onto the wound.
Cover the wound with a bandage. This ensures that the wound is protected from further damage and, more importantly, that it remains moist. Remove the bandage during showers or baths, then reapply ointment and the bandage once it is dry. Keeping the wound moist will ensure that a scab does not form and that the wound heals without scarring.
- Avoid using hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound as it can slow the healing process.