Scars on the face must be very annoying. Besides being sick, of course you don’t want your face to have marks or scars. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do to clean and treat your own scratch at home so that it heals quickly and doesn’t leave scars. If the bleeding from your wound doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of pressure or if there is an infection, seek medical attention immediately.
Cleaning the Scratch
Wash hands with soap and water. Before touching the injured area, you should clean your hands to remove any germs or bacteria. Use soap and warm water to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and wipe with a dry towel.
Press on the affected area to stop the bleeding. Take a clean cloth or towel and press it against your face, on the top of the wound. Press for about 5 minutes, holding until the bleeding stops.
Scrapes are usually not deep so it shouldn’t take long for the bleeding to stop.
If the bleeding from your wound doesn’t stop after 10 minutes despite direct pressure, the wound may need stitches. Immediately visit a health care provider.
Wash the injured area with soap and water. Bend over the sink and splash water on your face. Take a few drops of hand soap and then slowly rub it on the injured face, trying not to stimulate or make the wound bleed again.
The injured area must be cleaned properly so that it is free of germs or bacteria.
Never use hydrogen peroxide to clean your wound, as it is too harsh.
Clean the scratch for about 2 minutes. Bend over again over the sink and position your face directly under the running tap water. Remain in this position for about 2 minutes so that the water washes away all the soap and any remaining dirt. Gently pat the injured area with a clean towel when you’re done.
If you are caring for a small injured child, it may be difficult to get him to sit still for that long. Even if he can’t do it for the full 2 minutes, try having him rinse the wound himself as thoroughly as he can.
Apply an antiseptic cream. Take an antiseptic ointment, cream, or lotion and scoop out the contents about the size of a pea. You can also use petroleum jelly if you only have that. Apply ointment to the cut to prevent bacteria and infection.
You can get antiseptic ointments at drug stores.
Cover the cut with an adhesive bandage. Remove the adhesive bandage and apply it carefully to the injured area, making sure everything is coated with the antiseptic cream as well. If necessary, use several bandages to cover the entire wound on your face.
The bandage will prevent germs and bacteria that can cause infection from entering the wound.
Caring for Scratches
Change the bandage every day. To keep a scratch clean, change the bandage at least once a day or whenever you see it soiled or damp. Always use a clean bandage to cover the wound until it is completely healed.
Wearing a dirty bandage can allow bacteria to enter, which can lead to infection and scarring.
Keep the bandage box in an accessible place so you can easily pick up a new bandage.
Keep the area around the wound clean and dry. Make sure your cuts and bandages are not dirty or wet. If you’re going to take a shower or wash your face, carefully remove the bandage and replace it with a new one when you’re done.
Keep the skin of the injured area moist with petroleum jelly . You simply apply the antiseptic cream once. After that, apply about a pea-sized amount of petroleum jelly every time you change the bandage to keep your skin moisturized and speed up recovery.
Keeping the skin moisturized will help speed healing and also prevent scars from forming.
After the wound closes, you can apply vitamin E around the wound area to speed healing.
Compress your face with an ice pack every 1-2 hours to reduce swelling. If your face is swollen or bruised, apply an ice pack every few hours for 10 to 15 minutes. Press the ice pack against your face to reduce bleeding and keep your skin cooler. Do this for the first 24 hours after you have a scratch.
If the cut isn’t deep, there’s probably no bruising, unless the cut is near the eye.
Do not tug at the scabs that form. A scab is your body’s natural healing process. If the scab is pulled on, it can form a bigger and thicker scar. So, as much as possible just let the scabs that arise.
If you’re having a hard time not pulling on the scab, cover the area with a bandage so you can’t touch it.
Use SPF 30 sunscreen lotion on healed cuts. Once the scratch has healed sufficiently, apply sunscreen to protect the scar every time you go outside. Sunlight can make the scar deeper and more visible, especially if the wound has just healed.
Try using sunscreen regularly every day so that your skin is protected from sun damage.
Wear a wide hat to protect the scratched area so it doesn’t darken.
Ask your doctor about creams or laser therapy. If you are very concerned about scarring, talk to a medical professional about what they can do to minimize it. They may suggest steroid injections, steroid creams, or laser therapy.
Because scratches are usually not deep, medical intervention is generally rare to treat scars. However, if your wound is quite large or on a prominent facial area, please consult a doctor.