You’ve probably heard that leaving a wound open to dry will help it heal faster – but this along with many other wound healing anecdotes like using alcohol or peroxide — ouch! — should be over.
Leaving a wound uncovered can dry out new surface cells which can increase pain or slow healing - wounds need moisture to heal so moist wound healing not only speeds up healing but reduces scarring. And according to Smokefree.gov nicotine tightens blood vessels which prevents essential nutrients from reaching a wound, so try say away from the cigarettes while you heal up. You can also eat healthy by ditching the “empty calories” for vitamin c, omega-3 and zinc rich foods which will also help to speed up the healing process.
Here are some effective (and interesting) ways to improve healing and reduce scars – inside and outside:
*Note: Always see a doctor if wounds are deep, if there are signs of an infection or if you’re diabetic.
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