When we injure ourselves, our body triggers the healing process in order to regain its initial appearance. This complex mechanism that protects and closes the wound can be accelerated or slowed down by various factors. The location on the body, the genetics, the severity of the injury, it all comes into play. Even if the scar will evolve naturally, certain reflexes can help you improve it:
Do not scratch
Even if the itch is painful, try to resist. Scratching the wound and, worse, pulling off the scabs that form, risks damaging the tissue levels that have developed. And with your fingernails, you can even infect the wound. If the temptation is too strong, apply a bandage to prevent yourself from tearing everything off and ask your pharmacist for a soothing cream.
While some medicines and natural products, such as honey, can limit inflammation and heal the wound on the outside, you can help the process overall by the way you eat. Turmeric, bromelain extracted from pineapple, papain, zinc and vitamins A, B1, C and E are among the nutrients recommended to stimulate wound healing, recalls Le Figaro.
The hormones secreted by the body when it is in a situation of chronic stress would have an influence on the speed of healing of wounds. By taking time for yourself and working on the management of your anxieties, you also accelerate the healing of wounds. As a little bonus, if you feel the motivation is there, now is also a good time to quit smoking. Tobacco decreases blood flow to the extremities and slows wound healing.
After: we massage and we protect
Once the wound is closed, do not forget to pamper his scar. Be careful not to put too much tension on the damaged area, as this may tear the skin again. Be sure to protect the scar from the sun, summer and winter, with a high index cream to prevent hyperpigmentation. And finally, take the opportunity to regularly massage the scar with an oil or moisturizer.