What is the best way to treat Cuts, Scrapes and Minor Burns?
When you or a loved one have a cut, scrape or minor burn, the last thing you would do is put an allergenic chemical that is known to induce bacterial resistance on it, right? Unfortunately, that is what most people do. Topical triple-antibiotics like Neosporin®* with neomycin, polymyxin B, and bacitracin are very common allergens and are known to induce bacterial resistance. If your wound is not infected, the pure, natural, non-toxic, hypoallergenic skin protectant – TrueLipids® Boo Boo & Bum Balm – is just what the doctor ordered for beautifully-healed boo boo’s!
Injured skin needs the following to heal:
A clean environment: wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.
Not too moist environment: don’t let the wound get too wet or too moist by leaving a bandage on for too long—it can get infected.
Not too dry environment: No SCABS allowed! Do not leave a wound open to the air until it forms a scab, EVER! Scabs are like little rocks in a wound bed. The new skin cells that are trying to grow in cannot do so unless they push the scab away. This takes extra time and tends to scar more and tends to get infected more (this is Dr. Eberting’s educated experience talking—you won’t see a study that says it just like this, but she sees it every day).
No irritating or allergenic chemicals on the wound. Allergens like Neomycin, Bacitracin, Vitamin E (yes, its allergenic when applied to the skin!), benzocaine (very allergenic when applied to the skin!) and essential oils very commonly cause allergic reactions in wounds. Sometimes this reaction can look like an infection, so then it ends up being treated with an antibiotic and it will continue to get worse. So, then it gets treated with a stronger antibiotic….and it continues to get worse…. until the offending allergen is finally removed from the scene and the allergic reaction is treated. Healing time is prolonged and scarring is worse when an allergic reaction takes place where a wound is trying to heal.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Apply TrueLipids® Boo Boo & Bum Balm to the affected area and cover with a clean bandage. Change daily and wash with soap and water when you shower.
Change the bandage at least once a day. Wash the wound gently with soap and water. Do not leave the bandage on too long or the wound can get too moist and become more easily infected.
For more information about how to prevent scarring, what allergens to avoid and the science of wound healing, go to our Cuts, Scrapes and Burns Care Library
* Neosporin® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.