Summer months bring mosquitoes and other outside summer dangers. But with the right at-home care, minor skin injuries — from hungry mosquitoes to a collision with a surfboard — don’t have to leave noticeable scars.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons suggest the following treatment tips to speed healing and reduce scarring from common summer mishaps:
Carefully washing with soap and water is the first step in treating minor cuts and scratches, says Dr. Jay Calvert, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of California’s Keck School of Medicine.
For sensitive skin, try a diluted solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water.
Some doctors also recommend applying a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, but only for the first few days after injury.
Among over-the-counter antibiotic blends, pure bacitracin is least likely to trigger an allergic reaction, says Calvert.
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