- Keep the area dry the day of the procedure. Starting tomorrow:
- Clean the area gently once a day with hydrogen peroxide
- After cleaning the area, apply a thin coat of polysporin ointment OR triple antibiotic ointment such as neosporin OR vaseline
- Every time you clean the area, cover with a band-aid for 1-2 weeks until healed. If you develop an allergic reaction to the adhesive band-aid, discontinue use and substitute for telfa pads and hypoallergenic tape (paper tape)
- You can shower the day after the procedure. Avoid direct pressure (by water) on excision area. After showering remove the old band-aid, re-apply peroxide and polysporin and cover with a new band-aid.
- Some redness is normal. Call if you see any signs of infection, if the wound site becomes very red, swollen, hot, or develops pus.
My Dermatologist said it is a myth when told, “to let it breathe, dry out, develop a dry scab”
In order for it to heal without scarring, it must be kept moist. If you cannot afford to buy ointment, then use vaseline. It has to heal while kept moist. It will produce a yucky, slimy, yellow/green looking scab that will come off on its own in the ointment when changing bandage.
If you force it off, it will cause a scar. It you let if dry, it will cause a scar.
Do not expose to SUN while healing, if you have no choice, then USE sunblock.
If you are allergic to band-aid and tape,, then leave it uncovered. Re-apply ointment to keep moist throughout day.
The healing process is a lot longer this way, 2 months or so but well worth the wait to avoid the skin damage. It stays pink and slowly become smaller and smaller.
Now, what about my existing scars. What can I do for that. My Dermatologist said the only thing that can help at that point is silicone!
- Silicone Sheets has been noted as the best treatment for reducing the appearance of a scar!
“Products that use silicone gel scar sheets are ScarAway, ReJuveness, Scar Fx, Oleeva, Bioderm, and Scar Erase. ScarAway and Oleeva differ from the others because they use a patented Silon technology invented by Bio Med Sciences, Inc. Silon is a blend of polydimethylsiloxane (silicone) and polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), which has unusual physical and chemical properties – particularly when formed into thin membranes. Research suggests that Silon acts to hydrate scar tissue, which in turn works to soften scar tissue, reducing its development and causing it to fade away faster.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicone_scar_sheet
- Honey is noted as a natural antibiotic and a healer to the body inside and out!
I found an article suggesting the use of 100% Active Sterile Australian Manuka Honey Wound Management ULF 20+.
- The idea is to keep the skin/scar moist & protected
You can also try the use of a deep skin cream such as Udderly Smooth Udder Cream Skin Moisturizer or VASELINE. I’ve been using this with spa gloves to help the scabs / scars on my hands heal / diminish. I found white cotton spa gloves for a $1.00 at the Dollar Tree store.
**By the way, an alternative to peroxide is a a mix of salt and warm water (a natural method to cleanse wounds including as a gargle for mouth/throat).
**Also, if you need to stop bleeding on a wound, use SUGAR, it is a lot less painful than SALT.