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how to help a peeled off scab not to scar

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Widman
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
Scar: Scarring is dependent on many things such as how badly have you scarred before. How did you take care of the cut. Also how much sun exposure may caus ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes: The best way to avoid or minimizing scar formation is to allow wounds to heal naturally if possible. Any wound may leave a scar, but if a scab is irri ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Can't predict: except that the more you pick at your skin the higher the risk of scars.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Its natural: Your skin (epidermis) is a natural, porous barrier to the outside world. It keeps the fluid inside your body. When you scrape off skin, or have a br ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Do not bother: There has not been consistent evidence the tretinoin helps recovery of scars and scabs, although it has been used for stretch marks. Try to leave y ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pouya Shafipour
22 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: Scar formation depends on the depth of the injury as well as your skin type and your healing process. Usually if the wound isn't too deep you should ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Inflammation&repair: The body has significant healing powers and a complex process to heal your injury is already in progress. The wound will shrink and ultimately form a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Don't mess with it: If the lesion is small and superficial (not deep), just leave it alone. In most cases it will heal up without problem or a visible scar. The more you ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: Try using a scar cream such as mederma.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Concealer: is one option.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Depends: It depends how deep the cut was. The skin is many layers thick. If only the very top layer (the epidermis) was cut it will usually heal with no scar. ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doyle Huey
Specializes in Family Medicine
Scar lightening: I wouldn't think a chemical peel would help much. I would recommend Mederma (otc) first and then if it is still dark use an otc skin bleach.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
1-2 weeks.: First-degree burns -- superficial ones that are red, but not blistered -- generally heal within a couple of weeks, without scars. You can apply a mild ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
All wounds scar: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural healing: When skin is injured/opened, scabs form to protect delicate internal tissues from the harsh external environment. Cover with a clean dressing changi ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Yes but i prefer: duoderm to help it heal with less risk of scarring
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience Dermatology
Vaseline Ointment: The best way to keep a scab moist is to apply vaseline ointment (aquaphor) & cover the scab with a band-aid. This will loosen the scab and allow is t ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darryl Blinski
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Residual peeling?: Best thing is to NOT SELF TREAT!!! See a PS or Derm to peel your skin and remove the peeling solution..
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Apply topical: Antibiotic and bandaid. Monitor closely for any signs of infection, for example redness, continued pain, drainage, swelling then go see a doctor.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Cocoa butter: Cocoa butter is helpful.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Forgive my frankness: If you're got scarring, your acne has already been neglected for too long. Acne that scars won't respond to non-prescription medications. Yo ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Neosporin: Better to keep hydrated with neosporin. Be on the look out for redness a sign of reaction to neosporin ingredients.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elton Behner
36 years experience Dentistry
I am not sure: how one would get toothpaste burn on the forehead... However, it should be no more than a minor dermatitis and clear up a day or two unless there is a ... Read More

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