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A 35-year-old member asked:

After a cut heals what is the hard skin underneath it?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Skin under a cut: That is new skin under the scab that eventually falls off. The strength of the new skin is not as strong as regular, uninjured skin. In two years, this skin will only be about 80% the strength of your uninjured skin.
Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 40 years experience
Temp scar tissue: Your skin heals in a very complicated way. The deeper, healing tissue can feel thick and hard under the skin. This usually softens up and fades away and by the end of the healing process (three months) it will be completely normal.
Last updated Dec 2, 2019


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