We’re all familiar with the concept of wounds scabbing. It’s natural, our bodies do it on their own. It must be a good thing, right? Lately, however, you’ve been hearing about wet healing in order to prevent scabs and now you’re confused. Is scabbing bad or not?
In 1500 BC, the Egyptians discovered that wounds healed faster and more efficiently if they were kept moist versus if they were left to dry and scab. By applying honey (antibacterial properties), lint (absorbent properties), and grease (barrier), they found that the wound would retain its moist form and the body’s natural fluids—the plasma—would heal the damaged area powerfully.
With medical advances, we are now able to fully understand the depths of what the ancient Egyptians were witnessing. We now know that scabs form when the wound is able to dry out. They work as a crude defense mechanism, by creating an exoskeleton-like substance over the afflicted area. However, this isn’t always for the best.
Is Scabbing Bad?
Although scabbing is a natural process, it isn’t always the best option. When a wound scabs it can delay the healing process. Scabbing creates a barricade of desiccated, dead skin cells. This barrier makes it harder for new, healthy skin cells to form and complete the healing process.
Another unwanted side effect of scabbing is that a scab can trap inflammatory tissue and bacteria. This, in turn, can lead to prolonged wound healing and increase your chance of infection.
How Saniderm Helps
Saniderm creates the perfect environment for healing by keeping the wound moist. It also allows the wound to breathe while protecting it from external contaminants such as bacteria, dirt, and dander.
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