When it comes to healing abrasions and minor wounds, the common thought was always to let it breathe. Keep it dry, keep it uncovered or it won’t heal. Turns out, however, that wound healing is actually better when done with a wet healing method.
What is the difference between wet healing and dry healing?
Dry healing was the early form of wound healing for many, many centuries. Long before bandages and wraps were created, dry healing seemed to be the most logical method for caring for a wound. In this case, the wound essentially appeared to heal itself. With exposure to open air, the body releases a plasma fluid which dries, hardens, and forms an exoskeleton of sorts.
In layman’s terms, a scab.
Scabs do heal the body; however, they do so slowly and usually leave behind an intensive scar.
So, what is the alternative?
The Ancient Egyptians were actually among the first to realize that wet healing promoted a faster healing time and decreased scarring. Through utilizing a handful of materials, they began treating wounds by keeping the wound bed moist and began noticing startling differences in the body’s ability to heal itself.
Since then, medical advances have come a long way. As have our understanding of how the body works. Now, we are well aware that the body’s plasma fluid actually possesses greater healing properties when kept in its original form. When moist, cells can grow, divide, and migrate at an amplified frequency. It is believed that, in optimal conditions, wet healing can speed up the healing process by approximately 50%.
How Saniderm Helps in Wound Care:
When applied to a minor wound or abrasion, Saniderm prevents the formation of scabs by providing the optimal healing conditions. Simultaneously, Saniderm prohibits the introduction of foreign contaminants and bacteria into the wound—minimizing the risk of infection.
In addition to cosmetic perks due to the reduced scarring, using Saniderm to prevent scabbing increases mobilization during the healing process. It is especially useful in high movement areas as there is no worry of the wound reopening with action. Overall, Saniderm creates an easier, simpler wound care process.
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