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The skin, the body’s first line of defence, is the largest organ in the body and, although susceptible to injury, has amazing powers of regeneration. Prompt action at the time of injury is the key to rapid healing and minimising the risk of scarring. There are also various follow-up steps that will help the skin to heal more quickly.
Here are several common skin injuries and treatment that can be administered on your own.
Knowing how to treat a cut or wound correctly can help to avoid infection and ensure scar-free healing.
You need to :
A painful burn or scald needs fast, appropriate first- aid treatment. Please DO NOT put ice directly on a heat injury, no matter how tempting it may be as doing so would create additional cold burns.
It can also cause the victim’s body to cool to a level that is dangerous for other organs.
What you should do instead :
Other than the above, try aloe vera gel, or lavender, helichrysum, sea buckthorn or carrot root essential oils.
An infusion of lady’s mantle or St John’s wort (especiatly for burns) can be gently applied as a cool compress to the affected area.
Besides this, Calendula (marigold) ointment is renowned for its healing properties and can be used for a wide range of minor skin injuries.
Note that if the burn is deep or larger than a postage stamp, it is important to seek urgent medical attention.
Take a cool (not cold) shower, then apply pure aloe vera gel, which is instantly cooling. Soak a towel in strong, tepid tea and apply as a compress.
Alternativety, aromatherapists suggest a compress dampened by water with a few drops of lavender oil added.
Scientific research shows that some types of honey, particularly manuka honey contain antimicrobial factors that can kill a range of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).
If you are unsure about surgery or other treatments, cosmetic camouflage, which uses make-up to hide scarring and correct colour mismatches, can be effective.
Besides this, rosehip seed oil is reputed to encourage healing of scars and stretch marks. Alternatively try diluted clary sage oil (do note, not to be used during pregnancy!) or neroli oil, or undiluted lavender oil.
You can sooth inflamed skin caused by sunburn by applying witch hazel as a liquid or gel, or calendula or aloe vera gels.
Another option is to apply a cool compress soaked in an infusion of dried calendula flowers, or apply neat lavender essential oil or sea buckthorn essential oil diluted in a carrier oil.
Contrary to popular belief, the application of yogurt is NOT an effective remedy for sunburn. You need to seek medical attention for severe (with blistering) or extensive sunburn.
Follow these simple guidelines to protect your skin from the intense heat of the sun: