Skin Abrasions : How to manage this common wound

January 03, 2021

How long does it takes to heal a skin abrasion?


The length of time it takes to heal is generally dictated by 3 factors: how deep is the abrasion, how big is the abrasion and where is it located. Wounds generally heal in like a purse string - from the outside in and from the bottom up. The deeper and the wider the abrasion, there will be more healing required to have the area ‘fill in’.  Abrasions located on the legs and particularly below the knee will take much longer to heal as the circulation is generally not as great as elsewhere.  Most shallow and superficial abrasions located above the knee and managed being kept moist and covered with an ointment and a nonstick dressing will heal within a week. 

What is the best home remedy for skin abrasions?

Clean the wound, then apply petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment and a nonstick dressing. Change it daily until the area heals.  The biggest mistake people make that adds to the healing time is letting wounds dry out or expose them to air. Our skin cells heal by migrating across a wound to heal it in like a purse string.  If the area dries out, the skin cells will not be able to migrate and wound healing will be delayed.  If you allow a scab to form, then this will serve as a roadblock to prevent or delay healing as well as have a higher risk of scar formation.  

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