From applying wine and beer to a scratch to using ants to bite and seal a cut – humans have tried almost anything to accelerate the healing of wounds over the centuries.
We’ve come a long way since then, but we still don’t always get it right when it comes to caring for our wounds.
Most people still have a scar somewhere from a childhood fall or a soccer match gone wild, but the right treatment could have accelerated healing by up to 50% and reduced the risk of scarring, says Dr. Rainer Wolber from Beiersdorf AG’s Research & Development Centre.
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Here are 5 things not to do when taking care of a wound.
1. Don’t leave your wound to air-dry