The skin is resilient, but some extra care will boost its healing power.

The body’s response to a skin injury is swift. When the skin is wounded, blood cells are immediately deployed to form a protective shield over the vulnerable area. When this sticky serum dries, it becomes the rough surface we call a scab–a mixture of dead skin cells, blood, and microbes. Protection is great, but did you know that scabs can prevent new skin cells from rising to the surface and prolong healing? Caring for your wound as it mends will help new skin cells take charge and prevent scarring. If you have a skin injury, there are steps you can take to make sure that scratch or cut does not get infected or cause an unnecessary scar. Follow these tips to give your skin a fighting chance: keep the skin moist, cover the wound with a bandage, use an ointment, and do not pick at the injury.