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How to prevent a scar

How to prevent a scar

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No one wants to be left with an ugly scar after a wound heals. A scar forms as a natural part of the healing process, and the extent to which it does varies with a person’s age, sex, nutritional status, and individual genetic makeup, as well as the location, size and depth of the wound. Are there ways to prevent a scar? Not all scars can be prevented, but here are some ways to make scar formation less likely. Cleaning Wounds Properly can Help Prevent Scars Clean the wound using only warm water. Washing with soap may sound like a good idea, but it can irritate the inside of the wound. Avoid hydrogen peroxide and iodine too since they slow down healing by destroying white blood cells that aid in the healing process. Apply a light coating of antibiotic ointment to the wound for the ...