Minor cuts and scrapes are unfortunately a part of everyday life for everyone no matter the age. Whether it’s from a slip of a knife while cutting vegetables to a trip and fall over a sidewalk curb or simply dry cracked skin that splits and bleeds in the wintertime.

 Fortunately, when minor, there are things that you can do to help with the pain and healing of these cuts and scrapes and minimize scars from being left behind.

 Clean the area – Wash your hands with soap and water first and then rinse the injured area with room temperature water to remove any dirt if needed.

 Stop any bleeding - Small cuts and scrapes may hardly bleed or produce a small amount of blood which usually stops on its own quickly. If you need to stop some minor bleeding, gently apply firm direct pressure to the area using a clean cloth. Keep the area elevated if possible. If the wound doesn’t stop bleeding, seek medical attention.

Cover the area – Using sterile bandages, gauze or medical tape cover the area, but not too tightly. There are antibiotic ointments and sprays you can use to help clean the cut or scrape and reduce the chance of infection.

Minimize scarring – When the cut or scrape begins to heal it will form a scab. Try not to pick or scratch the scab otherwise a scar may form. You can moisturize the area with creams that contain aloe, vitamin E and Calendula Extract. If a scar appears, try Zax’s Scar Fading Cream to help with any irritation and heal any scar tissue that may form.

It’s important to seek medical attention for a wound that is bleeding heavily, deep, or if there appears to be something embedded in it. Watch to make sure your cut or scrape is healing and there aren’t signs of infection such as redness, swelling, pain or pus from the wound.

Updated by Alyssa Rolnick, Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Products, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.