9. Vitamin E
The antioxidant property of this important vitamin accelerates healing of damaged skin as well as helps prevent infection. It even prevents scarring in case of deeper abrasions.
- Apply some vitamin E oil on the affected area.
- Massage gently for 5 minutes to help the oil penetrate into the skin. You do not need to rinse it off.
- Repeat twice daily until the abrasion is healed.
Also, eat more foods rich in vitamin E, such as milk, avocados, olives, sunflower seeds, spinach, asparagus and whole grains.
10. Increase Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C is very helpful for all types of skin wounds. This powerful antioxidant boosts the immune system to fight off infection due to an abrasion. It also promotes quick healing.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and red peppers.
- You can also take vitamin C supplements, after consulting your doctor.
- Cover the wound with a non-stick sterile dressing and change the dressing regularly.
- Try not to exert yourself, as it may cause the wound to bleed.
- Do not expose abraded skin to the sun, as permanent hyperpigmentation can develop.
- Apply ice on the affected area if there is bruising or swelling. Wrap it in a thin towel before applying.
- Do not wear clothes that can cling or rub the area and worsen it.
- Do not pick or scratch at scabs.
- Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol, as they will delay the healing process.
- Wear kneepads, skin guards, gloves and elbow pads when taking part in sport activities.
- Keep your skin well-moisturized to minimize friction and prevent abrasions.
- In cases of persistent bleeding or intense pain, consult a doctor.