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You Will Need
- Running water and mild soap
- Self-adhesive bandages
- Antibiotic ointment
- Petroleum jelly
- Silicone gel sheets
Clean the cut
Wash your hands thoroughly, and clean your cut with a mild soap under lukewarm running water. Make sure you get all the dirt out of the cut, and if necessary, scrub it gently with a clean washcloth.
Use an antibiotic ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment to the cut to speed healing and prevent infection.
Keep it moist
Studies show that moist wounds heal faster and better than dry ones, so keep your cut covered with antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage. Change the dressing as necessary for about a week. When you remove the bandage for good, coat the cut lightly with petroleum jelly.
Stay out of the sun
A sunburn can damage the skin of your already-tender cut even further, and UV rays may discolor the area, making the wound more likely to leave a substantial mark. When you go outdoors, use a sunblock with a high SPF, and stay in the shade.