How to Treat a Skin Tear
First, gently clean the skin tear with a sterile water or isotonic saline solution. If it’s a smaller and more superficial tear, a gentle soap and water may be used. Then fully cover the tear, but don’t use an adhesive bandage directly on the wound.
Protecting the skin by wearing long sleeves, and long skirts or trousers can help. Using creams that contain vitamin A, also known as retinol or retinoids, may help to prevent skin from thinning further. Retinol creams are available in drugstores or online as cosmetic products.
Here are some ways to impede infection in an elderly loved one with an open wound:
Several types of dressings work well for skin tears. These include film dressings such as Tegaderm and petroleum jelly gauze.
If the skin flap is torn off, you may use Bacitracin or Aquaphor and a non-stick dressing. There are frequent allergies to Neosporin so I do not advocate its use. If the skin tear is large and there is a flap, your healthcare provider can sometimes maneuver the flap back into place, at least partially.
Pat water gently from your skin after bathing, but leave a bit of water on your skin. Having some water on your skin when you apply moisturizer (next step) helps hydrate your skin. Apply a creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer formulated for dry skin within 3 minutes of bathing and throughout the day.
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As you age, your body produces less collagen. Collagen is the building block of skin that helps prevent wrinkles, sagging, and moisture loss. Your genetics may contribute to how much collagen you lose as you age. As the dermis produces less collagen, your skin is less able to repair itself, resulting in thin skin.
Once an older person’s skin is injured, the skin has a harder time healing properly as well. Aging and senescent immune cells cannot defend against bacteria, and the risk of serious skin infection rises. Then in the regenerative stage, slow rates of cell division translate into slow skin regrowth.
People can use the following home remedies to treat minor open wounds, such as cuts and scrapes.
The effects of wounds that won’t heal can be unsightly. Even worse – wounds that won’t heal are prone to infection. If not resolved, an infected wound can result in amputation or even death.
Leaving a wound uncovered helps it stay dry and helps it heal. If the wound isn’t in an area that will get dirty or be rubbed by clothing, you don’t have to cover it.
A first aid antibiotic ointment ( Bacitracin, Neosporin, Polysporin ) can be applied to help prevent infection and keep the wound moist. Continued care of the wound is also important. Three times a day, wash the area gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and re-cover with a bandage.
A handful of studies have found that when wounds are kept moist and covered, blood vessels regenerate faster and the number of cells that cause inflammation drop more rapidly than they do in wounds allowed to air out. It is best to keep a wound moist and covered for at least five days.