Reducing redness and inflammation, whilst hydrating and soothing the skin.
Learning how difficult chronic wounds are to manage and treat, and how sometimes severe chronic wounds can lead to amputations, was an eye-opener for me.
That was enough for me to dedicate more time to this topic as we don't often see these types of complications in the community setting.
"Each year over $3 billion from the health and aged care budgets is used to treat chronic wounds of about 420,000 Australians", according to Wounds Australia. As a community pharmacist, I see so many minor skin injuries, cuts, scrapes, grazes, blisters and burns that can benefit from having a product that minimises skin infections, reduces soreness and inflammation, soothes skin irritations and itchy skin, and supports skin regeneration without stinging or irritating the skin. The Manuka and Propolis balms by Dermagen have been such a soothing relief for many of our patients, and the results show how quickly skin can heal when given the right nutrients.
Basic woundcare step for minor skin injuries and grazes/cuts:
These guidelines from the Mayo Clinic can help you care for minor cuts and scrapes:
1. Wash your hands.
This helps avoid infection.
2. Stop the bleeding.
Minor cuts and scrapes usually stop bleeding on their own. If needed, apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth and elevate the wound until bleeding stops.
3. Clean the wound.
Rinse the wound with water or saline solution. Wash around the wound with soap. But don't get soap in the wound. And don't use hydrogen peroxide or iodine, which can be irritating. Remove any dirt or debris with a tweezers cleaned with alcohol. See a doctor if you can't remove all debris.
4. Apply an antibiotic or petroleum jelly.
Apply a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to keep the surface moist and help prevent scarring. Certain ingredients in some ointments can cause a mild rash in some people. If a rash appears, stop using the ointment.
5. Cover the wound.
Apply a bandage, rolled gauze or gauze held in place with paper tape. Covering the wound keeps it clean. If the injury is just a minor scrape or scratch, leave it uncovered.
6. Change the dressing.
Do this at least once a day or whenever the bandage becomes wet or dirty.
7. Get a tetanus shot.
Get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past five years and the wound is deep or dirty.
8. Watch for signs of infection.
See a doctor if you see signs of infection on the skin or near the wound, such as redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling..
Best thing is, our balms have anti-septic properties, reduce the inflammation, soothes the pain, promotes skin regeneration and the natural oils and waxes keep the site hydrated!
These benefits help to ensure minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, stitches, blisters and sores heal quicker with very little scarring.
Supplements that can help with skin healing have high amounts of antioxidants or flavonoids as they reduce free radical damage at the site of injury and help new cells regenerate. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant which helps with collagen formation.
We recommend the Herbs of Gold Vitamin C 1000 Plus as a general supplement if you are needing at extra boost of antioxidants and Zinc.
Factors that DELAY wound healing:
🔴 Lack of oxygen due to poor circulation.
🔴 Infection and development of a biofilm (layer of bacteria colonising the open wound).
🔴Stress or impaired immune function.
Manuka Oil balm was applied once day
A melonin pad was used underneath the dressing for further protection.
This boy was suffering from a very severe flare-up after he stopped topical steroids ( Topical Steroid Withdrawal symptoms) which he was using since he was a baby.
The Manuka Oil Balm was applied twice a day to the open, broken sores. The inflammation was reduced and the broken skin healed after 11 days. The Balm did not sting or irritate the sensitive skin, as as it does not contain any alcohol, preservatives or acids.
This customer had stitches after a removal of a skin cancer. Propolis Balm was applied twice a day and the skin healed nicely with very little scarring.
This customer had a BCC frozen with liquid nitrogen, and a blister had developed. The Propolis Balm was applied twice a day, and the blister healed nicely with very little scarring.