Skin abrasions must be cleaned and disinfected before a bandage is applied. But is an antiseptic the best product for an open wound? The NHS suggests otherwise.
The undesired effects
Recent studies have shown that over-the-counter topical antiseptics can actually do more harm than good when used as a disinfectant for skin wounds. Rather than eliminated, the risk of infection increases with improper antiseptic use that leads to contamination from environmental bacteria. This is not uncommon for households that keep the same tube of antiseptic cream over a period of years. Additionally, allergic reactions, although rare, can become very serious and require immediate medical attention.
A healthier alternative
The UK’s National Health Service has determined that a gentle cleanser is just as effective as an antiseptic for wounds, and preferable because of the reduced risk of any painful or serious side effects.
When searching for a cleanser that is adapted to treating open skin wounds, it is important to find a product containing antibacterial properties that promote healing without causing dryness or discomfort. Cicaplast Lavant B5 is a gentle foaming gel created for fragile, and irritated skin. It is formulated with copper, zinc and manganese to gently remove unhealthy bacteria, and a 5% concentration of Panthenol to replenish the skin.
A properly cleaned and disinfected wound heals is less prone to scarring. Cicaplast Lavant B5 carefully cleans and disinfects, and leaves broken skin with a soothing feeling of relief.