By Monica Patrick

A scratch on the skin may seem harmless, but it may leave a scar or even become infected if left untreated. With good skin care, you can lighten the inflammation and restore smooth flesh in just a few days.

How to Get Rid of Skin Scratches
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How to Get Rid of Skin Scratches

Step 1

Wash the scratch with a gentle cleanser under warm running water.

Step 2

Pat dry with a clean towel. Do not rub the scratch.

Step 3

Apply vitamin E lotion to the scratch to moisturize and help heal the skin. Keep skin moist with the lotion for a full day.

Step 4

Apply a small amount of microdermabrasion exfoliant onto the scratch and massage in small, circular motions for only one minute.

Step 5

Rinse the skin with warm water.

Step 6

Apply a dime-sized amount of the replenishing lotion that comes with the microdermabrasion kit.

Step 7

Repeat steps for a few days until the skin heals.