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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.

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

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

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

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

Rinse the skin with warm water.

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

Repeat steps for a few days until the skin heals.