Helping Minor Skin Contusions Heal

Helping Minor Skin Contusions Heal

“Women spend 2% of their lives trying to figure out where the bruises on her legs came from.”  This is one of the Supreme Seven Eminent quotes about bruising.  It is true women bruise more easily than men around the legs and buttocks, due mostly to thin skin in these areas and many of the sources of these bruises remain time-honored mysteries, even to their bearers.  Maybe this is why fishnets were invented.  However, since it seems that these bruises are not likely to disappear on their own, maybe we should investigate the bruise and how we can help to heal it faster.

What is a Bruise?
A bruise is what happens when blood vessels underneath the skin tear.  Bruises most likely occur from a fall or bump.  The blood from the broken vessels will leak into tissues underneath the skin and the black and blue color will result.  Contusions tend to heal within 3-4 weeks, often turning colors as they fade.  It is not unusual for bruises to be reddish-blue, yellow-green or purplish black in color.  Some bruises spread downward as an effect of gravity and bruises on the leg tend to have a longer healing time than those on the arms or the face.  Although they usually go away on their own, bruises can be treated at home to relieve swelling and speed the healing process.

Bruise Facts

  • Older folks tend to bruise more easily, especially as a result of minor injuries.  The skin becomes thinner and less resilient with age as there is less fat under the skin to provide cushioning and blood vessels break more easily.
  • Women are more prone to bruising than men, especially on the upper arms, thighs and buttocks.
  • The tendency to bruise may run in the family.

Treating Bruises

  1. Reduce Swelling
    Apply ice to the area for about 15 minutes at a time, making sure that there is always something towel -like between your skin and the ice.  Do this at intervals for the first 24 to 48 hours. Rest and elevate the area if possible.
  2. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  3. Call A Doctor If….
    There is extreme pain, redness or swelling.
    The person is currently taking a blood thinner.
    The bruise is located on the face or head.
    There is difficulty moving your joints.

48 hours after developing a bruise, a heating pack or warm, moist washcloth applied several times a day can help to speed healing.

Home Remedies
If you prefer to be a little creative about healing your skin contusions, you may be interested in the following:

  • Vinegar has the ability to drive away pooled blood.  Mix it with warm water and apply it to the affected area to promote healing.
  • Pineapples have an enzyme called Bromeliad.  When you eat pineapples, this enzyme can go to the damaged blood vessels where they will digest the protein that cause skin inflammation. Take 500 mgs of Bromeliad a day to fade the bruise faster.
  • Chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties;  it contains cocoa bioactive compounds that are good for the skin.  Melt chocolate on bruised area and cover with a bandaid.  This will compress the damaged blood vessels and keep the blood flow down,

If you are feeling like a battered woman because of all of your bruises, these remedies can be just the thing for you!  Let us know if you’ve tried any.  We’d love to hear about your experiences, especially, if you’ve tried the chocolate!

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