Well apparently, this is something we’ve all been doing wrong our entire lives.
It’s apparently one of the biggest first aid myths – when you have a cut, don’t use hydrogen peroxide to clean it. Nor should you use rubbing alcohol!
Most of us had our parents do it for us when we were little and still do it today. And it’s true that they do kill bacteria – but they also apparently kill skin cells.
Both hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol cause “corrosive tissue damage” which can slow the healing process and make scars more likely.
The better bet is to rinse your cut with water and just use antibiotic ointment.
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