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emily61892 , 27 Mar 2014

Lanolin Heals Wounds! PLEASE READ

I am so excited to share this with you all. I suffer form dermatillomania and spend a lot of time trying to heal large, deep open wounds on my face from picking cystic acne. For about a week I have had 2 very deep spots, 2 very small spots and 1 healed spot that was still a red indent. I usually use Calamine lotion, which works if you can keep your fingers off of the spots, but I cannot. So, after browsing this forum, I saw a couple posts about Lanolin, but not many people commented on them. The few posts I saw had good reviews of the Lanisoh brand so I decided to try it. It is used to heal nipples of breastfeeding mothers, but it is also great for healing deep bloody picking wounds. After about 24 hours of constantly keeping the lanolin cream on (I used band-aids at night), my wounds are still red, but have sealed, meaning they are not longer raw, oozing, scabby or sore. And the small spots are basically gone! Don't get me wrong, the deep wounds are still very visible, but it's only been one day so I wasn't expecting them to be completely gone. Here is a pros and cons list of Calamine healing and Lanolin healing: Calamine Lotion: Pros: - works in about 5 days if you don't pick it off - dried calamine lotion makes wounds less visible at first - reduced redness of wound and surrounding areas very quickly - very cheap (less than $2.00) Cons: - it's tempting to pick the dried calamine covered scab, causing a deeper wound and longer healing time - if left alone, the dried calamine scabs do eventually become darker and visible - requires reapplication several times a day Lanolin (Lanisoh brand) Pros: - begins healing within a day (not sure how long it takes to completely heal, I will update you though) - requires a couple applications a day and stays on fairly well - keeps wound very moist, making it impossible to pick the area further Cons: - Wounds remain very red - the cream is visibly greasy when on the wounds - expensive ($12.00- but worth it!) So there ya go, I hope some of you try Lanolin and tell me what you think. I wish all of you the best in your wound healing and are on the track to a pick-free life! Please ask questions or suggest any tips you have below.
5 Answers
March 27, 2014
***UPDATE*** My new routine seems to be working extremely well. For fresh wounds that are still weeping and sore, apply witch hazel to stop the oozing and reduce redness. Apply lanolin cream and leave on for as long as possible. Wash it off in the morning and repeat. I may try to use the calamine lotion in a couple days because it always works great for minor surface wounds. It will also cover up the redness.
May 26, 2014

In reply to by emily61892

Another update! I started using lansinoh brand lanolin cream religiously on Wednesday afternoon. It's Friday morning (less than 48 hours later) and my deep wounds are now slightly indented pink marks! I am going to alternate using calamine and lanolin today vas hopefully I will be clear by the end of the weekend. On Sunday night I was in tears, thinking it would be weeks before I could go out in public. But I am so hopeful now thanks to this product. Please try it!!!
May 26, 2014
I don't know if anyone is actually reading this thread but I figured I would I update again just in case! I had another picking episode and was so incredibly upset last night. I have a class presentation on Thursday and I did not want to leave the house, let alone have my class staring at my face. So, I washed my face with cetaphil, patted it dry, and slathered on Lansinoh brand lanolin cream. For some reason I woke up at 5 AM and reapplied it. Now it's 9 AM and my wounds have stopped oozing and are light pink marks once again! They are still visible, but much less red and sore than they were last night. I just wanted to let you all know that lanolin saved the day once again and I really urge you all to try it. :)
May 09, 2014
Hey emily, thanks for the advice! I am a compulsive picker that doesn't stop until the bump is flat...Unfortunately that's achieved after ripping off multiple layers of skin leaving it red and raw:/ the next day it started to develop a layer but it was hyperpigmented so of course I used tweezers to rip that off too:/ now it's a deep red crater...and I've just been putting raw honey on for the past day no real results this soon though. Would the lanolin work at this point when it's such a fresh wound? Any other tips? I hope we can stop picking and allow the random pimples to be one day.....just not during finals week lol too much stress as it is! Thanks so much
May 20, 2014

In reply to by extremepicker

Hi I'm so sorry I didn't see you comment! I hope your skin is doing better by now. If not, it's not too late to use lanolin. And next time (hopefully there won't be a next time!) you can definitely use lanolin on a fresh open wound. Sometimes it keeps oozing so you have to apply it a lot, but I just stick a bandaid on and it's fine. It works especially well overnight with a bandaid. The wound won't be gone overnight, but it will look much more "skin-like." After about a full 24 hours of loootttssss of lanolin application, I dab a very thin layer of calamine on which makes it look less red. I'll check this post more often and try to help as much as I can! Good luck!

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