You may have often noticed that when you get a small cut or scrape on your body, it tends to clear up by itself in a few days, even without any efforts on your part. Such small cuts and wounds do not cause us much alarm as we know from experience that our body will clear it up by itself. We have come to rely on this automatic wound healing process that our body undergoes. Once the bleeding from the wound stops, a scar begins to form and gradually the scar gives way to new skin. This 3-step process is quite common and you will see many such wounds fade away in the course of your lifetime. Not many people stop to wonder how all these processes actually take place, or marvel at the seamlessness of wound healing.
Although the process of wound healing may seem this simple at first glance, there is a lot going on below the surface. Our body is a complex machine, with many interwoven processes occurring at the same time. From the very moment the skin barrier is broken by a sharp object or any similar cause, our body’s protective mechanisms kick in and the wound healing process begins. While it may seem like a slow process on the outside, in actuality there is a mass of rapid movement happening below the skin’s surface.