Why should I keep my nipple damage moist?
Skin damage heals faster when kept moist. If a damaged area is exposed to air and dries, it usually forms a scab, which then shrinks and pulls on the skin around it. Under this hard, inflexible scab, the skin is rebuilt as skin cells move onto the damaged area from underlying hair and sweat glands and from the healthy skin surrounding it. The scab, however, is thought to be a barrier to the movement of these cells. Keeping the skin moist means a scab will not form. Wound care products and covers can be used to keep the damage moist. Mothers who have nipple damage should not allow air to contact the nipple until it is totally healed. The underlying cause must also be addressed to speed healing and prevent further damage.