In general, try to avoid situations where you are likely to damage your skin. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent, and protective clothing when outdoors or hiking, and take care with cooking or baking. If you do get a cut, burn, or bite, clean the area immediately with water, and apply an antibiotic ointment and a bandage or dressing. Consult your healthcare provider if the area does not seem to be healing, or if you notice any signs of infection.