According to the Mayo Clinic, neither is needed when cleaning minor cuts and wounds. Rather, clean the wound with clear, clean water, use sanitized tweezers to remove any hair or dirt and apply antibacterial ointment to disinfect and allow the wound to heal.
Both iodine and hydrogen peroxide have antiseptic qualities, which is why they have been popular for treating wounds. However, studies show that antiseptics are potentially cytotoxic, which means that in addition to preventing infection, they may delay the healing process.
This is probably why the Mayo Clinic advises only the use of water and a topical antibiotic.
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