Moist wound healing – Learn how to heal wounds quickly, so you can prevent scabs and scars from forming

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You’ve hurt yourself, the result is a cut or an abrasion, and you think you don’t need a plaster? Medical research proves that creating moist wound healing conditions will not only accelerate the healing process, but also prevent scarring and scabs, meaning healthy unimpaired skin.

That’s why Elastoplast Fast Healing wound dressings are based on the principle of moist wound healing. Elastoplast Fast Healing Plasters are made of Polyurethane, a skin-friendly, waterproof and breathable material which generates optimal conditions for moist wound healing. This allows the absorption of wound fluid but leaves essential proteins in the wound.

Clinical data demonstrates an up to 2 times faster wound healing process, compared to dry wound healing or an untreated wound. Find out what medical experts already know – and why moist wound healing is the superior method!

How to heal wounds faster

Moist wound healing allows skin to renew
In order for your wound to form new skin tissue, new cells need to form - and cell growth thrives on moist conditions! The principle aim of moist wound healing is to create and maintain the optimal moist conditions for your skin to renew itself. In a wound which is kept moist under a plaster such as Elastoplast Fast Healing, cells can grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate. This speeds up wound healing by up to 2 times*!

*compared to dry wound healing

Wigger-Alberti W. et al. J Wound Care 2009 Mar; 18 (3):123-28, 131

How to dry up a weeping wound

Wound fluid, known as 'exudate' is a characteristic of wound healing. It can be a pus-like or clear fluid. While this fluid aids wound healing, it can also delay healing in chronic wounds. Weeping wounds can also be a sign of an infected cut. Learn more in Cuts and Grazes.

A weeping wound can soften the wound bed and damage surrounding skin. In turn, this endangers healing and provides a nutritional environment for germs. If you have a weeping wound, it's important to absorb the excess fluid without drying it out and apply an appropriate wound dressing.

Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.

Please note that, although these were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website.

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How to speed up scab healing

Many people do not know that a scab is not a sign of healthy healing. Scabs actually delay skin from healing and becoming flawless again. In a moist wound healing environment, scabs are prevented.

When wounds heal without scabs, the wound healing process and the formation of new tissue remains undisturbed. This decreases the likelihood of scarring, resulting in improved aesthetic results.

Wounds that are left to dry in air will always create scabs, and these dry conditions make it difficult for new skin tissues to form.

Heal wounds faster with the Fast Healing Plaster

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Elastoplast Fast Healing Plaster speeds up healing and prevents scabs from forming
Covering your wound with a moist wound healing plaster keeps your wound supple and preventing scabs forming. This leads to better mobility, especially if your wound is located on joints such as knees or elbows. On top of that, moist wound healing ensures that removing or changing your plaster remains painless, as none of the newly formed tissue will come off.

The Elastoplast Fast Healing Plaster is made of a skin-friendly polyurethane material which does not stick to the wound. It selectively absorbs wound fluid while keeping the wound moist, thus accelerating healing and reducing the risk of scarring.

Benefits of moist wound healing

All Elastoplast moist wound healing products use skin-friendly materials that ensure high comfort (ultra-thin, flexible, breathable materials such as polyurethane which stretch with your skin). The Elastoplast materials are compatible with the skin and dermatologically approved.


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Standard Dressing Elastoplast Fast Healing 

Do not think that applying a regular wet plaster has the same effect as creating moist wound healing conditions! It is recommended to change a regular plaster daily, especially if it gets wet in the shower. To ensure safe protection and reliable adhesion, use Elastoplast Fast Healing Plasters. They promote wound healing up to 2 times faster than an uncovered wound and provide ideal moist wound healing conditions for healthy healing of your skin, are waterproof and can stay on for several days!

Moist wound healing can prevent scarring

Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment
Since moist wound healing decreases the likelihood of scabs forming, it also reduces the risk of a scarring. Elastoplast products such as the Fast Healing Plaster and Wound Healing Ointment will deliver improved cosmetic results.

Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment creates a breathable film that protects the wound from external influences, while preventing the wound from drying out. This is clinically proven to promote faster wound healing and reduce the risk of scarring.

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