Elastoplast stages of wound healing

Wound cleansing

The first step to support an optimal wound healing

Why is wound care important?

When the skin is injured the protective skin barrier is damaged, meaning dirt and bacteria can enter the body. This can cause a wound infection, which results in further skin damage and a delayed healing process. If not treated rapidly, the infection may spread to deeper tissue and lead to an even more serious health condition. This is why the first step to optimal wound care is to ensure the wound is clean and cleansed.
Boy injured his knee after falling off a skateboard
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How to clean a wound

Wound cleansing is the use of fluids to remove surface bacteria and contaminants from the surface of a wound and its surrounding skin. Use the Elastoplast Wound Spray to cleanse wounds fast without pain. The solution is colourless, odourless and will prevent wound infections. It is also suitable for children and sensitive skin.


Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before treating a wound. After stopping the bleeding, spray the entire wound area from a distance of about 10cm to remove dirt and visible particles. Afterwards, gently dry the wound and surrounding skin area. Carefully read the instructions for use given in the product's packaging. When a wound is infected, wound cleansing should take place at each dressing change.

Elastoplast Wound Spray for antiseptic wound cleansing
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Which wounds should be cleansed?

Irrespective of their size, wounds will heal better if they are first cleansed from dirt, bacteria and visible particles - so don’t underestimate a small wound. Cleansing is essential for many types of acute wounds, such as cuts, abrasions, burns and open blisters.


Regular cleansing is also recommended for the treatment of chronic and post-operative wounds as per doctor’s instruction. A chronic wound is defined by the International Wound Infection Institute as “a wound that has a slow progression through the healing phases, or shows delayed, interrupted or stalled healing due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impact on the individual and their wound”.

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Why use Elastoplast Wound Spray for antiseptic wound cleansing?

Household disinfectants should not be used on damaged skin. Since ‘disinfection’ refers to the destruction of microorganisms on the surface of non-living objects, the term is misleading in the context of wound care because these products may not only kill bacteria but also harm living skin cells. Wound cleansing solutions should reduce the number of microorganisms without harming human tissue.

Kid is sitting next to a skate board and holding his knee
In contrast, the Elastoplast Wound Spray is intended for antiseptic wound cleansing, which is the physical removal of dirt and harmful bacteria from the damaged skin. The formula of the Elastoplast Wound Spray is particularly skin-friendly and protects most living skin cells, which are essential for the skin’s regeneration. Polihexanide (PHMB) is a modern substance which is used in hospitals around the world and widely recommended for the cleansing and decontamination of wounds. It is effective against a broad spectrum of germs and bacteria and at the same time it’s well tolerated by skin and tissue.
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Why should alcohol not be used on wounds?

Using rubbing alcohol to clean wounds is a common practice which some of us know from our childhood or from watching films. However, alcohol is not a good choice for treating an injury because it burns when applied to wounds, making it especially unsuitable for children and sensitive skin. Also, alcohol not only destroys bacteria but also living skin cells. Experts recommend using products that are free of alcohol, like the Elastoplast Wound Spray.
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When to see a doctor about a wound

While the advice above should help clean your wound as part of an optimal healing process, you should seek medical advice if your wound:

  • will not stop bleeding
  • is very deep or large
  • has not showed any signs of healing after one month
  • has an object inserted in it
  • is too painful for you to be able to clean it
  • was caused by a bite (either animal or human) 
  • is located near to a major blood vessel or joint
  • shows signs of infection (has pus coming out or is red and swollen)
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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.

Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us via email at ConsumerRelationsUK@Beiersdorf.com