As our lives are getting fuller and busier, it seems we’re always on a rush of getting things done. Yet, every day little injuries, like a small paper cut on the finger, or a minor burn while cooking can get into our way and force us to slow down and care. How can you help your skin heal faster and safer to be able to go on with your life? When getting injured, we often expect that the wound will heal quickly and without leaving a mark. However, wound healing is a complex process and many factors can interfere, delaying the wound healing. Learn about the different signs of wound healing and how to help wounds heal fast, safe and with a reduced risk of scarring.

Understanding the stages of wound healing

Wound healing is a complex process that can be subdivided into 4 phases..
Illustration about blood clotting
Blood clotting: When a wound has been sustained, blood clotting ensures temporary closure of the wound.
Illustration about exudation and inflammation
Exudation and Inflammation. Blood vessels in and around the wound area are extended and blood cells migrate into the wound tissue.
Illustration about proliferation and granulation
Proliferation and granulation. New cells are formed and the damaged tissue is replaced by ‘granulation’ tissue.
Illustration about epithelialization
Epithelialization and regeneration. The newly formed blood vessels ensure adequate oxygen and nutrient transport. The granulation tissue fills the wound.These phases are followed by maturation, during which the scar tissue reorganises.

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How to speed up wound healing?

1. Cleanse

A clean and cleansed wound is an essential first step for optimal healing. Cleanse your wound from dirt, bacteria and visible particles with the Elastoplast Wound Spray to prevent infections.
Elastoplast Wound Spray in use

2. Protect

The second step is to protect your wound from dirt and bacteria to enable an undisturbed healing. Cover your wound with a plaster, sterile wound dressing or compress from Elastoplast.
Women is putting Hansaplast plaster on kid’s knee

3. Heal

Studies have shown that under moist conditions cells will grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate to optimize the wound healing process. In a moist healing environment, scabs- which inhibit the formation of new tissue – are prevented. This helps reduce the risk of scarring, improving the aesthetic outcome.
Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment in use

The benefits of moist wound healing

  • No crust formation
  • Faster wound healing
  • Reduced risk of scarring

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How the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment supports natural wound healing

To support and speed up wound healing, apply the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment daily until the wound has healed completely and cover it with a Elastoplast plaster, sterile dressing or compress if needed. The ointment forms a protective barrier on the wound while creating an ideal moist healing environment that promotes up to 2x faster healing and helps to reduce scarring. In a clinical study using an Abrasive Wound Model, wounds treated with the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment have been proven to heal faster and with a better cosmetic outcome than untreated wounds*.
Hansaplast Wound Healing Ointment
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*W. Wigger-Alberti, et al. Assessment of local tolerability and wound healing efficacy of a novel wound healing ointment. An intra-individual comparison of four different regimes in an abrasive wound model. Submitted for publication. EWMA Conference (European Wound Management Association), May 2018.
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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Stages of wound healing & how to heal wounds faster | Elastoplast UK

Understand the stages of wound healing, from blood clotting to regeneration, and how to best support the wound healing process by using Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment to support and speed up natural wound healing.