Not all plasters are fully waterproof though. If you want to protect a cut in the shower, or you need a waterproof plaster for swimming, find the right Elastoplast product for your needs with our handy guide.
Why it’s important to stop wounds from getting wet
While chlorine keeps swimming pools clean, if you're swimming in the sea or in a lake then microorganisms in the water can cause infections. By keeping wounds dry with a waterproof dressing, you can reduce the risk of infection and improve wound recovery.
Spending a long time in the water causes skin to wrinkle, which can also delay wound healing. Learn more about wound healing in the Elastoplast Wound Care Routine.
Keeping stitches dry
If you've been advised to keep your stitches dry, cover them with a waterproof wound dressing to use in the shower or bath. It's best to dab your stitches dry with a clean towel after washing, even if the wound area did not get wet.
Swimming with an open wound is fine as long as it's small and protected with a waterproof dressing. Wherever you go swimming, it's a good idea to consider what kind of water you'll be in.
Though chlorinated pools may be cleaner than normal lake or sea water, it's still important to keep your wound covered. Some public pools might require cuts and wounds to be covered with a plaster.
Waterproof plasters that actually work
Most Elastoplast Bacteria Shield plasters feature a water-repellent backing, which helps to prevent bacteria and water from entering the wound. This means you can bathe or swim safely, knowing your wound is fully protected.
Elastoplast Aqua Protect: 100% waterproof
Aqua Protect's high-performance adhesive keeps the wound protected for up to 8 hours after application - even after coming into contact with water. The backing is flexible and breathable, offering greater comfort and preventing water from getting trapped around the wound.
Elastoplast Water Resistant
Available in 40, 30, 20 and 10 strips, these plasters repel dirt as well as water, and also come in a variety of sizes.
Large waterproof plasters for swimming and showering
Antibacterial Aqua Protect XL and XXL plasters are also suitable for bigger wounds. These extra large waterproof plasters provide sterile protection using antibacterial silver.
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 product leaflets. For further information about our products, please contact us via email at ConsumerRelationsUK@Beiersdorf.com.