4 Reasons for Moist Wound Healing
When it comes to dealing with a minor wound, some people like to just let air do the healing job. Are you one of them? Then think again.

You’ve hurt yourself, the result is a cut or an abrasion, and you think you don’t need a plaster? Maybe you have heard somewhere that letting your wound heal in dry air is the best way. Medical research has shown that that the opposite is true, and that creating moist wound conditions will not only accelerate the healing process, but will also lessen scarring and scabs, meaning beautiful unimpaired skin is the result. That’s why Elastoplast wound dressings are based on the principle of moist wound healing.

Here are some valid reasons why creating moist conditions to heal your wound, no matter how great or small, will repair your skin faster and better - with a reduced risk of scarring or scabs. Find out what medical experts already know - and why this is the superior method.


In order for your wound to form new skin tissue, new cells need to form. Cell growth though, thrives on moist conditions! The principle aim of moist wound therapy is to create and maintain those optimal moist conditions for your skin to renew itself.

Moist Wound Healing Allows Skin to Renew
Moist wound healing allows skin to renew
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Under moist wound healing conditions, the formation of a crusty scab is prevented. This is because moist wound healing promotes growth and migration of new cells and ensures that essential proteins for closing your wound stay where they belong in order to do their repair job.

Wounds that are left to dry in air will always create scabs, which make it hard for a wound to close itself, as under these dry conditions new skin tissue will have a tough time forming.

What many do not know: a scab is not a sign of healthy healing, it is actually keeping skin from healing and becoming flawless again.
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Who wants a scar to remind them years after the injury where their wound was?

Moist wound treatment is the best way to ensure healing, and to reduce the risk of scabs and ultimately scarring. Any moist wound healing plaster will deliver improved cosmetic results.

Find out more about how to prevent scaring

Prevent Scarring
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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) and advanced technologies such as hydrocolloid technology. All of them are ideal for sensitive skin.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

Comparing dry and moist wound healing *

Moist wound treatment is known to prevent formation of a scab, allowing epithelial cells to spread horizontally outwards through the thin layer of wound exudate to close the wound.  

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

  Dry wound healing Moist wound healing 

After 14 days


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

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Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.  
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on anz.consumerservices@beiersdorf.com. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.