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.

5 min. read
Show More

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. 

If you’ve hurt yourself with a cut, graze or an abrasion, you may think that you don’t need a plaster. You may have heard somewhere that letting your wound heal in dry air is the best way. However, medical research has shown that the opposite is true! So why do moist wounds heal faster?

The idea of moist wound healing was born in 1962 when George D. Winter discovered that epithelisation, the process of wound closure, would proceed twice as fast in a moist environment than under a scab. Today, the principle of moist healing is generally accepted in the professional field, where many products have been developed for the healing of chronic wounds via moist wound therapy.

Keep reading to find out why creating moist conditions to heal your wound, no matter how big or small, will repair your skin faster and better - with a reduced risk of scarring or scabs. See what medical experts already know and why this is the superior method.


What is Moist Wound Healing?

There are three different ways that wounds are typically cared for:

  • Dry Wound Healing: when you leave a wound uncovered to air dry.
  • Moist Wound Healing: when you a moisture locking plaster or dressing, best used in conjunction with a treatment such as Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment.
  • Wet Wound Healing: when you completely seal a wound and keep all fluids within the dressing.

Moist wound healing helps create an optimal wound healing environment as it helps to accelerate the healing process whilst also helping to reduce the risk of scarring and scabs.


Advantages of Moist Wound Healing

Speed Up The Healing Of Your Skin

Moist wound healing allows skin to renew

In order for your wound to form new skin tissue, new cells need to form. Cell growth thrives on moist conditions! The idea behind moist wound healing is to create and maintain the best environment for wound healing for your skin to renew itself.

Prevents Scabs

Under moist wound healing conditions, the formation of a crusty scab is prevented. This is because the moist environment promotes growth and migration of new cells, ensuring 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.

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.

Helps Prevent Scarring And Ensure Beautiful Healing


Moist wound treatment is the best way to ensure healing and to reduce the risk of scabs and scarring, but how do you keep a wound moist? Using the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment and an Elastoplast plaster will create a moist environment that helps deliver improved cosmetic results, up to two times faster.

Find out more about how to prevent scaring

Moist Wound Healing Is Skin-friendly

Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment uses skin friendly materials, free of fragrances, colourants, preservatives and animal-derived substances. Elastoplast plasters provide secure adhesion and are ultra-thin, flexible and breathable, with a range of options for those with sensitive skin.

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. See the different phases of wound healing and how using a moist wound healing can help to heal wounds faster.


Reference: 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



  • How long should you keep a wound moist?

    Ensuring you wound is in a clean and healthy environment is a must. The initial plaster or dressing should be kept in place for up to two days to start the healing process effectively. After this primary care, the wound can be re-covered and kept in a moist environment for about five days.

  • How much faster do moist wounds heal?

    When a wound is treated in a moist environment, wound healing can be up to two times faster than leaving it dry healing under a scab.

  • How do you know if a wound is too moist?

    There is too much of a good thing and moist wound healing is no exception. If an environment is too moist, the skin around the wound can start to look and feel soft and soggy whilst appearing whiter than usual – similar to how your skin appears if being in water too long. Use a more absorbent dressing to help create a balance in the moisture.

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 Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.