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, and that creating moist wound conditions will not only accelerate the healing process, but also help to reduce the risk of scarring and scabs. That’s why we recommend using the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment with one of our Elastoplast wound dressings, for up to two times faster wound healing.

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.


In order for your wound to form new skin tissue, new cells need to form. Cell growth 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.

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.

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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Moist wound treatment is the best way to ensure healing, and to reduce the risk of scabs and scarring. Using the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment and an Elastoplast plaster will help deliver improved cosmetic results, up to two times faster.

Find out more about how to prevent scaring

Prevent Scarring
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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.

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. See 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

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

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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.

Although compiled with great care, please note that 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 here.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.