Why protect wounds?

Keeping a wound safely protected is the key to an undisturbed healing process. When exposed, the wound is left defenceless against various elements that can cause infection, swelling or other complications.


Bacteria: If left uncovered, bacteria has the potential to enter into the wound, possibly cause infections and delay healing.

Women is putting Elastoplast plaster on kid’s knee
Water: Waterproof wound protection is essential to prevent the wound from coming in contact with water. Indeed, water may be contaminated with bacteria or contain harmful elements such as chlorine, which can significantly increase the risk of infection and delay wound healing. In addition, contact with water will swell the skin and can lead to a delay in wound closure. Bacteria and germs can then more easily enter the wound, creating an even greater risk of infection.
Washing hands with waterproof plaster on
Moist Healing: Protecting wounds using the principles of moist wound healing will support the natural healing process. This is used in hospitals for the treatment of chronic wounds and is proven to heal wounds more safely, completely and quickly, with less likelihood of scarring than if the wound was allowed to dry out.
Man applying plaster on his elbow

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A good wound care routine for optimal healing

Wound protection should be part of a good wound care routine. In case of a bleeding wound, stop the bleeding by applying pressure, ideally using a sterile compress. If the bleeding continues, apply more gauze pads and keep pressure on the wound and seek medical advice.


Cleanse: Cleansing the wound from dirt and bacteria is the essential first step to enable optimal healing. To prevent wound infections, spray Elastoplast Wound Spray from a distance of approximately 10cm onto the entire wound area. Repeat if necessary, then gently pat the area around the wound dry.
Elastoplast Wound Spray
Protect: It’s important to protect the wound from external influences like dirt and bacteria to enable undisturbed healing. Cover your wound with the Elastoplast plaster that best suits your needs. Change the plaster or dressing daily unless you’ve been recommended to do otherwise by your doctor.
Elastoplast Water Resisitant plaster and Fabric Roll Plaster
Heal: For ideal moist healing conditions, apply Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment regularly until your wound has healed completely. Carefully apply a thin film one to two times per day. Make sure the opening of the tube does not get in contact with your wound. Repeat regularly until the healing is completed. This product can be used on open, minor superficial wounds at any stage of the healing process. If necessary, it can be covered with an Elastoplast standard plaster, such as Fabric, Fabric Roll, Heavy Fabric or Antibacterial.
Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment
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Which plaster is right for me?

Need a waterproof plaster? Elastoplast Aqua Protect offers waterproof wound protection. It is ideal for use while showering, bathing or swimming. Available in a convenient hand set, it is perfectly suited for small wounds on fingers that are going to be in and out of water all day – in the kitchen for example.
Elastoplast Aqua Protect Plaster and Elastoplast Kitchen Kit

Need an extra robust plaster? Elastoplast Heavy Fabric Waterproof is made for extreme conditions! These tough plasters are flexible and waterproof to provide a truly resilient plaster that’s perfect for a muddy game of football or a weekend of outdoor DIY.
Elastoplast Extra Robust Waterproof Heavy Fabric Plaster

Need a plaster for moveable areas? Elastoplast Fabric Roll works brilliantly when used on small wounds located on joints and moveable parts of the body. These extra flexible plasters stay put by stretching with the skin and the movement of the body.
Elastoplast Elastic Plaster

Need to protect a wound? Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster offers very skin friendly hypoallergenic wound protection. The soft breathable material of these gentle plasters cushions and protects wounds and is painless to remove.
Elastoplast Antibacterial Plaster

Need to cover a larger area? Elastoplast offers a range of plasters for the protection of medium sized and larger wounds depending on your needs, including antibacterial product with Silver technology.
Elastoplast Assorted Plasters

Need a plaster for small everyday wounds? Elastoplast Heavy Fabric and Elastoplast Fabric Plasters are made for little scratches and small cuts. These all-purpose plasters are breathable, water-repellent and offer protection to all kinds of small wounds.

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Help wounds to heal better

  1. Make sure that the wound is always protected. Change your plaster every day, unless instructed to do otherwise by a doctor. If it falls off, apply another right away.

  2. Leave the wound alone. If there is a scab, do not touch it and certainly don’t attempt to remove it. Try to reduce friction around the area if at all possible and wear loose clothing that doesn’t put pressure on the wound.
  3. Keep the wound away from direct sunlight. Exposure can cause discolouration of the skin and is then more likely to leave a scar.
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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. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on Consumer care: ConsumerSA.External@beiersdorf.com or phone: 0860 102 091.