Wound cleansing – The first step to support an optimal wound healing

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Why is wound cleansing important?

When the skin is injured, the protective skin barrier is damaged, and dirt and bacteria can enter the body. This can cause a wound infection, which results in further skin damage and a delayed healing process. If not treated rapidly, the infection may spread to deeper tissue and lead to an even more serious health condition. This is why, the first step to optimal healing is to ensure the wound is clean and cleansed.

How to cleanse wounds?


We recommend to use the Hansaplast Wound Spray to cleanse wounds fast and pain-free. The solution is colourless, odourless and will prevent effectively from wound infections. It is also suitable for children and sensitive skin.


After stopping the bleeding, spray the entire wound area from a distance of about 10cm to remove dirt and visible particles. Afterwards, gently dry the wound and surrounding skin area. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products’ packages.

Which wounds should be cleansed?

Don’t underestimate a small wound! Irrespective of their size, wounds will heal better if they are first cleansed from dirt, bacteria and visible particles. Cleansing is essential for many types of acute wounds, such as cuts, abrasions, burns and open blisters. Regular cleansing is also recommended for the treatment of chronic and post-operative wounds as per doctor’s instruction.

Why using Hansaplast Wound Spray for antiseptic wound cleansing through mechanical irrigation?


Disinfection refers to the destruction of microorganisms on the surface of non-living objects. Therefore, the term “disinfection” is misleading in the context of wound care. This is why it is not recommended to use any household disinfectants on damaged skin as it might not only kill bacteria but also harm living skin cells.


In contrast, the Hansaplast Wound Spray is intended for antiseptic wound cleansing through mechanical irrigation, which is the physical removal of dirt and harmful bacteria from the damaged skin. The formula of the Hansaplast Wound Spray is particularly skin-friendly and protects most living skin cells, which are essential for the skin’s regeneration.

Why should alcohol not be used on wounds

Using rubbing alcohol to clean wounds is a common practice which some of us know from our childhood. However, alcohol is not a good choice for treating an injury. When applied on wounds, alcohol burns, which makes it especially unsuitable for children and sensitive skin. Also, alcohol not only destroys bacteria but also living skin cells. Experts recommend to use products that are free of alcohol, for example Hansaplast Wound Spray.

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 about our products, please contact us via email at Hansaplast@Beiersdorf.com

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