A young girl with dirt-covered hands but a clean plaster

Protect against minor wounds using Elastoplast bandages with Bacteria Shield* Technology:
The key to healing fast and effectively? It all starts with blocking bad bacteria.

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Getting hurt is never fun. But things can quickly go from bad to worse if you don’t properly protect the affected area from potential infection.

You know that expression about “rubbing salt in a wound?”

That’s what we’re trying to avoid here!

The solution is simple. You can rely on Elastoplast bandages with Bacteria Shield technology to block 99% of bacteria* from entering, which might otherwise lead to further damage or a painful infection. And nobody’s got time for that.

*Elastoplast bandages protect against dirt and bacteria based on microbial testing

Do I even need a bandage?

Maybe you’ve heard this one before. There’s still a common misconception out there that the best way to treat a cut is by “letting it breathe” and exposing it to open air so it can “heal naturally”.


Modern scientific research, however, has proven that the opposite is true — and that using a proper bandage for wound healing is actually quite essential.


The reason why: broken skin represents an easy point of access for all kinds of nasty dirt and bacteria to enter the body, which can lead to an unpleasant infection.

How do I know if it’s infected?

Microscopic bacteria are everywhere and (unless you have x-ray vision) invisible to the naked eye. So, even if that scrape looks fine, you might still be exposing yourself to bad stuff.

Infections are often painful, delay the healing progress, and can become a source of major annoyance. If it gets serious, a course of antibiotics might be required to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. So if you think your cut is infected, you should definitely consult a doctor.

How Elastoplast with Bacteria Shield Technology can help prevent minor wound infections*

*Elastoplast bandages protect against dirt and bacteria based on microbial testing

Now here’s the good news: one Elastoplast bandage is often all it takes to prevent that nasty infection from ever happening.

Elastoplast Bacteria Shield technology blocks 99% of dirt and bacteria*, protecting your skin and keeping it clean without interrupting your daily activities. And that’s how you create the ideal conditions for your body’s in-built healing mechanisms to do their thing.

And that’s not the only reason they’re so effective:

  • Most Elastoplast bandages with Bacteria Shield technology* feature a water-repellent backing, which helps to block bacteria from entering. As a result, your body’s natural healing processes aren’t interrupted by external factors like water, germs and bacteria.
  • With extra strong adhesion, these bandages stay on strong! There’s nothing worse than a bandage that keeps falling off, and proper wound care starts with dependable protection. 
  • Our flexible, highly breathable materials allow moisture to escape from the protected area, which is another important factor in helping your skin heal.  
How the Elastoplast Bacteria Shield works, shown here with the example of a plaster from our FABRIC line.

What’s the scientific proof behind Elastoplast Bacteria Shield*?

Elastoplast Health Care Lab Manager Simon Van Leeuwen.
Our Research and Development team has thoroughly validated our Elastoplast bandages with Bacteria Shield technology for wound healing using three-phase in-vitro barrier testing to examine their performance.

Sounds fancy, right?

If you’re interested in the technical science, here’s how it works. Bandages were inoculated in petri dishes by applying droplets of bacteria suspension to the outer surface. We then incubated the strips at 37°C, which is close to normal human body temperature.

After removing the strips from incubation, we counted colony-forming units (CFUs) to measure the presence of bacteria in the petri dishes. The results were resounding: Elastoplast bandages with Bacteria Shield kept out 99% of the bacteria*.

This is an established testing method based on international standards (DIN 58953-6). And it’s also used to test the performance of our other bandage products.

Check out this video to take a closer look at what happens inside the Elastoplast testing labs!


How the Elastoplast Bacteria Shield helps us in everyday life.