Do Wounds Heal Faster Covered or Uncovered?

Answers to Your Wound Care Questions

‘To Promote an Optimal Healing Environment, Keep it Covered!’
Many of us have long believed the myth that keeping minor cuts and scrapes uncovered to “air out” somehow helps us heal wounds faster. But – surprise, surprise - extensive research has proven this belief untrue! Discover the difference in healing when you keep your minor wounds covered, and help us spread this skincare science.

Uncovered vs covered wound

An uncovered wound...

A covered wound…

  • Dries out and forms a scab
    Scabs may be the body’s natural way of protecting from germs, but a scab is not the best way to heal. Scabs impede the wound healing process by creating a barrier of dead, dried-out cells that healthy skin cells must work their way under to form new tissue and heal.
  • Minimizes the appearance of scars
    Keeping a wound covered until it heals can prevent skin cells from drying out and forming a scab, thereby minimizing the appearance of scarring.


  • Has a greater chance of scarring
    Scabs formed from leaving a wound uncovered often result in unwanted scars.
  • Has less chance of infection
    Bandages can help prevent water, dirt, and germs from reaching your vulnerable wound and causing further harm.
  • Has a greater chance of re-injury
    Scabs can be scratched or torn off - especially by little ones who find them irritating. This re-injury prolongs healing and further increases the likelihood of scarring.
  • Gets superior protection
    Bandages can provide extra cushioning for added comfort and protection from re-injury until the wound is completely healed so you can stay active while healing faster!


For better wound care, the makers of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages suggest the easy-to-follow, 3-step CLEAN • TREAT • PROTECT process!

* This image represents the difference in healing between a covered versus uncovered wound. Please note this is only a representation.