Hydrogel Products as an Effective Form of Preventing & Treating Skin Injuries

Hydrogel Products as an Effective Form of Preventing & Treating Skin Injuries

All of us try to take care of our skin on a daily basis. We follow daily routines such as putting on lotion, wear protective clothing and minimize exposure to the sun in order to maintain healthy skin. Healthy skin should be free of blemishes and slightly moist. The two divisions of the skin are the epidermis and dermis. Whereas the epidermis is the outermost layer first shield against cuts, blemishes, and injuries. The dermis is the layer below the epidermis that contains pain receptors and hair follicles.

When the epidermis is injured due to burns, blisters, chafing, or stings; bacteria can enter, creating discomfort, swelling and pain.

Function and Benefits Hydrogel for wound healing

On a molecular level, hydrogels are three-dimensional networks of hydrophilic polymers. Depending on the type of hydrogel, they contain varying percentages of water, but do not altogether dissolve in water.

Hydrogels are permeable to water vapor, gases and small protein molecules, and protects from bacteria. The cooling element of the dressing provides a moist environment at the surface of the wound and this has been found to reduce pain in wounds. When pain is reduced, quality of life is improved (Hampton, 2004; Collins and Heron 2005).

2Toms® Skin on Skin® hydrogel is two-sided, colorless, transparent hydrogel formed around a supporting blue polyethylene matrix and contain approximately 90% water with the remaining 10% consisting of a mesh support. The skin’s properties for healing are enhanced by locking in moisture through the hydrogel’s skin-like properties.

Skin On Skin Pad

The Skin on Skin hydrogel moistens the wound and slightly and temporarily drops the temperature of the wound (Moody, 2006) thereby soothing painful tissues. The temperature then climbs to an optimum condition to promote wound healing.

Hydrogel may be placed directly onto the surface of an exudating wound and held in place with tape or a bandage, as appropriate. If additional absorbency is required, an absorbent pad may be placed immediately over the dressing.

Hydrogel can be cut to the shape of the wound if required. This ensures that the peri-wound area does not become macerated. Hydrogel also helps with pain reduction (Collins and Heron 2005; Hampton, 2004)

The cushioning effect protects the area from any further discomfort and minimizes additional rubbing or irritation on sensitive areas.

List of Benefits

  • reduces wound pain by cooling inflamed tissue and bathing nerve endings
  • dynamically responds to the wound environment to treat the underlying causes of pain
  • removing devitalized tissue by donating moisture to dry wounds and absorbing exudate from wet wounds
  • pain is managed throughout wear time – not just at dressing change
  • gentle even on the most fragile skin
  • effective under compression therapy

Benefits of hydrogel vs traditional bandages

In summary, hydrogel products are made from pure water to cool and soothe on contact. The moist comfortable barrier encourages healing while protecting injured skin. Hydrogel pads help protect against pressure, friction and blisters, and are highly absorbent, more than ordinary plasters.

  • Soothing and cooling and moisturizing
  • Non-irritant
  • Provides instant relief
  • Protects and cushions

benefits of hydrogel

Hydrogel vs Hydrocolloid

Hydrogel has flexible & thicker layer which helps to absorb forces released on skin.

  • Cushioning
  • Cooling
  • Pain relief
  • Advanced Moisture management
  • Variety of indications: Insect Bites, Wound healing, Blister protection

hydrocolloid vs hydrogel absorption of frictionhydrogel creates healthy moisture balance

2Toms Skin-On-Skin Dressing Kit and Skin-On-Skin gel pads offer relief from skin irritations such as blisters, chafing, burns, insect stings and other superficial skin injuries.* Learn more about these products here.

*Always consult a physician prior to administering self treatment.

2Toms Knowledge: Learn How to Prevent Blisters, Stop Chafing & More

Athletes are generally a helpful bunch. We want to see each other succeed. Okay, maybe not always in the same race, but we do like to help each other out.

I didn’t realize that when I was a new runner. I felt I had to figure it all out on my own. I didn’t want to look like a noob, I guess. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed helping 2Toms with their Knowledge Base Web pages.

The Knowledge Base pages include useful information on a range of subjects for athletes, including advice on how to prevent foot blisters for runners or how to prevent chafing for runners. While those might sound like the same topic, they’re actually not. Both subjects come with different problems and solutions. For example, while toes can rub together—skin on skin—and cause blisters, fabric is often the culprit when it comes to chafing.

Cyclists, hikers and walkers have different questions than runners, of course. Learn about common hiking and walking injuries, or find out about gear that can help prevent chafing for athletes of those sports. You can also get information on what causes body odor and how to stop it. I know I didn’t really want to ask anyone about that.

If you have a blister, find out what kind it is and the best way to treat it. Of course, the best thing to do is to stop blisters before they start. And, since you don’t have to be a runner to get one, you can also find out how to prevent blisters for athletes of different types.

So, check it out. Click the link to head over to the 2Toms Knowledge Base. Learn something new and if you don’t see an answer to your question, leave a comment and we’ll answer it there or here on the blog!

Causes of Blisters. We all know ‘em. We all hate ‘em.

Or do we?

Let’s take a closer look at the causes of blisters and what they do for our bodies.

Caused by the repetitive rubbing of skin against another material – shoe, clothing, skin, etc. – blisters form from a combination of that friction and the heat that ensues. Athletes in particular are susceptible to foot blisters, as moisture (i.e., sweat) increases the likelihood of friction so the sock or bare skin “sticks” more readily to the material it’s rubbing against. Then, after so much continuous friction, we end up with a breakdown in the layers of skin, wherein the skin separates and fluid, called serum, fills that newly created space.

But blisters on the skin don’t only form because of rubbing against material or other skin. We’ve all burned ourselves by touching a hot pan or even laying out in the blazing hot sun. It’s not too long after that inevitable blister or blisters start to form. Blood blisters are usually caused by a pinch of the skin and fill with blood rather than serum. A clear, more watery fluid than the typical serum (pus) or blood is what fills – and thus names – water blisters. One gets fever blisters, or cold sores, from the herpes simplex virus. They form in or around the mouth – usually resulting from too much stress, sun or a fever. And even sweet little babies can get nasty blisters on their skin from diaper rashes every once in awhile.

Allergic or chemical reactions can form blisters on the skin as well. Have you ever brushed against a poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac plant in the woods, then found yourself itchy and, yes, blistery later that day? That, my friend, is an allergic reaction to the oily resin exuding from the plant. Don’t worry, the fluid inside those blisters come from within your body – not the plant. So you will not spread the itch if the blisters break and that fluid comes into contact with your healthy skin. But the oily resin can continue to reintroduce itself to your healthy skin, if you haven’t washed the oils from your hands or body, or you keep petting your dog, who went on that walk into the woods with you. So do be careful to fully wash your hands, pets, and any surfaces you’ve touched which you feel may have indirectly come into contact with the plant in question.

No matter what the causes of blisters, though, they are really all the same – a pocket of broken down, irritated skin filled with fluid. And in all cases, it’s important to keep that blister in tact for as long as possible! The fluid inside the blister is working hard to heal the injury and grow the new skin needed in the area. Pop the blister too early, lose that healing liquid, and you’ll find you’ll be waiting quite awhile longer for healthy new skin to cover the wound.

So, when you think about it, blisters are really amazing, self-healing formations on the skin. They are your body’s protectors, doing what they can to care for and heal your skin after a traumatic irritation. Rather than just skin rubbing raw from continuous friction or too much heat, the irritated area forms this nice pillow of healing fluid to encase the wound until – ideally – the time is right for the new skin to start surviving on its own.

So, don’t hate the blister! Embrace the blister! Repeat after me – blisters are our friends. The next time you find yourself with an ugly foot blister, itchy poison oak blisters on the skin, or a painful fever blister, remember… keep the blister in tact and all will – eventually – be happy and healthy again in no time at all.