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How Do I Choose the Best Face Bandage?

By Jennifer Leigh
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

The best face bandage for your needs depends on a variety of factors including the type and depth of the wound on your face. In certain cases, it might be necessary to speak with a physician about the wound to determine the optimal face bandage for your particular case. Wounds, especially on the face, can bleed more than on other areas of the body, so keeping them clean and protected is vital to proper healing. Scars can result when facial wounds are not treated and cared for properly. Location of the wound is also something to consider because different types of bandages work better on different areas of the face.

Bandages are made to protect wounds from bacteria and dirt that cause them to become infected. The face is an area that does not have as much access to dirt as other parts of the body, so in certain cases, a bandage is not necessary for proper healing. Speaking to a physician can help you to determine whether a bandage is needed or if the wound should be left to heal on its own. In certain cases, stitches might be required to help the wound close if it is too deep to quickly heal by itself. After surgical procedures, where bandages are necessary, the physician will direct you to the proper tools and equipment as well as how often you should change them.

The wound should be cleaned with water before a bandage is placed on it to remove any existing dirt and bacteria from the surface. A bandage should be made out of soft and flexible material to be most comfortable, such as sterile gauze, since the face is a curvy area. Bandages should be changed every day to ensure that they are clean, and the bandage should cover the entirety of the wounded area of your face. Antibiotic ointment can be placed underneath the bandage to facilitate healing.

If the wound on your face needs to be closed but does not require stitches, a face bandage with butterfly closures is helpful. This type of face bandage pulls the skin together so that it will naturally close and help prevent scarring. Areas around the eyes and mouth work well with a butterfly face bandage because they are smaller and more delicate than the cheeks or forehead. Other areas of the face work better with a larger bandage that can cover the wound while it heals.

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Discussion Comments
By cloudel — On Feb 15, 2013

I like using fabric bandages on my face. They are gentler and more flexible than plastic ones.

They move more easily with the muscles in my face when I chew or change expressions. I think they hurt less when I pull them off, too.

By DylanB — On Feb 14, 2013

@giddion – That's why I like using those little round bandages on my face. I think they are intended to cover up wounds on small parts like your toes or fingers, but they work great for facial wounds, too.

They cover as little skin as possible, but they cover everything that needs to be protected. So, instead of having what looks like a big piece of flesh colored tape across my face, I have this neat little round pad.

People are less inclined to ask about wounds underneath small round bandages than those underneath big ones. I like how inconspicuous they are.

By giddion — On Feb 13, 2013

Bandages on the face are so noticeable. I once had a really big pimple that I popped, and it wouldn't quit leaking, so I used a regular plastic bandage on it.

I got so many questions from coworkers about what happened to my face that I think it would have been better just to let the seeping wound show! At least then, they wouldn't have wondered about what it was.

By OeKc05 — On Feb 13, 2013

If you put a bandage on a face wound and you keep bleeding through it, you most likely need stitches. I rammed one of my temples into a sharp object and tried just bandaging it up, but the blood just would not stop flowing, so I had to see a doctor that day.

I had about ten stitches put in, and I don't believe I could have healed properly without them. So, if you have any doubt about your wound, don't attempt to bandage it yourself.

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