Derma Gel is a herbal skin hydrogel for intensive and rapid skin care.
Derma Gel provides and maintains a moist epidermal environment with the ability to help clean and deride necrotic tissue, encourage natural hair re-growth and maximise skin smoothness.
Derma Gel does not contain steroids and is completely safe to use on a mare in foal and competition horses.
- Maintains a moist wound environment to prevent scab formation.
- Allows epithelial cells to migrate across the wound, multiply exponantially and enhance healing.
- Encourages wounds to heal from the sides as well as the bottom; increasing wound contraction rate.
- Allows for production of new epithelial cells that minimizes scarring and avoids hair discoloration.
- Does not harm the wound.
- Does not contain any mutagenic agents or steroids.
- Provides thermal insulation and a bacterial barrier (no bandage needed).
- Decreases pain and helps to lower inflammation.
- Speeds up the healing process.
The Healing Process
Derma GeL® provides a moist environment which maintains epithelial cell viability to 97% and enables healing epithelial cells to migrate across the wound bed, multiply exponantially and enhance wound healing – increasing wound contraction speed.
The moist environment provided by Derma GeL® does not permit the formation of a scab. These properties promote wound healing from the sides as well as the bottom of the wound.
A wound without moisture will form a scab. In order to heal, the epithelial cells have to migrate below the scab to reach moisture that enables them to heal the wound. Epithelial cells that have to migrate longer distances do not survive well, and this delays wound healing.
All wounds are contaminated with microorganisms. The difference between a contaminated wound and an infected wound is the concentration of microorganisms present in the wound. Proper cleansing and care of the wound will prevent the number of microorganisms from increasing to the point of infection. It is recommended that the wound be flushed generously with saline solution or warm water. The use of topical antibiotics is not recommended with Derma GeL. The protective layer and bacteriostatic properties provided by Derma GeL enable the wound to heal without bandaging while controlling bacterial proliferation.
No Bandaging Required
The conventional method of wound treatment involved applying gauze and wraps which were thought to protect the wound and speed up healing. Wounds covered with a hydrogel dressing are kept moist without the need for bandaging. Therefore, the skin heals faster, without the trauma of bandage removal and replacement.
When Derma GeL is applied, it provides an external layer of protective film. This external layer is semi-occlusive and enables the inner layer to maintain a moist environment. The moist environment is composed of hydrophilic particles and several active molecules, which absorb exudates from the wound. The combination of the protective film and the ability to absorb wound exudate creates an optimal moist environment for rapid healing.
No Excessive Tissue Granulation or Hair Discoloration
The use of Derma GeL® with proper wound cleansing minimizes microbacterial concerns that the microorganism population will not increase to infection levels, and that exudates are absorbed from the wound, providing a moist environment in which the healing epithelial cells can work to heal the wound. When keeping the wound cleansed and moist, the epithelial cells produced are identical to those prior to the damage. Derma GeL® does not contain any mutagenic agents, which induce the formation of excessive tissue granulation and discolored hair on regrowth.
Q: How does Derma GeL® work?
A: Derma GeL is a hydrogel that can provide and maintain a moist wound environment. By increasing moisture content, hydrogels have the ability to help cleanse and debride necrotic tissue and, if bandages are used, allow them to be removed without trauma to the healing wound. Derma GeL® also works by providing a protective film which prevents the wound from drying out and also allows for the cells within the skin to move freely as they work on the healing process.
Q: How long has Derma GeL® been available?
A: Derma GeL was first launched in 1995 in the UK and in 2000 in North America.
Q: What type of wound is Derma GeL® useful for?
A: Horses: Some examples include wire cuts, bites, scrapes, skin loss following a trauma, surgical wounds where closure was not possible. Call your veterinarian immediately if the wound is very deep or is a puncture, looks too large for the sides of the wound to touch (and will probably need stitches), or it is near a tendon, ligament, or joint. Also, call your veterinarian if there is spurting blood or blood flow that you cannot stop within a minute or two.
A: Dogs and Cats: Some examples include wounds following trauma, bites, skin loss, surgical wound where closure was not possible. NOTE: Unless the wound is very superficial, dogs, cats and other pets should always be taken to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
Q: Should I wash the wound before applying Derma GeL®?
A: Horses: The ideal method is to use sterile saline, but using generous amounts of water alone is of great benefit. If using a hose, play the water at an angle to the wound and do not use high pressure.
A: Dogs and Cats: Washing the wound very carefully before taking the animal to the veterinarian is of benefit, however, do not lose time in getting to the veterinarian’s clinic.
Q: What about using bandages?
A: Depending on the severity and location of the wound, a bandage may or may not be necessary. Some wounds are just impossible to bandage, especially on horses, due to their size and location, e.g., on a joint. However, if bandages are used, Derma GeL will help prevent the bandage from sticking to the healing skin and causing pain and further trauma when the dressing is changed.
Q: When will the wound be healed?
A: This depends on the severity of the wound. A superficial scrape may take only a few days, but a severe wound where a veterinarian has initially treated the wound and has recommended a management/treatment plan, may take weeks or months. Experience has shown that wounds treated with Derma GeL® will heal faster and with less scarring than if they are left untreated or if antiseptic sprays and ointments only are used.
Q: Will there be hair discoloration or excessive tissue granulation?
A: As long as used as recommended and because Derma GeL is certified non-mutagenic, wounds are recovered by cells genetically identical to the cells initially available (no excessive tissue granulation or hair discoloration on regrowth).
Q: Will there be scarring?
A: This depends upon the severity of the wound, but using Derma GeL should help reduce scarring.
Q: How much Derma GeL® will I need?
A: This depends on the size, location, and severity of the wound. The 10 mL”Tear N’Tuck” tube is ideal for a first-aid kit and the 100 mL is the more economical size for larger wounds or those that may take several weeks to heal.
Q: How often should I apply Derma GeL®?
A: Depending on the location and severity of the wound, you may need to apply Derma GeL two or three times a day. Your veterinarian can advise you on a wound management plan. Follow his/her directions.
Q: How do I store Derma GeL® once the pack is opened?
A: Room temperature is advised and refrigeration is not needed.
Q: Can it be used on exotic species such as birds, reptiles, etc?
A: This will require consultation with your veterinarian, but Derma GeL has been used successfully in zoos on birds and exotic animals under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Q: Is there any risk if the animal licks the Derma GeL®?
A: No, the product is made from all-natural ingredients and is safe should the animal lick the wound site.
Q: Is Derma GeL® safe to use in competition, during gestation or with homeopathic remedies?
A: Yes. Derma GeL is devoid of prohibited or toxic substances and therefore safe to use in competition or during gestation. Besides, Derma GeL is compatible with homeopathic remedies and it does not contain steroids.
Q: Is Derma GeL® expensive?
A: Derma GeL is inexpensive because it combines: bacteriostatic properties, moist environment, soothing effect, healing process enhancers, insect repellent feature and a protective layer (no secondary dressing or bandage required). The unrivaled efficacy of this combination reduces drastically the healing time; leading to fewer product applications.