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Absorbent dressings for fragile or sensitive skin

ALLEVYN™ GENTLE and ALLEVYN GENTLE BORDER Foam Dressings are comfortable, breathable, and designed to conform to your body shape;1-4 with a foam core to absorb wound fluid while retaining the right amount of moisture for healing.5-7

  • Gentle adhesive for fragile or sensitive skin2,3
  • Wear for up to 7 days8-10
  • Waterproof, so they stays on in the shower11
  • Breathable outer layer provides a barrier against bacteria12

ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings are ideal for: wounds on fragile or sensitive skin, including surgical wounds and minor burns.

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Choosing the right product

ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings are available in a range of sizes, depending on your wound size and location on your body. 

For wounds with moderate wound fluid, and for under medical devices, use ALLEVYN GENTLE BORDER Dressings. Choose from:

Description Unit of Measure
7.5cm x 7.5cm Bx/10
10cm x 10cm Bx/10
10cm x 20cm Bx/10
10cm x 25cm Bx/10
10cm x 30cm Bx/10
12.5cm x 12.5cm Bx/10
15cm x 15cm Bx/10
17.5cm x 17.5cm Bx/10
Heel: 7.5cm x 7.5cm Bx/5
Small sacrum (base of spine): 23cm x 23.2cm Bx/10
Large sacrum: 21.6cm x 23cm Bx/10
Multisite (triangle): 17.1cm x 17.9cm Bx/10


For low levels of wound fluid, ALLEVYN GENTLE BORDER LITE Dressings have a thinner foam core. Choose from:

Description Unit of Measure
5cm x 5cm square Bx/10
5.5cm x 12cm rectangle Bx/10
8cm x 8.4cm multisite Bx/10
8.6cm x 7.7cm oval Bx/10


For awkward body areas where a secondary bandage may be required, use ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings. Choose from:

Description Unit of Measure
5cm x 5cm Bx/10
10cm x 10cm Bx/10
15cm x 15cm Bx/10
20cm x 50cm Bx/2


If you are unsure, please ask your pharmacist before purchase.


1. Smith & Nephew 2019. New ALLEVYN GENTLE with silicone wound contact layer – Physical Evaluation Report. RD/19/083/v2.
2. Rafter L, Reynolds T, Rafter M. An audit of patient outcomes in the management of skin tears using silicone dressings. Wounds UK. 2016;12(2):70-78.
3. Carter J. The use of a silicone adhesive dressing (ALLEVYN GENTLE Border) on a patient with extremely fragile skin. Paper presented at: Wounds UK; 2008; Harrogate, UK.
4. S.M.T.L Conformability Testing of Wound Dressings. Report 10/3328/1.
5. Vowden K, Harding K, et al. Mistry, An open, prospective randomised, multi-centre clinical evaluation of a hydrocellular silicone foam dressing* in the management of exuding chronic and acute wounds, presented at the EWMA, Brussels 2011.
6. Hurd T, Gregory L, Jones A, Brown S. A multi-centre in-market evaluation of ALLEVYN Gentle border. Wounds UK 2009;5:32-44.
7. A. Horner “ALLEVYN Gentle Border and Optimal Wound Healing” Sept 2017.
8. Smith & Nephew 2017. An open, prospective, randomised, comparative volunteer trial to compare the performance of silicone adhesive dressings. Internal Report. GMCA-DOF-10.
9. Smith & Nephew 2017. An open, prospective, randomised, comparative study to compare the performance of ALLEVYN Gentle Border Multisite with an alternative silicone adhesive dressing. Internal Report. GMCA-DOF-09.
10. Smith & Nephew 2017. ALLEVYN Gentle Border wound model - 10 x 10. Internal Report. DS/17/491/R.
11. Smith & Nephew Wound Management. Data on file report reference OR-DOF/011.
12. Smith & Nephew Wound Management. Report Ref: 1010016. Bacterial Barrier testing on samples of ALLEVYN Gentle and ALLEYVN Gentle border dressings with a 7 day test duration against S. Marcescens. October 2010.

Instructions for Use


  1. Wash your hands before and after dealing with a wound. Gently clean the wound and surrounding skin, and dry thoroughly. Remove any excess hair close to the wound.
  2. Remove one of the protector films and place on the desired area. Making sure there are no creases, remove the other protective film and smooth down. Lift and reposition if needed.
  3. If the dressing has been cut to size, cover any exposed foam edges with a suitable dressing or tape. For ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings, secure with a suitable retention bandage (see below).
  4. To remove, simply lift one corner and peel back gently.

When to change your dressing

The guide below shows when ALLEVYN GENTLE BORDER dressings need to be changed. All dressings should be changed after 7 days, or 5 days for sacrum dressings.

ALLEVYN GB Change Indicator

Other Suitable Products

To help treat your wound, ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings are suitable for use with the following products:

To protect your skin

SKIN PREP – barrier wipes leave a protective layer on your skin.

To keep ALLEVYN GENTLE Dressings in place:

PRIMAGAUZE™ – self-retaining elastic bandage to keep dressings and devices in place without the need for additional tape.

PRIMABAND™ – flexible, lightweight bandage for high-movement areas of the body.

PRIMACREPE™ – washable bandage for soft-tissue injuries and joint support.

PRIMATAPE™ – highly adhesive, breathable tape to keep dressings and bandages in place.

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Always read the label and follow the directions for use.