Burn Care Market

2020 Analysis and Review: Burn Care Market by Product Type – Burn Wound Dressings and Topical Burn Medications for 2020 - 2030


Burn injuries are caused by exposure of skin to excessive heat. Based on the intensity, size, and depth, burns are categorized into three kinds, namely first degree, second degree, and third degree.

Among these, first degree refers to a mild burn and third-degree stands for a highly severe injury. While a first-degree burn leaves the skin red and non-blistered, a third-degree burn induces drastic damage, making skin thick, white, and leathery. It also causes long-lasting damage to the tissue.

To treat such cases, medical professionals use burn care options to alleviate the injury, reduce pain, minimize scarring risk, remove dead tissue, and improve the overall healing capacity of the skin.

To achieve this, there are different kinds of treatment options -- ranging from topical burn medications such as creams, gels, ointments, etc. to advanced wound dressings market. Different kinds of wound dressings such as hydrocolloid dressing, alginate dressing, and foam dressing, among others are predominantly used to treat severe injuries.

Growing Demand for Effective Treatment

Burn care to evolve continuously, with key focus on providing treatment options with minimal side effects.As per the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), burns are one of the most common workplace injuries, resulting in over 180,000 mortalities annually.

Moreover, the incidence is concentrated in low- and middle-income nations, where workplace safety protocols are lax.For instance, over a million burn cases are recorded every year in India. Furthermore, non-fatal burns are a leading cause of disfigurement, often leading to disability and necessitating prolonged hospitalization.

Nearly 17% of children with burns in Bangladesh, Colombia, and Egypt suffer from temporary disability with over 18% suffering from permanent disability.Although the incidence of burn injuries has witnessed a decline in developed nations over the years, they are still a cause of concern.

According to 2018 estimates of the American Burn Association, over 486,000 burn injuries were reported between 2011 and 2015, with more than 3,390 deaths in 2016. While this calls for better safety precautions, it increases the demand for treatment options to heal the injured.

The focus of the treatment is majorly on avoiding the complications of the burn, while also speeding up the healing process and easing the overall impact of the burn.Moreover, governments and healthcare institutions are working to curb the numbers by setting up emergency and fire wards since the mortalities are preventable. As the number of burn injuries continues to rise in emerging economies, the need for burn care will sustain for the years to come.

Efforts to Raise Awareness

In the recent past, there has been a significant upsurge regarding the availability of treatment options for burn injuries coupled with the adoption of advanced treatment methodologies.

By the same token, healthcare institutions and other organizations are emphasizing on the importance of seeking treatment in such cases. Besides, these organizations are working on spreading awareness pertaining to first aid to avoid challenges.

On these lines, organizations such as WHO, Massachusetts Medical Society, International Society of Burn Injuries, and other Regional Healthcare Ministries have published numerous publications and guidelines to assure efficient treatment.

Also, the economic impact of burns is significant, with the US alone spending over $7.9 billion per year (2018, inflated from 2010) for hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths.

Prevention and early detection of sepsis has been identified as key to minimize complications and this is subsequently increasing the need for first aid and burn treatment.

Over the years, the incidence of sepsis has reduced significantly but medical professionals continue to focus on eliminating the possibility.

On the back of these facets, the demand for burn care is expected to persist in the forthcoming years, with ointments and gels being highly preferred due to the ease and convenience associated with them.

Side-effects: A Key Challenge

Side effects related to the chemicals used in the burn creams and ointments continue to challenge the steady growth of the market to an extent.

Although mild in many cases, ointments and creams can lead to rashes and other allergies around the injury area. For instance, bufexamac, which is predominantly used in ointments and lotions, has been associated with several side effects such as blistering, peeling, edema, urticaria, and pruritus, among others.

Following media attention and growing anxiety among consumers, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced that first aid creams containing bufexamac will be removed from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG)  and will no longer be sold in Australia.

A decade prior to this, products containing bufexamac were pulled off from sales in Europe in 2010 after a streak of severe allergic reactions were observed and these products are not sold anymore in the US, Japan, or New Zealand.

Concerns about side effects of burn care products has led to growth of organic and chemical-free treatment options.

Region-wise Analysis

Asia Pacific Burn Care Market

Asia Pacific - comprising East Asia, South Asia, Oceania - is projected to capture the lion's share in the global market value, with East Asian countries expected to account for nearly one-third of all sales.

The demand for burn care products in the region is attributed to the high incidence of burn injuries- with 90% of total cases concentrated in low and middle-income economies.

Being densely populated and home to several industries, China and India record high numbers of burn injuries every year.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the annual incidence of burns in India is around 6 to 7 Mn, with 90% of the cases being preventable. These surging numbers demand treatments, thereby driving the growth of the market in the region.

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Europe Burn Care Market

Europe is poised to remain a lucrative region through the forecast period, backed by the presence of supportive government initiatives. The European Burns Association has been actively operating to maintain a healthcare eco-system - consisting of burn centers, resources, and experienced medical professionals - to offer adequate care.

Moreover, the organization associates with a chain of burn centers and healthcare institutions to provide optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation. On the back of these factors, the demand for burn care products will prevail high for the years to come.

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North America Burn Care Market

North America - which held the largest revenue share in 2020 - will behold a shrink in share, but will remain a prominent region through the assessment period.

Owing to increased safety measures in the region, the incidence of burn injuries has significantly declined, subsequently lowering the need for burn care products.

However, the region - forefronted by the US - continues to register a notable number of burn cases every year and this will continue to drive the sales.

According to the American Burn Association (ABA), over 73% of burn injuries occur in homes while 8% occur at workplaces.

In addition to personnel damage, fire accidents also lead to economic damage, thus instigating organizations to raise awareness among people. ABA observes National Burn Awareness Week (NBAW) between February 2 and 8. Such initiatives will continue to channel revenue in the region.

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Category-wise Insights

Topical Burn Medications Remain Sought-after

Topical burn medications are expected to remain the most sought-out products, accounting for more than 4/5th of market value.

The lucrativeness of the segment is attributed to the ease-of-usage and convenience associated with burn creams, gels, and ointments.

Moreover, using these medications does not require the aid of a medical professional, contrary to burn wound dressings, and does not require a visit to hospitals. Ascribed to these factors, topical burn medications will remain the most lucrative segment.

Clinics and Hospitals Account for Significant Demand

By end-use, hospitals and clinics are poised to cumulatively account for over 4/5th of market value, holding a share of near-equal proportions. The lucrativeness of these segments is associated with the presence of a high number of healthcare centers and supportive reimbursement policies in developed economies.

Use in Treating First Degree Burns Drive Sales

Based on the severity of injuries, first-degree burns are projected to drive the majority of demand for burn care products owing to the high prevalence of mild injuries, especially in residences. Likewise, second-degree burns are expected to account for a share little below 1/3rd by the end of the assessment period, owing to accidents at workplaces.

Sales Channel: Drug & Pharmacy Stores Channel Majority of Revenue

On the basis of sales channels, drug & pharmacy stores are expected to drive the majority of revenue to market, ascribed to convenience, since the majority of them are present inside hospitals and a growing number of individual stores.

The wholesalers and distributors segment is also projected to account for approximately 1/5th of burn care market share, owing to low prices on bulk purchases.

Burn Care Competitive Landscape

Burn care market players are focusing on expanding their product portfolios and emphasizing on burn ointments and creams, in particular.

Along similar lines, geographical expansion and partnerships have been identified as key growth strategies adopted by market players to strengthen their foothold.

In 2017 Derma Sciences acquired the MEDIHONEY brand from Comvita Limited to enhance its product portfolio of advanced wound care. In June 2018, Acelity L.P., Inc. completed the acquisition of Crawford Healthcare with an aim to expand its product portfolio in wound care.

Au Avita Medical's first product, the RECELL system, a spray-on-skin agent, procured FDA approval for wide-scale deployment.

Burn Care Market Report: Scope



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Market Analysis

USD Million for value and Mn units for volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Europe, East Asia, Latin America, South Asia & Pacific, and Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, U.K., Russia, Rest of Europe, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Rest of South Asia, GCC Countries, South Africa, Northern Africa, and Rest of MEA

Key Segments Covered

Product type, sales channel, severity, end-use, and region

Key Companies Profiled

Coloplast A/S, Smith and Nephew Plc, Safe n Simple, LLC, Derma Sciences Inc, Dynarex Corporation Acelity LP, Mölnlycke Health Care, ConvaTec, Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., De Royal industries, Inc., Medline Industries, Boiron USA, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., Areza Medical, and Acme United Corporation (First Aid Only) among others.

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Key Questions Answered by the Report

  • What is the size of the burn care market?

    The global burn care market size is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 3.2 Bn by 2030.

  • Which is the largest regional market for burn care?

    East Asia currently leads the burn care market and is expected to remain lucrative through the course of the forecast period

  • Which are the top companies in the burn care market?

    Key players operating in the market include Coloplast A/S, Smith and Nephew Plc, Safe n Simple, LLC, Derma Sciences Inc, Dynarex Corporation Acelity LP, Mölnlycke Health Care, ConvaTec, Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., De Royal industries, Inc., Medline Industries, Boiron USA, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., Areza Medical, and Acme United Corporation (First Aid Only)

  • Which end-use segment is expected to channel high revenue to the burn care market?

    The hospital segment is expected to channel the majority of revenue to the burn care market through the forecast period.

  • What is the long-term outlook on the burn care market?

    The growth of the burn care market is primarily attributed to the increasing incidence of burn injuries in emerging economies.

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Burn Care Market Segmentation

Product Type

Burn Wound Dressings

  • Hydrocolloid Dressing
  • Alginate Dressing
  • Foam Dressing
  • Others

Topical Burn Medications

  • Burn Creams
  • Burn Gels
  • Burn Ointments
  • Others


  • First Degree Burns
  • Second Degree Burns
  • Third Degree Burns

Sales Channel

  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
  • Online Retailers
  • Specialty Stores
  • Wholesalers and Distributors
  • Drug and Pharmacy Stores
  • Other Sales Channels


  • Household
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA

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