Bye-bye,
blisters!

How to get rid of them fast -
and keep walking!
Of course it’s fantastic to spend an entire day shopping or dancing the whole night through – but sometimes a painful blister can spoil all the fun. We tell you what you can do in order to keep on walking.

About

What exactly is a blister?

A blister is an area of raised skin with a watery liquid inside. Blisters form on hands and feet from rubbing and pressure. You can develop blisters on your feet from wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes for just a few hours.
Preferred spot for blisters: the heel
Blister with protective "blister roof" and tissue fluid

Continuous pressure or rubbing will eventually lead to the separation of the epidermis (the outer skin layer) from its lower skin layers, and a blister containing tissue fluid will form. This liquid is supposed to cushion the wound and protect it from further pressure. So actually, the blister is a clever self-protective measure of your body.

An open blister
can easily
become infected

The blister’s outer membrane is what successfully protects the wound - from further pressure, or from dirt or bacteria entering.

Unfortunately, a blister is painful and can burst if exposed to more pressure and friction, leaving an open wound that is extremely painful and can easily become infected.


Treatment

The best way to deal with a blister...

... is to leave it intact. Applying a blister plaster will do three things:

1. Help to avoid additional pressure from shoes on to the blister
2. Protect the delicate layer of skin on top of the blister  (the blister roof) until the blister is ready to drain by itself
3. Protect an open blister from infection and external influences such as water, dirt and bacteria

 A blister requires patience, and there are a few measures you can take to prevent pain and ensure fast healing.

01

As soon as you can feel a blister developing, apply a plasterElastoplast SOS Blisterplaster is one of the first self-help options. Both will cushion the affected area and protect even an open blister from infection and dirt. The plaster will also help take off the pressure-induced pain and accelerate the healing process.

Wait and see: Don’t change the plaster unless it comes off by itself. Give the blister time to heal. The Elastoplast SOS Blisterplasters with their hydrocolloid technology create an optimal moist wound healing environment that allows the wound to heal faster.

To not disturb the healing process, leave the plaster in place for several days – only change it if it starts to come off by itself.

02

No self-surgery, please! Don’t puncture the blister. If the blister comes open accidentally, don‘t pull off the outer skiny layer. Leave it alone to heal, and cover it with a blister plaster. As long as it is covered, the wound is protected from infection. A blister should not be opened because the blister roof protects against additional infection.

Expert Tip

Dr. Maike Kuhlmann, Research & Development, Beiersdorf AG
Moist woundhealing: the optimum condition for healing.
"Wounds heal best in a humid environment. This is a clinically proven learning that the plaster is based upon. In a protected environment the blister will heal best and all by itself. Breaking the protective layer of skin of a blister allows bacteria to enter the wound, which is medically considered an open wound. Nevertheless, if this does happen, you should disinfect the punctured blister (for example with an antiseptic spray) and cover it with a blister plaster. It will protect the affected area from further pressure, friction and other harmful external influences.

"Our hydrocolloid
technology creates an optimum environment
for the wound
to heal"

Thanks to our hydrocolloid technology the Elastoplast SOS Blisterplaster Plasters create the optimum environment for the wound to heal. The hydrocolloid material of the plaster will take up superfluous liquid from the wound and create a protective gel cushion over it at the same time, which will keep its environment humid and thus let the wound heal quickly.


Solutions

You might want to try:

Smart products that will help you deal with blisters – plasters in different sizes.


Prevention

Tips to prevent a blister from forming

01

Apply a foot cream regularly for basic foot care. This will make the skin on your feet more supple and hydrated, and therefore more resistant to developing blisters.

Wear comfortable shoes that fit correctly. Especially if you know you will be walking a lot, or dancing all night. The right choice of shoes can help prevent future pain. Buy new shoes later in the day as your feet will expand during the day. Remember to Break in new shoes before you wear them on a big shopping tour or sightseeing trip.

02

03

Humidity and leather are not a good mix: Keep feet as dry as possible. Wet shoes, boots and socks will cause blisters far quicker than dry ones.

Working out or running? Wear special socks that are enforced on toes or heels and don‘t have seams.

04

05

When going on city trips or for longer walks, be prepared by taking Elastoplast SOS Blister Plaster with you in your handbag.  

The most convenient way is to take the new Elastoplast Pocket Pack, which comes in two sizes, filled with either five large plasters for heels or six small ones for toes. The extra strong adhesion of the SOS Blister Plasters will protect and cushion your blister, let it heal – and make sure your feet stay safe from further friction – so that you can keep on walking!


Please note that none of the above tips replace professional medical advice. Consult a health expert if our tips do not help or if you have (or suspect you have) a medical condition.

For further information about Elastoplast products, please contact us at consumer.relations.uk@beiersdorf.com 

Please read the instructions for use given in our product packaging with care.