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Welcome to our big blister plaster test 2021. Here we present all the blister plasters that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best blister plaster for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy blister plasters.




Summary

  • Blister plasters are based on the principle of moist wound healing and usually use the active gel hydrocolloid to promote rapid healing. They are the best remedy for blisters
  • Blisters are caused by a mixture of friction, heat and moisture, such as when your shoes are too tight or not broken in
  • You can use blister plasters on open and closed blisters and wear them until they come off on their own. If there is pus, however, you should see a doctor

The Best Blister Plaster: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying blister plasters

In the following, you will not only learn how blisters develop and how blister plasters promote wound healing, but also what you should bear in mind when using blister plasters.

Our feet carry us throughout our lives, but sometimes we put too much strain on them. Then painful blisters form that we have to treat - ideally with blister plasters (Image source: unsplash / Michał Parzuchowski).

What are blister plasters?

Blister plasters are special plasters for blisters. Unlike conventional plasters, they are based on the principle of moist wound healing.

They are padded with an active gel, usually hydrocolloid, which ensures a moist environment and thus better and faster wound healing. Moist wound healing also reduces scarring.

How do blister plasters work?

The active gel hydrocolloid, which is present in the padding of the blister plaster, absorbs the blister fluid and keeps the wound moist. In this moist environment, the epithelial cells that drive healing can then multiply better.

At the same time, the padding relieves pressure on the wound site and leads to relief of pain. The transparent and usually air-permeable film of the blister plaster also prevents dirt and bacteria from penetrating.

How do blisters develop?

Basically, it can be said that blisters are caused by the interaction of friction, heat and moisture.

Friction can come from shoes that are too tight or too big, socks that don't fit properly and from too much stress on the skin, for example on the hands when playing tennis or on the feet when running. You may also be genetically more prone to blisters than others.

Our skin consists of several layers: Upper skin (epidermis), dermis (corium/dermis) and lower skin (subcutis). If our skin is exposed to prolonged pressure or friction, the epidermis separates from the other skin layers. A hollow space is created between them, in which tissue fluid forms: A blister develops.

The blister goes through a five-part cycle of healing.

Phase of the cycle What happens?
Chafing The skin is reddened by the friction, you feel little to a slight burning pain
Blister formation With further friction, the epidermis separates from the other layers, tissue fluid runs into the resulting cavity-a blister is formed, the pain becomes slightly stronger
Open wound The blister bursts, an open wound develops, may bleed, the pain is now at its highest
Sloughing The wound is now dry, slough forms which slows healing, pain decreases
Healing The slough comes off, a new top layer has formed

Blister plasters support and speed up this process of natural healing.

When can you use blister plasters?

You can use a blister plaster at the first sign of a blister. It doesn't matter whether your blister forms on your hand, the ball of your foot or your toe, because blisters can theoretically form on any part of the body.

However, the sooner you react, the sooner the blister can heal and the sooner you can prevent it from forming.

You can apply the blister plaster to an open or closed blister. Just be careful not to open your blister yourself, as this can quickly lead to an infection.

Many blister plasters can be used not only on blisters caused by friction, but also on blood blisters and bruises. Please note, however, whether the blister plaster of your chosen manufacturer is also designed for this purpose.

If you have a burn blister, you should consult a doctor and not use a blister plaster.

Similarly, abrasions and cuts are not suitable for treatment with a blister plaster.

You should also not put a blister plaster on freshly stitched or ulcerated wounds.

When should you see a doctor?

If any of these points apply to you, you should see a doctor about your blister:

  • For very large blisters
  • If your blister does not heal after a week
  • If pus forms (yellowish fluid)
  • If you are diabetic
  • If dirt gets into the wound and you do not have a tetanus vaccination

How do you apply blister plasters correctly?

Step 1: Clean and dry the affected area for optimal adhesion.

Step 2: Remove the bottom protective paper, but do not touch the adhesive surface.

Step 3: Stick the patch directly onto the blister. Smooth out the edges. It should sit wrinkle-free.

Make sure you are not allergic to any of the substances in the blister plaster. This can cause itching for days.

Most blister plasters should not be cut or they will not hold well. Please follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If your blister is still exposed to a lot of pressure and friction even with the blister plaster, you can fix the plaster with sports tape.

Particularly large blisters can be covered with several blister plasters.

Please never puncture a closed blister yourself!

How long can you wear blister plasters?

You can and should wear blister plasters until they come off on their own. This can take two or three days.

During this time, you should not get the affected area any wetter than necessary. Many blister plasters are waterproof, but water can affect healing and adhesion.

How do you remove blister patches?

As soon as you notice that your blister patch is coming off, you can carefully peel it off. Simply stretch the patch along the skin. This makes it very painless to remove.

However, if you pull it off before it comes off, you can make your wound worse. It is also very painful to pull off.

How much do blister plasters cost?

The first blister plasters start at around €3. But prices can go up to almost €85. It all depends on the size and quantity of the blister plasters.

At the same time, there are small price fluctuations between the different manufacturers.

However, you can buy most blister plasters in a reasonable quantity (5-8 plasters) for between €10-15.

What are the alternatives to blister plasters?

To prevent blisters, you can use anti-blister gel or an anti-blister stick. These are applied to the area that will be exposed to a lot of friction.

The gel or stick then forms an invisible protective film on your skin that protects the affected area, especially when used regularly.

If the skin is only irritated and red, you can also try a roll plaster. For example, take a strip of Leukoplatz and apply it generously to the blister without wrinkles. You can remove the roll plaster at night and let the wound air out.

However, you should make sure that no fluid has formed under the plaster, in which case you should leave the plaster in place, as pulling it off may tear the skin and germs can get into the wound more quickly.

We explain below how you can make your own blister plaster.

You can also treat your blister with some home remedies.

Green tea

Anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that help heal wounds; boil tea for 5 minutes and allow tea bags to cool, then place on the wound for two minutes; 3-5 times a day for two days.

Aloe Vera

Fights inflammation, moisturises and nourishes. In case of a blister, apply the aloe vera gel/cream to the wound, let it absorb well and wash off with warm water; use 3 times a day for three to four days.

Epsom salt

Is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and dries blister. Mix 1-2 tablespoons with warm water for a 15-minute foot bath and then treat your feet with coconut oil; can be used until the blister heals, but not for a burst blister.

Apple cider vinegar

Has an antibacterial effect and thus prevents infections. Soak cotton wool with the vinegar and dab the wound; use up to twice a day for two days.

Tea tree oil

Has an antibacterial effect and supports healing. Mix the tea tree oil and water in a ratio of 1:3, soak with a cotton pad and press on the wound for 10 minutes; apply 2-3 times daily until the blister is visibly healed.

Another option is to use cold compresses to relieve the pain. You can apply these 3-4 times a day.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate blister plasters

Good blister plasters last for several days, are breathable, work well with the help of the hydrocolloid system and have a reasonable price in relation to size and quantity.

But there are other factors that can and should influence the purchase of a blister plaster. We have chosen the following criteria, which we will present to you in more detail:

  • Adhesion
  • Amount
  • Size
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Can be cut to size

With the help of these criteria, you should have no problem finding the perfect blister plaster for you.

Adhesion

One of the most important criteria for a blister plaster is how well it sticks. If the plaster does not stick well, slips or even falls off, the healing effect is not given and you are annoyed that you always have to put on a new one.

We recommend that you read the customer reviews of the blister plaster of your choice - you will usually also find a lot of information about its adhesion.

Quantity

Do you often go running or do you do a lot of sport? Then you probably often have blisters on your hands and feet. In that case, you probably need to have several blister plasters in stock. In this case, it makes sense to buy a larger pack instead of many small individual ones.

If you got your blister because of a new shoe or because of a one-time big effort, a cheaper smaller set will certainly be enough.

Also note that there are mixed sets with blister plasters in different sizes, but also sets with blister plasters only in medium, for example. Think about what makes the most sense for you.

Size

Blister plasters come in different sizes. Therefore, when buying one, make sure that you get one that is appropriate for your affected skin area.

There are small, medium and large blister plasters, and everything in between for hands, toes and the ball of the foot. You can also choose whether you want round or oblong blister plasters.

Hypoallergenic

If you are prone to allergies, blister plasters labelled hypoallergenic are probably your best bet. They are usually better tolerated and rarely cause allergies.

With hypoallergenic blister plasters, you can usually avoid annoying itching.

However, hypoallergenic means that although they contain few allergens, they can still trigger allergies in some circumstances, so be aware that it's a guarantee that you won't be allergic to them.

Waterproof

There are waterproof and non-waterproof blister plasters. However, as blister plasters are usually worn for several days, waterproof blister plasters are usually the better choice if you don't want to keep changing the plaster after showering.

Waterproof blister plasters ensure that you don't have to worry about coming into contact with water. They also stay in place in the rain and in the shower (Image source: Pixabay / Kdsphotos).

In general, however, even with waterproof blister plasters, you should not put unnecessary strain on their waterproof properties. If possible, you should avoid swimming for hours on end.

Breathable

Even if you don't want to expose your blister to fresh air, as this can make it easier for germs to grow, your blister plaster should be breathable. This allows excess wound fluid to evaporate, while the remaining fluid can be used effectively for moist wound healing.

Non-breathable blister plasters are usually a criterion for lower quality blister plasters.

Cut to size

Many blister plasters cannot be cut to size or should not be cut as this would reduce their adhesion. If you want blister plasters that can be cut to size, you need to make sure that they are suitable for this purpose.

Facts to know about blister plasters

Why are blister patches not suitable for diabetics?

Diabetics are at risk for blisters. Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, causing patients with diabetes mellitus to lose sensitivity in their hands and feet. This means that they do not notice when complications or infections occur.

For this reason, diabetics should consult a doctor if they have a blister, to ensure that the blister plasters are applied properly and to treat any infections.

At the same time, skin damage such as blisters do not heal easily in diabetics, so regular inspection by a professional is also beneficial.

How can I make blister plasters myself?

For a homemade blister plaster you need the following things:

  • Compresses
  • Anti-blister stick
  • any plaster (e.g. Leukoplast)
  • Optional: Tape

Step 1: Cut the compress to the desired size with clean scissors or a clean knife.

Step 2: Rub one side with the anti-blister stick

Step 3: Place the rubbed side on the affected skin area (or tied at the toe).

Step 4: Fix with a plaster. If necessary, it can also be fixed with tape.

Your homemade plaster is now ready. Get well soon!

Is it normal for my blister plaster to turn white?

Blister plasters, for example from Compeed, turn white and this is completely normal according to the manufacturer.

Can blister plasters expire?

Legally, yes. Like mineral water, blister plasters have a best-before date. After this date, the manufacturer can no longer be held responsible for quality losses and the like.

However, you can still use expired blister plasters with peace of mind, especially if the blisters are still closed. However, they may not hold as well as they used to because the glue is getting old.

How do you avoid blisters?

The best remedy against blisters is still prevention.

You should therefore only buy suitable footwear or break in your new shoes slowly so that your feet can get used to them.

If you often have to fight blisters while hiking, it is also worth taking a look at your socks. There are special socks, so-called hiking socks, that are ideal for long hikes, because unlike conventional socks, they are particularly breathable and heat and moisture do not accumulate in them.

In order to be able to walk long distances without worry or blisters, you should prepare yourself well for any major exertion. (Image source: pixabay.com / Free-Photos)

In general, you should also pay attention to the size of your socks. Optimal socks do not wrinkle and are not too tight, and are less likely to cause basing.

As long as there is no wound, you can also try to apply milking grease or Vaseline to problem areas, as they make the skin supple and thus do not chafe so much.

You can also put a tape or plaster on problem areas before exposing them to a lot of friction.

Wearing two thin socks on top of each other that are not made of cotton works in a similar way to plasters and tape. By wearing double socks, the socks rub against each other rather than against the foot, which reduces blistering.

Our final tip for blister-free feet is to let as much air as possible get to your feet. This helps them to regenerate faster and prevents heat and moisture from accumulating on your feet.

Can I also use blister plasters prophylactically?

Of course you can use blister plasters as a preventative measure. Similar to tapes and plasters, they form a kind of padding and protect problem areas from a lot of friction.

Before long hikes or a marathon, you can put on a blister plaster to protect yourself from blisters.

Photo source: 123rf.com / Gjorgiev V.

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