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 to dance through the night through – but sometimes a painful blister can spoil all the fun. Here are some tips in order to keep on walking.


What exactly is a blister?

A blister is an area of raised skin with a watery liquid inside. Blisters form on hands and feet and are caused by rubbing and pressure. If you are wearing wearing shoes that don't really fit, blisters can easily develop on your feet in just a few hours.

What is a blister?

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 successfully protects the wound from further pressure, dirt or bacteria. Unfortunately, a blister is painful and can burst if exposed to more pressure and friction, leaving behind an open wound that is extremely sensitive and can easily become infected.
Preferred spot for blisters: the heel
Blister with its protective membrane and tissue fluid
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The best way to deal with a blister...

... is to leave it intact. Applying a blister bandage will help to get rid of a blister without puncturing it. The bandage will do three things:

  • Help avoid additional pressure from shoes.
  • Protect the delicate protective layer of skin on top of the blister until the blister is ready to drain by itself.
  • 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 in order to prevent pain, and to ensure fast healing:


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

  2. Wait and see: Don’t change the bandage unless it comes off by itself. Give the blister time to heal. The Elastoplast SOS Blister bandages with their hydrocolloidal technology create an optimal moist wound healing environment that allows the wound to heal faster. In order not to disturb the healing process, leave the bandage in place for several days.

No self-surgery, please! Don’t puncture the blister. If the blister bursts, don‘t pull off its protective membrane. Leave it alone to heal and cover it with a blister bandage. As long as it's covered, the wound is protected from infection. A blister shouldn't be opened because its outer layer protects against infection.

Expert Tip − Elastoplast SOS Blister

"Wounds heal best in a humid environment." This is a clinically proven learning the bandage is based upon. In a protected environment the blister will heal best and by itself. Breaking the blister's protective membrane allows bacteria to enter the wound, which is medically considered as an open wound. Nevertheless, if this does happen, you should disinfect the punctured blister (for example with an antiseptic spray or rubbing alcohol) and cover it with an Elastoplast SOS Blister bandage. It will protect the affected area from further pressure, friction and other harmful external influences.

"Our hydrocolloidal
technology creates an ideal environment
for the wound to heal."

Thanks to our hydrocolloidal technology the Elastoplast SOS Blister bandages create ideal wound healing conditions. The hydrocolloidal material of the bandage will absorb superfluous liquid from the wound and create a protective gel cushion, which will keep its environment humid and thus enable the wound to heal quickly.“

Dr. Maike Kuhlmann, Research & Development, Beiersdorf AG
Moist woundhealing: optimal condition for healing
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Smart ways to avoid blisters

  1. Apply a foot cream regularly for basic moisturization. Your skin will become more supple and your feet wil be more resistant to developing blisters.

  2. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Especially if you know you will be walking a lot, dancing all night etc. – the right choice of shoe can help prevent future pain. Shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet will expand during the day. Break in new shoes before you take them on a grand shopping tour or sightseeing on a weekend trip.
  3. Humidity and leather are not a good mix: Keep feet as dry as possible. Wet shoes and socks will cause blisters far quicker than dry ones.

  4. Working out or running? Wear special socks that are enforced on toes and heels.

  5. When going on city trips or for longer walks, be prepared by taking Elastoplast SOS Blister bandages with you in your handbag.  The most convenient way is to take the new travel case with your choice of five large bandages for heels or six small ones for toes. Extra strong adhesion of the Elastoplast SOS Blister bandages will protect and cushion your blister. By applying a blister bandage you protect your feet from further friction – so that you can keep on walking!

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For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email at Please note that none of the tips or recommendations mentioned above substitute medical advice. Carefully read the directions on our product packages. Consult a medical professional if our tips won't help or in case you have or suspect a medical condition.