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Compeed Blister Plasters
Member Name: stickyangel
Compeed Blister Plasters
Advantages: Helps prevent and ease the pain of blisters
Disadvantages: Can start to peel off quickly, especially when they get wet, expensive
I don't think I've ever found a pair of shoes that hasn't given me blisters or just rubbed all the skin off the back of my heels for the first few wears, so every time I get new shoes my feet end up covered in plasters. I usually just use normal plasters but last time I was looking for some I spotted these Compeed Blister Plasters and decided to give them a go. They are expensive at £3.97 for a pack of 5 plasters, but I thought it would be worth it as it says on the pack that they stay on for several days.
They come in handy little plastic pack which is useful if you want to keep them in your bag and doesn't get squashed like the cardboard packs plasters usually come in. The pack is easy to open but it fastens nice and tight so it won't come open in your bag.
The plasters do come in different sizes, you can get packs that include both small and larger ones, but I got a pack of 5 'medium' sized plasters which measure about 6.5 x 4cm in an oval shape. The backing of the plaster has a large panel and a small one, so you can peel the large one off, hold on to the small one so you don't touch the sticky part of the plaster while you attach it to your foot, then peel off the small one and attach the remainder of the plaster. This is much easier I find then traditional plasters which just peel off half and half.
The plasters are a see-through film with a layer of gel attached. There is less than half a centimetre of the sticky part of the plaster around the edge of the gel to actually attach it with (although the gel itself is fairly sticky). Whilst I find the plasters stick to my skin very easily to start with I find the edges peel away too easily after a while because they're not wide enough.
The plasters cushion blisters very well and I find I can walk comfortably in shoes that had caused immense pain and discomfort without them, however as previously mentioned the edges can start to peel away after a while which means they stop being as effective. I've used them to prevent blisters forming when wearing new shoes and I find they work really well in this way too, making new shoes much more comfortable and stopping them from rubbing.
One thing about the plasters that I thought would make them worth the money was the fact that they are supposed to stay on for days, but I find that whilst this is true in a sense, they do start to peel when my feet get wet. If I have a bath they come off completely, but I can usually take 2-3 showers without them coming off.
I do think they are very good at preventing and cushioning blisters, they just don't always stay on well enough so I'm not sure they're worth the money.
Summary: Maybe not worth their price
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