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Compeed medium blister plasters. Anyone who has bought new shoes knows that for the first few weeks of wearing them and wearing them in can cause rubbing, chaffing resulting in painful blistering of the skin caused by the constant friction between the skin and the shoe surface. Just recently I had bought a new pair of shoes for work and ended up with a blister on the back of my foot where the left shoe had rubbed against the skin. I tend to do a significant amount of walking during my shifts and by the end of the first day it was so painful so I nipped into Sainsbury's on the way home to buy some compeed plasters. They are not particularly cheap at £3.90 for five dressings but they are worth their weight in gold as the give practically instant relief once they are applied. They are not ordinary plasters which tend to fall off within a blink of an eye but are a special type of dressing known as a hydrocolloid dressing. Hydrocolloid dressings are often used to cover more serious types of wounds such as leg ulcers and pressure sores. The advantage of these dressing are that they can be left in place for a couple of days and tend to adhere to the skin and can stay in place providing an ideal healing environment. Not only this the dressing absorbs any oozing from the blister soaking up exudate which is sealed away from the skin trapped in the dressing itself. You will notice a discoloration of the dressing but that is fine it is not necessary to change it. Generally it can be left in place for four to five days but may roll and drop off on its own accord. What do they look like. Well for a start if you can actually manage to get into the little boxlet and get to them in the first place is quite a feat in itself. The little boxlet is aqua blue in colour and slightly barrel shaped. I found it particularly fiddly to get it open so anyone with arthritic fingers will have a hell of a job. Once open there are five dressings inside. The dressings appear translucent and do not show up very much on the skin so it is particularly good for ladies who wear shoes that show the back of your heels. How to use. You should clean the area around the blister and ensure that it is completely dry. Do not rub the skin pat it dry. Peal of the protective dressing cover and apply to the affected part gently ensuring that the whole dressing comes into contact with the skin and the blister. IF the blister has not popped do not pop it. You will feel instant relief of the area and the minimal thickness cushions and provides protection to the area. The dressing should be left in situ for a couple of days without needing to remove it. Do not be tempted to have a look underneath the dressing as by pulling it off it will not reapply and stay on. You will probably see a whitish colour develop over a day or two where the excess fluid from the blister is drawn away from the blister. If the dressing rolls down and exposes the blister then remove it by gently peeling it off. Clean around the wound and reapply a new dressing. Some people might rarely be allergic to the compounds of the dressing if that is the case do not continue to use it. I found after my first day of use the dressing had rolled down and was causing a bit of pressure to the area so I removed it and reapplied a new dressing. The blister looked nice and clean and seemed a little sore being exposed to the air. The second dressing rolled slightly but I was able to keep it on for two days before I felt it needed taking off. My opinion of Compeed. This is a gem of a dressing and unlike ordinary sticking plasters it actually provided instant relief from pain. Not only that it stayed in place for over one day rather than ordinary plasters which may have had to be replaced several times in a day. I know from my work that these dressings are very good indeed and well worth paying that little bit extra for not only in terms of providing pain relief and comfort but for the help it gives in healing the blister. If you are a walker or have new shoes that are causing you discomfort and you develop blistering these are an ideal dressing to have in your first aid kit. I absolutely recommend this for treatment of a nasty sore blister and they are easily obtainable from Supermarkets, Boots and other chemist shops. Brilliant fast relief from discomfort and heals wounds quickly. Well worth the little extra cost.
I do a lot of hiking and walking during my holidays and for some reason always suffered from blisters around the back of my heels. I've tried fitted boots, canvas boots, non-blister socks and none of them have really worked. My best chance used to be to cover my feet in plasters and hope for the best. I bought a pack of Compeed for a fiver when hikinging the coast-to-coast walk last summer. They seemed a bit expensive but for two weeks of hiking I was willing to try! ==Initial impressions== As usual, my blisters developed during the first day, so I tried putting on a Compeed plaster the next morning. Each 'plaster' is a curved translucent patch which presses over the affected area. Once on, it sticks to the skin in a waterproof protective layer that you keep on until it naturally peels off. Wearing the Compeed completely deadened the pain from the blister, allowing me to continue hiking in comfort. As it worked so well, for the next day I stuck a Compeed on the other heel which was a little sore but hadn't developed a blister. ==Results== With the Compeeds on I could hike far more comfortably and no more blisters developed on the covered area. By the time they'd fallen off either my skin had hardened and healed or they'd worked some kind of miracle as I didn't get any further blisters for the rest of the walk. It has to be said, they do smell a bit after several days in a hiking boot! Also I don't think they work for everyone; my aunt tried them after I raved about them and apparently the pad slipped down against her foot as she was hiking, providing no protection at all. ==Conclusion== They might not work for everyone but they worked spectacularly for me and now I'd never attempt a hiking trip without them. I'd strongly recommend them for other walkers as well, particularly those who suffer from blisters.
As a BzzAgent I was recently sent some Compeed plasters to trial and this is my review of the product. I haven't heard much about the compeed brand, so was looking forward to trying it. COMPEED® hydrocolloid technology is an active gel with moisture absorbing particles. The COMPEED® blister plaster acts like a second skin to support the natural moisture balance, to: Relieve blister pain immediately Protect and cushion against rubbing. Offer fast wound healing Stays in place for several days. Relieves pain instantly. The ultra-discrete heel plaster provides instant pain relief and blister protection , no matter how high the heels. How to Use Clean and dry skin before use, ensuring blister area is free of creams and oils Remove the top paper, then the bottom paper, avoiding touching the adhesive side. Apply plaster firmly over blister, ensuring the edges are well smoothed down. Leave in place until it starts to detach (Note: may stay in place up to several days) To remove plaster: do not pull upwards but slowly stretch along the skin. I was really looking forward to getting these, as I had brought a few pairs of summer shoes which I still hadn't worn and was expecting lots of blisters. Trust me to wear the shoes and not get any blisters. It was only after wearing a pair of old shoes that I finally got one. The blisters were at the side of my toe and in a really awkward spot. So I whipped out the plasters and couldn't wait to try these. Opening it up was very easy and the plaster itself didn't actually look like a plaster, it was see-through (not noticeable on your feet either)and a bit squashy. It was quite thick aswell so it gave lots of comfort against rubbing shoes I had really problems trying to put on the compeed as it was too big for my little toe, and it didn't go on properly and got all stuck together, in the end I had to throw it away. for my second attempted I cut down the compeed to make it fit better, this time it stuck a lot better and stayed on my foot and until I pulled it off a few days later. Pulling it off was easy, felt no pain or didn't leave any marks which I thought was great. The skin which was rubbed had started to heal and was looking a lot better than if I would have used a normal plaster During the time on my foot the compeed didn't get loose, roll up or fall off, even when I had a shower, it stay firm. I think these plasters are design to fit the heels of feet and not on sides of toes which is a shame, as I do get most of my blisters on the sides of my feet, due to have such wide feet. Having further looked into this compeed do sell a range for toes which is a great idea and will definitely be buying some of these for my toes Compeed plasters are £5 for 5 plasters which some people might find a lot of money especially if they have never tried them before, but I do think it's worth if you suffer from blisters and need the cushion and protection from shoes.
COMPEED MEDIUM BLISTER PLASTERS As many of you will know BzzAgent is a site that sends it's agents products to trial for free in return for our honest opinions and reviews on the products that we are trialling. As a BzzAgent I was recently sent some Compeed plasters to trial and this is my review of the product. I will admit I knew very little about Compeed when I received my trail pack, I have a vague memory of using a pack of the blister plasters a few years ago when I had a pair of naughty shoes and then forgotten all about the product. All I do remember from my previous trial of the product, was that it was summer and my feet were hot, which is most likely why the shoes were rubbing like mad in the first place, but I do remember that the plasters would not take fully and I used half the box on the days outing! As such I was quite interested to see how they had improved since my last use. As I often do before my reviews for a product I like to take a quick look at their main site just to give me a little bit more background about the company behind the product in my hands. A quick look at the Compeed website shows that the company appears to specialise in foot care products, the blister plasters, corn plasters, heal cream etc and are owned by Johnson & Johnson. Although I got an assortment of blister plasters in my Bzzkit, my review here is about their medium blister plasters. THE PACKING .... The plasters come in a small green plastic storage box that is around the size of a credit card, the box is very cleverly clipped around a piece of cardboard which is simply used to aid storage in stores and can be easily removed once the box has been opened and can be simply discarded. The back of the box has some basic instructions for use on the back of the box, however I do note that the print is rather small. The box clips open at the top end of the rectangle type shape - sorry its an odd shape to describe! And is hinged so that it does not separate from the base, inside the box there are 5 plastic looking plasters, each plaster is a long oval looking thing that is a pale opaque skin colour and feels a bit like soft rubber. The back of the plasters are the same as most general plasters, with two halves of removable backing tape. TO USE .... Clean and dry skin before use, ensuring blister area is free of creams and oils. Remove the bottom paper, avoiding touching the adhesive side. Apply plaster firmly over blister, ensuring the edges are well smoothed down. Leave in place until it starts to detach (Note: may stay in place up to several days). To remove plaster: do not pull upwards but slowly stretch along the skin. HOW THE PLASTER WORKS .... This is taken from the Compeed website http://www.compeed.co.uk COMPEED® hydrocolloid technology is an active gel with moisture absorbing particles. The COMPEED® blister plaster acts like a second skin to support the natural moisture balance, to: Relieve blister pain immediately Protect and cushion against rubbing. Offer fast wound healing Stays in place for several days. MY TRIAL .... I bought a new pair of sandals a few weeks back and although I did not yet have a blister, they were rubbing and I had the tell tail red skin that was starting to split and hurt so I thought I would give my blister plasters a go and see if they worked. As my skin was not bleeding or oily I will admit that I did not clean the area but simply applied the plaster as I would any normal plaster. When I was first holding the plaster I thought that it felt like it would be a little thick and I was worried that it would be very clumsy on the skin and not hold once the strap of my sandal rubbed against it. I was wrong however, the plaster stuck very snugly to the skin and was almost invisible up close. The plaster was very comfortable and caused me no discomfort when I put my sandals back on now the plaster was causing a barrier between the sore skin and the shoe. The day was very warm so I was interested to note that the plaster did not move unlike my previous trial of these some years ago, in fact it stayed in place for 3 days and even survived a dip in the bath! I will admit that the plaster was so comfortable that I had indeed forgotten that I was wearing it and extremely shocked that it survived a 1 hour long bubble bath without so much as a corner trying to come away from the skin! I was extremely impressed but did at this point remove the plaster to let the air get to my heal. There was no residue left on my skin upon removal of the plaster and it did not pull upon my skin at all. Under the plaster my sore skin had healed well so I was spared the pain of an open wound or possible blister thanks to my plaster so I was a very happy bunny. I have since used two more of these plasters to wear the sandals in and they no longer rub. COST .... The blister plasters cost around £5 for a packet of 5 so are quite expensive at a £1 a plaster. SUMMARY .... I have been take aback by how well this product worked, whilst I have not had a blister to trial them out on I am 100% sure that the sandals were about to cause one and attribute the application of the plaster to my currently lack of blister so I am very grateful and extremely impressed with the product. The plaster offered a really good barrier to my sore skin so I am sure it would also offer a sufficient barrier to render shoes comfortable enough on a blister whilst it heals. I have no problem at all giving this product 5 out of 5 irrespective of the high cost, they are worth every penny.
Blister Joy! ~~~~~~~ After signing up with BzzAgent, these Compeed Blister Plasters were my first campaign. Having ticked a survey saying I suffered with blisters, it was typical that having received a batch of samples I hadn't had a hint of a blister for four weeks! This weekend, though, my wishes came true (!) after a night out wearing a pair of heels - actively teasing that pesky blister out. Sure enough my feet were pretty sore all evening and the next morning a shiny new blister under the ball of my foot - was ever a blister greeted with so much joy? Hurrah! Official Word ~~~~~~~~ From the Compeed official spiel: "Compeed blister plasters act as a breathable second skin which repels dirt, bacteria and water to provide a protective barrier that helps prevent infection. They also relieve pain more rapidly and heal blisters 20% faster than traditional plasters." There is a note on the packaging informing you that diabetics must consult a doctor before using these plasters. The Plasters ~~~~~~~~ The samples I received are the "Compeed Blister Medium" which are a simple oval shaped plasters size 7cm x 4cm approx and therefore can be used either for heels, ankles or in my case under the foot. The saleable packs are sold in little curved plastic cases which I found really nifty. They are only slightly bigger than the plasters themselves and less than 1cm thick, and clip closed, so they fit easily into a small handbag and keep the plasters clean and fresh. The plasters are soft to the touch and very tactile, they are cushioned (like a thin jelly) and sticky on one side which is protected by an easy to peel off backing. The backing is split at an angle so that one 'corner' comes off first making the plaster very easy to position over the blister, which is important considering you are working at arms length, and in my case, to some extent blindly as it was under the foot. The texture and material of the plaster means that as soon as you peel the backing off, it moulds to your skin and it feels immediately snug and secure. They are also clear in colour, so once you smooth them onto your skin they are almost invisible. Unlike normal plasters where there is a pad to place over the wound (in this case, blister), these Compeed plasters are entirely sticky - you just place the whole thing centrally over the blister. First Impressions ~~~~~~~~~~~ What amazed me first was that there was absolutely no detectable feeling of a blister any more. The one thing other than (or even more than) the pain that I always hated about having a blister was that "squishy" feeling after it had formed. Such was my squeamishness about this feeling that my preference was always to 'pop' the blister and then place a normal plaster over it until the skin healed. With this plaster in place that feeling was not detectable. For the rest of that day I wore flip-flops but the plaster stuck tight, there was certainly no danger of any dirt getting to the blister. Getting on with it ~~~~~~~~~~~ The next morning I showered and washed my feet quite thoroughly but I really got the feeling that the plaster had now become the "second skin" of my foot - I just washed as normal, and it wasn't showing a single sign of working away from my foot at the edges. The day ahead involved being on my feet all day, so in my eagerness to "earn" a blister, I was about to put it to the ultimate test. Throughout the day, I completely forgot about the blister - I couldn't feel or sense the Compeed plaster (or obviously the blister) at all. Taking my shoes and socks off afterwards, again the blister plaster was perfectly in place. The following evening was badminton night - again, I just wore my usual trainers and socks and played as normal - I literally forgot it was there, there was no pain or discomfort from the blister whatsoever, and the plaster hadn't budged. By now there were two main things in my head: Firstly, I couldn't believe the plaster was still perfectly in place, and secondly: Would I ever get it off?!... Moment of Truth ~~~~~~~~~~ After 5 days the plaster did start to peel away at the edges, and according to the information on the pack, this was the time I could remove it and I would get to see the results! The main area of the plaster was still fairly securely stuck to my foot, but the advice is to remove it in a bath, which I rarely have, so I decided against that and just went carefully about it. I must be super-sceptical because not only was I thinking I would still find a blister, but I couldn't understand how the plaster wouldn't rip the skin off the plaster, such had been it's sticking power. I can happily report that I was wrong on both counts! The blister had healed, the area looked lovely and clean and the skin soft, and more importantly, intact! Result! ~~~~ I can only report 100% success with these plasters, I'm so chuffed to have had the opportunity to try and share them because this probably isn't a product I would have had enough faith in to spend money on. In the event, the retail price of around £5 for 5 plasters is a complete bargain, because this is one healing treatment that was trouble-free and most importantly, works. To think that I had a blister which gave me: 1 - no pain, 2 - no squeamish discomfort, 3 - no dirty plaster marks and sticky patches around my feet and 4 - no dried up scab or dead skin; is really something I would never have believed. Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~~ I am very impressed indeed and will always have them in stock from now on. If you suffer from blisters I would say that they are a must to keep in your cupboard - no more popped blisters at risk of infection and no more discomfort. A wonder-cure! (Parts of this review will be posted on other sites)
As a Bzz agent I am regularly given the opportunity of trying and testing out products in return for my feedback as well as spreading the word with others regardless of whether my experiences are good or bad. One of my latest campaigns was Compeed Blister Plasters in the medium size with this review discussing my thoughts. Many years ago my wardrobe contained a variety of different coloured shoes and boots, as I adored wearing high heels. However, a few years ago I underwent surgery on my right foot and as a result, many of my heels had to go especially as my foot never returned to normal, which resulted in me suffering with blisters on my heel. These days I purchase shoes and boots that are comfortable as well as being stylish whereas previously comfort didn't come into the equation. MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING Despite no longer being able to wears heels due to my foot problem, I have not had the heart to part with a few pairs of my shoes, which sadly, haven't seen the light of day since my surgery. Consequently, whilst keen to give them another try, assured with the knowledge that I had a pack of Compeed plasters, I was still apprehensive, but decided to bite the bullet and wear them at work with a stand by pair of shoes stored underneath my desk. It felt odd wearing heels again and I felt that I was walking on stilts, but it was lovely to be reunited with them again even it the experience were to be short-lived. As I anticipated, after only an hour of wear especially in the heat we are currently experiencing, I could feel a rubbing sensation on the heel of my right foot and on inspection I witnessed the start of a small blister, so it was now time for the ultimate test. THE PLASTERS The plasters are available in packs of five and unlike run-of-the-mill plasters, which are contained within cardboard, Compeed are presented in a sturdy plastic container. Consequently, the pack can be stored in a bag without breaking and subsequently spilling out the contents. The container is easy to open by gently pressing down on the upper section and it firmly closes when not in use. The same size plasters are oval in shape and measure approximately 6½ cm in length and 4 cm in height at the widest part and their appearance is a little odd with the outer edges being white in colour with the centre being of a yellowy/brown. Identical to that of normal plasters, the underside is hygienically protected with a pull back strip, which is easily removed to reveal the sticky underside of the plaster. The opaque plaster itself offers a strange texture with the centre being slightly spongy and slightly thicker in consistency than the outer edges. WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT COMPEED? I was interested to learn the difference between Compeed and normal plasters and it was from reading the small accompanying leaflet that I discovered Compeed use hydrocolloid technology, which is an active gel with moisture absorbing properties. As a result, it is claimed to support a balanced healing environment, relives the pain caused by blisters as well as speeding up the healing process. Unlike ordinary plasters that generally tend to peel off the skin especially on areas such as the heels, Compeed Blister Plasters act as a second skin, which provides an effective barrier to prevent bacteria, dirt and water entering. In addition, it is claimed that the technology enables fast pain relief and accelerated heeling when making a comparison with traditional plasters. USING COMPEED The skin should be free of any oil or cream and should be clean and dry prior to application, which could prove to be an issue whilst out and about especially if you have applied a body cream, but as I was in work I was able to pop into the ladies and quickly wash the area in question. I found the plaster easy to apply, as the underside is extremely sticky, so adheres well to the skin and has been designed to sit comfortably and firmly below the Achilles tendon and due to its opaque colouring it is barely noticeable when placed onto the skin although of course, this depends on your skin tone and as I am very pale, it blended well. As I slipped my foot back into my shoe I was anticipating the plaster to rise upwards and that I would experience some discomfort. However, the plaster remained firmly in place and due to the cushioned centre the area felt extremely comfortable without me experiencing any pressure on the blister itself. As a result, I was able to continue with my day whilst wearing the same heels without suffering with the familiar pain and soreness caused by blisters. As the plasters are firmer than traditional plasters I was pleasantly surprised that I couldn't feel it on my heel and it did not restrict my natural movement. Due to the current extreme and sticky temperatures, I am regularly spraying my feet with a cooling product and my continued use did not cause the plaster to become loose or wet, as any liquid simply dries as it does on the skin. Compeed claim that the plaster should last a few days before it begins to detach and I would have to agree, as it effectively dealt with me taking twice daily showers before I needed to remove it on day three, which was a painless process. I don't generally tend to suffer with issues from the sticky stuff on plasters as I do not suffer with sensitive skin, so I am unable to speak of any adverse effects. My blister was still evident although it had clearly healed well, but as it has been some three years ago since I last suffered a blister on my foot, I cannot recall how long they generally take to fully heal. I didn't feel the need to apply a further plaster especially as I had placed my high heels back into the wardrobe and had reverted back to wearing my backless sandals. However, I was more than impressed with the highly effective results with the remaining plasters being stored in my hand bag for any emergencies. I would probably wear my heels again if I went out for a meal although it is doubtful that I would wear them again for walking around the office, as I don't want to encourage blisters. OTHER INFORMATION There are a number of warnings contained on the packaging where diabetics are advised to contact their GP prior to use, the plasters should never be cut, to contact your GP should the blister not heal and if the glue residue from the plaster should spill onto clothes it can be removed with white spirit. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY I hadn't realised that the Compeed range was so large with plasters and other products to relieve all issues related with the feet. The Compeed Blister Plasters in the medium size that I have reviewed generally retail at £4 for a pack and five and whilst expensive, they are definitely worth it especially if you are prone to suffering with blisters. They are available in the majority of the major supermarkets and stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Amazon. I can award nothing less than five stars together with a high recommendation. I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I decided I wanted some new shoes for the nicer weather, so I found some lovely ballerina pumps. While visiting a local country park with my children I decided to try them out. We had planned on just a picnic in the park, but in the end we walked for miles around the trail. Towards the end of the walk I noticed a large blister had appeared on my heel which was very painful. Usually I would just put a regular plaster, but I had been sent free samples of Compeed blister patch and decided to try them out. The patch is basically a fancy plaster and the ones I am reviewing are the medium plasters. There are range of different sizes available to suit different areas of the foot. Compeed promise that the patch will protect and cushion the skin to prevent rubbing, while also helping to relieve blister pain instantly. It also promises to act as a second skin that will stay in place up to three days if needed. They can be used to treat all blisters, so long as they are not infected. I managed to get mine on fairly quickly after the blister showed up, but you could also wear them as a prevention with shoes you think you may have a problem with. To use simply make sure the area you want to apply the patch to is clean and put the patch firmly in place. I found it very easy to open and then apply to my heel. As soon as I lined it up correctly and applied it to the sore area it felt a little better. I put my shoes back on expecting there to be a little pain but there really was none at all. I could feel the shoes pushing against the area but there was no irritation. The patch works as a barrier, so not matter how much walking you do the area is protected and you are pain free. The patches are very thick and an oval shape. I did worry they would feel too heavy on my skin and irritate me because of the size, or they just would not stick properly because of how thick they are. Actually, I found that the adhesive strip is very sticky and stays on my skin really well. Despite the plaster being very thick it really manages to grip to my skin an move freely with it so there is no restriction or irritation. It also manages to keep the area clean by keeping out dirt and bacteria. As the plasters do not peel away no matter how much my shoes rub against it, I find it also helps the blister heal quickly, without any more irritation. At the same time as protecting the area, it also provides relief instantly. I found that the plaster stayed put for long periods with ease. You can easily leave it for a day or two and shower in-between without it coming away. I did change mine a few times over the period of the blister healing, but I could have got away with the three days promised. They really are durable and long lasting, so do provide value for money even with the higher price than usual plasters. The plasters are a little strange looking when they are on your feet. They are almost transparent, and have a gel like look. This means they do not blend very well, and the size of them makes them more noticeable. No one commented on them but I was very aware of its appearance when wearing sandals. While wearing shoes with a back it was not too bad, with sandals the patches really stands out. I would highly recommend Compeed blister patches. This is not something I would usually buy, as they cost around £4 for 5 plasters which is expensive, but now I have tried them I will be buying them again. I was able to get on with my day easily without having to wear sensible shoes while doing it. They can be used for treatment or prevention and work well in both cases. They are available to buy in Boots, Amazon and Superdrug to name a few places. If you suffer with blisters from walking or inappropriate shoes these really are a must.
Compeed Blister is a specialist hypoallergenic plaster which protects vulnerable skin from friction damage and provides optimum healing conditions if damage has already occurred.