Product Type: Compeed medicinal products
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Compeed Blister Patch Medium
Member Name: Torialou
Compeed Blister Patch Medium
Advantages: Protect the skin perfectly against rubbing.
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.
The blister plasters cost around £5 for a packet of 5 so are quite expensive at a £1 a plaster.
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.
Summary: Outstanding product that has blown me away.