Hydrocolloid Bandages for blisters

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Blisters are a very common skin condition, but they can bring any good day to a halt. The best way to heal blisters fast and get you back on track is to use specially designed cushioned bandages. Hydrocolloid blister patches have been shown to consistently outperform ordinary bandages in terms of pain relief, healing time, wear time, cushioning and satisfaction.

In a recent international study[1], researchers compared the performance of Compeed® hydrocolloid blister cushions to ordinary bandages for foot blisters.

  • Hydrocolloid technology can help heal blisters and provide pain relief
  • Hydrocolloid blister cushions are suitable for friction blisters
  • Hydrocolloid blister cushions can offer 10X more pain relief than ordinary bandages

Hydrocolloid patches vs. ordinary bandages: The Results Have Spoken
Wearing new shoes should not mean living with a painful and often debilitating skin injury. However, wearing new shoes, as well as participating in some sporting activities, are among the top causes for friction blisters. Hydrocolloid bandages have been shown to be better option for blisters. It’s time to examine why Compeed® Advanced Blister Care cushions surpassed ordinary bandages.

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Hydrocolloid bandages and pain relief

Hydrocolloid bandages and pain relief

Whether you are an avid hiker or enjoy working in your garden, painful blisters on your feet can put a damper on your favorite activities.

Compeed® hydrocolloid cushions are the choice bandages for blisters because they offer 10X more pain relief than ordinary bandages[2]. In addition, when protecting blisters with Compeed® cushions, sufferers reported immediate pain relief which was significantly better when compared to using ordinary bandages.

COMPEED® Advanced Blister Care Mixed Sizes

COMPEED® Advanced Blister Care Mixed Sizes

  • Provides instant pain relief
  • Absorbs excess fluid
  • Forms a protective cushion
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Wear time and adhesion

The last thing you want to worry about when you are out and about is changing your bandage multiple times a day. Hydrocolloid blister bandages are once again the better choice as they need to be changed less often than ordinary bandages.

One study has shown that Compeed® Advanced Blister Care cushions stay in place 50% longer than their ordinary bandage counterparts because they were designed to stay in place for several days[2].

Time to heal with hydrocolloid cushions

Draining or breaking your blister bears the risk of infection, so the primary goal to healing a blister is to leave it intact. If the skin is broken, there is often a common misconception that it should be exposed to the air to help it heal faster. But moisture is needed to create an optimal healing environment.

Hydrocolloid blister patches offers the optimal environment, as it absorbs excess fluid, allows the right amount of moisture in, and allow the body’s natural wound healing process to keep moving.


Hydrocolloid cushioning

Compeed® cushions offer more comfort when you need it the most. The statistics speak for themselves, almost 2x more people rated Compeed® hydrocolloid cushioning as excellent versus ordinary bandages, with 73.4% of hydrocolloid bandage users rating excellent cushioning compared to 38.8% of ordinary bandages users[1].

Customer satisfaction

The results of another research study concluded that 97% of participants suffering from blisters were overall satisfied with Compeed cushions compared to 77% satisfaction with ordinary bandages[3]. In addition, almost all (98%) of the test subjects said they would recommend the use of Compeed® hydrocolloid patches to their friends and family[1].

Don’t let blisters hold you back from enjoying an active lifestyle. Heal them faster and more efficiently with Compeed® Advanced Blister Care cushions[1].



Artus-Arduise C (2020) Hydrocolloid blister plasters vs. standard plasters for foot blisters treatment in real life: a comparative, non-randomized, international, superiority study.


Karlsmark clinical study 7151071.TK1 (1999/2000). Pain score on blisters with Compeed versus Hansaplast at Day 6 (p=0,017).


Brand Health Tracker, A+A Market Research (2020)

Cécile Artus – Arduise
Cécile Artus – Arduise
Head of Medical Affairs at HRA Pharma
Cécile has worked with HRA for over 3 years, and has been working in pharmaceuticals since 2011. She studied at the Paris-Sud University attaining a Doctorate in Biology/Biological Sciences.