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Hydrocolloid Bandages: proven to be the best patches for blisters

Hydrocolloid Bandages: proven to be the best patches for blisters Hydrocolloid Bandages: proven to be the best patches for blisters Hydrocolloid Bandages: proven to be the best patches for blisters

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 proven 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 effectiveness of Compeed® hydrocolloid blister cushions to ordinary bandages for the treatment of foot blisters. Here, you will discover why hydrocolloid pads offer superior pain relief for painful blisters versus ordinary bandages.

Hydrocolloid patches vs. ordinary bandages: The Results Have Spoken
Breaking in new shoes should not mean living with a painful and often debilitating skin injury. However, wearing new shoes, as well as participating in sporting activities, are among the top causes for blisters, specifically friction blisters. No matter the cause, hydrocolloid bandages have been shown to be the best treatment for blisters. It’s time to examine why Compeed®Advanced Blister Care cushions surpassed ordinary bandages:

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 best bandages for blisters because they offer 10X more pain relief than ordinary bandages (2). In addition, when treating blisters with Compeed® active gel cushions, blister sufferers reported immediate pain relief which was significantly better than when using ordinary bandages.

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. One study (2) 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. Hydrocolloid blister bandages are once again the better choice as they need to be changed less often than ordinary bandages.

Time to heal

Draining or breaking your blister bears the risk of infection, so the primary goal to accelerate the healing of the blister is to leave it intact as long as possible. 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. An advantage provided by Compeed® blister cushions is that unlike ordinary bandages, Compeed® offers an optimal healing environment and heal 20% faster (2). Hydrocolloid blister patches absorb excess fluid, aiding the body’s natural wound healing process.


Compeed® active gel cushions offer more comfort when you need it the most. The statistics speak for themselves, almost 3x 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).


The results of another research study (3) concluded that 97% of participants suffering from blisters were overall satisfied with Compeed cushions compared to 77% satisfaction with ordinary bandages. 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)