A blister can be hard to prevent, and even harder to fix once it has developed. However, if you are suffering with one of those ultra-sensitive, painful, pus-filled bumps anywhere on your feet – you don’t have to suffer in silence. In fact, there are many different at-home remedies for blisters that are effective and easy to apply.
Just follow these tips for seven DIY blister remedies:
1. Apply an Antiperspirant.
Blisters form when there is extra moisture in your footwear. This additional wetness inside socks and shoes can cause more friction and rubbing that leads to those irritating, painful blister bumps. Keep your feet dry as a bone by applying a thin coat of clear gel antiperspirant to problem areas like heels and in-between your toes to reduce the wetness that worsens friction inside your shoes. This DIY blister remedy keeps feet dry, and it also acts as a lubricant to eliminate rubbing.
2. Pitch a Tent.
Preventing a blister is the best plan of action, however, you can’t always keep them from forming. You can make a mini “tent” with a bandage to protect the area from more rubbing, and potentially tearing away the protective flap of skin that covers the wound, to reduce your risk of infection. To make a mini tent, use a large Band-Aid, or other sticky bandage and take the sticky ends between your index finger and thumb. Pinch the ends together, and allow the padded section of the bandage to rise up over the blister, covering it. This DIY bandaging technique lets your blister breathe, while also protecting it from dirt and debris, to promote faster healing.
3. Soak it Up.
If you have a blister, a long day in footwear can be excruciating. At night, ease the pain of irritating blisters with the power of green tea. This inexpensive DIY blister remedy offers natural anti-inflammatory properties to aid in the healing process, as well as antiseptic abilities that help to reduce pathogens that may cause infection.1
To make a green tea soak for blistered feet, boil a pot of water and steep the green tea bag in a cup. Allow the cup of green tea to cool fully, and then soak your blister in the tea. For more potent application, you may also choose to apply the cool tea bag directly to the area if your blister hasn’t popped. This may help to soften the calloused skin, so you can drain the fluid inside.
4. Apply Witch Hazel.
This low-priced astringent is available at most grocery stores, and contains tannins (phytochemicals) that help to dry out blisters. Apply this liquid with a cotton ball to your blister to clean it and speed up the healing process.
5. Just Add Aloe.
Aloe vera is a desert plant that is well-known to help heal damaged skin from sunburns and other common irritations. You’ll find that the meat and gel of this plant are able to reduce the redness and swelling that worsen blister pain. To use aloe vera on your blisters, simply open a leaf of the plant with a sharp blade at one side, cutting it down the entire length of the leaf. Then, apply the aloe vera directly to your blister. The non-irritating, natural anti-inflammatory properties work fast as a DIY blister remedy.
6. Try Vitamin E.
This skin-nourishing vitamin not only speeds the healing process for blisters, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of scar tissue. To use Vitamin E on damaged skin, purchase a pure Vitamin E oil, or opt for a Vitamin E capsule. Just apply the liquid to the blistered area to repair damaged skin and help prevent scarring.
Note: Never apply to a blister with broken skin.
7. Use a Zinc Oxide Sunblock.
A main active ingredient in mineral sunblock is zinc oxide. This protective mineral offers a physical barrier to the dry, chapped skin of a blister. If your blister has not yet broken, you can apply zinc oxide sunblock directly to the skin to speed the healing process. Zinc oxide is also found in calamine lotion and diaper rash cream. Use a non-toxic zinc oxide formula as a DIY remedy for blisters, but never apply to broken skin.
Blisters can happen for any number of reasons, including burns, exposure to chemicals, freezing temperatures, spider bites, and even infections. However, the most common cause of blisters is rubbing or pinching of the skin within damp footwear. While they are a very common problem, blisters can be oh-so frustrating because they can heal slowly. Speed the healing process of your painful blister with these seven simple and effective DIY remedies. Here’s to your fast recovery!
If your blister does not heal, or you find that these DIY blister remedies are not effective, your blister may be the sign of something more serious. In that case, be sure to contact your doctor immediately to find out if you need a prescription medicine or ointment.
1. Chacko, Sabu M et al. “Beneficial Effects Of Green Tea: A Literature Review”. N.p., 2017. Print.