How To Stop Blisters From Getting Worse Once You Have Them

If you’ve ever tried treating a blister with pickle juice, you probably know the only thing that does is make you smell like a pickled cucumber. Tea tree oil to treat blisters smells nicer, but it’s complicated. Here some other blister remedies you can try in case you get a blister:

Piercing a blister: Sometimes piercing the blister, in a sterile way (see Treating Blisters), is all you need to do for blister treatment. Usually, a pierced blister will dry up overnight.

Super Glue: Some hikers, runners and walkers have used Super Glue with great success to prevent or treat blisters. (Check out this recent blog entry on the Super Glue website: “Top Reasons to Take Super Glue Hiking With You.”) This form of blister treatment requires Super Glue, a needle, and a lighter or alcohol (to sterilize the needle). Pierce the blister with a sterilized needle (see Treating Blisters), then squeeze Super Glue onto the pierced area. It will sting, but that goes away quickly. Other similar, sterile, products that have the same effectiveness include Liquid Skin Bandage and Skin Shield Liquid Bandage.

Lubricants: If the blister is small, simply applying a lubricant may be enough to reduce friction on and around the blister. Vaseline may work if you plan to continue only a short distance, but for long-distance runners, hikers and walkers, usually an anti-chafing anti-blistering product works best.

Moleskin: Use moleskin to prevent further irritation to a blister or to an area you know causes blisters. Using moleskin ensures the area around your blister is the same height as your blister, which reduces rubbing on the blister. This is especially helpful for walkers, runners and hikers for foot blisters. To apply moleskin:

  • Cut a piece of moleskin just a little larger than the blister.
  • Cut a hole the size of the blister in the center of the moleskin. (Tip: Folding the moleskin in half makes this easier).
  • Adhere the moleskin to your skin making sure the blister is in the hole. Make sure the moleskin is secure so it doesn’t cause further damage or blisters.