It seemed like marathon training had just ended when my running partner announced that he wanted to run a half marathon this March. We jumped in to Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 program with both feet, and at the end of week four, I decided to finally replace my worn out running shoes. Transitioning to new shoes has never been a problem for me before, so I didn’t anticipate any issues with these new shoes. Oh, how wrong I was!
After just two runs, I knew I was in trouble. The first run in the new shoes left me with minor blisters, and a run later that week didn’t help at all. Clearly, these blisters were going to require a little TLC if they were going to heal up.
Whether it’s from an uncomfortable pair of shoes, too much yard work, or something else entirely, having a blister is no fun and can even get in the way of what you want to do! Next time you’re dealing with a painful blister, try a few of these natural remedies to help soothe your damaged skin.
1. Keep it clean. This is especially important if your blister pops. Blisters take long enough to heal as it is. You don’t want an infection complicating things furthers, so wash your blisters gently with warm, soapy water.
2. Rest. If you got a blister from your running shoe, for example, either try a different shoe or take a few days or even a week off to let yourself heal. Avoid the activity that caused the blister to give yourself a chance to heal. If you push it like I did, you’ll just make it worse and end up out of commission for even longer.
3. Soothe it with chamomile. You can also try soaking a chamomile tea bag in warm water, and applying that to your blister like a compress. It should help with the pain.
4. Try some aloe. Aloe vera will soothe your damaged skin and help your blister heal.
5. Treat with vitamin E. Vitamin E will help your skin heal faster and helps prevent scarring.
6. Soak it. Take a warm bath with plenty of Epsom salts to help soothe your blister. This can also help reduce the swelling by encouraging it to drain naturally. Be warned: if your blister has popped, the salts might sting!
7. What if it pops? You generally don’t want to pop the blister yourself, because it ups the chance that you’ll get an infection. If your blister does pop, resist the urge to remove that loose skin that’s left behind. Instead, wash it gently with soap and water and leave the skin in place. It will naturally protect your blister from irritation and help you avoid an infection.
Have you guys tried any effective natural remedies to treat a blister? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments!