According to NHS, the most common causes of blisters include friction from skin rubbing against a rough surface, medical conditions such as chickenpox, herpes or eczema or a skin reaction to a product like soap, wool or hair spray, and blisters on the face can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing for sufferers. Luckily, there are some home remedies that can help get rid of them. These remedies have not been approved by the FDA, however, so check with your doctor before starting any self-treatment regimen.
Aloe Vera Gel and Vitamin E Oil
According to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939,” a mixture of aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil can be applied to a blister on the face and body to help it heal faster than without treatment. To make and use this mixture, combine ½ tbsp. aloe vera gel and ½ tbsp. vitamin E oil in a small container and stir to combine. Gently massage a small amount of the mixture onto the blister and leave it on until it dries. There is no need to rinse the skin with water or wash with a cleanser unless the treatment bothers your skin. This treatment can be applied numerous times per day unless it bothers your skin, and unused portions can be kept in a cool, dark place for 48 hours.
Zinc Ointment and Petroleum Jelly
According to Kloss, a mixture of zinc ointment and petroleum jelly can be used on facial blisters to help them heal at a faster rate that without any treatment. To make and use the zinc ointment and petroleum jelly mixture for blisters, combine one tbsp. zinc ointment with ½ tbsp. petroleum jelly in a small container or jar and mix to thoroughly combine both ingredients. Apply a thick layer of the mixture onto the affected area and leave it on for 10 to 12 minutes or until the mixture begins to dry. Rinse your skin with cool water after 10 to 12 minutes. There is no need to wash with a cleanser unless the mixture bothers your skin or causes redness. This treatment can be used daily unless irritation occurs, and unused portions of the mixture can be kept in a cool, dark place for up to one week if necessary.
According to Julie Gabriel, author of "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances,” natural garlic oil can be applied to blisters on both the face and body to help them heal. To use garlic oil, gently massage a small amount of the oil onto the affected area and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse the skin with cool, clean water and wash gently with a mild cleanser. This treatment can be repeated several times per day as long as it does not cause irritation or excessive redness to the skin.
- "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939"; Jethro Kloss; 2004
- "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances"; Julie Gabriel; 2008
- NHS: Blisters: Causes of Blisters
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."