>> Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Before January, I’d never used Aquaphor (made by Eucerin). We had a few small samples in our cupboard that we had gotten in swag-bags at local races over the years:
Last month, Pharmie and I went to AZ. (Click here for photos from that trip, and click here to see photos of us climbing and running at the Lost Dutchman State Park.) I went on a hard 9 mile run down there that left me with some nasty blisters under my big toe. I SHOULD have just popped and drained them, but instead I just ripped the blisters completely off:
Pharmie told me I needed to keep it moist. So that first night I smothered it in Aquaphor:
That really helped the situation. I applied Aquaphor twice a day - before bed and after getting up. The day after those nasty photos above, we went hiking / running in the Superstition Mountains for 5 hours, and my feet were fine. A few days later, I really smothered my blister wounds in Aquaphor before an 8 mile run, and that helped A LOT.
Aquaphor for Healing: Grade of A. I’ve had blisters like this in the past. And they usually get all dried, cracked, and nasty. And lotion is NOT NEARLY as thick as Aquaphor. (I’ve tried regular lotion, “good” lotion, Gold Bond “Triple Action” Foot Cream, Mission Foot Cream, and foot lotion from Bath and Body Works. Aquaphor is thicker and “stays put” better than any of those.)
Aquaphor for Prevention: Grade of B+. This really helped the few times I used it on my wounds before runs. I mean, it’s not magical and won’t prevent hot-spots or 100% of all annoyances, but it’s still good stuff. When using it for “prevention,” I use it a little thicker than when using it for “healing.”
So, have you used Aquaphor? What’s been your experience with it? I know some people use it in place of Body Glide in certain areas - have you done that? And check back at 2 am and 2 pm every day this week for more “Does It Work” posts. Click on the “Does It Work” tag to see all posts in this mini-series.