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DuoDERM - Hydrocolloid Dressing.

22 September 2013
In my last post I talked about Nexcare's range of hydrocolloid acne patches. Today I'm going to introduce you to a standard hydrocolloid dressing which is readily available in stores and show you a few uses for the product.

Above is a full piece of extra thin hydrocolloid dressing, it can be purchsed in sevearl different thicknesses and how you choose this thickness will depend on what you want to use it for, but generally any thickness will cover any beauty related job that I mention in this post.

First I'd like to start with a little education, understanding a product is what leads to innovative ways of using it and I'm hoping my readers (You!!) will be able to come up with other ideas for putting this stuff to use.

Warning: The following information on hydrocolloid dressing contains some words that might make some people queasy (it basically says you can use this stuff as a band-aid for those who are curious), if you don't want to read it but are interested in knowing how to use it then you can scroll down to the next picture and read what is below that.

Hydrocolloid dressing is typically used to place over exuding wounds, the bigger or deeper the wound the thicker the dressing should be, dry wounds or minimal levels of exudate will do just dandy with a thin piece like the one pictured. Now if you have cut yourself seriously then you need to be going to the emergency room of your local hospital, but if you have a small cut or graze this can be used in place of a bandaid. When placed over a wound it creates a hydrophilic gel, this gel provides absorption of fluids and also helps with sloughing and debriding of necrotic and fibrotic tissue (basically helps to break down any dead skin and also prevent scabs from forming so you can't pick them off and cause scarring, in the scabs place the skin regenerates in a moist and sterile area), hydrocolloid dressings and the gel they produce are similar in flexibility to our natural flesh so the area around the wound doesn't tighten and become uncomfortable, sometimes when we form scabs on areas of our body where the skin is already tight they can reopen with sudden or vigorous movement, the way these dressing work can help to prevent that.

The rest of the post is safe to read, I'll keep the yuckness to a minimum!

If you would like to use this as a dressing you should clean the wound or graze, sterilise the area so that it's clean and place a piece over the area, hold in place for a few seconds and off you go. It'll be fine in the shower or other wet environments and can be left on for 3-5 days. Don't worry about discomfort on removal either, the gel they produce protects any sore or irritated areas.

So now we know the primary use for this dressing I'll talk about use number 2.. If you haven't already guessed from my previous post, it's as a spot treatment! Instead of repeating exactly what I wrote in that post I will just tell you that it is exactly the same product with 3 small differences.

The first difference is that you have to cut this patch yourself, as you can see in the picture above I had cut a piece out of mine to try, the advantage of cutting your own pieces opposed to using the Nexcare Acne Patches is that you can cut whatever size you like instead of having to buy multiple packs for different shapes and sizes. Cutting this particular patch has no effect on how it performs when using it as a spot devil sucker-upper-er.

The second difference is it's adhesive qualities, since this product is aimed at being around fluid it sticks really damn well! When I reviewed the Nexcare patches I mentioned that I was always worried they would fall off but I never had that issue when using this dressing. In fact it sticks so well that after I apply it (holding in place for 10-15 seconds) I can then apply my usual skin care products with ease, no worrying about products effecting it's adhesion, just smooth those serums and creams over the top, it will have no effect on what is happening under there and it will stay on until you want it off. The only negative thing about the stickiness of this product is that it does leave a residue on the skin, I use an astringent/oil to remove this or I include a face scrub in to my wash routine, depending on what my skin needs that day relates to how I choose to remove the residue.

The final difference of this product is the availability. You can find this at your local chemist and it should cost you under $10, I buy mine from Chemist Warehouse, they stock 3 different types at my local store, you will find them in the first aid section near the bandages and all that (good) stuff. Does anyone else really love first aid items? Seriously get a bit excited in that isle.

I have one final use for this dressing: Anyone who has worn shoes has had a blister and therefore has understood the discomfort and sometimes excruciating pain that comes with them (those damn heels!). This dressing is the same material as those blister blocking band-aids, the ones that prevent and provide cushioning for already damaged skin, the only difference is the thickness of the products. If you are planning on wearing a pair of shoes that you know can give you trouble, just cut of a piece of dressing and apply it to clean, dry skin and bam! Instant comfy foot protection. If you'd like to try this out in place of standard blister protection band-aids I'd suggest choosing a thicker hydrocolloid dressing. Oh and this works out cheaper in the long run and I reckon the adhesion is way better than those specifically designed for blisters.

Can you tell I like this stuff?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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2 comments on "DuoDERM - Hydrocolloid Dressing."
  1. This is a great article and very informative. I did not know much about duoderms but they seem to really be effective. I know they are used a lot by doctors but I have heard of people including them in their first aid kits. I was told a Duoderm is a great item to have because they are perfect for applying pressure to sore areas and are very durable.

  2. i had no idea about using it for blisters! i have a pair of shoes i love, but always give me trouble. i have a pack of dressing i use for my face - now i have another use for them, thanks!