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Compeed (contraction of "Competition" and "Seed") is a brand of hydrocolloid gel plasters for treating blisters, corns, cracked heels and cold sores. It was originally developed by Lars Backsell while working in Denmark for Coloplast A/S. The brand was sold to Johnson & Johnson in May 2002, which was then acquired by HRA Pharma in 2017. Compeed plasters are still manufactured by Coloplast.
The product originally was designed for treating ostomy patients.
1984 - Lars Backsell, while working as a General Manager at Coloplast, identified an untapped niche in the plaster market for band aids that help relieve blisters from certain sports. Lars conducted a clinical trial with the Swedish army to test a prototype that was used to develop a skin barrier for bandaging purposes based on hydrocolloid technology. The initial product used an ostomy sheet and sold as a blister protective bandage through pharmacies to consumers.
1986 - Compeed was first sold in Sweden before being registered in the USA in the category of antiseptic cleaning tissues as a trademark under serial number 73589785.
1988 - Compeed got FDA approval.
2002 - "Compeed X-TREME Flex" plaster by Jan Marcussen included into MoMA design collection.
2002 - The brand sold to Johnson & Johnson in May 2002
2004 - "Compeed X-TREME Flex" plaster wins Danish Design Award.
2007 - Compeed was awarded Nicholas Hall's New Product of the Year.
The hydrocolloidal plaster contains croscarmellose sodium (an internally cross-linked sodium carboxymethylcellulose, water-soluble polymer), and tackifier resins. The top level of the plaster is made of elastomer (that ensures that the plaster stays on skin even while moving) and polyurethane film.
When applied to the blister, it starts to absorb body liquids turning into a soft mass that cushions the blister. It seals the blister forming so-called "second skin". The plaster doesn't heal the wound. It prevents the blister from developing and helps new skin to grow underneath the plaster.
The cushioned zone created by the plaster relieves pain and protects the wound from rubbing. The plaster repels water, and stops dirt and germs from entering the wound, thus preventing infection.
At first, the plaster absorbs all the moisture from the blister but over time it becomes more permeable so the wound dries out. Unlike ordinary dressings, the hydrocolloidal plaster stays on the wound for several days and it stays on even in the shower.
The corn removing plaster works in a similar way. Only that it absorbs the moisture resulting from salicylic acid acting on the corn (dissolving it).
Compeed conducts consumer insight research.
2012 research indicated that 58 percent of women take off their shoes during a night out because of the pain. It also showed that the average heel worn by British women is 3.3 inches, the highest heels across Europe.
Compeed endorsers include tennis players Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki as well as British actress Victoria Shalet.
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Furthermore, using cushioned insoles or a blister protection pad like Blister Guard, Compeed products, Second Skin or using Skin Lube helps ward off friction and reduce blister recurrence.
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A hydrocolloid dressing (Compeed) was applied to corns, calluses and heel fissures in 43 symptomatic patients to assess the effects of creating optimum skin hydration levels. Resolution or lesion improvement was recorded by State Registered Chiropodists, along with participants' opinion of pain relief and ease of dressing use. At the end of the study, 57 of corns were reported to be improving, with 21 of these to have cleared; 71 of calluses improved and 14 of these cleared; 87 heel fissures improved and 47 of these healed. All participants noted a marked reduction of pain with use of the dressing which they considered very convenient to use.
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Compeed Overnight Cracked Heel Cream, £4.49, from pharmacies, contains urea and lactic acid to slough away any rough skin. Wear clean cotton socks after applying the cream for maximum bedtime effects.
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An alternative approach is to use a thin hydrocolloid dressing (Compeed cold sore patch) on the cold sore. In a randomised trial comparing the patches with aciclovir cream 5%, there was no difference in median healing times but participants reported a high level of protection, less noticeable lesions and greater relief of social embarrassment.
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Regarding Compeed, actually Compeed was a product which was invented by Coloplast many years back and which we tried to sell ourselves for many years through an over the counter general. At the end of the day we realised that was not our business and therefore we sold it off to Johnson & Johnson I think 11 years ago. At that point in time, because we have proprietary technology there, we made an agreement to still keep producing this product. So it is a product where we are sole suppliers for it. They have a lot of other stuff under the Compeed brand but this specific product line, we are the only ones that supply that and, as such, we sort of live and die with this business with them.
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