The 7 Best Blister-Preventing Lubricants of 2019

Waxes and powders designed to reduce chafing

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Blisters are caused by abrasion against the skin. Whenever excessive friction or heat is applied, the body will respond by flooding the area with immune cells that create a cushion of fluid to protect the underlying tissue and promote healing.

To prevent blisters, you need to reduce the friction. You can do this with lubricants that allow surfaces to glide over, rather than rub up against, each other. While petroleum jelly can usually do the trick, it has a habit of gumming up whenever used on the feet.

To overcome this, here are eight handy and effective products that could very well make blisters a thing of the past.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: BodyGlide

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm. Courtesy of

BodyGlide is a non-petroleum-based wax that is applied to the skin like a deodorant and won't end up staining your clothing or socks. It comes in both a regular and sunscreen version that can easily last for several hours. For hiking or endurance events, try applying a layer of BodyGlide and another of petroleum jelly for even longer-lasting protection.

All BodyGlide products are made with plant-based waxes and contain no lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum oil.

Best Budget: Gold Bond Friction Defense

Gold Bond Friction Defense
Gold Bond Friction Defense. Courtesy of Amazon

This solid anti-blister stick contains a waxed-based lubricant combined with an aloe vera moisturizer. It is non-greasy and comes in either a scented and unscented version. You can use Gold Balm Friction Defense on your feet or any part of the body that is prone to chafing, including the underarms and groin.

Best for Long Treks: HikeGoo

HikeGoo. Courtesy of Amazon

HikeGoo is specially formulated for long distance walkers. This is the product you will need if you are participating in a marathon or planning to traverse rough terrain.

HikeGoo is made with a high melting point wax that alleviates friction while leaving your socks stain-free. It works equally in wet and dry conditions and doesn't leave a waxy residue like other products can.

There is also a RunGoo formula for distances of less than two miles and a WalkGoo for everyday use.

Best for Sports: 2Toms SportShield and BlisterShield

2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On
2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On. Courtesy of

2Toms offers two types of silicone-based, anti-blister protection. One is SportShield, available as either an odorless roll-on or towelette. For those who hate topical products, 2Tom's BlisterShield uses a powdered silicone that you simply sprinkle into your socks. Both create an almost frictionless surface that prevents blisters and alleviates pain.

Best Powder: Squeaky Cheeks Performance Powder

Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder
Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Squeaky Cheeks Performance Powder is an alternative product that foregoes the usual waxes and gels in favor of cornstarch and essential oils. Simply sprinkle the talc-free powder into your socks to absorb moisture and keep your feet dry. The oils help reduce friction and can even minimize foot odor.

Best Stick: FootGlide

Foot Glide Anti Blister Balm
Foot Glide Anti Blister Balm. Courtesy of

This formulation of BodyGlide is made specifically to prevent foot blisters and chafing. The product starts with the BodyGlide base and mixes in apricot and comfrey leaf oil which can help reduce dryness and flakiness.

Unlike BodyGlide, FootGlide has a mild, mostly inoffensive scent that some people may like and others won't. There is also a CycleGlide stick design to protect against chafing in the seat and groin.

Best Gel: SportSlick


SportSlick is a high-tech petroleum jelly that combines silicone and other polymers for longer-lasting, waterproof lubrication. The scent-free formulation also incorporates aloe vera, vitamin E and C, and natural plant extracts to moisturize and protect. A topical antifungal (tolnaftate) and antibacterial (triclosan) help prevent athletes foot, odor, and infection.

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