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Can anyone please explain why, without fail, on the days that I know I will be the most visible to the world, a familiar foe will all-too-suddenly rear its ugly head prominently on my face? Why am I still suffering from spiteful teenage acne as a grown woman? And how does it know my calendar so well that it strategically appears promptly before important meetings, fancy dinners, and big social events?
Those little suckers have endless reasons to make an appearance, but today I am here to talk about my new favorite solution: pimple patches.
Normally I take a great amount of satisfaction in extracting these unexpected visitors the moment they are ready. But when I am able to restrain myself until my end-of-day skincare routine, I have been slapping on a pimple patch, which basically embraces my unwanted invader in a tight, authoritative hug long enough that when I wake up in the morning it is miraculously and significantly smaller. Patches are not for the faint of heart – by the time the sun rises, the patch has absorbed all of the pus and fluid that lived in your pimple, and while it’s satisfying to peel off and throw away, it’s not the loveliest process to visualize.
Most pimple patches are essentially hydrocolloid bandages, which are designed to absorb fluid from your blemish. The sticky cellulose keeps water and bacteria from entering your pimple, while simultaneously absorbing the wound fluid. Unfortunately, these patches have less of an effect on cystic acne, and are better suited for pimples that are ready for extraction – the ones you find yourself mindfully trying not to pick at home. Think whiteheads, already-popped pimples, or enlarged pores; these would be your best candidates for the patch.
My introduction to the pimple patch scene came via K Beauty favorite Cosrx. I would buy sheets and sheets and even give them out like candy to all my friends. Each sheet has three different sizes, depending on how big that bugger is – the patch must always completely cover the pimple.
Brands like Mighty Patch have taken it even a step further and made a patch for the day, which is nearly undetectable. With their Invisible+, you get the same great-pus absorbing power as the original version, but much thinner and much more invisible.
If you are looking for salicylic acid treatment on your acne patches, Peace Out Acne Healing Dots infuse the acid with Vitamin A and aloe vera to soothe, treat and even prevent acne.
Most of my blemishes on my face are due to lack of hydration. Making sure you are staying plenty moisturized throughout the day can help to fight against those pesky blackhead bumps. Peter Thomas Roth’s Acne Clear Invisible Dots contain hyaluronic acid to secure hydration while fighting against your acne.
The most affordable on the market are the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers. They are suitable for daytime, but you should keep them on all night to absorb bacteria, oil and other blemish making culprits.
ZitSticka Killa Pimple Patch hails from Australia as the first product on ZitSticka’s agenda. It is covered with dissolving microneedles filled with salicylic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. They also offer a wipe to cleanse the inflamed area before adhering the patch. This double team of wipes and patch is sure to bring down the swelling, redness and size.