Want to get rid of a pimple fast? Various spot treatments have been around forever to help heal individual blemishes. In recent years, however, new skincare technology has been developed to enable a more effective method of both overnight and daytime pimple treatment. The best new discovery in spot treatment is a bandaid-like sticker or "pimple patch" inspired by wound care used in hospitals. When applied before bed and left on through the night, these patches can make a pimple noticeably smaller, flatter, and less inflamed by the morning and some can even be worn "invisibly" during the day! So, what are these magic pimple patches How do they work? What are the best type of acne patches? Read on to find out!
What are acne pimple patches?
Pimple patches provide a moist, protected environment for pimples that allows them to heal more quickly than with standard spot treatments or pimples left on their own to heal. "They work by occluding the site of a pimple and encouraging the body to heal it,” according to NYC-based dermatologist, Dr. Nazarian (Today). By promoting faster healing of a pimple, they also help reduce post-acne spots (i.e. hyperpigmentation) and scars. Also called, "hydrocolloid patches", these small stickers are essentially a miniature version of high-tech bandages used in the hospitals to cure stubborn skin ulcers.
How do pimple patches work?
The best pimples patches are made of hydrocolloid, a water-absorbing material made from pectin, gelatin, or sodium carboxymethylcellulose. We know...those are big words, but essentially what you need to know is that they help to treat wounds by absorbing excess fluids and pus without over-drying the surrounding skin while some (the best acne patches) also deliver additional acne-fighting ingredients. The healing element of pimple patch is based on the clinical knowledge that moist, humid, environment enable better and faster healing of wounds.
Do pimple patches work?
There have been several Clinical studies comparing pimples that were treated with hydrocolloid patches to a control group that did not use the patches. The results have shown that pimples treated with hydrocolloid acne patches healed fatter with reduced redness and less post-acne hyperpigmentation that the pimples that were not addressed with pimples patches. In conclusion—yes, they work! Check out this article from Well + Good documenting one woman's success with pimple patch.
What are the different types of acne patches?
There essentially 4 types of pimple patches (including some of the most popular brands and best sellers):
1. Night-only hydrocolloid patches
First-generation pimples patches, thicker, rigid, and yellow in color. Example: Nexcare acne absorbing covers, original Korean brand CosRx pimple patches.
- Pros: They absorb the gunk out of the pimples!
- Cons: They are thick yellow and very visible. Impossible to water during the day or conceal with makeup.
2. Daytime hydrocolloid patches
Thinner and usually transparent. Example: Hero Costmetics Mighty Patch.
- Pros: Thinner patches that can be used during the day and be concealed with makeup.
- Cons: Can not absorb liquid and will be considerably less effective than other patches.
3. Night and day hydrocolloid patches
The newest generation of hydrocolloid pimples patches that provide benefits allows the best of 2 words. Examples: MDacne Master Pimple Patch, New CosRx patch.
- Pros: These new type of hydrocolloid stickers are very strong and adhesive yet thin and easy to remove.
- Cons: While they are invisible enough to be used during the day and night they are not as transparent as the day-only patches
*MDacne Master Pimple Patch Additional Benefits:
- Sizing: Comes with a variety of different sizes
- Transparent: Neary "invisible" once applied to the skin
4. Non-hydrocolloid patches:
These are band-aids like stickers that contain small amounts of anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid, tea tree oil, or benzoyl peroxide. Example: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots.
- Pros: The enclosed environment behind the sticker helps keep the active ingredients on the skin and prevents touching and picking the blemish.
- Cons: 1. Pus and fluid are not sucked out of the blemish as they are with hydrocolloid patches 2. The active ingredients can irritate and overdry a pimple.
When should you use pimple patches?
Since hydrocolloid pimple patches work by absorbing fluid (i.e. puss!) they work best on blemishes that have a head (a visible white point with pus). For early-stage pimples (red or inflamed but without clear fluids under the skin), stick to your active acne treatment creams, which will fight the active bacteria and reduce inflammation. If and when a pimple comes to a head, you can apply a hydrocolloid patch to absorb the pus and speed up the remaining healing process.
How do you apply your pimple patches?
Depending on the type of the pimple patch you're using, you can apply your patch in the morning or evening as directed. However, here are some tips that will help improve the efficacy of any type of pimple patch you're using to compliment your acne treatment program.
1. Use your acne cleanser to wash your face.
2. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel (do not rub!).
3. Choose a patch that's large enough to cover an entire pimple with a little extra space on the sides.
4. Apply the patch over the affected area. Make sure the pimple is centered, and the sticker is sitting smoothly over your skin.
5. Apply your morning or night cream to your entire face (Pro Tip: do not apply any skin treatments or moisturizers before applying the patch).
When to remove the pimple patch?
You can leave a pimple patch on your skin for a full day or night. When the patch shows a visibly white dot, that means it has absorbed puss from a pimple and is ready to be removed. If a pimple is still raised or swollen, replace it the patch with a new patch then or the following day or night (depending on your type of patch)
What are the best pimple patches on the market today?
The effective (and popular) & dermatologist-recommended pimple patches are hydrocolloid patches that can be worn both day and night. 2 options for these thinner, transparent patches are the MDacne Master Pimple Patch and thin Cosrx patch These two products are both excellent with some differences. The MDacne Master Patch is clear in color while the Cosrx patch is yellow, making the MDacne patches a bit easier to conceal the daytime. The MDacne Master Pimple Patches are also packaged in sterile aluminum, allowing superior safety and shelf life. While these patches can be a huge help to tackle existing blemishes, they should always be considered an adjust therapy alongside other other skincare products designed to help fight and prevent future breakouts.
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