If you have acne or even just occasional pimples, you might have heard of pimple patches. If you’ve ever wondered what pimple patches are and what they do for acne, you need to check out this blog post! I’ll be letting you know about my favourite product for managing active breakouts, and how best to use them so they have the biggest effect on your acne!
I’ve been dealing with acne caused by blocked pores for many years now, but in the past year or so I’ve started experiencing hormonal breakouts along my jaw and chin, which are much more aggressive and difficult to manage. If you’d like to read more about my acne experience, and what I’ve learnt through having acne and what I’ve found helps the most, you might be interested in these past blog posts of mine!
Pimple patches, acne patches, or spot stickers are hydrocolloid bandages which can be applied to certain wounds to help healing and absorb excess fluids. Hydrocolloid is a plant-based material, meaning that these patches are biodegradable and compostable! Aside from that, it’s a super absorbent material that is quite gentle on the skin. This makes them perfect for sticking one on an active breakout (one with a head), and letting it absorb the pus and fluids out of your spot. After using one, your spot is usually left flattened, and much less angry and painful.
They also work by forming a seal, which protects that compromised skin from bacteria, scratches and picking/popping. Not only that, but the moist environment of the spot sticker allows the blemish to heal faster. Because you won’t be able to pick at or pop your spots, and the spot will heal faster under the moist environment, you’ll be less likely overall to form post-acne hyperpigmentation/scars where your spot was. If you’re someone who is prone to scars after getting a spot, these might be something to try!
So basically, I love these little stickers!
How to use spot stickers to get the BEST acne improvement
- Apply the sticker to clean, dry skin
This ensures the spot sticker adheres well.
2. Leave the sticker on for at least 6 hours, or overnight
The patches take some time to work. I like to wear my acne patches overnight, to give them time to work, but I also wear them during the day. They’re almost invisible, and now with all the mask wearing and staying at home, people are unlikely to notice them. But regardless, spot stickers are usually really hard to spot (if you’ll pardon the pun), because of their see-through material.
3. Be prepared to use consecutive stickers on the same pimple
As healing the skin takes a while, you should expect a pimple to require more than one spot sticker. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes, after using a spot sticker, your pimple might still have a small head. Also, it can be beneficial to use multiple in a row to give your pimple more time to heal in a clean, protected environment.
It’s totally okay to use a second spot sticker if you need one! For example, I might use one during the day, then decide that overnight, my spot will benefit from a touch more help with healing. In this case, I’ll wash my face, then apply my spot sticker on dry skin before doing my night-time skincare routine.
4. Use the right type of acne sticker for your zit
In this post, I’ve been talking about hydrocolloid patches that help to absorb pus and fluids from your spot. But there are so many types of acne patches! In my next blog post, I’ll be talking about the different types of spot sticker and what types of acne they suit best.
In general, these hydrocolloid spot stickers are best suited to spots which have formed a head.
There you have it! Those were my top tips for how best to use pimple patches. Now that you’ve learnt what pimple patches are and what they can do for acne, will you give them a go?