Acne stickers aka acne dots aka pimple patches akahydrocolloid bandages are one of the acnecommunity'slittle best kept secretsthat you didn't know you needed- until now.You can spot treat a pimple all day without anyone knowing, have your skin look completely flawless, and still wear makeup during the treatmentprocesses. They'reidealforbig pimples, pustules, andespecially hard under the skinbumps like cystic acne. That’s right, they work forcystic acne and we all know how stubborn those spots can be.
Hydrocolloid bandages are pretty much the bomb.com, and my go to for when a pesky pimple decides to rear its big ugly head during an important event where INEEDto look flawless (likemybestfriend's wedding for example).So, what makes them so magical and special? Aren't they just littleBand-Aids? Not so fast my friend, hydrocolloid bandages work much, much differently thanBand-Aids. And, not to mention, most pimple patches these days have added ingredients to unclog the pore like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, and aloeVera.
Have you ever worn heels? If so you may beone of the manymany women who havesuffered fromblistersandto treat these blisters you probably used a weird, thick,absorbent bandage. These, my friends, are hydrocolloid bandages.
Specifically speaking, hydrocolloid bandages have a surface that is treated with a gel-forming substance. They are opaque and adhereseamlessly to the skin, which is what makes it absolutely greatfor days where you want to wear makeup and also spot treat a pimple. When they come in contact with wounds, likeopened pimples orcystic acne for example, they absorb the fluid and swell. They literally suck out all the gunk from the pimple, you can physically see it once the bandage has beenremoved and sometimes even whenit's still intact. Pretty disgustingly cool(and addicting)stuff.
Hydrocolloid bandages arenontoxic and do not contain anyirritating chemicals. However,be sure to check the ingredient label as some brandshave added acnefighting additivesthat may be too harsh for sensitive skin.
Back in 2015 before these acne dots were all the rage, I used to stick huge hydrocolloid bandages right smack dab in the middle of my face, so really, these little dots that blend into the rest of my makeupare a godsend. There are several different brands on amazon (of whichI'm thinking about doing acomparison review) but for now the acne absorbing covers thatI decided to test out arefrom the tried and true bandage brandNexcare.
My first thought was that there wasn't very many in the box. They were $6.77 for a sheet of 36 stickers. For the price, I wish it came with a few sheets, maybe even 60 stickers? Considering you can get a whole box of hydrocolloid bandages for pretty cheap, I wasn't thrilled when I pulled out a singlesheet of small dots. But hey, you're paying for theconvenience of them being cut into perfectly sized circles I guess? I've only ever used the huge bandages on my face that typically leave red marks after you use them, so I can't complain!
I had a massive cystic spot pop up on my cheek right around that time of the month and I was dying to get some relief. I have been trying to avoid using chemicals on my face and thought this would be a good alternative to help it heal fast and work to prevent scarring. Luckily, I was right! After only one day the inflammation drastically reduced, after two it wascompletely flat.And, the best part is that I wore them all day and didn't even remember I had them on- that is until I went to go touch my pimple.
I didn't realize how much I did this until I started wearing the bandages,subconsciously touching it to makesure it was still there. The patchworked to keep out any new bacteria that was introduced from my hands and absorbed all of theinfection beneath the surfacesimultaneously. Even with acne spot treatments I can be guilty of touching or picking at timesso I couldn't really ask for a better duo.
The color is a little dark for my fair skin, it doesn't blend in seamlessly but it is barely noticeable and looks more "aesthetically pleasing" than a redinflamed pounding pus filled monster on your face. I ran errands allday;going to the grocery, post office, and even out to eat and no one said a thing about it or looked at me funny.Also, I personally felt like it looked good so it gave me more confidence. Because it doesn't leave your skin overly dry, protects it from outside irritants, and you canactually wearthe patchin public without being sideeyed- it's definitely got to be one of my new favorite spot treatments.
NowI'm addicted. I can't wait to try a few other brands and see how they hold up against theNexcare Patch. If you have a favorite acne patch let me know in the comments below!