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ACNE 101: Pimple Patches

We view pimple patches as a modern miracle, and an important spot acne treatment that everybody should have in their medicine cabinet. They’re a simple, effective and reliable tool to use whenever a breakout arises.

TYPES OF PIMPLE PATCHES

There are three common types of pimple patches: hydrocolloid, medicated and microneedle.

Hydrocolloid

If you tend to pick at your pimples, or if you are looking for a gentle, effective solution that both treats and heals acne, hydrocolloid pimple patches are for you. Hydrocolloid is a non-medicated solution that has historically been used in bandage form within the medicinal field to heal wounds. Why? Hydrocolloids are made of gel-forming agents that work to create a moist environment around the wounded area to draw out excess fluids and pus. Applying a hydrocolloid pimple patch to acne works the same way! This also promotes healing (so you have less of a chance to get an acne scar once it heals) and keeps your breakout area sterile and bacteria-free. You will find that most pimple patches out in the market these days are made from hydrocolloid due to its effective and gentle approach in healing acne and can easily be worn both in the daytime or at night.

Medicated

If your skin is prone to papules, nodular acne or cystic acne, medicated pimple patches are best for you. Medicated acne treatment patches are infused with active ingredients, such as salicylic acid or tea tree oil, to help kill acne-causing bacteria and treat inflamed acne. The most effective medicated pimple patches are those that are a hydrocolloid base with infused actives. There’s also acne spot treatments that can be effective to treat with and pair with a hydrocolloid pimple patch as well.

Microneedle

For a simple way to target deep cystic acne or painful hormonal acne, microneedle patches are for you. Don’t fret – the word “microneedle” sounds intense, but it’s actually a pretty painless acne treatment. These unique pimple patches use dissolving microneedling technology to gently penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to deliver acne-fighting active ingredients more effectively and directly. Especially for cystic acne, this type of acne patch will be the most penetrating and help heal and treat the spot quickly. These are typically worn overnight, and typically a bit larger in size.

WHEN TO USE PIMPLE PATCHES

There’s not necessarily a bad time to use a pimple patch, however there are times when they’ll work best. Here’s when to use one:

  • When an inflammatory pimple is at or coming to a head and you want all that pus to come to the surface when you’re trying to get an open pimple wound to completely drain.

  • When you’ve just popped a pimple and want it to heal without spreading the infection.

  • Whenever you need to stop yourself from picking at your skin.

  • If your acne is in a spot where you’re experiencing physical irritation (like around glasses or a face mask).

    While these acne-treating stickers couldn’t be simpler to use, you may need some help choosing the best one for your acne concerns.

SHOP PIMPLE PATCHES
& ACNE TREATMENTS

HYDROCOLLOID

MICRONEEDLE

ACNE SPOT TREATMENT

ACNE SCAR FADERS


READ MORE ON THE KLOG

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(Mask-Induced Acne)

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ACNE 101:
Pimple Patches

We view pimple patches as a modern miracle, and an important spot acne treatment that everybody should have in their medicine cabinet. They’re a simple, effective and reliable tool to use whenever a breakout arises.

TYPES OF PIMPLE PATCHES

There are three common types of pimple patches: hydrocolloid, medicated and microneedle.

Hydrocolloid

If you tend to pick at your pimples, or if you are looking for a gentle, effective solution that both treats and heals acne, hydrocolloid pimple patches are for you. Hydrocolloid is a non-medicated solution that has historically been used in bandage form within the medicinal field to heal wounds. Why? Hydrocolloids are made of gel-forming agents that work to create a moist environment around the wounded area to draw out excess fluids and pus. Applying a hydrocolloid pimple patch to acne works the same way! This also promotes healing (so you have less of a chance to get an acne scar once it heals) and keeps your breakout area sterile and bacteria-free. You will find that most pimple patches out in the market these days are made from hydrocolloid due to its effective and gentle approach in healing acne and can easily be worn both in the daytime or at night.

Medicated

If your skin is prone to papules, nodular acne or cystic acne, medicated pimple patches are best for you. Medicated acne treatment patches are infused with active ingredients, such as salicylic acid or tea tree oil, to help kill acne-causing bacteria and treat inflamed acne. The most effective medicated pimple patches are those that are a hydrocolloid base with infused actives. There’s also acne spot treatments that can be effective to treat with and pair with a hydrocolloid pimple patch as well.

Microneedle

For a simple way to target deep cystic acne or painful hormonal acne, microneedle patches are for you. Don’t fret – the word “microneedle” sounds intense, but it’s actually a pretty painless acne treatment. These unique pimple patches use dissolving microneedling technology to gently penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to deliver acne-fighting active ingredients more effectively and directly. Especially for cystic acne, this type of acne patch will be the most penetrating and help heal and treat the spot quickly. These are typically worn overnight, and typically a bit larger in size.

WHEN TO USE
PIMPLE PATCHES

There’s not necessarily a bad time to use a pimple patch, however there are times when they’ll work best. Here’s when to use one:

  • When an inflammatory pimple is at or coming to a head and you want all that pus to come to the surface when you’re trying to get an open pimple wound to completely drain.

  • When you’ve just popped a pimple and want it to heal without spreading the infection.

  • Whenever you need to stop yourself from picking at your skin.

  • If your acne is in a spot where you’re experiencing physical irritation (like around glasses or a face mask).

    While these acne-treating stickers couldn’t be simpler to use, you may need some help choosing the best one for your acne concerns.

SHOP PIMPLE PATCHES
& ACNE TREATMENTS

HYDROCOLLOID

MICRONEEDLE

ACNE SPOT TREATMENT

ACNE SCAR FADERS


READ MORE ON
THE KLOG

How to Cope with Stressed Skin and ‘Maskne’ (Mask-Induced Acne)

The 3 Different Types of Acne and How to Treat Them

How To Treat Hormonal Acne