Can This Tiny Little Sticker Banish That Zit From Hell?

Naaila Khan

If there ever was a skin concern women have everybody has been riddled with more than a few times in their lives, it has to be acne. Whether a chronic condition, the average blackhead/whitehead population on the T-zone or flare-ups by way of an unfortunate gift from puberty, no one’s been spared a zit or four – which is why seasoned acne-fighters like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur-based compounds salicylic acid, and natural options like tea tree oil have all been regulars in our beauty regimes, but all compromised with their own disadvantages.

Well, it’s time to welcome a new champion in your acne-fighting army – acne patches. Which they’ve been around a while in the Asian continent, the beauty literati’s dot-happy faces have now implored us to put this spot treatment to the test. What do they do? First, acne patches come in two varieties – a medicated and a non-medicated one, both meant to be simply stuck on your blemishes and make them go away. The difference? While the technology for both stems from medical wound care, the non-medicated one is made of a hydrocolloid material (like a blister bandage) that’s typically an adhesive dressing containing gel-forming agents that sucks out the gunk from the zit, and the medicated patch that sticks thin and tight on your skin and is saturated with a bunch of active ingredients (almost always including salicylic acid) to work on the blemish. But what both do unfailingly? Keep your bacteria-ridden fingers far prowling around your breakouts, which is surprisingly what helps the most.

The disadvantages? Acne patches can only be used on that one pesky zit that flares up without notice – or a few – but they don’t add up to much for those dealing with acne as a condition. Second, if you’re sensitive to ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (or even the adhesive), their concentrated dose might react not-so-well to the situation.

If the next question that pops up in your head is which kind to use on which type of blemish, well, there’s no standard rule. Our best advice would be to use a medicated one when your blemish is just inflamed and threatening to grow, and the non-medicated one when you know there’s something brewing beneath the surface (including blackheads/whiteheads) – but you’ll only know what works best for you when you give it a test run. Slap the patch on for at least 8 hours or overnight and let the patch do its job – don’t expect your zit to magically disappear though – the patches will make a huge difference but won’t erase all signs of the lesion. See for yourself! 

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