We all know that pimple patches are basically little stickers of magic – you pop one on top of a breakout that has come to a head, go to sleep and *most of the time* you wake up and they’re somehow magically gone (or at least reduced!). They might just be the answer to our acne woes. So, have you ever wondered why and how pimple patches actually work? Let's discuss!
What is a pimple patch?
If you've been living under a rock and haven't caught on to the pimple patch craze yet, fear not! We've got the lowdown on these magical little stickers beloved by celebs including Justin Bieber himself. So, what are they exactly? Pimple patches are tiny stickers made of hydrocolloid that you stick right on top breakouts. They're like the cool cousin of traditional hydrocolloid bandages, which are typically used within the medical field to draw out fluid from wounds and speed up the healing process. But pimple patches take it to a whole new level by drawing out pus and keeping your hands away from the problem area to minimise bacteria spread. Some – like our famous everyday pimple patches – actually have the added bonus of breakout fighting ingredients in them like tea tree oil, salicylic acid and niacinamide to make them work double time. Trust us, these guys are your bestie when dealing with a pesky breakout.
How do pimple patches work?
When you apply a pimple patch to a blemish, it creates a protective barrier between the pimple and the outside world. This helps to keep the area clean and free from bacteria, which can often exacerbate acne. It also helps to prevent you from picking at the pimple (we all know how tempting that can be), which can lead to scarring and further breakouts.
So, how long do you leave a pimple patch on for?
We recommend leaving them on for a minimum of 6 hours, or ideally even overnight for maximum effectiveness. But if you're struggling with the urge to pick during the day, go ahead and slap them on then too! Either way, these little patches work wonders at keeping your hands off your face and your pimples on the mend.
What to do after removing a pimple patch
Now, let's talk about what to do after removing a pimple patch. Once you remove the patch, gently cleanse the area with the anti-bacterial cleanser, apply your favourite rebound serum and follow up with the skin shady SPF50+ . It's important to avoid picking or squeezing the pimple, as this can cause further irritation and potentially lead to scarring.
Can you wear a pimple patch overnight?
100%, pop on a pimple patch and get ready for some sweet dreams, because these babies were made to work their magic while you snooze. You see, the moisture from the patch actually helps to speed up the natural healing process, so you can wake up and see the results right in front of you. Who needs a fairy godmother when you've got pimple patches?
Can you use the spot treatment with a pimple patch?
Bestie, please! That's like asking if you can wear your favourite sneakers with your cutest outfit. Of course, you can pair up your pimple patches with our acne hack spot treatment – they're a power couple that'll have those breakouts running for the hills! Here's the deal: at night, cleanse your skin with our anti-bacterial cleanser, pat it dry, then apply the spot treatment to any active pimples. Wait five minutes for the product to do its thing, then slather on our thirst trap moisturiser to keep that skin hydrated. Wait another five minutes to let everything settle before slapping on those pimple patches like they're going out of style. Trust us, this combo is a game changer for fighting those blemishes!
But can you use a pimple patch every day?
While it's okay to use a pimple patch every day, it's important to not overdo it. Pimple patches are meant to be used on active pimples and not on areas of the skin without any blemishes. As we mentioned before, overusing pimple patches can lead to dry skin and irritation due to the active ingredients involved, so it's important to use them only as needed.
If you’re struggling with breakouts, you may want to reach for your anti-bacterial cleanser and of course the acne hack spot treatment, the go-to duo for fighting breakout causing bacteria and removing congestion.
So, why should you use pimple patches?
For starters, they're incredibly easy to use and if you’re not already convinced, Pimple patches are non-invasive, gentle on the skin and easy to use. They don't cause any pain or discomfort, and they don't leave any scars or marks.