How effective are pimple patches in reducing acne?
Few skincare products enjoy the same popularity as instant acne cures, and if they manage to make the bump invisible, that’s even better. Cue: pimple patches. These anti-acne stickers are meant to go directly on your bump to help disinfect it, minimise its size, and keep it hidden from environmental factors so they don’t make it any worse. While this may sound like a dream invention, is it any better than using a spot treatment instead? Would you prefer having a sticker over your face as opposed to an exposed pimple? Most importantly, is it really the magic pimple buster we’ve all been waiting for? We got all the details straight from the experts here.
How do pimple patches really work?
It can be a task to stop yourself from touching an active acne bump, mindlessly, over the course of your day. Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Abhijit Desai believes that pimple patches can stop you from worsening your skin’s condition. “The advantage of a pimple patch is that it deters the person from picking on or bursting their acne. However, it cannot be considered as an easy alternative or substitution for actual medical treatment, [especially in cases of cystic acne].”
These tiny skincare stickers usually contain targeted ingredients that help minimise your acne spots and of course, stop you from touching it and infecting it further. Ju Rhyu, co-founder and CEO of Hero Cosmetics talks about how their Mighty Patches really work. “The patches have two main benefits. First, the sticker acts as a shield and prevents you from touching and picking the affected area which helps protect against spreading bacteria and dirt. Second, the hydrocolloid in the patch absorbs out the inflammatory pus inside the pimple and keeps the area moist. Absorbing the bad gunk out and keeping the area moist helps the pimple heal faster. When used on the right pimple, you’ll see the pimple flattened overnight.”