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There’s no better time to start accessorizing with pimple patches than now, in the era of mask-wearing and home-working. Whenever a stubborn spot takes shape, all you need to do is immediately stick one of these patches on top of the blemish. Then it can start working its magic and get rid of that zit.
Pimple patches absorb dirt, grime, and bacteria trapped under the skin to banish breakouts and protect the area from external bacteria (and pimple-picking!). They’re especially great for eliminating the irritating triggers that can both cause and worsen pimples beneath your mask. In other words, they’re a must-have in-purse accessory whenever a pimple pops up.
Let’s find out more about the function of acne patches, why you should try them, and the best Truly pimple patch for you.
According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Lavanya Krishnan, pimple patches are meant for surface-level acne like blackheads, whiteheads, and pus-filled bumps. Unfortunately, they won’t work for cystic acne.
Acne patches are made of hydrocolloid, an ingredient that absorbs fluid from zits and can help heal wounds. Essentially, they dry pimples out, draining the toxins trapped beneath the skin, while accelerating healing.
They’re particularly useful for people who have a picking habit. If you tend to pick and pop your pimples (aka, a recipe for scars!), then these acne patches will help keep your mitts off.
For best results, use the patch as early as possible – as soon as your zit strikes – to minimize inflammation and shorten the length of time it takes to heal. Also, look for soothing ingredients in acne patches to reduce redness, such as tea tree, hyaluronic acid, and CBD.
We’ve got some excellent recommendations for you below.
SUPER HEART PATCHES
Who said acne patches had to be dull and medical-looking? Truly’s Super Heart Patches are cute and fun from the outside, but inside they contain powerful zit-zapping ingredients such as hydrocolloid and benzoyl peroxide.
Whereas hydrocolloid absorbs fluid from the zit, benzoyl peroxide deeply penetrates the skin and eliminates acne-causing bacteria. There’s also a dash of citric acid in there to exfoliate the upper layer of dead skin cells, clean out the pores, and smooth out the skin.
Instead of hiding your zit, embrace it. Show it off by sticking a heart on it, because acceptance is the most beautiful thing of all.
SUPER STAR PATCHES
Packed with retinol, salicylic acid and hydrocolloid, Truly’s Super Star Patches may look adorable on the outside, but inside they’re fierce breakout attackers.
Salicylic acid is a hero in the acne department. It works by penetrating deep into the pores to dissolve dead skin cells and built up dirt so that pores can remain clear and unclogged. As for retinol, that helps boost collagen production and speed up cell turnover to shrink pores, reduce acne, and even out discoloration.
In addition to its pimple-destroying superpowers, these Super Star Patches also prevent scarring and hyperpigmentation – a common side effect of acne.
SUPER CBD PATCHES
The next time a juicy zit appears on your face, make the process a whole lot chiller by sticking on one of Truly’s Super CBD Patches. Formulated with hemp, glycolic acid, and tea tree oil, these patches help to banish your blemish, balance out dryness, and reduce redness.
Glycolic acid is made up of small molecules that makes it able to penetrate the skin easily – and deeply. This makes it highly effective for treating acne, blackheads, and oiliness. Glycolic acid cleanses away bacteria by removing the top layers of skin and stimulating collagen growth and enhanced elastin.
Hemp oil, on the other hand, regulates the skin’s oil production, balancing out oily skin, and moisturizing without clogging pores. It’ll also stop that dried out zit from going flaky.
… and which should you try?
All three acne patches are great for tackling zits, but they’re each slightly different in their own way. For instance, besides hydrocolloid, they each contain different active ingredients.
Super Heart contains benzoyl peroxide and citric acid, which both specifically target breakouts. Super Star is formulated with a blend of acne-banishing salicylic acid and anti-scarring retinol to remove zits without a trace of hyperpigmentation. And Super CBD – it banishes blemishes without drying out or irritating the skin thanks to its high content of hemp and tea tree oil.
They’re all effective at treating spots. They just offer additional varying benefits.
If your skin is fine except for the occasional breakout, opt for Hearts. Prone to scarring and hyperpigmentation? Try Stars. Does your skin often feel tight and dry? Choose CBD.
Pimple patches are best for treating superficial acne and bumps, rather than deep, cystic acne. To get the most out of them, stick them on your breakout ASAP. Whenever you see the first signs, get one on there.
Start with a freshly cleansed, dry face. You shouldn’t have any creams, oils, or product on your skin. Place the sticker onto the blemish and leave it on for at least six hours or overnight. When you’re ready for it to come off, gently remove the sticker and repeat until your zit has gone. Remember to always follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF.
For faster results, try to leave the patch on for as long as possible.
Bright Stickers May Fight the Stigma, but You’ll Still Need a Solid Skincare Regimen
At Truly, we believe in fighting the stigma of self-consciousness and acne. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, which is why we’ve created bright pink heart-shaped and star-shaped stickers designed to show off acne, instead of hide it.
Besides treating the pimples, they also zap away the negative connotation surrounding breakouts by giving them a heart or star. It’s about acceptance and self-love.
Nevertheless, pimple patches alone won’t get rid of your acne completely. You will still need to maintain a preventative skincare routine customized to your skin and specific needs. This includes cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing to eliminate current and future breakouts.
So stock up on Truly patches by all means, but don’t neglect your daily skincare regimen. It matters a lot when it comes to maintaining clear, acne-free skin.