What are acne patches and how do they work?
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We’re talking about all the many types of stickers you may use to stick up an outbreak on your face.
As of present, there are three basic types of acne patches. I’m sure they’ll come up with something else shortly.
Hydrocolloid patches, acne treatment patches, and microneedle patches are the three types.
All three of them will keep your pimples clean and protected from rubbing and scratching.
If you have a pimple, you may unconsciously pick at it even while sleeping. It protects it from rubbing against your pillowcase or your hair, for example.
They also aid in the moistening of an open wound for faster and better healing. They can also aid transfer active ingredients to your pimple or absorb the absorption of active ingredients, depending on the type of patch.
They can also absorb and draw out any seeping fluid from your pimple. Pimple patches can also protect your pimples from the sun’s rays.
This is beneficial because it reduces the likelihood of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
These are brown pigment patches on your skin that appear after you’ve experienced acne and can take a long time to remove.
It’s usually ideal to strive to limit the amount of forms that form in the first place.
Because pimple patches are normally waterproof, you won’t have to reapply them every time you wash your face, unless you scrub your face too hard and water gets underneath the bandage.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these three types.
Hydrocolloid bandages were first intended to treat ulcers, but in Asia, they became popular for treating acne.
They’re also becoming more widely available outside of Asia.
These bandages are constructed of a water-attracting substance on a thin plastic membrane and are flexible.
The water attracting material has adhesive on the other side, so you stick it to your skin with the water attracting substance facing down.
Polyurethane is commonly used for the durable plastic outer coating, which helps keep everything in place.
It’s also waterproof, so it keeps your wound wet by preventing water from evaporating.
This speeds up the healing process and makes the new skin more elastic and flexible, so it doesn’t feel as tight and stretched out.
The plastic layer also protects the wound from scratching and prevents the water-attracting material from absorbing water from the surrounding environment.
It should mostly absorb water from your wound.
Carboxymethyl cellulose, pectin, or gelatin, or a combination of these, are commonly used as the water-attracting ingredient.
These materials are excellent in attracting and holding water, thus they aid in the removal of fluid from your pimple.
They’re essentially humectant moisturizers strung together into a massive solid humectant lump.
As fluid is absorbed into the bandage, it turns opaque white, resulting in this pleasing white spot.
What are the advantages of hydrocolloid bandages?
Although there are numerous research on the benefits of hydrocolloid bandages for open wounds, there is just one on acne.
They discovered that applying 3m acne dressings on pimples for two days and then changing them lowered the severity of acne. It also helped to lessen the appearance of redness, oiliness, and dark pigmentation.
Hydrocolloid bandages have the disadvantage of being more expensive than alternative acne treatment patches.
They’re also thicker than acne patches, and this thickens even more as they absorb more moisture.
A few pointers on how to use hydrocolloid bandages.
You can buy larger bandages intended for wound care and split them up into smaller forms.
Thinner hydrocolloid bandages are available and tend to stick and stay on a little better.
If you wish to wear them throughout the day, they also blend in a little better.
Be extremely cautious while purchasing hydrocolloid bandages.
They resemble acne treatment patches in appearance. So double-check that the package says hydrocolloid.
I’ve heard that hydrocolloid bandages work well on pimples that are still intact.
Personally, I’ve found that lancing the pimple first works better for me.
Acne Treatment Patch
These contain active ingredients that are given to the pimple while it is still on the skin.
Salicylic acid and tea tree oil are the most prevalent active ingredients in them, and they’re both helpful for pimples.
These resemble hydrocolloid bandages in appearance.
They’re similar to a hydrocolloid bandage, but without the hydrocolloid layer and with acne-fighting ingredients.
They’re usually a lot less expensive as well.
These acne treatment patches provide a number of benefits.
They help your skin absorb ingredients better than if it were exposed to the air since they occluding the skin.
The patch also retains the active ingredients right where the pimple is, preventing them from being rubbed off or moving around on your skin.
It keeps your pimple moist so that it heals faster and keeps it clean, just like the other patches that help protect your pimple from rubbing and scratching.
The disadvantage of acne treatment patches is that if you haven’t maintained the region clean or if you’re allergic to any of the active ingredients in the patch, the occlusive covering will amplify your reaction.
I once made the mistake of using one on a pimple soon before a wedding, and the pimple grew three times its original size overnight.
The moral of the story is that you should try the patch before a major event.
A few pointers on how to use acne treatment patches.
Before you apply the patch, make sure your skin is clean underneath it.
It will stick better, and you will be less likely to seal something irritating onto your skin.
Despite the fact that the active ingredients in the patches are often very similar, they operate very differently.
Before you go out and buy some, make sure you’ve read some reviews.
They look a lot like hydrocolloid patches when you buy them, so be sure you check which one you’re getting.
The active ingredients are usually listed somewhere in the description of acne treatment patches.
They’ll also be less expensive than hydrocolloid bandages.
Dissolving Microneedle Patches
These are the most up-to-date and luxurious ones on the market.
These are adhesive bandages with a chip on top that dissolves in water. This chip is covered in tiny microneedles.
Consider it a particularly formed sugar chip with active ingredients contained in it.
These contain active ingredients that are commonly used in acne spot treatments.
Salicylic acid, niacinamide, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid are examples.
The sticky bandage in some of these is also a hydrocolloid bandage. The key concept behind them is that the microneedles may penetrate the stratum corneum, the skin’s natural barrier.
This top layer of skin serves as a very effective barrier to any active ingredients you apply.
The active ingredients can go to the pimple where they’re needed thanks to the micro needles.
The microneedles’ form and length are determined by the brand and product you’re using.
Some needles are circular, while others are square, and still others are cross-shaped.
The microneedles disintegrate in the water that is naturally present in your skin after about two hours.
They’re really little and don’t penetrate very deeply.
You may have seen individuals use dermarollers, which produce a lot of blood and agony, but the microneedles in these patches are far shorter and don’t reach deep enough to cause any pain or pull out any blood.
It doesn’t feel like much in terms of comfort most of the time. It seems stiff and unpleasant at first, but I suppose it’s primarily due to the fact that you’ve got this hard chip adhered to your skin.
The most significant benefit of these microneedle patches is that they can penetrate the stratum corneum, allowing active ingredients to be delivered more effectively.
In addition, active ingredients in microneedle patches persist far longer than in a water-based serum.
Antioxidants, for example, are more likely to be active when you apply it.
The most significant downside is that they are usually quite costly. This is due to the fact that there is a lot that goes into manufacturing these.
Because the microneedles are so delicate, they must be safeguarded from being knocked against before being applied to the skin.
They must also be kept from moisture in the air, as this will cause them to dissolve.
If they’re packaged individually or in little packets with a water-absorbing desiccant, they’re usually ok.
Before you put them on, make sure your skin is clean and dry so the tiny needles can actually penetrate your skin before they start to dissolve.
It is recommended that you apply these as soon as you notice a pimple.
I found these to be most effective on medium-depth pimples rather than the more deep cystic pimples that might occur under the skin.
It usually happens with pimples that appear after a few days.
I can notice the people cease growing after a few hours when I use them, and it works much better overnight.
Which One is My Favorite?
It all depends on the type of pimple I’m dealing with.
This could be a very different situation for you.
This is solely based on my own personal experience.
When I have a pimple with a lot of fluid or pus, I use a hydrocolloid bandage because it can absorb all of the fluid without sliding off.
If I have a particularly vexing medium-depth pimple, I immediately reach for the microneedle patches.
I normally save these for the nastier pimples because they’re a little more pricey, so I try to use them sparingly.
Acne patches haven’t worked for me, but I know they’ve worked for others.
Personally, I’d use them for slightly smaller, less irritated pimples that don’t seem to warrant a microneedle patch.
The most important thing to remember while using them is to thoroughly clean your skin before applying them.
Rebecca is a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician with almost 15 years experience in the dermatology. Her life-long passion is making people look good and happy.