Taking Tik Tok by storm, the increasingly popular hydrocolloid patches are the new way to fight unwelcome breakouts. These little patches have everyone talking, but what are they?
Hydrocolloid patches are also known as acne stickers as they go over spots on the face. They work by absorbing the excess fluids such as oil and pus from the pimple. Covering acne with one of these patches means it’s protected from your fingers that have bacteria on them. The patches speed up healing time and prevent any scarring. It is obvious when it is working as the patch turns a white colour which is all the gunk from your spot. You’ll visibly be able to see the spot that emerged as a bump is now flat. The patches won’t leave your skin dry and flaky. Instead, they will leave the skin hydrated and redness-free. What’s great is you can get all of this in just a few hours of wearing the patch.
These tiny patches are revolutionary because now we can actually get rid of a spot overnight. They are great if you’re a pimple picker. Put a patch over your spot, and the urge to pick it disappears. Hydrocolloid patches work wonders for self-esteem as they reduce the general look of your spot.
Hydrocolloid patches are great for breakouts caused by maskne. Since we are wearing masks everywhere, they are still causing breakouts on the lower half of our faces. Put one of these stickers over the spot forming on your skin. Then, when you’re out and about, the spot is protected from bacteria in the mask. Not only this, but your mask will also hide the patch, and no one has to know! Here are the best patches to buy
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches are the highly-rated K-Beauty bestsellers. These patches are perfect if you struggle with those stubborn spots that don’t seem to go away no matter what you do. It comes with 24 different-sized patches for all kinds of spots. These patches are nearly invisible and have impressive staying power. You can even wear them underneath your makeup. They work quickly and effectively to get rid of those unwanted spots.
Looking for a cute way to battle a breakout? Meet Starface Hydro-stars. These adorable bright yellow stars are some of the best hydrocolloid patches on the market. The Hydro-stars grip onto the skin and shield the spot from outside bacteria. What’s more, they are vegan and oil-free. Starface wants to change the negative stigma around acne through the use of their colourful design.
Zitsticka KILLA Spot Clarifying Patch Kit uses self-dissolving micro dart technology to erase blemishes. The micro darts are tiny and create a slight tingling sensation when applying to the skin. Genius and powerful, these patches are designed to stop the spot before it emerges. It comes with 24 transparent patches that work within 2 hours of application. The patches flatten and calm the spot at the source. For even better results, leave the patch overnight.
The thin and transparent Dots for Spots are created with hydrocolloid to reduce blemishes by extracting impurities from them. These patches are vegan-friendly and include 24 dots. The minimum time to leave these patches on is 6 hours but, they work best when left overnight. Creating a no-touch healing environment enables the spot to clear up without leaving a scar.
Words By Eleanor Coleman