An ugly pimple crops up on your face and you have an interview the next day? You could put a little tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide on it, but the spot treatment of the moment are acne patches. Long gone are the days of trying to dry your pimples out with toothpaste and baking soda (both are irritating and could make scarring worse by increasing inflammation).
There are lots of advantages to using acne patches:
• They protect your pimple from rubbing and touching (whether you’re doing it subconsciously or just rubbing your face on your pillow at night), which can lead to infection and scarring
• They can create a moist environment for faster and better healing
• They can deliver active ingredients to your pimple and the bandage can make them penetrate more effectively
• They can absorb fluid from your pimple
• They can protect your pimple from UV light, which can decrease pigmentation
• They’re waterproof, so you don’t need to reapply them every time you wash your face
Hydrocolloid bandages are flexible bandages made of a water-attracting material attached to a thin plastic film. The bandage is stuck to an open wound with the water-attracting film facing downwards. Hydrocolloids were originally designed to be used for ulcers, but they’ve become more popular for acne.
The outer film keeps everything in place, as well as preventing the water from evaporating and drying out the wound, so the wound heals faster in this moist healing environment and the new skin that forms is supple rather than tight and stiff.
The water-attracting material is usually made of carboxymethyl cellulose, gelatin and/or pectin, which have lots of water-binding groups in their chemical structure. This sucks fluid out of the wound. As fluid enters the bandage, it goes from transparent to white and swells up, which means you get a very satisfying white spot:
WHEN SHOULD I USE A HYDROCOLLOID ACNE PATCH BANDAGE
Use a hydrocolloid bandage if your pimple is raised or has visible pus, so it can suck out the fluid and flatten out the pimple.
ACNE PATCH REVIEWS
Check out the reviews on Dream Dots.
WHERE CAN I BUY HYDROCOLLOID BANDAGES AND ACNE PATCHES?
Dream Dots can be bought on
Be careful when you’re buying acne patches. The two types look very similar so make sure you’re buying the one which is a medical device, branded and sealed as Dream Dots. Dream Dots are usually more expensive and will specifically say “Dream Dots” on the pack.
HAVE YOU TRIED HYDROCOLLOID BANDAGES OR ACNE TREATMENT PATCHES FOR PIMPLES? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THEM?
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