All of us are guilty of taking the matters into our own hands when it comes to getting rid of those stubborn pimples. Pimples have been part of almost everyone's lives and for some it can get more serious and continuous. And while all of us have tried to incorporate one thing or the other into our skin care routines in order to reduce them, pimple patches appear to be the new instant formula for bringing in our self-esteem back by getting rid of pimples. They are being used a lot to prevent that popping up of pimple by our own hands and to prevent any bacteria. However, there are many doubts amongst people when it comes to using this particular product. And therefore, we are here to help clear all these doubts as much as possible with the uses of pimple patches.
What Is A Pimple Patch?
A pimple patch is a small sticker translucent sticker, consisting of a gel called hydrocolloid. A hydrocolloid is used as a transparent and opaque dressing for chronic wounds. This product is breathable and adheres to the skin. When used in pimple patches, it absorbs the liquid from the pimple and covers the wound to prevent it from worsening any further. The purpose of these patches is to prevent any bacteria and dirt entering the pimple, or popping it, stopping it from getting any worse. And without being too visible on the skin, pimple patches might be the best instant solution.
How To Use Them And Are They Really Effective?
These patches can be used during the day, or even during the night, depending on your convenience. One thing to keep in mind is that the patch needs to be applied over clear skin and it needs to be on your skin for a few hours to bring any change. If you're planning on using it during night, wash your face and moisturize it before applying the sticker on to your pimple. But make sure that your skin is completely dry before applying it. The same can be applied during the day time as well, with makeup on top of it if you want.
Considering the effectiveness of the patch, it can only work on open pores like pimples and not on whiteheads or blackheads. But it is most effective for individual pimples. If one has full face red with acne, the pimple patch won't work and it is best to consult a dermatologist. One thing to keep in mind is that pimple patches are more of an external bandage and it won't treat your pimples fully. It can only help in reduction of its appearance, but cannot stop more pimples from reappearing. Also, if the reason behind your pimple is genetic or hormonal imbalance, pimple patches might not be the right solution to it.
One should also be careful with the sticker since it uses some form of adhesive in order to stick to your skin, and if you have a sensitive skin, the patch might just do you worse.
In conclusion, while pimple patches are a good way to help you get your confidence back by reducing the stubborn pimple, without you pricking it and making it worse, but it cannot completely heal your underlying acne condition. If it is way too serious and you think nothing is helping, consulting a dermatologist can never go wrong.