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Do Acne Patches Really Work?

By Holly Bartlow 

Another day, another pimple. Breakouts are frustrating, but they don’t have to be. Here’s a little background about pimple patches, how they work, and when it’s best to use them. 

What are these patches, and how do they help breakouts? 

Our pimple patches are round transparent stickers and are made of hydrocolloid. Hydrocolloid is a type of wound bandage that sucks the moisture out of the pore without drying out any surrounding skin. 

When applied to a pimple, these patches get to work by absorbing any excess fluid which also results in less dirt and oil near it. Claene patches also contain tea tree oil, which aids in drying out those pesky zits while reducing inflammation. 

Not only do they dry out your zits, but they prevent you from the irresistible temptation of popping them. By touching your face less, this leads to speedier recovery times and prevents potential scarring. 

Best pimple patch practices. 

When considering when to use our pimple patches it’s important to note that all zits are not created equal. Pimple patches are ideally used for spot treatment, specifically on whiteheads, and less effective for cystic acne and blackheads. 

Be sure to follow the directions when applying and if possible treat your skin overnight. According to dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, “At night, while we sleep, skin cells regenerate.” In other words, pimple patches can work alongside the natural process to better the results. Overnight treatments also allow for longer usage. 

Before applying our patch be sure your face is cleansed and moisturized before applying the patch to wear overnight. If you shower, don’t fret, they're waterproof.