The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
So far this week I've blogged about the wonderful results you can get from sheet masks - The Good
I've also talked about some of the nasty results you can get from sheet masks - The Bad
And now we're going to talk about pimples - The Ugly
On my quest to get rid of those uglies I've come across acne patches. Acne patches are medicated treatments that you put on your pimples.
Here are a few brands I've tried & my opinions...
Warning - The language won't always be pretty!!
Sorry, but I wasn't able to document with pictures how these products work.
I'm going to begin with what I think is the most popular acne patch..
Nexcare Acne Dressing
This is what the box looks like.
Acne Dressing: Hydrocolloid dressing absorbs secretion and promotes healing of acne
The dressing protects acne from dirt and other contaminants
Waterproof and breathable
Clean and dry the skin and hands thoroughly.Remove the film at the back of an acne dressing and cover it on the acne. Fix it tightly by pressing on the rim.Replace when the acne dressing turns white (including full absorption of secretion).The acne dressing should be applied before wearing make-up.
Replace when the acne dressing turns white (indicating full absorption of secretion).If skin becomes red and swollen, or if burning, aching and other forms of irritation occur, cease using and seek medical advice at once.It is normal to find bubbles in the colloid.
One characteristic of Nexcare™ Acne dressing is that it turns white after absorbing the secretion. Replacement should be made once that happens. Check daily the acne's situation. After cleaning and drying, apply a new acne dressing. Even if the acne dressing turns white within a day, it should be replaced. No replacement is needed after the acne is healed.
I really was expecting a great product & this just wasn't it for me. Honestly I had such a hard time getting the patch to stick to my pimple that I don't even know if this product works well. You should use these patches while you sleep, but my patch didn't even make it longer than 2 hours. I heard a few tips as to how to get this to stick to your face, but I really didn't want to apply anything extra to my face. When this product is on your face it is quite noticeable.
The Face Shop Blemish Clear White Intensive Clean Patch
Acne mask acts as a film to soothe acne after just one night with a strong treatment effect, fast, effective and not leave deep wounds on the skin surface extracted from green tea and complex with anti-bacterial.
Usage: Wash your face clean, dry and glue pieces to film spots to acne treatment. Optimum time is from 8-12 hours, is suitable to sleep at night. Can combine more products Quick & Clean - First Aid Gel to enhance efficiency.
I use these patches for cystic acne, I can't say they work wonders, but they do help a lot! I find that using this for 2 nights in a row gets rid of my pimple quite quickly. This patch has just the right amount of stickiness to it, so the patch doesn't fall off when you sleep. I've tried these patches for whiteheads & I haven't seen any difference the next day.
These patches can be difficult to come by if you don't have a Face Shop in your area. =/
Cettua Acne Trouble Clear Patch w/ Tea Tree Oil
This is what the box looks like.
Contains Tea tree oil which helps to aid in the healing process of blemished skin and refreshed healthy skin. Contains Salicylic Acid, which removes keratin on the skin., where clogged pores with oil and impurities so helps to penetrate into skin and effectively treat acne by killing bacteria that cause pimple growth.
I use these patches on whiteheads, I don't feel that they work that well on cystic acne. These patches are my absolutely favorite!!! They truly remove all of the pus from pimple!! It's really gross, but it really does a great job. These patches don't have any smell & they have never left me skin with any irritation. Be warned that these patches are really sticky & they may be a little difficult to get off, you have to remove them gently or you could cause scarring. If you do try these, leave a reminder for yourself that you have this on!!! These little suckers are almost invisible come morning time. I think the combination of tea tree oil & salicylic acid is the reason why this product works so well.
You can buy these on ebay or at The Face Shop, the cost is about $6 per box.
FYI: I noticed at Rite Aid today that Clean & Clear & Acne Free also make acne patches..
Have you tried acne patches before..??
FTC Disclaimer-I purchased these items myself.