Acne Patches: Really Effective?

November 3, 2021

One of the most frequent skin problems that we must face, not only in adolescence, is acne. It is true that today there are countless products to combat this problem, but in many the result does not meet our expectations.

The latest trend to fight acne and eliminate blemishes on the face are patches. A format that allows you to act specifically on the problem and in a quick and easy way.

Whether you only suffer from an occasional breakout or have battled acne your entire life, there is one certain thing: the search for a definitive cure. From the moment we feel a spot that begins to burn under our skin, we panic and grab anything that promises to make it disappear.

For decades we have treated pimples with everything from home cures. Green tea, crushed aspirin, even toothpaste or countless creams, with mixed to disappointing results. Why? This is usually because those topical gels and creams generally only work on the top layer of the skin, without actually penetrating the pimple. La . Dr. Marnie Nussbaum certified dermatologist in New York, says: “Many people apply excessive treatment, resulting in irritation, dryness and redness.” More to complain about: Applied at night, those creams often end up in our pillowcases.

Anti Blackhead Patches

Anti-pimple patches are small “sticker” stickers that are impregnated with different anti-acne ingredients, such as salicylic acid. They treat the grain, hide its appearance and protect the affected area from friction and external agents. Some even triumph for their appearance, since they can have decorative formats such as stars, flowers or hearts.

These small transparent dressings are not designed to treat acne or heal a pimple, but to stop it. That is, once the granite makes an appearance, this patch stops its growth, treats it and, in some cases, eliminates it.

Most of these patches contain salicylic acid. A very common exfoliating compound in anti-acne products due to its keratolytic action (it peels off the most superficial layer of the skin). They also contain hyaluronic acid, a moisturizing agent that helps counteract the dryness often caused by salicylic acid.

What do these patches contain?

They are suitable ingredients against acne, but keep in mind that these patches are cosmetic and not drugs. This means that the active ingredients are in very small amounts compared to the concentration found in drugs. In addition, they do not penetrate beyond the epidermis, so their effect will not be very striking against acne either. Niacinamide, with a calming action; tea tree oil, purifying; and sodium hydroxide, pH regulator, are other active principles that can be found in the formula of these best sellers without a prescription.

They are useful as a purely cosmetic measure to hide or eliminate a specific pimple more quickly, but not to treat a real serious acne problem.

It is important to remember that these stickers are not miracles and each case is unique, but they can shorten the life of a pimple or, in some cases, prevent it from coming to the surface entirely, according to dermatologists. “The patch should help the skin absorb the acne-fighting ingredients and the lesion should flatten and resolve in a shorter time,” says Nussbaum.

Advantages and disadvantages

Standard hydrocolloid patches will work best for formed pimples, especially whiteheads, as they will draw out and absorb pus, oil, and more. Hydrocolloid bandages with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid will be best for just-starting pimples, preventing them from seeing the light of day.

Covering has another advantage: it greatly reduces the desire to handle the pimples. “It is an act that is not recommended because it increases the risk of causing infections by spreading bacteria and by the trauma we cause to the skin when pressing the area or injuring it with our nails. On the other hand, these factors in turn increase the possibility of leaving a rather ugly mark or scar, ”warns Dr. Fernández. Dr. Pedro Rodríguez, a dermatologist at the International Dermatological Clinic points out that the fact that the patch sticks right over the conflict zone optimizes the action of the active ingredients.

“As they are for cosmetic use, in principle, they are not discouraged for anyone. Only those people with a tendency to eczema could suffer a small irritation in the area due to the very effect of the acids that it takes to treat the injury ”.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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