Whether you're in your teens or well into adulthood, dealing with breakouts can be a stressful experience. Though your first instinct may be to head to the drugstore skin care aisle, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all of the treatments, cleansers and ointments that target unexpected pimples.
Some TikTok users have been using hydrocolloid bandages as their new go-to treatment, claiming that they can shrink pimples and calm inflammation. But some dermatologists still say that pimple patches (which work like a Band-Aid, but are less likely to irritate skin) are the preferred way to deal with facial emergencies — and the Mighty Patch pimple patch by Hero Cosmetics is a popular option to try.
The small clear dots are meant to be placed directly on a blemish and left on for a minimum of six hours. The patch is meant to extract pus and impurities and visibly reduce the appearance of a breakout.
The patches have more than 16,000 positive reviews from customers on Amazon.
One of those customers — TODAY Social Media Editor Helen Ray — told us she "loves them so much."
"These little suckers truly work," she said. "Not so much for big underneath-the-skin pimples, but for those pesky whiteheads, the patches will basically work overnight to get rid of the pimple without irritation or dryness."
Pimple patches are a popular treatment for breakouts, and New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner thinks this type of hydrocolloid patches can help aid in the healing process.
"Hydrocolloid dressings have long been used in wound care," Zeichner told TODAY. "You can think about an angry pimple like a wound in the skin. Applying a hydrocolloid patch to it will help absorb excess fluid and protect it from the environment, allowing it to heal optimally. It also forms a protective barrier that will prevent you from picking it."
Style expert Bobbie Thomas is also a fan of these types of treatments, saying that the pimple patch trend can be especially helpful for reducing further irritation.
"I think the patches can help folks who to tend to 'pick,'" Thomas told us. "It can be a barrier/reminder to leave it alone, which ultimately will help you to avoid making the area worse."
With so many options available, it should be easy to have a few of these "game changers" on hand for any future breakouts!
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