Updated: Jun 23, 2022
Looking to 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘯 time before you can see a Dermatologist?
Acne Patches are growing in popularity! But what exactly are they, and do they 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 work?
DermCafé breaks down Acne Patches for you, from possible mechanisms to tips for usage.
What are Acne Patches?
They are a special type of medical dressing (Hydrocolloid dressings) repurposed for pimples. They contain materials that help draw out water & drainage, and enhance debridement. Hydrocolloid dressings have been used for other medical conditions (e.g. wound care)
Do They Work for Acne?
❓There are limited clinical research studies.
They can be helpful for certain types of acne (e.g. pustular) by:
✅ Forming a protective layer
✅ Drawing out fluid & decreasing inflammation
✅ Enhancing penetration & efficacy of active ingredients, if present
Tips for Usage
❌ Areas with active infection
❌ Areas with significant drainage
❌ Allergies to adhesives
❌ Combining with too many active ingredients
❗Acne Patches are NOT a substitute for proper acne treatment.
❗It can compliment acne treatment and patch in time until you see your Dermatologist.
By no means is this a substitute for proper acne treatment. It can serve as a compliment for treating acne before you’re able to see your dermatologist, which is usually just a one-week wait at DermCafé 😉. Book a no-fee virtual appointment today Alternatively, if you're interested in medical-grade non-prescription acne products, check out the acne collection at the DermCafé Shop