I love picking zits. The sight of that menacing yellow fluid oozing out of my skin (or anyone else’s skin) excites me. The immense satisfaction is eventually dampened by scars that are almost impossible to get rid off.
Nexcare Acne Patch by 3M promises to “suck out” impurities from pimples without leaving a scar. With nothing much left to lose (pimple scars everywhere!), I decided to try this highly-raved product with a 7-pc pack and I got the 36-pc the very week after. Goodbye scars, I won’t miss you but I’ll definitely miss popping pimples.
Read on to see how effective it is! Warning: Gross pictures ahead
The acne patches are small round gelatin thingies which are actually the mini version of a medical dressing with 3M Tegasorb which is used in hospitals to absorb wound pus. The idea came about when some nurses in Taiwan cut the dressing into smaller pieces to place on their acne.
Stuck between two plastic sheets in a sterile packet, the gelatin patches come in two sizes. They’re available in either 7s, 14s or 36s -- I hope I remembered the info correctly!
To use the patch, peel it off from the plastic film and apply the sticky side directly on your zit. Make sure you’ve cleaned your skin but have not applied any treatment products or moisturizer (it can’t stick on oily surfaces). If the patch is too big for your zit, you can cut the patch into half.
Although you can use this in the day, I prefer using this at night since I wear makeup in the morning. Despite the fact that the packaging says you can apply makeup over the patch, please don’t because it looks friggin ugly.
In the morning, peel off the patch and you should see some cloudy white stuff on the patch – that’s your pus! Your zit should be gone depending on the size and condition. If you can still see some pus remaining on the zit, stick on another patch so that it can suck out the rest of the icky stuff.The patch also creates a barrier between the zit and itchy fingers so there’s no direct contact to cause worse infections. Awesome for people who LOVE to touch their zits -- me.
I can honestly say that my pimple conditions have a lot ever since I started the patch. Now I just need to find a solution for eczema *groans*
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The patch works on several kinds of zits:
Headless Pimple: These are terribly painful red zits where the pus is not visible. They are incredibly difficult to squeeze out. The patch helps to bring the zit to the surface until it becomes a Gooey Pimple.
Gooey Pimple: These are the most tempting to squeeze because they’re huge with loads of pus! Incredibly disgusting looking and causes craters. Take a clean needle and gently prick the surface of the pimple. This will help the pus to come out easier for the patch to absorb. A few patches may be needed to get everything out.
Grain Pimple: The “head” of the pimple has already hardened and the impurities usually just pop out when squeezed. The patch is not able to absorb the hardened pimple but it does suck out the leftover pus and bring the “grain” further up to the surface. When the zit has fully bulged out, a very gentle squeeze will get it out. If you’re finding difficulty to pop the “grain” out, continue with another patch.
Tiny Pimple: These mini versions of the Gooey Pimple are the easiest to remove with the patch. If you have one, just stick a patch on it and the pimple will be gone the very next day like it hasn’t been there at all.
I'm still fuzzy about the prices but it's about RM4.70 for the 7-pc pack, RM12.90 for the 36-pc pack... and I have no idea about the 11-pc pack. I'll go check later and update. Available at Watsons, Guardian and several other pharmacies.
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