Acne spots may have recently made their mark on TikTok, but they’ve been a staple in the dermatologist’s office. years. Cause? They encourage your skin to heal on its own, which means that even the most deeply rooted acne has no chance against their forces.
In the latest issue Dear Derm, Mona Gohara, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in Connecticut, explains exactly how these trendy little patches help treat even the most sinister pimples. “They promote wound healing at the bottom and sides of the lesion so that the top layer is the last layer to re-epithelialize or heal completely,” says Dr. Gohara. “It makes the pimple go away faster because we can’t touch it, and it promotes our natural skin healing process to get things done a lot faster.” In addition, since a pimple with the help of a plaster turns into lot Less tempting to pull or snap it out, less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, marks and scars.
While there are plenty of fancy acne patches you can invest in (like the Starface star spots), Dr. Gohara notes that the good old hydrocolloid patch can do the job just as well as most of the more expensive options. “If you want to keep it simple, you can go to the pharmacy and buy a hydrocolloid patch … it does the same thing,” she says. Simply apply it to dry, clean skin anytime you tend to pick, poke, or poke this pimple and let it work wonders.
But, says Dr. Gohara, there is one common mistake people make with acne spots that can prevent them from reaching their full potential. To see what it is and to learn more about exactly how these nifty little leather accessories work, watch the video above.