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What’s Behind the Popularity of Pimple Patches?

Glycolic Acid Pimple Patches

The most recent product from the K-Beauty world to catch on in the U.S.? Pimple patches, the affordable, effective, stickers that combat acne during the day or night.

Glycolic acid-based pimpled patches in particular are having a heyday in the states, as consumers discover the ease and effectiveness of “these powerful little workhorses that pack a major punch when it comes to treating pesky pimples.”

Pimple patches 101

Hailing from South Korea, the most common pimple patches are small, circular hydrocolloid bandages that are adhered to the surface of the pimple. Treated with acne-busting ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil, these small patches absorb the fluid of a pimple, while also simultaneously pushing the blemish-combatting ingredients within the skin cell. 

Applied directly to a blemish, pimple patches work to draw out the pus, dead skin cells, debris, and oil that create a pimple. After a few hours, or overnight use, the pimple patch is ready to peel off. The patch itself will be swollen and expanded, while the blemish becomes flatter and less red, thanks to the double-dose of fluid absorption and acne fighting ingredients.

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While consumers most love pimple patches for their effectiveness at getting rid of blemishes fast, these innovative stickers have another benefit. Pimple patches prevent picking at blemishes, which can cause prolonged irritation, potential scarring, and slow the healing process. 

Tackling the root of the problem

Glycolic acid is one of the best ingredients to incorporate into a pimple patch formulation because of its amazing ability to swiftly dissolve dead skin cells. While many consumers attribute excessive facial oil to their acne woes, all too often blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes are caused by ineffective exfoliation. 

When the skin fails to naturally exfoliate, dead skin cells, oil, and dirt become trapped in a pore’s sebaceous gland. Once the pore’s gland is clogged, skin becomes ripe for producing pimples and blemishes, thanks to a steady buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and dirt.

However, with the exfoliative powers of glycolic acid, and the innovative format of pimple patches, blemishes can now be targeted and reduced quickly and efficaciously.

Small molecule, big benefits!

Glycolic acid is the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which makes it a perfect ingredient because of its ability at penetrating the skin cell, reducing blemishes, and creating ultra-effective pimple patches. 

Thanks to its small size, glycolic acid can most quickly permeate the clogged walls of a pimple and then break apart the bonds holding the dead skin cells of a blemish together. Following the skin cell penetration, glycolic acid also helps to sweep away the dead skin cells and debris that create the raised appearance of a pimple, effectively reducing the bump of a zit.

Additionally, glycolic acid is excellent for incorporating into a pimple patch because it drives new, healthy skin cells to the surface of the face or body. These new skin cells are more likely to exfoliate themselves naturally and regualrly, which reduces the chances of a new breakout happening in the future.

Capitalizing on pimple patch popularity

Pimple patches are one of the hottest skincare products of 2019 and all signs point to these useful little blemish-combators sticking around for a long time. Formulators can jump onto the consumer craze for pimple patches with acne-fighting glycolic acid patches that will reduce blemish size, redness, and help prevent future breakouts. 

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