Acne stickers are one of my favorite skin-care inventions. I mean, sheet masks may be fun and all, but my beloved pimple patches keep me from picking at my skin and help my breakouts clear up overnight. Luckily, someone on the SkincareAddiction subreddit just shared her genius trick for making your own acne stickers. All you have to do is make a quick stop at the drugstore and grab some office supplies.
AnchovyZeppoles recently shared the trick in a thread titled, “Hydrocolloid bandages + a clean hole punch = tons of perfectly sized pimple patches!” Math equation aside, to create the DIY acne stickers, you simply have to hole-punch a hydrocolloid bandage, which you can pick up in the first aid section at your local drugstore. (Just be sure to wipe down the hole puncher with rubbing alcohol first.) It’s so easy and intuitive that I’m honestly a little pissed I didn’t think of it first. Realizing I’ve run out of acne stickers is almost as bad as waking up with a pimple smack dab in the middle of my forehead. My favorite stickers, the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches, are only available on Ulta’s website and often sold out on Soko Glam. Neither of those options works in a pinch like this quick trick.
You can create 10 tiny circles out of one full hydrocolloid bandage, says AnchovyZeppoles, making this trick a cheaper alternative to true acne stickers. For context, a box of blister bandages at Rite Aid is about $4 for six strips (about 60 DIY acne stickers) while Cosrx’s Master Pimple is $6 for 24 patches.
The concept of using hydrocolloid bandages in the place of an acne sticker is nothing new. For those unfamiliar with the K-beauty staple, the spot treatment itself is based on the technology of hydrocolloid bandages, which are also known as blister cushions. “Hydrocolloids are special types of bandages that absorb excess fluid, like oil and pus,” Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, has told Allure. With this in mind, they are a great substitute for healing pimples. The only difference is the jelly-like bandages, which are typically used on blisters and chronic wounds, are thicker and oval in shape.
Using a hole puncher to make custom circular pimple patches is new to me, though. When my breakouts are bad enough, I’ll just slap a hydrocolloid bandage on my face in its full, oblong state to cover more real estate. Sometimes, I just cut them into squares with scissors. However, as AnchovyZeppoles points out, the corners of the squares can make the DIY pimple patches fall off faster. She also appreciates the smaller size. “I feel like they stick to the affected area and not all the skin around it like some larger acne patches do. Less noticeable, too!” Noted. As someone who likes to wear acne stickers during the day, I appreciate an even more low-key option.
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