There’s nothing more frustrating than when the night before a big event, a HUGE pimple arrives smack bang in the middle of your forehead – haven’t we ALL been there?!?! And while in the grand scheme of things it’s nothing to stress over, as everyone gets pimples, we have a quick and easy solution, coming fresh out of Korea – acne stickers. Like all K-beauty products, they’re super effective; overnight they’ll conceal and protect your pimple, allowing it to heal, while also absorbing pus – gross but very effective. Our current faves are the pocket-friendly Corsx Acne Patches, $11, which dramatically reduce the size of pimples overnight. But what we love more is that you can actually DIY your own stickers using a blister plaster (hydrocolloid bandages that have moisture-absorbing particles). Plus, you’ll make five times the amount, for less than $6. Here’s everything you need to know:
How Acne Stickers Work
Acne stickers are basically an airtight dressing that help extract, absorb and contain the moisture from your pimple, aka puss. Some branded stickers also contain pimple-zapping ingredients like AHAs and BHAs; glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Although, the best thing about these stickers is that they work on any form of blemish; whiteheads, blackheads, even cystic acne. You can even use our DIY acne stickers as a nose strip to combat blackheads.
Why DIY Acne Stickers Are The Bomb
Acne stickers are not only a lot more cost-effective than other topical overnight treatments, but they also deliver faster results. They do this by protecting your pimple from any surrounding dirt and bacteria, as well as UV light, which can increase pigmentation and lead to scarring. Plus, they stop you from picking at your pimple, which only aggravates and enlarges it! You can even wear them during the day and apply makeup on top of the sticker, without having to worry about any products irritating your skin. Or, if you prefer the au-naturale look, they’re waterproof so you can splash your face with water throughout the day.
How To Make DIY Acne Stickers
To DIY your own acne stickers, you need a hydrocolloid bandage – the easiest hydrocolloid bandages to get hold of are the blister plasters from your local drugstore. Simply cut small circles out of the plaster, making sure they’re big enough to cover the spot comfortably – et Voilà, your very own Acne Sticker. Just remember to cleanse and tone beforehand to avoid sealing in any bacteria lurking on your skin.
Let us know if you’ve tried these DIY acne stickers in the comments below.