Best pore cleansing strips according to redditors

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u/chocoflavor · 88 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Acne Care Pimple Spot Patch Hydrocolloid Absorbing Cover With Tea Tree & Calendula Oil (40 Count)

I recommend this one. It works wonders for me. Calendula oil helps closing your wounds.

u/jolla92126 · 70 pointsr/coolguides

I know everyone’s joking about r/popping but seriously some zits need to be lanced.

  1. Pierce top with a lancet.

  2. Squeeze junk out (preferably with the looped wire extractor).

  3. Apply salicylic acid (wipe with a Stridex pad).

  4. Apply a hydrocolloid bandage (Nexcare Acne Cover, or cut to size Dynarex Dressing).
u/psychie · 50 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

HYDROCOLLOID BANDAIDS. Trust me, I get these suckers all the time. Stick one on and it will suck the white head out. I buy these acne bandaids, but since you need something ASAP -- just go to Target (or CVS, etc.) and buy Hydrocolloid Blister Bandaids. Cut it up into whatever size you need (I cut it so it's a bit bigger than the pimple so I can peel it off afterwards). Stick that bad boy on and wait. If I'm in a rush, I wait an hour. If I'm not in a rush, I stick that on all day. Peel it off before I take off makeup/jump in the shower. It'll either suck the puss out or make it so you just need to push out the puss a bit. Trust me on this. They're a godsend.

*EDIT: You don't need to poke a hole in it. I'd say 90% of the time it just sucks it out for you. Some times it takes an extra day. Someone else said Mario Badescu Drying Lotion -- it does work, but not all the time like Hydrocolloid Bandaids work. I get huge cyst acne. The most I've had is 5 whiteheads on one cyst acne. I've pretty much controlled my skin.. for now.

u/fraggedears · 26 pointsr/popping

If you don't want to apply new products without testing, you could use sterile lancets and then pop a hydrpcolloid bandage over it. /r/skincareaddiction may have some feedback too. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

u/theoatogo · 22 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Make a dermatologist appointment, but in the meantime try these:

u/reed555 · 21 pointsr/popping

Salicylic acid is good stuff, and if you want to draw more pus out and protect the healing wound, hydrocolloid patches are not that conspicuous. I have tried these and like them. Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover...

u/tootertoots · 16 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can try a hydrocolloid bandage- they suck out the moisture without drying the wound out completely, so it heals and shrinks. I have found them at the drug store- go ask for help and cut them down to size for the zits. In future, these are my favorite.

u/kksue · 16 pointsr/beauty

You’re not ugly! You just need styling! Don’t worry, unless you’re a model most people do :)

You have a nice nose, beautiful lips and a killer jawline. I understand it’s tempting to grow the facial hair to hide the acne but don’t do it, you’ll distract from your best features!

For the hairstyle, I’d recommend keeping some length on the top and styling it with product to push it up. The hair combed down makes the forehead appear smaller.

Here’s a few ideas: Always go to a barber who has good hair him/herself. And don’t be afraid to ask for personal recommendations on products or to have them demonstrate how to use it if you’re unsure :) hairstyling takes practice and always has good days and bad days.

Your eyes brows are so thick and nice! Go to an eyebrow threader and get them “cleaned up naturally”. Check it out in the mirror and if you’re happy then that’s enough! But if you want a little more done then request a small arch by having the underside plucked towards the end of the brow.

A dermatologist will help with the acne, I know personally it can be so so difficult to feel confident with acne but don’t worry, but people don’t judge you for your acne! (Only in middle school, people grow up after that!)
If your dermatologist doesn’t recommend something for the redness then ask :) For the big pimples that surface, I SWEAR on my life by -Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
I always keep the patches on at home longer than the recommended time. Often sleeping with it. They’re cheap little pimple erasers :)

If your dermatologist does extractions, do the first few times with them. Remember, your face will always get worse before it gets better! If you want to save money on the extractions part you can get it done at places that might say “Nail and Spa” the spa part offers services that often times include extractions. Just call and ask :)

If you properly pop pimples on your own at home as well the aftercare of a popped pimple is important also. Try to make sure you’ve gotten the root of it but always be gentle with your skin. Once popped, disinfect the open pore. If it’s bleeding or oozing afterward, keep a piece of tissue or paper towel bit on it the way you would do for a shaving nick. Don’t let it dry! keep replacing the tissue until it will no longer stick. Put a thin layer of neosporin on top of you’re confident you got the entire pimple out. Otherwise stick on a pimple patch :)

One of the easiest ways to appear better looking is to stand up tall with good posture and show off those broad shoulders! Set a daily “posture check” reminder on your phone to go off twice a day to help build good posture habit.

Maintaining eye contact while speaking helps people to stay engaged in what you’re saying but also keeps eyes locked into yours. This is hard when you’re not feeling confident but as a server who can’t hide when she has a terrible acne outbreak, locking eyes helps me know their eyes aren’t wandering around on my face..

And lastly!! Be kind! I knew a girl always laughing and smiling, she was supportive in her responses to people and always was there to lend a helping hand. I truly did not notice her acne on a daily basis because her character was the most noticeable thing about her.

u/Moose_Gwyn · 13 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

There are so many points that need to be addressed...

  • the best advice on reddit (and probably the internet) regarding acne is right over at /r/skincareaddiction

  • drying out your skin is bad for acne... but not for the reasons listed in the post and article. Dry, cracked skin lets bacteria and grime get into your skin much easier than non-dry, plump skin. Plus, dry flakey skin can look nearly as bad as acne.

  • Sebum is not what protects your skin from bacteria and the elements... your acid mantle does that. What destroys your acid mantle is using products with an extreme pH... the most common of which is lemon and baking soda, which people should NEVER put on their face.

  • If you have oily skin, drying out your skin can make your skin produce even more oil. This is why the oil-cleansing method is so popular for people with oily skin - it helps your skin normalize and stop overproducing oil for dried out skin. Another method that people use to restore their acid mantle and thus their natural protection against bacteria and acne is the caveman method. This is extreme, and some go full steam ahead while others just simplify their routine. The caveman method is simple: don't touch your face. with anything. That means no makeup, no products, no washing, nothing. Some people won't even let their face get wet in the shower. Don't touch your face, don't scrub at it, nothing. Some people will moderate this and just use a really simple and safe sunscreen, and let it wash off in the shower. It will take about two weeks for your acid mantle to restore.

  • It is important to distinguish between physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Overwashing your face (physical) can dry out your face (bad). However, this isn't going to remove the top layer of your skin. That's what chemical exfoliants (specifically AHAs) do. And this is not a bad thing - nor is it drying, or encourage more sebum production. Any physical exfoliation should be gentle (read: do NOT use St. Ives apricot scrub or similar products), a microfiber washcloth is a great option. Any chemical exfoliation should not exceed your tolerance (start at a lower percentage and work your way up, don't use it every day if your skin reacts badly, patch tests, etc).

  • Diet can effect your skin. When you consume an irritant, your skin can reflect that. So if you're lactose intolerant (or just sensitive), dairy may be causing some of your acne. The health of your gut bacteria can also have an effect on your skin bacteria. Believe it or not, not all bacteria (even on your skin) is bad. MOST of it is actually good. So eating probiotic foods or taking a probiotic pill can actually help your skin. Cut back on things you know are bad for you (sugar, gluten in some cases, dairy in some cases, etc) and introduce more of what is good for you (probiotics, vitamins, fruits/veggies). Furthermore, acne caused by stress can be helped by regular exercise. So you can lose weight and get better skin at the same time.

    In sum:

  • DO use a moisturizer... but make sure it has no irritants or ingredients you're allergic to. That means if it has parfum (if its scented), don't use it.

  • DO use chemical exfoliants like BHAs and AHAs. DON'T use harsh physical exfoliants, like scrubs.

  • DO subscribe and read /r/skincareaddiction, which will help you...

  • DO simplify your skincare routine down to the basics, and introduce new products slowly.

  • DO lead a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, exercise often, and get enough sleep.

    And one last trick for dealing with acne: hydrocolloid bandages. By the non-acne geared kind or the acne geared kind. But if you pop and pick at your acne, this will help more than anything else. Stick it on, leave it on overnight, and have all the gunk and goop sucked out by morning.
u/DifferanceQ · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What helps me is covering them up with hydrocolloid bandages - you can either use those blister band-aids they sell at the store, or they make some specifically for acne. Not only does it help heal stuff I've picked at, it keeps me from picking anymore, because I don't want to peel off the band-aid and disrupt all the pus-sucking it's doing.

u/Helen_Damnation · 12 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I didn't realize they made blister bandages, I've been using these and love them!

u/thewidowaustero · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ooo, I'm addicted to both Amazon and skincare so this thread is my jam.

  • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream! My skin is dry and very prone to dehydration so I can't use a lot of the popular AB sunscreens that have high amounts of alcohol. But most of the alcohol-free sunscreens I've tried never seen to dry down so they're hard to wear under makeup. This one is happily in the middle ground, it does have some alcohol in it but it's halfway down the ingredient list instead of at the top so it doesn't dry me out, and it manages to actually dry down enough to wear makeup over it.

  • Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion is another favorite of mine. The "premium" version is a major upgrade from the regular version IMO. I've used them both extensively and the thicker texture of the premium version is so much nicer. Fifty Shades of Snail's review convinced me to upgrade and I've never looked back.

  • Elta MD UV Pure is a really nice physical only sunscreen - good for when your skin is overly sensitive or recovering from a peel or overzealous use of actives.

  • Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are excellent for putting over whiteheads and/or zits you couldn't restrain yourself from popping.

  • Packs of microfiber cloths are excellent if you like using a washcloth in your skincare routine but want something softer than terrycloth. I bought two 12-packs, I have a big pile of them next to my sink, I use a new one each night and then toss it right into the laundry to keep things super sanitary. Just learn from my mistakes don't put them in the wash with new terry cloth towels because the new towels will shed all the fuck over them and you will be picking fuzz off of them for weeks.

  • Less skincare related than the rest but still sort of: this unscented Alaffia Shea Butter Bubble Bath is excellent if you have sensitive skin.
u/frumperbell · 11 pointsr/muacjdiscussion
u/cheezitsforeveryone · 11 pointsr/FIREyFemmes

I live in a HCOL city and my workplace’s culture is to wear trendy/professional outfits. This is a difficult combo to have and keep up with in your personal closet, so I do the Rent the Runway unlimited option. I love the variety of styles available, and there’s a ton of useful reviews that help me pick the correct size. Since there’s a flagship store in my city, I can get a quick turnaround - about 16 items a month, so the cost per item is pretty low. This service came in particularly helpful last year when I had 7 weddings to attend...

I have pretty bad rosacea (type 1 and 2, lucky me). It drives me nuts because when my skin is acting up people mistake me for being much younger and less experienced than I am. So I do the Korean skin care routine and have some special cleansers, but I still only spend about $200 a year on this. Side note, I’m a big fan of the Cosrx pimple patches, they are so cheap but significantly reduce my rosacea pustules overnight.

I spend about $300 a year on shoes, and get my hair cut maybe twice or three times a year. My stylist does appointments in her home which cost less than the salon, plus I can hang out with her cat!

u/ayimera · 11 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've not tried any brand besides Hanhoo for blemish patches, but you can get 2 packs of 36 for $5.75 on amazon, or single packs at Walmart for $2.50, and they work amazingly well. They come with 2 sizes and I cut the larger ones in half to make my money go further.

u/EmilyLynn · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I live in Canada too, but I actually order them online because I have yet to find them in a store. I don't know if you have a target where you live in Canada but as someone said below, this is also the same thing just a different brand and you cut them up yourself.

u/lunkercat · 9 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

You’re not alone. As someone who has struggled for a lifetime resulting in so many scars, I hope you find some comfort in knowing that you still have beautiful skin. With time and love it will heal. I wish I had started doing something earlier in life. You’re in good company here.

Have you considered trying hydrocolloid bandages? I’ve found they help heal skin much faster and you can’t pick when they’re on, so you’re almost guaranteed to see some relief. I bought these recently. I put them on before bed or if I’m home and don’t need to go out.

Cover Dot Acne Care (48 Dots) Skin Blemish Treatment with Hydrocolloid | Clear, Waterproof Patch | Oil and Pimple Absorbing

u/tsquaredwsu · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Don't pick.
  2. Get these and put them over your spots overnight. I don't like to use moisturizer under them because I feel that they don't stick as well.
u/skullie66 · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use these . I get them on amazon subscription.

u/Regulator313 · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've been having a similar situation. I am trying the patches that have salicylic acid and micro needles. Acne Pimple Master Patch 72 dots - Absorbing Hydrocolloid Blemish Spot Skin Treatment and Care Dressing

Cheaper too.

u/n00bquake · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is my favorite brand of hydrocolloid bandages! I started out with the Nexcare Acne Patches, which were WAY too small to stick to anything (they ended up falling off within an hour or two).

Picked these up at Safeway and was blown away by their performance! They stick amazingly well, and pull out a ton more garbage than the Nexcare HCBs. I cut each bandage in half to maximize usages.

u/Cairnwyn · 8 pointsr/breakingmom

I finally have my acne under control after 20 years. Here's what worked for me:

  • Wear makeup as infrequently as possible

  • Use an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and don't wash with anything but warm water if I haven't worn makeup (I use the tried and true Ponds cleanser -- green top). Spend at least 30 seconds massaging the cleanser into your skin, particularly in your problem areas. Wipe off with a warm washcloth. Do not scrub.

  • Moisturize religiously with a mild facial lotion twice a day (again, I use Ponds -- blue top -- but Cerave is the most popular option on the skincare subs)

  • Use a water based sunscreen when not wearing makeup (I use Biore Watery Essence Note that the trick to these is to NOT RUB THEM IN. Just glide it over your skin and let it dry. No one tells you this on the skincare subs, so it took me a while to figure it out.

  • Use a makeup primer when wearing makeup (I use Rimmel Fix and Perfect). Again, glide it over your skin -- do not rub it in.

  • Use a good quality foundation for sensitive skin. I use Clinique.

  • STRIDEX RED BOX. This is seriously my gold star product. Use one wipe across your whole face before bed. Let it dry completely then apply your moisturizer. Research if it's safe while breastfeeding because I know you're not supposed to use it while pregnant (although as a topical, it is most likely still safe -- just one of those over cautious things).

  • Change your pillow case regularly

  • Use a fresh washcloth every time

  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible. This was a HARD habit for me to break. I'm a "lean my head on my hand" kind of girl.

  • Keep your hair off your face and make sure you're using products in your hair that don't irritate your skin. It's one thing people forget to think about because it isn't a face care product, but it is so close to your face that it can cause breakouts particularly if you don't wash the product out of your hair before going to bed since it can get on your pillowcase and then on your skin.

  • Get a good mask and use it 1-2 times a week when your skin breaks out or feels super oily. I use a mud mask. Cleanse with an oil based cleanser after using the mask.

  • Disinfect anything that touches your face regularly (sunglasses, cell phone, hats, etc.)

  • Use hydrocolloid bandages on actual breakouts overnight ( and keep them covered as much as possible particularly at night. However, I also find that spending 10 minutes a day in the sun with my acne uncovered helps too.
u/WithLinesOfInk · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They absorb moisture, oil, pus, from trouble spots without chemicals. I wear mine overnight, many people will wear all day, depending on your preference. They seem to work better on surface acne than cystic but still reduce the timeline of my cystic acne a lot. I buy mine from Amazon (

u/casritec · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

hydrocolloid bandages 24/7 until all swelling and pustules are gone. CAREFULLY lance pustules or whiteheads, leave cysts alone, and slap a bandage on and seriously leave it there for 8 hours, take it off, wipe spot clean with disinfecting wipe, or gently cleanse the area, then put a new one back on immediately, and then follow with moisturizers, make sure the skin is free of moisturizers or soap so they stick. it says you can keep them on for showers, but i usually always just pop a new one on after a shower. I do this for 2 or 3 days if I have a huge one, or even small ones. Here is a link to a good brand, these stay on and aren't too noticable.
I wear them to work or out and about and just don't really care if people point them out I flat out tell them i have a pimple, and nobody cares. IF you really can't be seen with one, then try and just leave it off for a couple hours at most, then put it back on. Bio oil morning and evening on red spots or hyperpigmentation really does work if you are consistent. Stop using the tanner right away, you can always use makeup for bronzing on your face and neck! you have not undone all of your hard work! go to targe/ ulta/sephora and get some moisturizing and calming soothing masks, sheet masks or creamy clay ones. Target's are really quite inexpensive and pretty good, they come in foil packets. also pick up some green concealer for red blemishes, NYX has a good little palette for a decent price. clean all brushes and thouroughly wash hands and avoid touching your face period. moisturize and exfoliate gently to take away flakiness. If you want to be tan for the wedding, tan the rest of your body, and buy a foundation a bit darker to match, one or 2 shades lighter will do. use glowy bronzers or primers. You will be ok! huge breakouts have happened to us all at the worst times so we feel you. your skin will be ok! you have more than enough time to clear it up.

u/drummerboye · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

These hydrocolloid patches seem to help in case you haven't heard of them:

u/marypies78 · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sephora carries Hydrocolloid nose Strips -

I haven't tried them myself yet, I just buy these large square patches & cut them in half for my nose -

u/bookishbritt · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction Looks like there's some moderately priced patches available now that are already shaped for acne. When I cut down the sheet the edges are too blunt and can be rubbed off easier. The precut ones have edges that thin out to allow a better bond. They also talked about the white stuff in the product info. "Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers visibly indicate that they're working by turning from translucent to white. This means they've absorbed pus and oily secretions.

u/maincoursdelegance · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction


Step 1: steam your face or a hot steamy shower. Open the pores up! Refrain from any harsh cleansers or scrubbing other than gentle gentle gentle.

Step 2: swipe a stridex pad or any other salicylic acid based toner over the spot. Wait 15 min. It gently dissolves the dead skin layer that is clogging the pore, and begins to break down the layer of oil and crud that is keeping all of the fluid and pus inside.

Step 3: spot treat with Aztec clay mask, mixed with apple cider vinegar. You must mix the betonite clay mask with the Apple cider vinegar, to balance the pH and avoid burning your skin. It smells funky as hell but it is an acne killer, every single person on this thread will agree that it’s amazing for acne. It will draw it to a head quicker. This is great as a full face mask, be aware that it will pulse and tingle intensely as it dries! Your skin will be bright red for 30 min to an hour after removing it.

Step 4: wait 10 min until it dries and carefully peel it off the zit. It may even take the clogged pore top with it, opening it up for extraction — use an extractor tool or pore vacuum and do NOT just go squeeze it. If it does not come to a head repeat this again tomorrow! Do not do the full mask every day, the spot treatment is ok daily only on blemishes. As a full mask it’s best to use it once or maybe twice a week at most, or you risk compromising your lipid/moisture barrier and going through some seriously not fun times. Always follow up with a good oil free moisturizer.

This is the best way to completely drain this blemish, without forcing the pus further into your skin and creating even more breakouts down the line.

All of these products are easily obtained on Amazon, or any major grocer that has a health food section or oriented towards health. I know for a fact that Gelsons, Whole Foods, Erewhon, sprouts all carry the Aztec betonite clay mask and apple cider vinegar. Any chemist or pharmacy will have stridex wipes and benzoyl peroxide & maybe even the extractor tool as well. If they do not have the extractor, pick up some Hydrocollegial bandages as well as small diabetic lancets (Tiny needles used for blood sugar testing) if you don’t have anything you can use at home to poke it with.

Now steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes to open your pores then see if you can gently lance the pimple with a lancet or sterilized small needle. (It must be sterilized and rubbing alcohol for a few minutes first, or you will get an infection.)

Gently pierce it, then allow it to drain and very carefully apply pressure straight down to the sides of the blemish. Do not squeeze directly into it, again super bad. Once you’ve gotten as much out as you can, slap a hydro colloidal bandage on it and sleep with it on. The bandage will suck all of the fluid and pus out, leaving you with a flattened bump in the morning that you can apply a little dab of benzoyl peroxide on. Benzoyl Peroxide is an anaerobic substance, it penetrates all the way to the base of the skin through multiple layers to target acne bacteria. It’s best used as a spot treatment and will fry the crap out of your face. Always use sunscreen after using these medicines!

Products mentioned:

Stridex, Single-Step Acne Control, Maximum, Alcohol Free, 90 Soft Touch Pads

Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay - 1 lb. | Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Body Mask | The Original 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay - New! Version 2

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 oz (1 Pack)

CHIMOCEE Professional Surgical Blackhead Remover Tools, Blemish and Splinter Acne Pimple Removal Kit, Come Done Extractor Tool for Whitehead, Pimples and Zit Popper Leather Case with Mirror, Pack of 6

Nexcare Acne Cover, Hydrocolloid Technology, Invisible, 36 count

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Treatment Gel with Maximum Strength Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Medicine, Pimple Cream for Acne Prone Skin with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, 1 oz

u/EssKelly · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Clean whatever you use to apply your makeup. With hibiclens. It’s on Amazon if your local CVS/Walgreens doesn’t have it.

These hydrocolloid bandages are what I was referring to. Wear them overnight (no epiduo underneath, you risk chemical burns if you do that). Check the reviews and pictures.

Edit: sun/saltwater combo used to work for me was a teenager. Once I hit my early 20’s, it made me break out, like you. I got on a good retinoid, paired with Cetaphil cleanser, and finally have my skin more or less under control.

u/bellonikka · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

they sell them on amazon! right here :)

u/Tinfoilhartypat · 6 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

These have helped me so much!

The less you touch your face, the better! I use these at night, even on blemishes that haven't fully erupted but feel coming on. Seriously a miracle product.

It is SO SATISFYING to see the patch in the morning, it turns white with the absorbed oils, and honestly, pulling it off my skin, seeing the contained puffy white goo, and knowing I haven't destroyed a larger area of skin trying to extract a zit, feels even better than popping. (And to be gross, yeah, I'll poke the patch with my nail in awe.)

Couple other tips that are helping me stop the break-out cycle-

  1. Change your pillowcase everyday. I put 3-4 pillowcases on my pillow, and when I go to bed, I take the last one off, and boom, fresh clean surface. This has made a noticeable difference in my skin! Amazon has endless options for inexpensive pillowcase sets, and is cheaper than Bed Bath & Beyond.

  2. Be religious about washing your face before bedtime. I'm not always perfect at this, but I'm working at making it habit. The ritual of caring for my skin helps me stop picking. After I've washed (Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and used my products, it is a big motivator to not touch my face.

  3. I also have a ridiculous stash of washcloths. I keep these in a basket in my bedroom, and use a fresh one each morning in the shower, and a fresh one to dry my face at night.

    When you have a pimple that has fully come to a head and you just have to pop it, wash your hands first, and better yet, use one of these tools, and make sure it is sanitized (I use rubbing alcohol) before you use it, and after!

u/whoopiepiez · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Went through the same thing recently. It was actually what brought me to this sub. At first it was just damage control but eventually I started an actual routine and saw a major improvement.

For now invest in hydrocolloid bandages they were and still are my saving grace. I actually have these set up to auto deliver every other week. These are basically blister bandages, search this sub for them and you will see they are a little plastic miracle. Basically they suck the gunk out of zits, I use them on deep under the skin hormonally charged beasties and they REALLY make a difference, in severity, duration, and healing. I am very pale so any and every spot or bump sticks out like a spotlight. I put these zit stickers on every single spot that even looks like it may even think about being a zit someday.

I also snagged a 2.5% bp to spot treat, I have dry skin so I can't go slathering this stuff just anywhere. I got the trial size in June and I still have oodles left. I put a dab on a qtip and apply only to the zit itself.

Stay moisturized, this may seem counter intuitive but slather yourself in lotion. The better the hydration the quicker the healing. I don't have any oily skin suggestions as I am SUPER dry, but if you search this subreddit there are plenty of solid suggestions for oily skin.

Definitely check out OCM(oil cleansing method) there is a link to this in the side bar, it can feel overwhelming when you first read about it but this stuff really helped my skin. I use evening primrose oil mixed with other moisturizing oils. Evening primrose sounds like witchy hoodoo but it has made such a huge difference in my skin. I am super, super fair skinned. The girls in sephora run away when they see me coming and this has helped with redness and scarring SOOOO much. Give this a search as well.

Try adding a BHA and AHA, BHA is great for acne as it exfoliates inside the pore. AHA exfoliates closer to the surface of the skin, great for surface issues such as discoloration and scarring. My trick for remembering this in the beginning was BHA is Beneath the skin and AHA is Above. Personally I use both. Check out they have a cult following for good reason, they offer sample sizes of everything they offer so go sample crazy before investing in the big sizes. I use their 2% BHA liquid and 10%AHA liquid and love them both. I started with BHA to tackle my acne and a few weeks later I added paulas choice 8% AHA gel to help with scarring and dry skin issues. I loved it so much I eventually moved up to their 10% option.

You will want to add the oil cleansing, BHA, AHA and even your moisturizer one at a time. Make sure to test each on a small patch of skin first, nothing worse then jumping head first and having a bad reaction because then you have no idea which item caused it.

Feel free to message me with questions and what not :]

u/ignoretheyam · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I used CosRx acne patches for years and loved them, but then my Amazon seller either started selling fake ones or they were reformulated and were doing nothing but tearing off my skin, so I switched to Rael ones.

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch these bad boys have great schlurping power!

u/sympathyofalover · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Talk to your OB about azelaic acid. I didn’t use it, but it’s the only thing I’ve seen other posts talk about using that was deemed okay for them by their OB.

My OB is super cautious and I keep getting shot down whenever i ask what I can use, so I just did a simple routine (Neutrogena foaming cleanser) and sometimes I will oil cleanse with Argan oil and a drop or two or tea tree oil. I haven’t asked her about the tea tree oil, but I haven’t seen anything related to it being a problem and I’ve probably only used it twice and I’m 20 weeks now.

Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean, make sure to wash your face morning and night, moisturize and try not to pick. You can use hydrocolloid bandages to help overnight (I like the nexcare ones you can find on amazon, also called acne patches or blister bandages). nexcare on amazon

Head over to r/skincareaddiction too for more posts about pregnancy/hormonal acne and the side bar include info on oil cleansing. There isn’t much we can do about it overall, but mine did ease up a lot throughout the 1st trimester and now I hardly get any. Hopefully you’re able to find something that works!

u/shroedingerscook · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Try a hydrocolloid bandage on the pimple. Nexcare makes some specifically for pimples

Pus filled pimples will eventually go away on their own without being popped, it just takes a little while. Hot compresses also help. And putting a little benzoyl peroxide on it can help as well (do not put BP on under a hydrocolloid bandage... Put it on for a half hour or so, wash off, then use the bandage)

Google the "Danger Triangle of the Face" to understand why you shouldn't pop pimples on your nose.

u/blue_gator · 5 pointsr/acne

So if I have a massive whitehead that I don't feel like walking around with for the world to see I go ahead and pop it. Yes picking is bad BUT it makes zits disappear a lot faster. I generally do it at night after my face is clean. Then before I put in my moisturizer I put a hydro colloid acne patch over it.

Here's the link:

Ever pop a zit and then wake up to find it has filled up and gotten even more gross over night? Well these patches absorb the crap oozing out of the popped zit. And when you wake up the zit substantially less swollen and has not "refilled" itself again. Seriously it's the best 8$ you'll ever spend.

u/HideNSqueak · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Just about anywhere that sells regular bandaids. They are often marketed as blister bandages, because they are designed to manage wound fluid.

Here's an example from Target, and if you want little rounds ones just for acne, you can order them online.

u/lurkercreep · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have relatively healthy skin, though it's prone to dehydration and occasional acne.

These are all subscribe & save items (in addition to being prime eligible), listing current price w/ 15% subscribe discount (need 5+ items to qualify)


Cerave PM 3oz $7.05

PC 2% Salicylic 4oz $24.65

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser 16oz

Nexcare hydrocolloid patches 36ct

Alpha 14% glycolic aha 2oz $16.14


Cerave SA Renewing Lotion 8oz $9.20

Dove sensitive skin bar body soap, 4oz x 14 bars $11.88

u/RockyColtTum · 5 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

Hydrocolloid bandage for the pimple. It will make it go down overnight.

Like this.

u/PolarBearInSpace · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Even these don't say that word on them, so I wasn't 100% sure I was buying the right thing:

Everybody gotta be all scientific up in here using fancy words.

u/YELLING_IN_YOUR_HEAD · 5 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

The time to use hydrocolloid bandages is when the wound is still "wet", as in weeping fluid. I haven't found any drugstore bandages that are more effective or affordable than these. However, they're not intended to cover wounds larger than a thumbnail.

My only approach to scabs is to go about my usual skincare routine and ignore them. I might use a Band-Aid to keep myself from absent-mindedly touching the scab (which can introduce bacteria and cause infection), or to prevent picking if the scab is tight or itchy.

u/cyanpineapple · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use the Target branded ones at night. In my experience, they stick the best, they're flush against the skin, so they don't bother you, you can cut them up, and they just do a great job all around. They are the best I've tried, bar none. If I really need to wear one during the day, I wear these. They don't work quite as well, but they're very thin and kind of transparent, so most people won't notice you have it on. I also have the Nexcare, but I don't like them much. I mostly use those for lazy days around the house when I want more sucking power than the invisible ones, but something less conspicuous than the Target one.

u/mementomakomori · 5 pointsr/Narcolepsy

Hate to break it to you, but 15 is prime time for hormonal acne regardless of medication. Plus the acne could be caused by stress (as in, you're anxious about new medications). You'll probably have to be on the meds a bit longer to see if there are other side effects and figure out if there is a different trigger for the pimples, like diet or menstruation (you didn't specify). If there are other symptoms that indicate hormone imbalance like depression, unexplained weight change, hair loss, etc, then tell your doctors ASAP. You have probably already had lots of blood tests, but if your doctor is concerned about hormones then an endocrinologist can order blood tests.

For practical pimple help, Korean pimple patches have saved me, but they are only helpful on clearing pimples that are open/close to the skin's surface. They stop me from absent-mindedly touching my acne so that I don't make it worse. >< I buy these ones but there are other brands.

u/babiesgettingrabies · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm also interested to know this! I have a couple packs of the ones that seem weird (manufactured in October 2016; older packs I have were manufactured in June 2016) and I think they work/stick the same. IIRC I got them off Amazon Prime through Jolse, fulfilled by Amazon (though checking Amazon's current listing, that's no longer an option).

Almost all of the Amazon Prime pimple patch listings have this new version as the product photo. Example. I would be surprised if Amazon was unknowingly advertising a fake version! I hope that's not the case!

u/ANGELaaimt · 5 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

I love using these little mini hydrocolloid patches. They are super smooth and have enough of a tint to them that you can wear them out without it being noticeable.

u/tt-asha · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think you are confusing the terms hydrocolloid and occlusive. Petroleum jelly is an occlusive, which is explained in "Classes of moisturizers" in the side bar, while hydrocolloids are a completely different thing. Hydrocolloids are bandages that absorb wound exudate, or in other words the icky stuff that comes from a wound like the pus from a pimple. You can buy fancy ones like these that are already in a circle shape or most drug stores will carry hydrocolloid bandages like this that you can cut into smaller sizes. I'm suffering from a bout of hormonal chin acne too and I find that hydrocolloids stop me from touching my chin as well. I don't find my chin acne to be "itchy" though since mine just feel sore and painful. Do you think the itchiness is from dryness?

u/ZKXX · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

That image on the box doesn't look like a plain hydrocolloid bandage. They don't have that "netting" material part.

I order the 3M Nexcare ones from Korea. Nothing else works as well for me. 3M knows what they're doing.

u/Yoyochan · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are good, and have two different sizes in each box. I've gone through tons of these, they're so handy! Just don't leave them in a really humid area (near the shower) because the natural tackiness can disappear... oops.

u/carrigura · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Why not try a hydrocolloid bandage? I had one that was sitting on my cheek for the longest time and it flattened that sucker out.

You can get them at your local Walgreens/CVS (if you're in the US) or possibly Shoppers if you're in Canada. Alternatively, I use these and I can't get enough. It comes in two sizes - one that's about 1 cm and one that's about 2.5-3 cm (just guesstimating).

u/Xub543 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Checkout this thread where another user who was tight on cash used an online derm and the $20 fee went towards the RX.

Not sure if you're limited to spending the Amazon gift card or if it could be fungible.

You may want hydrocolloid acne patches to help speed up healing the spots you have. This is one option:

Nexcare Acne Cover, Hydrocolloid Technology, Invisible, 36 count

u/ermalfaro · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

hi! warning: long post ahead, but i understand its always frustrating when you're used to your skin being one way then changing so just wanted to share what's helped me. i personally went through cystic acne hell and back.

also just wondering what face wash do you use, is it the micellar cleansing water?

anyway, here's some products that were all under $20 each, but were really effective in getting my acne under control:

number 1 recommendation is retinol. i use differin and it's made a world of difference. it's about $12 at the drugstore in the states and you don't need a prescription!

another thing that's worked for me is the oil cleansing method and just incorporating oils in my skincare (after some troubleshooting and learning more about oils). here's a good article:

another thing that's helped is making my own toner with ACV + water. super simple, but it's one of the most potent things that's worked with making my acne less inflamed and skin less oily. here's an article about that:

a clay mask once a week also does wonders for calming any redness and inflamed acne. or as spot treatment. i recommend the aztec clay mask + a bit of ACV / water:

lastly, this acne patch has magically helped suck up the puss (gross, but satisfying) and helped me pick my acne less:

overall, sounds like you're experiencing some hormonal changes (being a woman is great!) and that your skin's needing some more TLC, exfoliation, and moisture.

u/atomheartmama · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

ok here's what's worked for me and my dry/dehydrated/sensitive/acneprone skin! i broke out in closed comedones and small whiteheads mostly around my chin/mouth area mostly, had constant redness and flakiness was common. my skin isn't perfect but much more clear, moisturized, and healthy. little to no scarring and any spots that come up leave quickly.pretty normal skin after years of experimenting, 1 year of experimenting on SCA. hope this helps anyone!

cleanser: cerave foaming cleanser at night, sometimes in morning. i use cool water when using the sink. 12 oz bottle lasts forever, i use it for body in shower too.

moisturizers: alternate between Avene trixera emollient Cream & Balm. can do reviews on these if anyone would like since they are not well known. both contain several oils, but cream is more oily/dewy while the balm is thicker and seems to dry/set more. enormous ~13 oz bottles can be purchased through amazon so these will each last me a year at least.

sunscreen: hada labo uv creamy gel. contains alcohol but not as high up as other comparable sunscreens. also contains hyaluronic acid. similar alternative for those wanting to avoid alcohol is Hada labo uv whitening gel- contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin c. small bottles but relatively affordable.

exfoliants: paula's choice 2% bha liquid and 8% aha gel. i use the AHA most nights and 1-2x a week use the bha instead. i no longer use exfoliants in the morning (used to do bha in AM and aha in PM but found it was too much for my skin type, and reducing frequency helped without sacrificing results). may seem expensive upfront but i'm still using the 2 original bottles- the bha i bought around august and will still last me another couple months so between the size & referral codes it's a bargain.

makeup remover: Almay oil-free makeup remover pads. been using these for a decade. use them to remove eye makeup so that when i cleanse my face, my mascara isn't running over my skin. very gentle on eyes.

makeup- NARS radiant creamy concealer and more recently purchased the new Bare Minerals complexion rescue gel. NARS- does a great job at concealing without causing any skin issues. BM- pretty sheer coverage that does not break me out, and i do believe it helps keep skin moisturized and calm.

so essentially AM: avene trixera emollient balm/cream, hada labo sunscreen, Bare minerals complexion gel

PM: almay makeup remover pads over eyes, cerave foaming cleanser, nightly 8% AHA or 1-2x week bha liquid, avene balm/cream.

extras: nexcare acne patches to help heal any spots and try not to pick!

edit: added links

u/Griphmeister · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Blister bandages(hydrocolloids) or other acne patches (there are 2 kinds, tiny hydrocolloids, and little patches with acne medication on them) really help me with not picking. I use sterile lancets to gently poke a small hole in any whiteheads that I have, then I put the hydrocolloids on them and leave it on overnight or longer if I can. The hydrocolloids draw out and absorb fluid, so normally by morning they've absorbed most or all of what was in there.

For acne that isn't a whitehead I tend to use the other kind of acne patch to help keep from messing with it, the medicated acne patches are not good for absorbing fluid from whiteheads though. Also links are just for examples so you know what I'm talking about, I'm not recommending any specific product.

u/snorklax · 4 pointsr/weddingplanning

Pro tip for something you CAN do last minute (okok, patch test these bad boys somewhere inconspicuous like a month out, but for real they saved my life):


These are my favorite brand that I've tried but all of them work fairly well and use the same process.

Basically these bad boys act as bandaids for your blemishes. I broke out with a huge, honking, horrifying, Doug Funnie pimple near my mouth a few days before my wedding. You, ahem, extract (pop gently.. sorry, this part's gross) the pimple after cleansing at night, slap on one of the patches, and the hydro-colloidal bandaid works as a magic sponge to suck up all the gunk overnight.

It is kind of insane how well they work, at least for me. For a smaller blemish I've had it be completely gone the next day - this guy was gone in 2 nights with only minor redness that was totally handled with some concealer. As somebody whose skin scars if you look at it the wrong way they are a life saver to keep redness and excessive irritation at bay and really speed up the healing process. 10/10 buy some of these for your prep kit if you've got "I like to break out at the worst times" skin.

u/bespokedermis · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I always buy my cosrx patches off amazon. Best way to tell if they're really is if they have a lot of reviews, and if other people found them "helpful". I always get these ones,

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, 24 Patches/10 Sheets, 65g

For comparison, these ones are fake,

Cosrx Cosrx acne pimple master patch 24patches4sheet, 0.36 pounds

I accidentally bought them before, they are just like stickers. Very thin, not sticky. Note how there's like 5 reviews, and none are "helpful."

u/OliveWildly · 4 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide
  1. Take time to enjoy it with your friends. Don't just do the same things you always do. Mix it up. My few regrets include saying no to things I actually wanted to do but was chicken.
  2. Don't worry about making senior year THE year. For most people, high school is hardly memorable by the time you're 30... much less the rest of your life. It's fun, but don't put extra pressure on it.
  3. For the acne -- Have you heard of Mighty Patch? I JUST discovered it. It's a hydrocolloid spot fixer. It doesn't work on every pimple, but it's soo awesome with the gross ones. Basically, just put the (nearly clear) patch on the acne for a few hours and it will draw out the gross-ness like a magnet. It has worked wonders to shrink a pimple (without popping) really quick when I need to be seen somewhere. (check out the photos in the review section)
  4. For waking up -- Try minimizing what you need to do in the morning.
    1. I recommend showering before bed. It reduces the amount of get-ready time you need in the morning. Your hair dries overnight. You can style it in the morning if you want. Or just throw it in a top knot.
    2. Pack your bag at night.
    3. Keep your bathroom counter clear of anything that you don't use daily. Have a short bathroom routine.
    4. To motivate yourself -- Give yourself something fun to listen to when you get up. For me, I turn on my podcasts the moment I sit up in bed. This way, my brain engages right away.
  5. For staying on top of your workload -- Have you ever heard of Bullet Journaling? I don't mean the Instagram version where people use 23 different colored pens and calligraphy. I mean the original bullet journaling. It's the simplest form of tracking your to-dos. I list my monthly, weekly, and daily tasks. I've been using it for the past 5 years and it's awesome. You just gotta keep it simple.
u/PotatoCatz327 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I used to swear by COSRX but it only worked for whiteheads for me so I switched to Avarelle and never looked back!

u/benirehtac · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Avarelle brand sells large squares. I've never tried them, but I found them when I was searching for a large hydrocolloid. Expensive but could be fun to try.

Acne Pimple Patch Absorbing Cover Blemish (XL Square / 8 PATCHES)

u/pointandshooty · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I got rael ones on Amazon too. They're kind of expensive. Ive tried 8 million kinds and rael is my favorite. I tried the yellow ones i think you're talking about and they were so thick! Didnt like them at all

u/babystarlette · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would suggest making sure you cleanse every day, and do a chemical exfoliation however many times needed/recommend. And to help with pores you can niacinamide to minimize them and tone your skin.

Products I recommend/routine order:

  1. Fourth Ray Beauty’s Cloud Bank Cleanser
  2. The Ordinary’s Chemical Peel
  3. The Ordinary’s Niacinamide serum and their Hyaluronic Acid Serum as well
  4. Lush’s Vanishing Cream Moisturizer or Fourth Ray Beauty’s Feel Good Gel Moisturizer

    Also for whenever you get acne can I definitely recommend acne patches. They’re good for the white head pimples or forming pimples, just place the sticker directly on the pimple after exfoliating and continue with your routine, then sleep the night away and take it off in the morning. I recommend these
u/GiggleButts · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/BoredGoat · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle - exercise, drink water, get enough sleep, avoid processed foods and foods high in bad fats and sugars.
  • Don't touch your face or pick at/pop your acne.
  • Change your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly (2-3 times a week).
  • Use Hydrocolloid Bandages to suck the pus out of zits overnight. Seriously, they're miraculous.
  • An AHA exfoliant will help with scarring. Sun exposure will make scars darken, so wear plenty of sunscreen.
  • Neem Oil seems to work for some. I've never tried it.
  • A masque can help dry out zits or bring them to the surface, faster.
  • Benzoyl peroxide (I use 5% but 2% is recommended to start with, especially as you have sensitive skin) applied as a spot treatment can also be effective.
u/lilgadget · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

I use these ones to clear my acne and help with wound healing. They come in two sizes that are just right for the job!

u/mixterrific · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Well, they're really supposed to draw out all the liquid from the pimple, which they do great. Here's a couple brands (I think the Nexcare ones work better but the CosRx ones are cheaper):



They cover the whole area, so you're also prevented from picking at it. You can see it working, the patch is translucent and when it has drawn out moisture it gets opaque and bulges a little. They really, really work and are non-medicated so not as drying as some ointments.

u/existie · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm not the person you're responding to, but I've seen these - Nexcare Acne.

u/gaseum · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Firstly, ditch both the Apricot scrub and the Garnier. You're better off using nothing at all rather than those. It's like saying, "I'm trying to start drinking more water, but I'm going to get through this bottle of vodka first to save money." It's counterproductive.

  1. Leave your breakouts alone. Don't touch them. Consider putting hydrocolloid bandages on them.

  2. Yes. After you've switched to your new cleanser, use it for two weeks and make sure you're don't have any negative reactions to it. Then add in an exfoliant. I suggest starting with Paula's Choice 1% BHA Lotion. Use it at night between cleansing and moisturizing for two weeks. Monitor your skin carefully for signs of irritation, redness, or flakiness. If all is well, up it to twice a day. Try this for two weeks. If you notice any irritation, cut back to once a day. This is the lower strength formula, so if you use it twice a day and you're seeing some improvement but not as much as you want, you can consider purchasing the 2% next time. Because of your eczema and skin sensitivities, I'd like to start you on the lower strength first though.

  3. Yes, you need to wear sunscreen. It's not just being outside, it's any time you're exposed to daylight (coming in the windows, driving a car, etc.) Even if it were just 30 minutes a day of exposure, yes, you need sunscreen. Eczema can be tricky - you never know what will set it off. That said, try Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. I would introduce this before the you start using an exfoliant because proper suncare is the number one thing you can do to protect your skin. So switch cleansers -> two week test period -> replace morning moisturizer with this SPF -> two week test period -> BHA once a day -> two week test period -> BHA twice a day. Got it? :)

  4. No. Vitamin pills don't do anything and are actually contraindicated for some disorders. We're not allowed to give dietary advice on here, but the best I can say is that if you want vitamins to be effective in your body, you need to consume them in whole foods.

  5. By blackheads, do you mean sebaceous filaments? The BHA I suggested will help.

  6. A lot of dark circles is just genetics. Eye cream is a waste of money. There's nothing special about eye creams that you can't get from a moisturizer. The number one thing you can do is...wait for it...wear sunscreen every day. Seriously. Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses when you're outdoors. After you finish testing all your other products, consider adding the Paula's Choice Resist Skin Brightener under your eyes after your exfoliant and before your moisturizer twice a day (again, work up to it with two-week test periods). I've been using this for a while and have seen a very slight improvement. The best piece of advice for getting rid of dark circles is to invest in a good concealer to hide them! If you're willing to fork over the cash, the Q-switched ruby laser is an effective treatment.

  7. "toner" has no real meaning other than a liquid you put on your face. There are a TON of awful toners, and some quite good ones as well. The best toners will help replenish ingredients stripped by cleansing as well as introduce other beneficial chemicals to your skin. For you, I might try the Paula's Choice Clinical Redness Relief. This is what I use for my toner as well. It comes after cleansing and before exfoliating. Remember that if you introduce new products, you need to do them one at a time with a two week test period in between.

    I hope this has helped! Let me know if you need clarification or if you have any other questions! <3
u/manziniyo · 3 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

For under-the-skin breakouts I always use stickers like these. I don't normally put anything on my skin underneath them (lotion and such will make them slide around) but these always either bring it to a head or make it go down for me.

u/jingabobo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Is this the same thing?

u/RebelTimeLord · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use the Nexcare ones from Amazon, haven't seen them in any stores (USA). They work for me, but are the only ones I've ever used so I'm not sure how they compare to other brands.

edit: typo

u/pazuzu6666 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Do you shave often? Maybe you get ingrown hair from shaving?

But if don't I recommend these Asian products since you mentioned you're interested in them.

I don't break out anymore! My scars are significantly lighter and my face is so much brighter and glowly.

I also like using Hydrocolloid bandages on pimples that are "ripe" (can see the gross pus) I use sterile diabetic lancets to pop the white head and put the hydrocolloid bandage over it overnight. It sucks all the puss out...gross but highly satisfying.

Good luck!

u/Wasted-years · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

After it comes to a head if you put on of these on it after you pop it, it takes away so much redness and clears it up super quick! These things are life savers for me, it's like a vacuum that just sucks all the gunk out.

u/Brooklyn-NY · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Check this out, it works wonders especially for cystic acne- it’s actually made from the same stuff they use on ulcers.

u/TheLuckyTraveler · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Actually have an aloe plant and just break pieces off and rub it on my face. It’s a great plant because it hates direct sunlight, and you only have to water it like once every 2-3 weeks. Plus it puts off a ton of oxygen so it’s a great, low maintenance indoor plant that’s also great for your skin.

And as far as hydrocolloid bandages go, I buy the nexcare dots off amazon. And the lancets

Nexcare Acne Cover, Drug-Free, Gentle, Breathable Cover, 36 Count

Care Touch Multi Colored Twist Top Lancets 30 Gauge, 300 Lancets

You sound like you have sensitive skin like me honestly. Try to avoid hot water and harsh products and try focusing on healing your skin for a little bit.

u/Britneeswedding · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

These are a lifesaver if you have big spots or whiteheads. Also, blister bandages work just as well. They work on blisters by sucking the liquid out, I guess? And they do the same thing with your face. Sleep with them on, wear them as long/as often as you can. They only take like 2 days to work so it’s a great immediate fix if you can’t woek out anything with a dermatologist! Good luck, and no matter what you’ll look great. You’re more than just your skin!

ETA: these are the type of bandaids I’m talking about. And you could find these at Walgreens or target or wherever. They are a lifesaver.

u/these-points-of-data · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrocolloid bandages! They're basically blister bandages. Unless you're talking about something else, they are usually not medicated, and instead help by sucking out all of the oil/pus and preventing you from picking at them.

Nexcare bandages tend to be a popular brand since they're already circular, and are tinted. Another popular option is to buy a big box of blister bandages from any drugstore and just cut them up to size. I've heard very good things about the KMart brand, but as there's not a location near where I live, I'm perfectly happy using Target and it works just as well.

u/eaglenumberone · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Does Nexcare have bigger ones? The ones that are the size of a nickel ( just fall off if I wear them to bed.

u/Killerchark · 3 pointsr/ladyshavers

I believe you can get them at Walgreens, yes! They look like this - they're see through. The clear ones for blisters work exactly the same.

u/urvirb · 3 pointsr/popping

I usually use these dot ones They work overnight and come in a couple sizes.

u/ask_anything_korean · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can get them from:

u/Lorosaurus · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Try not to beat yourself up about it. Use this as a reminder of why you had to quit in the first place and why you won't do it again. As for the self conscious part, everyone gets the random zit & no one really cares as much as you think they will. People on here talk about something they put on their spots, I think it's these things ->

u/cutiehoney12 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

i personally use the cosrx acne master patches, but i think you're more likely to find the nexcare version at your local pharmacy. if you can't, you can usually find a large sheet version and cut them to size. i wear them at night if i've been a lil too rough with my skin and i find they really speed up the healing process vs. keeping them uncovered. good luck & congrats on graduating!

u/Panamoose · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I want to second all this person's advice, but submit that these hydrocolloids helps me to really disguise acne during the day. Since you have a pretty light skintone, they should blend in well. Before I cleared up my acne, I would use these during the day, and cheaper ones at night. Now I just keep a small pack of these around for my rare breakouts.

Only other thing I would add is go to a dermatologist if you can afford it.

u/randomking0x70 · 3 pointsr/randomgifts

Skin doctor wants my face nice and clean before the next time I see her, so I could really use these to get it done faster.

u/tsiuq · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I get this too! I use these. I've also discovered that exfoliating my face with warmish water and then after rinsing splashing cold (like ice cold) water on my face helps. It could just be a mental thing but I think it helps shrink the pores.

u/agreywood · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I like these. The edges lay fairly flat against the skin and they are not shiny. I think the corsx ones work a bit better (and I like the variable sizes) but the shine and lack of a flat edge mean I feel awkward wearing them during the day.

u/theStarsShineWithinU · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/Madky67 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Put a Hydrocolloid patch on a whitehead or any type of zit, they are really amazing! I have used the corsx ones and they are great but I prefer the ones I use now because it has tea tree, tiger grass, and calendula oil in the patch so it kills bacteria and heals. Plus I can put one of these on a cyst or nodule that doesn't have a head or opening and it will absorb some gunk and make it smaller, the corsx only worked well on acne that had a head or opening. I put a warm compress on the spot before using the patch to help bring it to the surface, just make sure your skin is dry and clean with no product.
Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover Patch Hydrocolloid, Tea Tree, Calendula Oil, CICA (40 ROUND PATCHES)

Blackheads are harder to get rid of but use chemical exfoliants especially salicylic acid on the area to help dissolve it or help losen it. When I oil cleanse I get a lot of plugs once a week because like dissolves like. I end up picking at things though but when I don't pick my skin looks a lot better. It's hard for me not pick at blackheads. If you really want to extract a blackhead make sure the area is clean and use a warm compress and don't use your fingers, use a sterile extraction tool or qtips and don't use a lot of force.

u/sadiemac2727 · 3 pointsr/popping
u/ghmia · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Before you go to sleep you could cover up your pimples with hydrocolloid patches, they’ll serve a dual purpose of helping the pimples heal and keeping you from picking them.

For example:

u/GetDownMsPresident · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Acne Pimple Master Patch 72 dots - Absorbing Hydrocolloid Blemish Spot Skin Treatment and Care Dressing

u/Asiif_ · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking


Compared to the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Dots, the ones from Amazon are a thicker material. You could wear the PTR dots in public and no one would really notice. The amazon ones are more noticeable, and I wouldn’t wear them in public, but I use them overnight and when I’m just at the house all day. I like that they are a thicker material because when I “graze”, it feels like a little gel dot and I can touch it without destroying my skin.

u/niht · 2 pointsr/ftm

This may be an obvious question, but have you tried a consistent skincare routine? I've heard it can take a while for your body to get used to your new hormones, but consistent washing and actives keep me from being a pimple demon. /r/SkincareAddiction has some good guides and advice for finding products and a routine that's specific to your needs.

Also, pimple bandages are magic.

u/notimeforidiots · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I buy mine on Amazon. I prefer the Nex Care ones and that is the only place I can find them!

These to be exact!

u/cc1191 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I live in the US and have not seem them anywhere, even though I've checked lots of places. I know they sell them on amazon, but I always just buy the Band-Aid Brand Advanced Healing Blister Bandages or the store brand of wherever I am. The only ones I've used that I don't like so far are the Nexcare ones made for blisters. They don't stick well.

u/Fucklebutt · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey, I have a hard time keeping my hands off my acne too, but I've found that these bandages really help with the urge to touch/pick at it.

u/endCoastLn · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrocolloid Bandage may accelerate the process, which helps imo

u/colleeninator · 2 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

I'm a software engineer! I've found gloves (like the knit cotton kind) work fine on "classic" keyboards, but they can get a bit tricky on laptop keyboards.

I also pick my shoulders and wearing long sleeves helps cut down on that a lot.

Fidget toys are great for a lot of people, but with habit replacement it's best to pick something you can perform in any situation you might pick (so, if you get a fidget toy as your habit replacement, what do you do when you don't have it with you?). Making a fist works well for me, someone else here mentioned trying snapping and said it worked really well to ahem snap him out of it.

OMG Hydrocolloid bandages. So, they're blister bandages, but somebody smart figured out you can use the same thing really effectively for pimples and started marketing them as such. The material they're made out of absorbs fluid and can pull pus out of "mature" pimples (ones with a head to them). Some people say it only works if they lance the pimples first, but other people can get them to work without lancing the pimples. And you can get generic ones from just about any grocery or drugstore for a lot cheaper and cut them to the sizes you want (they'll be near the normal band-aid type bandages and say "hydrocolloid" somewhere on the label). Search around /r/skincareaddiction some (I think there's actually a picture post about hydrocolloid bandages near the top there right now) and you'll see a bunch of people raving about them or talking about the best way to use them.

u/alexanderthegeek · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/bkolmus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Sign up for PocketDerm. There's a reason every fifth post on this sub is about them these days.

  2. Get yourself some of these. They should help you quit popping.

  3. For the beginner's routine, start with finding a cleanser and moisturizer that work for you, and build from there. If your moisturizer doesn't have SPF, find a sunscreen. My favorite is the Hada Labo Creamy UV gel, because it's SPF 50+/PPD 16+ and goes on with no white cast. For moisturizer I use CeraVe in the tub and Benton Aloe Propolis gel.
u/aviondepapier · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They actually are hydrocolloid bandages, but they are the only type I have ever introduced myself to. There are probably cheaper solutions, but I buy these on Amazon and they work incredibly well for me. Sometimes I buy on when they have 20% off coupons. They are good to have around.

u/miscakes · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would really recommend getting better face wash, especially since you're buying Paula's Choice which isn't cheap. Cheap face soap options:

  • CosRX low pH

  • Equate or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

  • Cetaphil

  1. Super Booster would go after face wash and before toner
  2. Yes, I would suggest using the AHA at night, but since you're using a sunscreen it's not as big of a deal. If not, it would go after the Super Booster and before the toner.
  3. These are great for acne that has it's head (i.e. extractable). They suck out most of the goo, no extraction required, overnight (but I extract first because I'm bad too!). Otherwise, you could reapply a little of the AHA as a spot treatment, or get a salicylic acid spot treatment.
  4. I would recommend repurchasing if it works for you until your skin is used to the new products. However, it looks like a relatively simple ingredients formula. I'm on the snail train with /r/AsianBeauty, you could look there for possible new moisturizers. I recently bought cosRX's Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap which is a light moisturizer. You may want to look towards moisturizers with more humectant ingredients (more moisturizing) if your skin feels tight or dry.

    AsianBeauty megathreads
u/Kainiaa · 2 pointsr/BeautyAddiction

If it's seeping then you should try the Acne Spot Pads. I use these and within 1-2 days it's damn near gone. I've also been told you can use the blister pads as an alternative as well!

u/PeggyAnne08 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I do. The CosRx Pimple Patches are popular on here. I use the Nexcare version or Clearasil ones because they are available at my local drugstore.

u/scarieb · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would recommend seeing a dermatologist, if you can. My dermatologist was able to give me a prescription strength spot treatment, and if I am ever uncomfortable with a cystic spot on my face I can call and get in quickly for a spot treatment (which I've never had to use because the prescription she gave me is great). I recommend using hydrocolloid bandages like these. If you decide to lance, which I don't always recommend because each spot is unique, make sure you use something that is sterile!

Overall concerning your routine, I would recommend cutting back or eliminating physical exfoliation, especially in the morning. You may not even need to cleanse in the morning and the toner may be enough to refresh.

u/iamworkingnoreally · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Second the hydrocolloid bandages! You can get CosRx or Nexcare pimple patches on Amazon.

u/Ones_Fate · 2 pointsr/AskDocs

I'm not a doctor but I have problems with acne, including cystic acne, I also have OCD which includes some skin picking so I understand the wanting to touch it. What helps me is hydrocolloid bandages, they absorb all the grossness and also makes it harder to pick at. I like these ones:

You just cut them to the size you need.

There are also these ones:

They work pretty much the same, they might absorb a tad less but are more convenient.

u/bangarang_bananagram · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE! I love these. I even use them on spots that won't directly benefit from the patch, but that I'll potentially pick at.

Walgreens stores can order an item for you with no shipping charge. Just go in and ask for it, the order is placed and you pre-pay, and then pick it up when it arrives.

u/bearable_lightness · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

I totally know what you mean about the MB Drying Lotion! I'm guilty of using it myself but want to switch to an alcohol-free sulfur spot treatment. I also find it comforting to cover up spots with hydrocolloid bandages, either pre-sized like these or cut to size from a larger pharmacy brand blister bandage. If your skin tolerates honey well, another option for coverage (plus some hydration) would be something like these.

u/tootsmcguffin · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction


Seriously, they are fantastic. They soak up sebum, so if you have a zit, the gunk inside gets pulled out of your skin and into the bandage. I pop one on after washing and exfoliating, then go to bed for the night. In the morning, it's usually much better.

u/seaturtles · 2 pointsr/Accutane

Hey! When your whiteheads do pop, you can put a hydrocolloid bandage on top. You can find bandages like this in bigger versions at your local drugstore. You can just cut them to your desired size to cover the pimple. It'll absorb some of the blood/gunk inside and help it heal faster.

u/FertyMerty · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Have you tried hydrocolloid bandages? These are my favorite. You put them on a pimple at night and they suck all of the juice out so it's flat. Makes covering them up SO much easier. I read about Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer here on MUA and it has changed my LYFE when it comes to hiding zits. You can get samples here to figure out your true match, and I honestly haven't needed to buy a full size of it yet, in over three months.

u/aginger · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

New purchases: Bought a bunch of sheet masks from Target on the day with 25% off beauty - Hada Labo Tokyo, My Spa Life Hydrating mask with honey, My Spa Life Forever Luminous with bee venom and manuka honey, and Mask Bar dark circle patch eye masks. I also purchased a bunch of Pearl eye sheet masks from Sephora with my $20 off VIB card.

Rave: Loving these pimple patches - get out so much more stuff than the blister bandages I was buying at Walgreens, and conveniently sized.

Rant: Order tracking information that doesn't work! Grrr... I'm eagerly awaiting all my skincare purchases from Black Friday / Cyber Monday!

u/topknot1975 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I swear by the SMARTMED Cover Dot Acne Care ones. I've tried the COSRX ones and the Avarelle ones and both of them are a thicker gel/plasticy material that aren't tapered towards the edges. They also don't stick on as well b/c of this and can't flex with your skin as easily. The SMARTMED ones are a thinner more papery material and very absorbent.

u/kaylynn2254 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

These also work to reduce inflammation and help prevent acne from forming.

Cover Dot Acne Care - Hydrocolloid Waterproof Clear Pimple Absorbing Acne Patch- 48 dots

u/ThirteenDream · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

These are my favorites. They are very thin.

u/magnolias_n_peonies · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles
u/notnowfetz · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I use Thayers Witch Hazel to wipe down my face after a workout. It also helps with skin redness, which is always nice. Per the advice of r/skincareaddiction I started using Stridex pads most days. Yep, the same ones you probably used in high school. They really work- I used to get acne like clockwork that time of the month and now it’s so much better.

When you do get acne, these patches are a lifesaver.

u/fickleshade · 2 pointsr/tretinoin

It's the red. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, 24 Count, Pack of 4

u/_peppermint · 2 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Get some hydrocolloidal bandaids! Put one on, go to bed and by morning you would see a huge difference. They are lifesavers for me I don’t know why more people don’t use them in place of regular, lame bandaids or how I lived without them for so long lol I know I sound dramatic but I can put one on a wound that I’ve picked to shit and 12 hrs later it will have healed it to the point where it’s all just really thin, pink skin.

Edit: these are the ones I get

u/scullyxf · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

For whiteheads, I swear by Avarelle acne absorbing patches . I think they’re useful for minimizing whiteheads that have already appeared, not so much for cystic acne or blackheads (personally).

u/ReadSmut · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They have a larger square patch that would work well on your cheek. I am a picker too and these work wonders on me.

u/sugarbibbles · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

**Skin type and skin concerns:**

Main concerns: Dryness, acne (cystic and general acne all over chin and cheeks), and splotchy discoloration all over my face (my dermatologist said it was melasma). My skin is consistently congested and breaking out, yet my entire face is sensitive, dull, itchy and flakey. After years of reading tips here, I've finally gotten to the point where redness and the majority of flaking is gone and products don't burn when they touch me, but my skin remains dull and feels tight.


While the products I've selected are relatively affordable, they add up. Plus I'm worried I'm doing more damage than good by overwhelming my skin with all these product. Mostly though, I'm so jealous of all your minimalist routines I see on here, and I want to create one that would work for me. I don't know where to start. What are your thoughts?


**Skincare routine with full product names**


  1. Wipe face gently with Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes
  2. Spritz face with rose water to re-moisten (currently using Leven Rose Rose Water)
  3. Eva Naturals Vitamin B3 5% Niacinamide Serum(daily)
  4. Spritz face with Kikumasamune Sake High Moisture Skin Lotion Tonerbefore skin dries completely
  5. Moisturize with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
  6. Spritz face again with Kiku to keep moist
  7. Warm two drops of The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalanein hands and pat all over face (I just added this to my routine and I have high hopes)
  8. Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50
  9. Coola Liplux Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30
  10. 1-2 times per week, exfoliate face with Baiden Mitten Exfoliator Glove
  11. 1-2 times per week exfoliate lips with Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub


  12. First cleanse with Illiyoon Total Aging Care Cleansing Oil (I'm finishing up this bottle and then I'm going back to using Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil).
  13. Second cleanse with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  14. Saturate cotton pad (White Rabbit organic cotton) with Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner and gently wipe face and neck
  15. Spritz face with rose water to re-moisten
  16. Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic acid Serum(nightly)
  17. Spritz face with Kiku before skin dries completely
  18. Moisturize with Elizavecca Milky Piggy Retinol Cream
  19. Spritz face again with Kiku to keep moist
  20. Additional moisturizer layer with Mizon Black Snail All in One Cream (I'm sure this is unnecessary, but I feel like the snail cream has done more for me than any other product and I'm emotionally attached to it now lol)
  21. Warm two drops of TO squalane oil in hands and pat all over face (NEW)
  22. Hanalei Lip Treatment
  23. Cover any cystic acne with spot treatment patches
  24. Once a week, spot treat dry problem areas with Origins drink up intensive overnight mask(it looks like they recently changed the formula for this, so I'm going to have to find something new when this runs out)
  25. Once a week, spot treat acne problem areas with Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask


    **Daily behaviors possibly impacting skin:**

    My diet is crap. While I don't eat a lot of processed food, I eat too much sugar, too much oily and fatty foods, too much red meat and not enough vegetables. Because of my family, it's going to be difficult to make adjustments, and honestly I'm not sure where to start. Caffeine consumption is pretty high, while I only have the occasional coffee, I drink a TON of green tea and oolong tea. Water intake is fair, and I usually refill my 32oz water bottle 2 times a day (yes, I have to run to the bathroom at least every 30 minutes). I pretty much stopped wearing makeup a little over a year ago, now I only wear for special occasions and the occasional eye liner.
u/MojorTom · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Wow, didnt even know something like that exists.

Searching on amazon gave this.

u/lid-vicious · 2 pointsr/popping


These are the ones I use, but I’ve seen some people on the sub say they get some cheap ones from Walmart or Walgreens.

u/krq316 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My sister and niece just recently moved in with me and I'm quite excited for the "sister date nights" we will now get to have. We love Downton Abbey and pretty much all things Masterpiece Theater. So I would very much enjoy an evening in watching this while we wear these and enjoying some of these with some tea. :) Although, I'd be happy having just me time with the same items.

u/vvwwvwvwv · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Heya, have you heard of hydrocolloid bandages? I use them to put on lanced/popped pimples to help suck the ooze out. They're pretty good.

this is one brand, you can also buy store brand ones and cut them to size for cheapest/efficient use.

u/Nekkosan · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Those aren't the pimple patches but are hydro colloid bandages. Depends what you want them for. Also they can be cut. But here are the Nexcare acne patches

u/a_pure_heart · 1 pointr/PCOS

Nexcare acne patches are the bomb for those deep, painful, headless pcos acne cysts!

u/adrun · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

They are bandages like this or this that seal wounds, absorb moisture, and act like a scab to help them heal faster. When used on pimples (closed or otherwise), they help reduce inflammation and allow the blemish to heal without using harsh treatments.

u/RhinoKart · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Can you link the mask you found?

As for the bandages, they can be called blister bandages, or acne patches, or simply hydrocollod bandages. These one's seem to be pretty popular on this subreddit although I think any version will do.

u/theoldicetongue · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

orr.... amazon is amazing!!!

u/african_violent · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

hydrocolloid bandages! I want to try them. I do. I went to the pharmacy - the ONLY kind was ~$11ish for not very many / in huge size Tegarderm (or maybe the DuoDerm?) sheets. Sooo....I can cut them down to smaller sizes? Does the...uh...sterility of the bandage become compromised once unwrapped?/while waiting to cut the next patch out? do I need super sterile scissors?
Would I be better off waiting for these to arrive?

u/autumninthefall · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've personally never tried one of these but people on here seem to love and swear by them. Maybe walgreens/cvs/walmart might have them?

Honestly though if it doesn't subside soon, I agree you should probably go to the doctor; Just because you've never had a cystic pimple before and now you get one, and it's consuming over half of your chin. That's a bit scary!

I really hope it clears up soon!

u/whitegirlAMA · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

The ones from Nexcare are usually the favorite around here.

u/LadyJuggernaut · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I've had great luck covering blemishes with Benefit Stay Don't Stray and Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (which is my HG concealer because it doesn't oxidize on me like Dermablend does and also works well under my eyes)

Even though makeup covers blemishes well, it still makes me sad to see raised texture/bumps on my face, and I have to say that hydrocolloid bandages have really, really helped me with minimizing that, so i can just go ahead and truly cover up a flat red area with makeup vs a swollen red area that looks like a tan lump when i'm done. This is the brand I use:

I'd suggest more blush, like others are saying. This is my fave 3 in 1 blush, highlight, and bronzer trio that you may enjoy:

If budget is a concern, this set is really, really awesome for a lot less:

Happy wedding!

u/hoetheory · 1 pointr/Hidradenitis
u/ren33nay · 1 pointr/tretinoin

I've bought them online & in person at Target. Some people have strong feelings about which kind is best, so you might have to try a few types

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Nexcare Acne Cover

Welly Face Saver Clear Spot Bandages - 36ct

Clearasil Rapid Rescue Healing Spot Patches 18ct

u/sparkplug28 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

These, these, these, these, these!!!!! I swear by them. They are the ABSOLUTE best!!!

u/SkinnyGirl84 · 1 pointr/Accutane

Very bad idea. I would recommend putting on a hydrocolloid bandage. You can get a big one at CVS and cut it up or something like:

u/cassieness · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

They are also often marketed as blister bandages. I am not familiar with Qatar and what's available but they often look like this:

Doctor's offices will have them if you can't find them in stores, but you should be able to in the bandage aisle. People also like these Nexcare patches.

You put them on a pimple that's come to a head or popped (don't forcefully pop them yourself!) and they suck all the gunk out. If you get the non-Nexcare bandages you cut them into the size you want.

u/Fritzer74 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I agree on the hydrocolloid patch. I found mine on Amazon for roughly $12 (two boxes) because I needed them ASAP and couldn’t wait for shipping on the AB sites. Here’s a link

u/MissHampton · 1 pointr/acne

Something I've found that works pretty well for me is Prids Drawing Salve. As soon as I feel one of the cystic pimples emerging I put the salve on at night with the sticky part of a bandaid over it. It might take a couple nights but I can usually get a head to form to release pressure. Once I am able to lance it, I use this to help absorb what's left.

u/Amplitude · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

It's hard to describe, because I don't want to encourage anyone to pick at their face!

But you can tell a pimple is at the surface when it's ready to pop. Have you ever had a painful blemish that you've tried poking and squeezing, but nothing has come out despite lots of clawing at your face? It's still too far below the surface of your skin.

If a blemish is something that's just about ready to pop, or something that could be extracted, the hydrocolloid patches will draw it out! It's not always visible as a whitehead blemish, but it has an open pore as opposed to a clogged pore.

This especially works well for cystic acne - because those blemishes are more severe, usually cannot be extracted fully, and often leave scarring. Hydrocolloid bandages are a complete game-changer.

Sometimes it takes 2-3 nights of hydrocolloid patches to completely flatten a bad cystic breakout, but it absolutely speeds healing.

I'm not sure if the Etude House brand is a true hydrocolloid patch - or if it's a simply a medicated patch. There's several versions on the market, and some are not made of hydrocolloid material, so they don't absorb acne guk or draw it out. The differences are due to company patents, I believe.

These Nexcare patches are made by 3M which holds a patent on hydrocolloid material:

u/hellocinch · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

A hydrocolloid bandage might help:


Overall, try to wash your face after you brush your teeth (in case the toothpaste is breaking you out) and avoid resting your face on your hands when sitting at a desk (my downfall!)

u/N1ck1McSpears · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use the acne dots from amazon. They're priceless

u/ana_bortion · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

If I accidentally shave acne I like to put a hydrocolloid bandage over it once it stops bleeding. I use these but you can get larger, cheaper ones at cvs or something and cut them up. If you're having difficulty getting them to stop bleeding (sounds like you are), try a styptic pencil. And definitely don't physically exfoliate over open wounds (I'd recommend only physically exfoliating once or twice a week). I also second the recommendation to stop using that scrub; microbeads aren't actually bad for your skin provided you don't use them overly frequently, but they are bad for the environment. More information here. If you really like microbeads you could try a product with jojoba beads, which are exactly the same except they're biodegradable. I don't have any specific product recommendations since I don't physically exfoliate.

u/Marcus_Petronius · 1 pointr/acne

I wouldn't touch them. Just let them heal on their own if you can. If you must pop/drain them, use a sterile needle, a clean gauze pad to absorb any puss, and then place a hydrocolloid bandage on it. I place Nexcare acne absorbing dots about a minute after popping any pimple if I have to. I think you can find them at Walgreens if you don't have Amazon Prime.

u/AnEndlessDream · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Seems worth a try. What about on amazon? Nexcare

u/Spectralpoetess · 1 pointr/amiugly

You are a really cute kid. Puberty isn't finished at 17, you still have time to grow into yourself. You do have a few pesky pimples which sucks but Nexcare pimple patches work amazing for those. Take care of yourself and you'll do great.

u/bluebuckeye · 1 pointr/AskWomenOver30

I had pretty bad hormonal acne that was exacerbated by my birth control when I was younger. I went on medication for it in my twenties for but within the last couple of years I've found a good skincare routine has helped even during periods, more so than the medication.

I agree with /u/neish about a solid skincare routine (shout out to /r/SkincareAddiction) and I believe they meant hydrocolloid bandages for helping with acne, (there may be something cool about hydrocortisone for pimples that I am unaware of, though). I've used these by Nexcare and they've worked well.

u/tensett · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I usually put them on at night and sometimes during the day if I'm just staying home so they don't stay on longer than ~10 hrs. Before this however, the bandage usually has absorbed as much pus/fluid as it can and leaving it on just protects the area.

The ones you got probably won't stick to skin properly when cut as the 'woundpad' in the middle is not adhesive. You should look for the [Nexcare acne patches] ( or something similar. These can be easily cut in half for small pimples. I personally buy this pack of 5 from eBay.

u/paperseverywhere · 1 pointr/AskWomen

If you haven't already, I recommend putting a hydrocolloid bandage on it right after you've squeezed it. Clean it and then put the bandage on while it's still open. I get blister bandages from Target and cut them down, but there are also little round ones that are meant for acne. I've found they work amazingly for persistent zits.

u/true_cats · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Disclaimer -- I have a pittance of medical knowledge. But I have had similar experiences. I get a pimple, try to ameliorate it with BP or heating pads, but it may come to a head anyway, especially if it's on my T-zone. At this point, it's going to pop anyway, and when it does, it forms a crystal-like scab at the end. This will get knocked off, and a scab will take its place. This scab my get knocked off, to be replaced by a bigger scab. If that gets knocked off, well it will take forever to heal and I actually got a pitted scar this way, especially since I was stressed at the time with school. (Sometimes it will "come to a head" with some white stuff more than once during this scabbing process.) I used to wear small bandages for week(s) until the wound healed. It prevented the scab from being damaged through face washing or picking.

Now I'm testing Nexcare Acne Patches, which have been reviewed a few times anecdotally on this sub. I think they have potential, since they short-circuit the scab and absorb wound exudate, but ask a doctor or wound specialist because I am just a random person on the internet!!!!!!

A face potentially full of bandages may not be what you're looking for, though :( sorry. Acne may reflect stress or an unhealthy diet/lifestyle, which is sometimes the story of a student's life.

u/frenchpressgirl · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Just out of curiosity, are these them? I have Prime and would totally add them on to an order...

u/ihatenewaccts · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

ESH. Couples counseling. Your conflict resolution skills aren't good.

If I am understanding this correctly, you only have one room to go to cool down ? You could go for a walk I guess ? How much space are we talking here and for how long ? I don't think you need to kick her out every time.

Fast forward. You are married and live together. You would be the asshole if you told her to sleep on the couch so you can have space. But you are allowed to go sleep on the couch yourself for space. That's fine. You can go to like the office while she stays in the living room to cool off. If she follows you to the office, she's the asshole. If you demand she go to a different room because you need space but she was already in there doing something, you are the asshole.

Also it sounds like she brought up the family stuff, so asshole there. But you are the asshole for "2 wrongs don't make a right." Saying something about her family was shitty.

Popping pimples is bad btw. Don't do that.

Use these on pimples. Check out /r/SkincareAddiction

Quite frankly the original fight sounds like you were being a major asshole. I'm not saying you held her down, but if you kept asking when she said no, you are a huge asshole. If you asked once and she freaked out, you are fine.

u/MarcellaDuchamp · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So you can buy hydrocolloid bandages designed for acne (like this Nexcare one) or you can buy any regular hydrocolliod bandage and cut to size. They are effective on pimples that have come to a head, i.e. when you can see the yellow gunk. They are not effective on blackheads, and somewhat effective for SFs.

Simply pop on a hydrocolloid after cleaning your face. You don't need to put any ointments on or anything. You can keep it on for a couple hours to work, most people do it overnight.

u/mamobus · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

Have you heard of the Nexcare bandages?

You can get blister bandages at the drugstore, it's the same ingredient (Hydrocolloid bandages). Put this on the pimple overnight, or during the day, and it will suck all the crap out of that pimple in a few hours leaving a flat red mark. It should alleviate some of the pain, too.

u/smallfoxx · 1 pointr/acne - Just be patient and wait until it comes to a whitehead. If that happens, use these.

u/jdavij2003 · 1 pointr/acne

I read that hydrocolloid bandages work wonders. I haven't tried them myself.

u/Neurotikitty · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I get the Nexcare packs that have like 36, in case you're interested. :)

u/SkinSins · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have had some pretty good success with these.

u/electricdinosaur1990 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hey dude, I'm right there with you, struggling with the exact same thing.

Previously I tried the Neutrogena Body Wash, Benezoyl Peroxide, and PanOxyl bars, but they didn't help at all. So I ditched the Neutrogena body wash this week and started a new lineup:

In the shower I use the Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash. It smells weird but it's fairly mild. Supposedly it has the same PH level as your skin. It has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which dries some people out- but I have oily skin, so it doesn't really bug me.

After I pat dry, I use the Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA.

Seems to be working pretty well so far. Got a ton of PIH leftover though.

These things are also really fucking handy to drain a pimple once the white stuff comes to a head. Less damaging than popping the pimple:

But BY FAR the biggest help for me was to stop eating wheat, milk, and processed sugar. Essentially it's the paleo diet. It's tough to stick to, but try it for a month. See if it helps. Good luck.

u/greentoaster56 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

It looks like you have some acne and blackheads. BHA (salicylic acid) usually helps with that.

The SCA routine explains the steps in an effective skincare routine.

For the "exfoliate" step, I would recommend a BHA that you use once a week, and slowly up the frequency as needed. There are a variety of products you can use to help acne, but salicylic acid/BHA is usually effective.

For the "spot treatment (optional)" step, hydrocolloid bandages (pimple patches) are amazing. I use the nexcare ones and they work great. If the pimple hasn't popped yet I'll lance it carefully with a sterilized needle before putting the patch on. Always put the patch on clean skin.

Try to find a sunscreen that won't break you out that you can use every morning. Anything labeled noncomedogenic and fragrence-free is usually less likely to cause break outs, but everyone's skin is different. The sidebar has great information on everything I've mentioned.

u/screambledeggs · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

/u/Uesugi_Kenshin pretty much covered the BHA. The hydrocolloid bandages are great for whiteheads and popped pimples.

u/TheLurkingCrow · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I typically use the dedicated patches. I've tried the ones below from Amazon. Gonna give the Band-Aid brand that OP recommended a go.




u/Half-Invented · 1 pointr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Jeez, that's some bullshit. I've never seen these in stores, but they seem to work the best of all the pimple dots. They aren't medicated or anything - just your standard hydrocolloidal stickers, cut into small circles. I like 'em because they have tapered edges that don't bunch up or easily peel off. Although you have to be careful when applying because they can roll up on you and become unusable. The folks at /r/skincareaddiction say that the Dollar Tree/Dollar General carry some decent ones. Walgreens are pretty decent, CVS brand not so much. I just feel weird about cutting them myself and wish they were more readily available in sizes between huge ass sheets and tiny dots.

The thing under my chin felt like it popped below the surface :( It's still hard, but I can tell there's nothing to be gained by messing with it further. Might just be swelling at this point. Guess I'll know in a few days - it'll either be gone or it won't!

u/fscottfitzgayerald · 1 pointr/Dermatillomania

I’m so sorry you’re going through this! Here are a few products that have greatly helped me, and I hope will do some good for you. They’re relatively cheap on Amazon and at makeup stores like Sephora.
I use these dots here. They’ve helped me out a lot. When I have a new pimple, I put one of the dots on, and it protects it so I do not pick and it will heal much faster.
I had a bunch of scars on my face from picking, but my dermatologist recommended that I use Azelaic Acid. I’ve put on a little of this cream every night for the past few weeks and my scars are almost gone.
Remember to moisturize, and to make sure your cuts do not become infected! You can get through this.

u/Jangular_Khaari · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

These are the ones I usually use. They work just as well, if not better, as far as healing goes as the CosRX ones. But they're matte looking and the edges taper down for more of a flat finish, so I feel less self conscious wearing them where I might be seen by ^gasp other people! Not to mention they're easy to get with Amazon's shipping when I'm in the US. The main reasons why you might want to stick with the CosRX ones are:

  • You like having multiple sizes. The US ones are just one size, about the size of the medium CosRX ones, but I've never wished for a larger size one personally.

  • You like the entire bandage to be made up of the hydrocolloid bandage. The US ones are mostly a hydrocolloid bandage, but the very edge is just adhesive so the edge doesn't stick up from the skin.

    Hope that helps!
u/narcissa_malfoy · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I buy these on Amazon. They're my favorite. They are very thin with flat edges and not shiny so they're barely visible. They have good staying power and work great.

u/abpeterson · 1 pointr/DIYBeauty

I have oily skin as well and have found that coconut oil tends to make me break out! It is comedogenic/can clog pores so its best for people who aren't prone to whiteheads to begin with. That's probably what's causing the problem! To get rid of the whiteheads you have now, I recommend a clay mask or spot treatment (I really like the aztec clay mask mixed with apple cider vinegar and Cosrx patches, both are trendy but I find they work well). If you really like using oil as a moisturizer, try something formulated especially for skin that doesn't clog pores (Trader Joe's has one that's pretty nice), but I find a water based moisturizer best for me (right now I'm using this Tonymoly moisturizer).
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u/chemkara · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I ma sorry I can’t help with that since I am in The US and I have never had to use them. But from what I have seen on this sub, The Cosrx Pimple Patches have good reviews and they are among the cheapest.
Maybe someone else from Europe can chime in with more products ideas?
Good luck!

u/teenytinytigers · 1 pointr/AskMen

Wash your face twice a day, morning and night. If you're washing your face a lot and are still breaking out, make sure you're: drinking a lot of water, consistently washing your towels and pillow cases. If you can, try and get him to add an SPF moisturizer after washing his face. Also - these things are a fuckin' money: If you get a pimple, you pop the pimple and slap on a patch at night, completely heals it in the morning.


This would have helped a lot in Middle School.

u/akwilliams26 · 1 pointr/May2019Bumpers

I wash my face with Cerave and put these on before I go to bed on the real troublesome spots. I’ve been using them for over a year now and my skin looks so much better! The spots disappear so fast, sometimes as quickly as overnight! Sometimes it brings everything to a head, but either way it works!

u/conscious_bruja · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Try COS-RX pimple patch: Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch 24patches4sheet

I’ve used these for a variety of pimples and have experienced great results. I’ve found for deeper acne they do a wonderful job of calming redness, reducing the zits size and ultimately bringing everything to a head for easier extraction.

Best of luck!

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Acne patches are amazing, and also maybe some vitamin c serum?

u/lipstickeveryday · 1 pointr/PanPorn

The healing dots - I use a different brand of them at they work well. The “secret” is the zit has to be somewhat popped first so the patches can suck out the goop. My favorite are the ones shaped like stars and hearts. Acne Patch - (Pack of 56) Pimple Spot Treatment Hydrocolloid Bandages Absorbing Zit Cover Dots, Heart And Star Shapes by MEDca

u/GlossyProse · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrocolloid bandages! They wick the liquid / puss out of the wound. Perfect for pimples that persistently fill with goop. I use Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Acne Absorbing Spot Dot. But virtually any brand will do just as well. Use the hot compress and let the gunk start to come out and then put an HC bandage over it. Leave it on for way longer than you think. Even overnight. Can feel free to use more than one bandage per wound. Best of luck

u/akimorac · 1 pointr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover Patch Hydrocolloid, Tea Tree, Calendula Oil, CICA (40 ROUND PATCHES)

u/scumteam14 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

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u/mrkidsister · 1 pointr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Hydrocolloid patches have helped me in the evenings when I'm in. I'll reach to pick but the patch will remind me to stop, AND it's healing the spot underneath. It helps keep mine moisturized and protected from drying and my fingers. Some are almost invisible, so I wear them out when needed on a bad spot.

u/Ghettowarlock · 1 pointr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Hydrocolloid patches have been my absolute best friend. Just gotta stop touching it, especially if it’s a real bruise. You can’t make the bruise go away any faster, but the patches I use help to draw out any gunk and allows the skin to heal.

I use these

I’ve tried several other brands, but always come back to these. They do an incredible job and have honestly saved my face

u/I_Dont_Own_A_Cat · 1 pointr/tretinoin

They are sold lots of places, including Amazon, Target, CVS. I bought these off Amazon most recently because they are relatively cheap.


I know some people just buy hydrocolloid bandages at the pharmacy (in the first aid section) and cut to fit, the price point/laziness trade-off isn't there for me.

u/jenmallow5 · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

I definitely pop to white head first! These are the best patches and I've tried ALL the patches!

u/katsumii · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Oh my gosh! I wish I had known about these YEARS ago.

I've been using hydrocolloid bandages for the last few weeks (a month?) now for acne. There are some cheap Band-Aid brand ones available on Amazon ($2.99 for 10 small ones meant for fingers). I do not recommend those for the face, because 1.) they have a crease across the MIDDLE of them, and are MUCH more prone to peel off the skin easily. They are OK for wrapping completely around fingers, they've actually helped me with minor cuts and wounds on my fingers and even my big toe. AND 2.) they're VERY light-toned, near to the point where you wonder if they glow in the dark, and I wouldn't be caught seen with them on my face in public.

I have tried Avarelle's small round ones ($7.50 USD), and they're pricey, but they work fine overnight...

My favorite ones thus far are CVS's brand ($6.29 for 10 before promos). They stay on overnight, all day long, and they are transparent enough to blend in with normal skin tones. I am completely open to trying more brands.

u/kitten1124 · 1 pointr/popping

Acne Pimple Master Patch 72 dots - Absorbing Hydrocolloid Blemish Spot Skin Treatment and Care Dressing

u/bbynug · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Over all, you skin doesn’t look too bad. You could try lancing that big boy above your lip. Get some sterile diabetic lancets at the pharmacy and get some hydrocolloid pimple patches. Wash your hands, lance the pimple, gently squeeze out the gunk, rise and dry the area and the slap a pimple patch on the area. It will help it heal faster and without scarring.

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u/Nella_Paulina · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hydrocolloid Acne Stickers, I have pretty bad acne, and for the longest time in my life, I just couldn't get out of my house without wearing makeup to cover them up, every time I go out without makeup I feel anxious and my self-esteem gets super low.

sometimes self-care can just be finding something to make yourself feel more comfortable in your own skin, I used to buy acne patches in the drugstore but now I can't find them anywhere and the drugstores are either understocked or closed bc of the manifestations in my country.

u/SEX_NUGGET · -1 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've recently had a similar issue out of no where. Things are making a HUGE difference for me:

  • Nexcare hydrocolloid patches at night & when I'm just chillin at my place
  • washing my pillow case every few days/ always sleeping on a clean side
  • (trying to) sleep on my back. This really helps.
  • sleep deprivation and cortisol reak havoc on skin.
  • drink water. LOTS of it. This isn't said enough on here. It's important to flush those toxins out of your body.
  • On that note, watch the eating. Eating cleaner/avoiding as much soda & sugars has been gradually making my skin clearer and more radiant.

    But seriously, for the cysts, get these. I did my research; knock-off brands don't seem to work as consistently well. I found these bad boys 20 days ago and have already gone through 7 boxes and am signed up for a monthly subscription. They work!!!!!!!! Also, since they keep the skin covered, they stop my picking habits in their tracks.

    Ooh - also - be weary of using harsh stuff like stridex. Your skin thirsts for nutrition; that's what strengthens its mechanisms. Supporting your body's natural responses (giving your skin nutrition) should be the first course of action... coming in with the big guns may strip away impurities, but it will also strip away your skin's defense line.