Verity is a Physics with Teaching Bsc (Hons) graduate. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read and play video games.
Background and Important Information
I purchased these pimple patches on Amazon UK for £6.36. I was not sent this product in return for a review. This review is unbiased and features my honest opinions and experiences with this product.
I do not often suffer from spots but occasionally I will get one or two very big and painful spots on my hairline or on my chin. I am aware that I should not squeeze them, but sometimes when they are big and under the surface they get so painful that I do not know what to do with them. In the past, my go-to has been to slather it with Sudocrem before I go to bed. This technique takes two to three nights to work but it does work. However, these patches came highly recommended to me as people claimed they got rid of spots in 8 hours and got rid of large spots overnight. The reviews for the patches on Amazon are glowing with over 300 people rating it 5 stars. As such, I decided to give them a go and bought a pack of 60.
How I Use These Patches
I followed the instructions on the packet exactly. I have used 17 of the 60 patches to date, and I have been using them on any spot that has cropped up for the past 6 weeks. I have tested these on spots of all sizes, small to large, and on spots that were on the surface of the skin and deep under the surface.
I always apply the patch before I go to bed so that the patch has the chance to work overnight. I begin by washing my face with a mild and moisturising soap, and I let my face air dry. I then wash my hands. Each sheet of 20 patches comes sealed in a sanitised packet. With clean hands, I remove the sheet from the packet and peel a patch off the sheet. without touching the patch or my face, I apply the patch over the spot. I then go to bed and sleep with the patch on. When I wake in the morning, I remove the patch, repeat the process and wear the new patch for the full day.
The reviews claim that the patches work within 8 hours, so to give them the maximum chance I would sometimes spend two days treating a spot with the patches. I would change the patch every morning and night.
I was bitterly disappointed with these patches. I have tested them on multiple spots, big and small and to this day they have only worked once. Every other time that I have tried these patches they have made no difference to my spots.
The first time I used these patches was on a small spot on my cheek. I wore a patch overnight and when I woke up the next morning the spot was completely unchanged. There was no distinctive white spot on the patch, instead, the whole patch had gone cloudy. This is a trend that I found was consistent every other time I have used a patch since.
The first time I tried a patch on a large spot under the surface of my skin, I woke up the next morning and my spot was much worse, it was red, inflamed and extremely swollen. I washed it and replaced the patch, and did this for two days. After two days, the inflammation had gone down and the redness was gone down, but I still felt a spot under the surface. I used my Sudocrem trick and it was gone by the next day. However, I was left with a dark discolouration in the shape of the spot, that stayed for 2 weeks before it eventually faded.
On the occasion that the patch did work, it was fantastic. I applied the patch to a very painful spot under the surface of my skin near my hairline, when I woke up the next morning the pain was gone and the skin was flat and I could no longer detect a spot under the skin. Once again, the patch did not have a distinctive white spot and was just all cloudy.
What I will say for these patches is that applying one stops me from picking at a spot or trying to pop it myself. And usually waiting the two days is long enough for it to start going away on its own, or waiting two days and not seeing results makes me so determined that I fall back on my Sudocrem method which works. So I can say that I have definitely not been popping and spots at all since I got these patches. I am just extremely disappointed that they have not worked for me.
I will also note that these patches were never clear for me in the first place which makes it extremely difficult to notice when they go cloudy or "white". Perhaps I simply got a fault batch or one that had already been exposed to air.
I am very very disappointed in these patches, they have not lived up to their claims and have only ever worked once. If they had never worked I would be awarding them 1 star, but since it did work one time and that it has acted as a physical barrier to stop me from popping my spots, I will award it 2 stars.
I have seen these patches work for other people, and I have seen the pictures to prove it, so I am not entirely sure why they did not work for me. It is possible that I got a fault batch and I would be willing to try again. I am also very open to trying pimple patches in a different brand to see if they work. I believe that the 5-star reviews on Amazon are genuine and that the product does work for some people. But for some reason they just did not work for me.
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VerityPrice (author) from UK on August 09, 2020:
Thanks for the tip Iris! I'll make sure to try this out and see if it makes an improvement!
Iris on August 09, 2020:
I've used them before. I also found they didn't work if I just stuck them on, but then I started using them in combination with a kind of 'popping'. After washing my face, I'd very gently make a small hole in the pimple with a (sterilized) needle and then cover them up with a patch. It works great because this way, the patch prevents bacteria from entering and I'm left with no redness afterwards, which I do get if I just pop a pimple. And the fact that the skin is pierced, allows the patch to do its work more easily.