Image: Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $56, from Sephora.sg
For years, I thought the solution to getting rid of a pimple was simply to dry it up. As a teenager dealing with lots of hormonal acne I read about beauty hacks in magazines where celebrities were using toothpaste on their zits to get rid of them overnight, but all that ever managed to do was to aggravate my blemishes even more and dry out my skin.
Oxy was okay but it always felt a little harsh and it never worked overnight, at least not on my skin. It seemed to dry out the blemishes, sure, but because the pimples took so long to heal my itchy fingers would scratch and pick at them before they went away, starting the process all over again.
It wasn’t until I hit my 20s that my skin calmed down and I found a skincare routine that mostly kept the acne spots at bay, with the exception of them returning before my period once a month. While hormonal birth control was a good way to deal with that (it kept my skin clear from hormonal acne), I still experienced the occasional zit or three due to stress, or long days spent out and about getting dust and dirt lodged in my pores.
Sometime in 2015, I was introduced to pimple stickers. They’re essentially little clear round stickers you can pop right on a zit, and it shrinks it overnight. The ones I’ve had a lot of success with are by Peter Thomas Roth, but they aren’t exactly affordable. A tin of 72 stickers costs $56 from Sephora, which comes down to about 77 cents per sticker.
The idea of the stickers is that they cover the whole area of the zit to get the ingredients concentrated in the right the spot, while also preventing the spread of the acne-causing bacteria. These stickers contain a surprising number of ingredients like salicylic acid (reduces and heals blemishes), tea tree oil (to clarify and reduce the spread of bacteria), and hyaluronic acid (to hydrate the skin and prevent it from drying out). It’s hard to believe that such a flat little sticker can do so much, but it does feel like magic.
The pimple stickers work best if you can leave them on for at least eight hours, so I use them when necessary immediately after my night time skincare routine.
There is one exception to the rule of these pimple stickers working. They don’t work as well on inflamed zits that don’t have a head to them. If the pimple feels like it’s deep under the skin or it doesn’t look “ripe” enough, don’t waste the stickers on it. You can try using a warm towel on the zit to draw it to a head before using the sticker. Before it’s “ripe”, just make sure to keep the area moisturised so it doesn’t dry up and trap the zit too far beneath the surface of your skin.
At 77 cents a sticker, this is a decent option for anyone dealing with the occasional pimple. I wouldn’t recommend it for cystic acne or anyone with lots of spots to treat as it is a very pricey option. For anyone with more than the odd pimple, keep an eye out for our next overnight acne cure review next week which is about an amazing organic blemish treatment.