Acne has been a constant problem for us. Whether it’s caused by an imbalance of hormones, stress, or even just allergens floating about, pimples just pop out of nowhere! And just when you thought that being an adult makes you immune, well, you’re wrong.
Now that wearing masks and face shields have become part of the new normal, people have become more prone to getting acne—maskne, for short. According to an article by Loma Linda University Health, it’s actually a skin condition caused by wearing protective equipment like masks for a long time.
“Masks impose heat, friction and occlusion on the skin and when combined with a moist environment from breathing, talking or sweating, this is a recipe for breakouts,” explains Harry Dao MD, FAAD, a dermatologist for Loma Linda University Health. “Pores get clogged and can become pimples or acne cysts. On top of that, the prolonged occlusion, heat and sweat can cause the skin to become dry, itchy and raw.”
As someone with sensitive skin, I’ve had to deal with acne so often—even more so now that we all have to wear masks. Back then, it was much harder to find a remedy that actually worked. I’ve had ointments that stung, creams full of steroids, and the unfortunate aftermath of acne scars.
That is, until I discovered a godsend: pimple patches.
What is the Acropass Trouble Cure?
My first encounter with pimple patches began when I was looking for a cure for my pimples that was not only less harsh, but worked well with my sensitive skin. While others can use drugstore or dermatologist-approved ointments with ease, I’ve had to deal with a stinging, burning sensation whenever I’d use those. Thus, I scoured the net and discovered Acropass.
A brand that hails from South Korea, Acropass offers a different kind of pimple patch compared to its competitors. For one thing, each patch comes with micro-needles, which penetrate deeper into the skin. Its dissolving micro-needle technology allows the ingredients that are infused in the patch to dissolve into your skin, where it will be absorbed. That way, it can work its magic from deep within.
And don’t be intimidated. Each needle is so fine—about 1/3 the width of a hair strand—so you don’t feel the prick when you apply the patch on the pimple itself. I, for one, thought it felt like a regular pimple patch, similar to the other brands I’ve tried.
How to Use the Pimple Patch?
The Acropass Trouble Cure comes with two components: the Acropass Skin Cleanser and the Acropass Trouble Cure Patch. Made with Ethanol, Salicylic Acid, and Tea Tree oil, among other ingredients, the skin cleanser is a little piece of wet cloth (much like a wet wipe) meant to clean the affected area before you apply the patch itself. That way, you’re sure that dirt won’t get trapped underneath the patch.
After cleansing, make sure to pat it dry with a clean towel. Next up is the Trouble Cure Patch. Make sure to carefully take out the protective white layer from the patch without touching the micro-needles. Place it on the pimple and press down the center of the patch gently. Leave it for 2 hours for the patch to absorb, then remove and discard.
The patch in itself contains Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that not only helps skin retain moisture (for that soft and supple appearance), but also helps reduce redness and swelling caused by acne. Plus, it has bacteria-fighting properties that help prevent future breakouts.
How Did It Work for Me?
According to Acropass’ website, the patch operates on a Dual Derma Focused Emptying System. This means that the moment you apply the patch, the needles help penetrate the inflamed area: the acne itself. The ingredients then help remove germs as the needles dissolve, and then regenerate skin in the end.
When I cleaned my face and pimple with the cleanser, I have to say: the distinct herbal smell of tea tree and something that resembles alcohol will really get to you. And compared to using alcohol to cleanse, I find that this wasn’t drying on my skin.
Next up is the patch itself. As someone accustomed to using pimple patches, it didn’t feel any different. Although for someone who’s new to the experience, it may feel slightly itchy. Appearance-wise, the patch may look different because of the needles, but when you do put it on, you don’t feel a single prick at all.
I placed the patch on a recent acne that I got from wearing a mask. It was red, swollen, and felt sore. After placing the first patch, I noticed that the soreness was gone, although the pimple itself didn’t completely disappear.
Onto the second patch. After another attempt, I noticed that the swelling lessened. It was no longer a red, angry bump, and it flattened significantly. Plus, the area was not dry at all. I’ve got the Hyaluronic Acid to thank for that.
Overall, I saw the results after using two patches. But what I loved most about the product—besides its fast-acting properties—is that it didn’t have burning sensation, nor was it messy like other ointments and creams. It was a seamless experience, plus it doubled as a concealer so people couldn’t see my inflamed zit. This works so much better than going around with a white spot on your face from the cream, am I right?
How to Order?
The Acropass Trouble Cure Patch comes in a pack of 6—priced at PHP 480. You can buy this through Shopee and in Beauty MNL. For more information on the ingredients and properties, check out @thedewyjournal on Instagram.
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