Cover-Dot Acne Care patches, adhesive dots claim to absorb bacteria and pus and reduce pimple size through "microthin hydrocolloid technology
You may have heard of stickers being used as a cure for acne or even seen some friends covered in stickers in a bid to save their faces from disaster.
We can assure you that we aren't referring to regular stickers you stick on your doors or phones.
It turns out these little stickers are Cover-Dot Acne Care patches, adhesive dots that claim to absorb bacteria and pus and reduce pimple size through "microthin hydrocolloid technology.
Awesome Right? But what does that mean?
“These patches are definitely more than just a sticker,“ says Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
“They’re advanced wound dressings that are commonly used for both chronic wounds of the legs and pressure ulcers.”
The dots, which are flexible and nearly clear, go on like a waterproof Band-Aid.
The difference is their hydrocolloid composition.
“Hydrocolloids are special types of bandages that absorb excess fluid, like oil and pus, which can speed healing time for popped pimples,” says Zeichner.
In very small sample study of 20 people, hydrocolloids were shown to mildly improve the severity of acne, though a larger clinical trial is needed to really prove this, cautions Zeichner.
You should have in mind that Cover-Dots won’t miraculously get rid of that giant cystic zit on your chin, nor will they prevent future pimples from popping up.
Though they claim to “absorb bacteria,” hydrocolloids don’t necessarily draw out bacteria from wounds.
“The bacteria involved in the development of acne, known as p. acnes,lives deep within the follicle, and it’s uncertain whether or not the dressing can really affect it,” says Zeichner.
So if you find yourself battling with a zit, try sticking on a dot to protect and possibly reduce the blemish it as it heals. Or better yet, place one over an emerging pimple to help kill your urge to squeeze it.
We think these dotes are definitely worth a shot.