I have got a revelation for anyone out there who suffers from acne. My friends, I introduce to you hydrocolloid bandages, or more specifically Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers. These little beasties are very popular on r/skincareaddiction, but they’re not really something I’ve seen talked about in the beauty blogging world. I wanted to get the word out because they’ve been a huge help to me. I’ll explain how they work.
You know all those spot treatments that claim to dry up your spot overnight and leave it healed by the morning? And you know how they pretty much never work? These actually do. The instructions say to simply place the bandage over your spot, however I find in order for these to work properly the spot needs to be punctured. I would suggest disinfecting the area and pulling the skin apart, rather than pushing it together, to open the wound up with the least amount of trauma to the area. Apologies for the gory details. At any rate once you have sort of… created an opening… you place the bandage over top. They have an odd gel texture to them that absorbs any excretion overnight.
In the morning you take off the bandage and you can actually see that it’s absorbed everything (again, gross I know) and your spot is nice and flat. It just nips the whole days of waiting for the inflammation to go down thing in the bud. I do tend to have some redness left in the area, but frankly that’s fine with me. You can cover redness with makeup, what you can’t cover is the shadow cast from an inflamed spot. Hallelujah! Has anyone else tried these?