Nobody likes pimples and blemishes. I’m quite lucky and don’t suffer from them often, but still like to keep something on hand just in case. I’ve been using cosrx pimple patches for several years, but recently won a pack of Glam Up 2 Step Spot Care Microneedle Patch to try.
Hydrocolloid pimple patches are hardly new in Korean skincare. But these 2 step ones are different. The first step is patch full of tiny needles that help the active ingredients (salicylic acid and centella asiatica) penetrate deeply into the skin. The second step draws out impurities and helps the skin heal.
How to use:
Apply step 1 (microneedle patch) to clean, dry skin
Press lightly for 10 seconds
Remove after 2-3 hours
Follow with step 2 (hydrocolloid patch)
It’s so considerate of my skin to quickly present an opportunity for testing these patches - I sprung a pimple right between my eyebrows. It was painful and raised (so hard to cover up with makeup) and had no head (so no extraction possible, even though extraction isn’t usually recommended anyway).
I washed my face, patted dry the pimple area and applied the microneedle patch. I could definitely feel the prickly needles, but it wasn’t painful. I left the patch on for about two hours. Then, before bed, I replaced it with a hydrocolloid patch.
Even after the first step, the area looked less red and less raised. By morning, it was flat and much improved (and very easy to cover with makeup). The blemish completely resolved in about a day (and that’s without applying any more patches). I’m impressed. Usually, a pimple like that would stay raised for a few days and then red for a few more. And sometimes I would even get a PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) spot. None of that happened here.
I would definitely purchase these. I think it’s great that the hydrocolloid patches come in multiple sizes. I do wish there were more of the microneedle ones in the pack (there are only six). The patches are sold on eBay and Amazon.
I won this product in a giveaway.
Glam Up 2 Step Spot Care ingredients: