Cystic acne is notoriously tenacious. Rooted deep in the skin and caused by a combination of hormones and genetics, cystic pimples often take forever to clear — and when they finally do, there's a good chance they'll come back. On top of that, typical acne treatments (like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide) aren't the most effective on these blemishes. As we've previously reported, dermatologists say to really treat these blemishes, you'll have to go deeper. Typically, that can mean a trip to the dermatologist for an oral antibiotic prescription or cortisone injection — until now. A new type of acne treatment is making it possible to go below the surface at home.
The Acropass Trouble Cure is a pimple patch that gets below the surface via teeny tiny "microneedles" (or "microstructures," if you want to get technical) that dissolve into skin. Here's how it works: First, you swab the pimple with a pad soaked in salicylic acid and tea tree leaf oil — both powerful acne fighters that kill acne-causing bacteria. Once the cystic spot has been cleaned, you apply the pimple patch, which looks like a small bandaid with spikes thinner than a hair. Through these teeny tiny pricks in the skin, the patch drives the acne-fighting active ingredients deep in to the skin.
This is key to treating deep-rooted pimples, says Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist. "For actives to work, enhanced penetration is important," she tells Allure. Rather than just letting acne-fighting ingredients lie on the surface of the skin, the microstructure technology allows them to really get in there.
Meanwhile, the patches contain a second acne-clearing superpower. The microstructures also infuse skin with nacinamide, "which helps with microcirculation; hyaluronic acid, which, helps with moisturization to prevent over-drying or scaling; and peptides, which help with collagen boosting to fill the acne spot," King explains. Over the course of two hours (that's the minimum amount of time Acropass recommends keeping the patch on your pimple) the microstuctures slowly dissolve into skin, leaving the acne-clearing ingredients behind.
The microstructures supposedly provide a gentler alternative to microneedling, which punctures the skin surface with actual needles to allow skin-care ingredients to penetrate better. The dissolving microstructures are able to do the same thing without actually damaging the skin. (FYI, this isn't the only skin patch to use microstructure technology to deliver skin-loving ingredients deeper into your dermis. Acropass also has a microstructure patch designed to smooth wrinkles and Rodan + Fields uses a "liquid cone" technology in a fine line-fighting patch.)
The innovative technology comes from — where else? — Seoul. Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho, revealed how much the Acropass has helped her own skin-care routine on Instagram. "As you know I have always struggled with cystic acne on my chin but this acne patch set has helped me target painful, cystic acne using TINY MICRONEEDLES that infuse ingredients to treat hormonal acne effectively!" she wrote:
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The ✨future✨ of acne pimple patches has now arrived! I have been holding my breath to share with you what I consider to be the latest #kbeauty innovation from Acropass! And it works! It has personally helped me reduce hormonal acne breakouts and make them go away faster. As you know I have always struggled with cystic acne on my chin but this acne patch set has helped me target painful, cystic acne using TINY MICRONEEDLES that infuse ingredients to treat hormonal acne effectively! For more info click link in bio or visit the newly curated collection on @sokoglam Full review also on @theklog . . 💥 Here’s how you use the Acropass Trouble Cure patches. First, you sanitize and treat the bacteria with a pad that contains salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid and tea tree leaf oil. 💥 Then apply the patch that contains DISSOLVING MICRONEEDLES that contain niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and peptides to calm and soothe inflammation. 💥It doesn’t hurt when you put it on, and it’s bigger than the cosrx pimple patches but still pretty translucent and not very noticeable!! Swipe through to see my selfie 🤳🏼 💥 Hormonal acne is a sore point for me since I turned 30 but this is something that surprisingly worked.... Infusing those hero ingredients into the site of inflammation goes back to the Korean philosophy of attacking acne with hydration and wound healing ingredients. Check out the no-nonsense ingredient list in the link in bio. It’s amazing 😉 💥 I recommend using these patches for the big, painful acne for more concentrated treatments and the regular pimple patches for the normal breakouts . . . #kbeauty #skincaretips #sokoglam #beautybloggers #glowingskin #instaskin #instabeauty #pimplepopping #pimplepopper #koreanskincare #acne #hormonalacne #skincareroutine #cysticacne #cosrx #pimplepatch
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