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Why Your Pimple Patch Isn’t Working (and How to Fix It)

Pimple patches that don't work? Sorry, but we #cantrelate.
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We get it, it’s frustrating when you wake up all excited to see what your pimple patch absorbed but instead, all you find is a patch with only oil and no pus. It’s super disappointing, almost as disappointing as Spider-Man finding out that Mysterio lied to him (maybe). We received a few reviews where people have said Mighty Patch didn’t work for them. Why is that? Let's dive into what you guys have said and find out where it went wrong!

1. “My pimple is still there” 

Whitehead pimple

Ask: Is it the right pimple? 

Before we jump into to why your pimple is still there, let’s review the formulation of Mighty Patch! Mighty Patch is made with hydrocolloid, which are made of gel-forming agents, such as pectin, gelatin or sodium carboxymethylcellulose. It adheres to your skin to provide insulation and a moist, healing environment. AKA it’s goal is to pull out all the liquid-y gunk that’s inside a pimple, such as pus, sebum, and excess oil. 

If your pimple isn’t a pimple that has fluid inside of it, then Mighty Patch will have almost nothing to absorb (there’s always a tad of oil from your skin). Your pimple is ready for a patch when it has come to a head–these are called whitehead pimples because you see the white colored pus at the center of the pimple. 

2. “My Mighty Patch didn’t absorb anything”

Surface patch

Ask: Does your pimple need the extra push?

Similar to what we’ve written above, some pimples can be “too deep” or “too fresh” for a patch to absorb fluid. These red pimples are called papules (without a head). But hey, you can still use a patch even if it isn’t a whitehead. Everyone says we shouldn’t pop our pimples, but that’s only because using our fingernails to pinch our skin is 1) painful and 2) causes broken vessels and redness and 3) you can accidentally push all the dead skin cells in the clogged pore deeper. All of this can worsen the pimple. 

Because papules are deeper in the skin, that layer of skin (your epidermis) is thicker than if the pimple was a whitehead. What you can do is take a sterile needle and poke a tiny hole from the center of the pimple. By creating an incision, you’re allowing the fluid underneath the epidermis to be better absorbed by the patch. 

Dermatologist Papri Sarkar, told us that she recommends her patients to use a needle as well. Creating a tiny hole isn’t painful, won’t worsen the people nor leave a scar so it’s totally safe! Dr. Sarkar also highly recommends using Mighty Patch to prevent picking and touching the pimple! 

3. “My Mighty Patch falls off the skin”

Cleo wearing Invisible+

Ask: Is the area around the skin clean?

This isn’t to say that your face isn’t clean. But depending on which step in your skincare routine you use Mighty Patch, your face might already be covered in moisture. For example, if you put on a patch at night, chances are that you've already applied your toners, serums or moisturizers. With so much “wet” products on your skin, it’s too wet for any patch to adhere. 

Tooting our own horn here: Mighty Patch is the stickiest pimple patch you’ll find on the market! And there’s two ways to assure the best adhesion of Mighty Patch. You can either 1) put on a patch before you begin the rest of your skincare or 2) apply your liquids and creams, wipe the blemish area clean with a wet tissue, and then put on a patch

If you have dry skin and don’t want to wipe away what you’ve applied, wait 30 minutes for your products to absorb then put on a patch! 

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