Those who are into the social media sharing platform TikTok know that it is a melting pot for new beauty trends. Recently, everyone is going crazy over this supposedly new "trick" to treat acne by using hydrocolloid bandages.
ICYDK, hydrocolloid bandages are a special type of bandage that is used to protect blisters and wounds. They contain polymers and gelatin that are meant to promote wound healing and minimize pain while also absorbing fluids like pus and oil.
Because of its absorbent qualities, a number of TikTok users started using it on their acne during the later part of 2020. The trend, however, blew up this year because of how effective it is.
But what is the real deal about this technique? Apparently, professionals are torn about the effectiveness of these bandages.
According to Wexnermedical.edu, these hydrocolloid bandages can be effective on acne lesions because they can help manage inflammation and also drain the pus from blemishes. On top of that, they can also prevent people who have a habit of picking on their acne from touching their faces because of their large size.
A Men's Health interview with top dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, however, does not fully support the idea. According to him, while the premise of hydrocolloid bandages and pimple bandages are the same, the latter is definitely the better option.
"The dressing does not have any active ingredient, but rather helps pull out pus and inflammation from the pimples themselves. They are useful in treating red, angry pimples and will not do much for blackheads or whiteheads."
"I still recommend traditional acne-fighting ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Benzoyl Peroxide lowers levels of acne-causing bacteria and reduces skin inflammation. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that removes excess oil and dead cells from the surface of the skin to dry out the pimples."
So, will you try the trend or will you stick with your handy pimple patches?
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