What are hydrocolloid bandages?
Hydrocolloid bandages can reduce inflammation and discolouration from your blemish by absorbing all the pus from the head of the pimple. They are medical-grade adhesives, meaning that they’ve been designed for use in hospitals. Originally, they were intended for the purpose of covering ulcers, wounds, and other open skin irritations, but since they work so effectively at healing open skin wounds, and they’re inexpensive and easy to find, they provide an excellent, cost-effective method of treating your pimples.
How exactly do they work?
Hydrocolloid bandages provide your blemish with a moist environment. When your popped pimple is left uncovered in the open air, it dries up quickly, which causes a scab to form. Since the scab clogs the wound, it prevents your pimple from completely healing. When a bandage is placed over a popped pimple, however, it keeps the wound from drying out. As it completely attaches to your skin, the bandage is sterile and prevents any other bacteria from getting around your blemish.
How long do they take to work?
The average pimple clears up in five to seven days. The purpose of the hydrocolloid bandage is not to speed up the process, but rather, to help prevent permanent scarring. Some users claim that, however, when placed on un-popped pimples, the bandages can help bring the pus to the surface much faster than usual. You can’t rush the healing process of a skin irritation, but we recommend that the bandages become a part of your skincare arsenal.
Are there any additional benefits?
The bandages also lower the pH level of your skin and block UVB penetration, which causes hyperpigmentation and scarring. You should never expose any wound to the open sun, as it can be incredibly dangerous, so apply these bandages to any open sore if you know you'll be spending time outside.
You can also put them on the back of your heels when you're breaking in new shoes; this way, you won't get blisters!
Which ones you should buy?
We recommend Nexcare bandages for their high ratings, low prices, and widespread availability!
If you're a fan of hydrocolloid bandages as an acne treatment, let us know in the comments!