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Saturday, 28 September 2019

ZitSticka Pimple Patches Review



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Cult Beauty Ltd.

As you know, I suffer from hormonal cystic acne - which means it's very hard to get under control (thanks hormones). Most of the spots are deep under the skin, rarely coming to a head. They can be incredibly painful and often leave behind pigmentation. Over the years I've tried so many spot treatments - some good, some bad. One treatment that I've always liked are pimple patches. If you've not heard of pimple patches before - they're basically little stickers that you put on your spot as an overnight treatment. They usually contain hydrocolloid, which helps bring the spot to a head, leaving it flatter and less red. I love to use them on alternative nights with Kate Somerville Eradikate treatment. Eradikate contains sulphur and salicylic acid so can be a bit harsh to use too many days in a row.

So what about Zitsticka? Well they're a pimple patch with a difference! They take pimple patches to a whole extra level. What makes them so different? Microdarts! Microdarts are one of the latest innovations in skincare application. They're teeny, tiny little spikes that puncture the top layer of your skin. The spikes are filled with an active ingredient which then dissolves over time, deep into your skin, where it's most effective. Amazing, right?! You'll see microdarts on things like under eye masks where they'll deliver ingredients like hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin.

Zitsticka patches contain a carefully curated combination of ingredients - salicylic acid to exfoliate and clear pores, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, niacinamide to calm redness, sodium hydroxide to balance pH and oligopeptide-76 which is a peptide. When applied to a spot, this mixture dissolves right where it's needed to help clear the spot up as quickly as possible.


One thing that I really love is that Zitsticka is actually 2 steps - you get a wipe which contains alcohol, salicylic acid, tea tree oil and Vitamin E to clean the area of the spot first, to ensure that the patch sticks properly. Each wipe and patch is wrapped separately so they stay sterile. The patches have a specific packaging to protect the microdarts. Once you've prepped and cleaned your spot, you gently press the microdart patch on it. It's such a strange feeling! You can feel the microdarts as they enter your skin. It's not painful or uncomfortable at all. It just feels like it's gripping like Velcro! The patches do have an adhesive round the edge to keep them in place. Once it's in place, you leave it on for a minimum of two hours, to allow the microdarts time to dissolve. I prefer to leave mine on overnight.


So do they work? Yes! Brilliantly too. The best thing about them is that they work on deep, under the skin spots. Normally nothing really touches them but thanks to the microdarts these do! Each time I've used these, my spot has been visibly reduced the following morning. Very impressive. These work when other pimple patches wouldn't. I've found that they work best if used on a newly formed or forming spot (which is what Zitsticka recommends). The only downside for me is the price. They're not cheap - costing £27 for a pack of 8. But considering the high tech microdarts that they contain - I wouldn't have expected them to be! For an acne suffer like me, they're worth their weight in gold. I save them for the deep cystic spots - the ones that nothing else would work on!

ZitSticka are available from their website HERE, Boots (£26.99) and Cult Beauty


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