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Reasons why the patches may not be sticking

Reasons why the patches may not be sticking

3 minute read

If you happen to find that your blemish patches may not be sticking well on your skin, check out some of our tips on how to best apply the patches and things to avoid:


  1. Cleanse and dry the skin before applying

To make sure that your patches are sticking well to the skin, you have to start by cleansing the skin. Cleansing before applying a patch helps assure that any oil, sweat, or makeup is off. Then after drying the skin you can apply the blemish patch.

If you use a toner in your skin care routine, you can apply the toner to your face after cleansing and then patch up a pimple once the toner has dried down.


  1. Applying patches after moisturizing

Applying a blemish patch right after moisturizer may affect the adhesiveness of the patch. Since moisturizer can leave a bit of a dewy finish on the skin, the patch may not stick well if the skin is slick.

If you’ve already applied moisturizer but still need to apply a patch, you can still do so without cleansing all over again. All you have to do is wet a piece of tissue and clean the area. Then once the skin is dry you can apply the patch without worrying about it falling off later.


  1. Patching with makeup

Similar to the moisturizer issue, patches might not adhere well to the skin if you apply a patch over makeup especially if you like a dewy makeup finish. Foundations with oil based can make it difficult for patches to stick as the patch needs clean, dry skin to stick to.

So if you need to apply a patch but have makeup on, you can simply clean the spot and apply the patch onto the makeup free skin. For our smaller patches you can also apply makeup over the blemish to help conceal it if you want a more discreet look.


  1. Applying a liquid or gel spot treatment under the patch

We get it, sometimes you are desperate enough to try multiple spot treatments at once in efforts to quickly get rid of a pimple especially if it pops up right before a big event. But, when using a hydrocolloid patch, it's best to use just the patch as the spot treatment.

Applying a gel or liquid ointment on a pimple and then immediately applying a blemish patch can cause the patch to “slip” on the skin because of the liquid or gel underneath.

Although you shouldn’t use a leave-on type of spot treatment that is gel/liquid, you can still do other blemish treatments before applying a patch. For example, some clay face masks are great for spot treating pimples and you don’t need to keep them on overnight. So, if you use a face mask to spot treat, just be sure to dry the skin after washing it off and then apply the patch.


The takeaway…

To wrap this up, keep in mind that patches stick best on clean, dry skin, and if you have makeup or moisturizer on your skin already, just clean the spot you need to patch up then apply the blemish patch.

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