Hydrocolloid patches and masks are a great way to unclog pores and pull all the icky gunk from your skin. The mini patches are great for spot treating pimples and blemishes, and now there are larger “masks” for treating problem areas, like the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.
It can be a great alternative for those with sensitive redhead skin because it’s more gentle than many scrubs or extractions. Hydrocolloid is made of forming agents like pectin or gelatin (most commonly used) that create a moist environment with the body to promote healing. It draws out the fluids and pus without harming the skin. There are some care tips you should know about when using these larger patches. Here’s everything you need to know:
Prep your skin
Hydrocolloid masks should be applied to clean, dry skin, so make sure to thoroughly wash and dry your face before application. This will help prevent excess gunk from getting stuck in the skin.
Watch the clock
These patches are recommended to keep on for 6-8 hours, but if you have sensitive skin you might want to try a shorter time the first time to make sure your skin reacts well.
Unlike hardening strips, these patches are easy to remove and shouldn’t cause you pain but remember they do have adhesive so remove them gently to protect the skin.
Make sure you wash off any leftover adhesive when you’re done. We recommend a light cleanser and warm water. Skip the exfoliant, you won’t need it!
Since the mask has just cleaned out your pores, you will want to avoid applying makeup right away which could cause clogging. Instead, wait a few hours before applying your makeup.
Use proper skincare
These masks are great for oily, acne-prone skin and will pull a lot of oils from your face. Because of that, your skin might try to overproduce if it senses that it’s dry. This can lead to further breakouts, so apply a hydrating serum or moisturizer when you’re done to prevent over-oiling.
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