Getting spots happens to the best of us – but getting rid of spots can often be a lengthy and complicated process, and you can even end up damaging your skin if you don’t use the right products to combat your breakout.
This is where Starface Acne Patches come in! Made with 100% pimple-busting hydrocolloid, these patches are designed to reduce the appearance of spots overnight (yes, overnight!) while also being safe for sensitive and dry skin.
But what exactly are these star spot stickers, and how do they work?
In the following guide, we’re going to take at how these patches work, how to use them correctly, and why they’re perfect for clearing your skin quickly, simply, and efficiently. Let’s get started!
What are Starface Acne Patches?
Starface Acne Patches are an innovative solution when it comes to reducing the appearance of spots, whether it be the occasional spot, hormonal spots, or ongoing acne.
In simplest terms, they’re stickers (aka patches) that you apply directly to spots and pimples on your face, preferably once the pimple has reached a head. The patch then forms a seal over the pimple, allowing the spot to heal naturally while minimising scarring.
Here’s how they work:
The key (and only) ingredient in a Starface acne patch is Hydrocolloid:
Hydrocolloid is a water-absorbent material that works by absorbing fluid (like pus and oil) from the pimple, speeding up the healing process and protecting the pimple from becoming infected further.
How Starface Pimple Patches Help Acne:
So, what makes Starface the solution to clear skin? The science is simple, really: getting rid of pimples and spots typically requires applying some form of purifying or clarifying agent to the area – salicylic acid or various alpha hydroxy acids are both popular options.
When applied to spots, these ingredients – known as “actives” can help kill pimple-causing bacteria, unclog pores, kill dead skin cells, and in turn reduce the appearance of any blemishes. Great, right? Well, not always.
The problem is that many spot-fighting skincare ingredients are incredibly abrasive on the skin, and many popular acne-fighting products such as cleansers, toners, serums and moisturisers are designed to be used all over the face, rather than used via a target-specific application.
This can mean treating your entire complexion to a mix of abrasive, purifying actives, which – especially if you have dry or sensitive skin – can leave your skin feeling tight, dry, irritated, and possibly even more pimply than before.
In some cases, brands try to combat this by creating “gentler” versions of skin-clearing products – but all this means is that the concentration of key actives (aka those all-important pimple-busting ingredients) is considerably lower, meaning it’ll take much longer for your spots to disappear.
By using targeted Hydrocolloid (a known wound-healing material) Starface patches promote your skin’s natural healing process, protect the rest of your skin, and keep the spot itself free from bacteria, make-up, dirt, and your fingers.
What are the Pros and Cons of Starface pimple patches?
So, are these spot stickers right for your skin? Here’s the lowdown on the benefits:
These are the pros of Starface Spot Patches…
Squeezing a freshly-formed zit is always going to be tempting – but doing so is always going to be bad for your skin!
Not only does the hydrocolloid in a Starface acne patch help to pull out the fluid and reduce inflammation, but the patch itself provides a physical barrier that prevents you from picking at it. This can help prevent both scarring and the spread of bacteria on your face.
Hydrocolloid isn’t exclusive to skincare; it’s also used in medicine, most notably in wound-healing and wound management. This is because hydrocolloid helps keep the affected area moisturised, which can promote better healing and reduce post-pimple scarring.
Unlike harsh acne-fighting skincare ingredients, hydrocolloid is specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin, ensuring that it does not leave your skin feeling dry, tight, or irritated after use, unlike many common acne products known for these side effects.
These are the pros of Starface Spot Patches…
One of the only real cons of wearing Starface Acne Patches is that you do need to keep them on for at least six hours to allow the hydrocolloid to get to work.
This can be irritating if you work in a public setting and wake up with a fresh zit – but you can get around this by simply wearing your acne patch overnight.
Do note that Starface recommends that you only wear an acne patch for a maximum of 10 hours, so make sure to take it off first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Celebrities who love Starface Acne Patches
If you don’t feel like wearing your Starface Acne Patches to bed, did you know that plenty of Hollywood celebrities proudly wear theirs out-and-about, and even show them off on social media? Don’t think of it as a pimple patch – think of it as the latest Hollywood accessory, and rock them alongside the following celebs:
- Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Bieber
- Millie Bobby Brown
- Charli D’Amelio
- Ella Emhoff
- Willow Smith
- Florence Pugh
The Starface Range
Aside from pimple patches, Starface also boasts a range of various skincare products designed for those with pimple-prone skin (and those with normal skin!).
Here are just some of their best products to pair with your pimple patches:
Clear as Day SPF 46:
We all know how important it is to keep your skin protected from the sun – but SPF and acne don’t always exactly go well together, and many popular sunscreens are loaded with pore-clogging, acne-causing ingredients (also known as comedogenic ingredients).
Starface’s Clear as Day SPF is non-comedogenic, lightweight, hydrating and water-resistant, so you can keep pimples at bay while getting your dose of summer sun.
Exfoliating Night Water:
One of the key ways to tackle spot formation is to exfoliate your skin regularly – without stripping your complexion of its natural moisture. Starface’s Exfoliating Night Water blends alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), and polyhydroxy acid (PHA) to create an exfoliating powerhouse that works to clarify, refine and clear your skin overnight – without leaving it dry or tight. Make sure to combine with Clear as Day SPF 46 the morning after, as AHAs and BHAS can increase your sun sensitivity.
Where can I buy Starface products in the UK?
While Starface is a US-based brand, you’ll be happy to know that you can still get your hands on their products in the UK!
Currently, the official Starface website ships to the UK (offering standard and expedited delivery in 1-2 days), but you can also buy Starface products at many UK high-street retailers, including Boots and Superdrug, as well as online beauty shops like Beauty Bay.
You may also come across Starface products listed on sites like eBay and Depop, but we’d always recommend buying from a reputable brand or retailer to ensure you’re getting authentic products.