You’ve heard of derma rollers and mirco needling that use tiny needles to help products penetrate the skin better so you see results faster. Now meet needle patches: skincare patches which come with tiny spikes on one end so that when applied onto the skin, they push active ingredients deeper into the skin without actually being invasive. These tiny needles are usually made with soluble ingredients so that they can be completely absorbed into the skin over time while releasing specific active ingredients to target skin conditions like breakouts and fine lines.
From the moment you apply these patches onto your skin, the tiny needles first make miniscule openings into your skin surface to facilitate optimal penetration of active ingredients. And as they start to dissolve, these active skincare ingredients then get absorbed by skin cells for their desired effect. Here, the best needle patches to try, regardless of whether you need to calm breakouts or plump wrinkles.
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Medicube Red Spot Solution Needle Patch, $13
Made with hyaluronic acid and madecassoside, the tiny needles on this patch instantly penetrate the skin to reduce inflammation and neutralise redness so that any angry red zit looks less visible. At the same time, it also delivers moisture to the area so that the skin is not dry and flaky even as the zit subsides. If you’re worried about makeup application, use this before bedtime on specific pimples and you’ll wake up to smoother, less bumpy skin.
Acropass Trouble Cure, about $24
Combat unexpected breakouts with this intensive, two-step treatment product. First, sanitise the area with its cleansing pad, which is soaked in salicyclic acid and tea tree leaf oil to decongest pores and kill any bacteria. Then, apply the pimple patch which gradually releases a combination of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and peptide into the skin to help your blemish heal faster and reduce the inflammation.
111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Mask, about $170, Net-A-Porter
Made with a unique self-dissolving structure technology, each pair is infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to deeply penetrate skin to plump fine lines and stimulate collagen production.
Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patch, about $266
Developed to fade deep wrinkles, each patch has tiny needles to infuse skin with antiageing ingredients. Among them is Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, a powerful peptide which stimulates the production of collagen to improve skin elasticity and firmness. In addition, hyaluronic acid plumps fine lines and madecassoside soothes inflammation.
ZitSticka Killa, about $39
Feel a bump coming on and want to nip it in the bud? ZitSticka’s zit patch is powered by its unique microdart technology to deliver active ingredients deep into the epidermis to effectively combat that burgeoning blemish. Each microdart is finer than a strand of hair, and dissolves into skin to release plumping hyaluronic acid, OG-76 (a peptide that stops zits in their tracks), exfoliating salicylic acid and soothing niacinamide.
Text: Joyce Cheo