It’s totally common to have pimples—you’re not alone in your battle—but some of us have pimples more often than others. And within that subset, there are those whose condition become chronic and they end up with acne.  And then there are those like me whose acne has cleared up, but still have a pimple popping up ever so often, like when I’m meeting someone for the first time or when I have a big event at work. What’s up with that coincidence?

So the priority for me has always been for the spots to heal quickly with minimal fuss. But that’s easier said than done, of course. Most acne-fighting products are harsh on the skin and can leave it dry and flaky, while others take time to show results.

So what’s a girl to do in such a dilemma? Recently, I gave Acnes Anti-bacterial Acne Patch Night 0.03cm a go and OMG, it’s now my go-to spot treatment. Those patches are legit. I mean, there’s a reason why it recently won the CLEO Clear Skin Awards for Best Spot Treatment for Acne-prone Skin.

The Product

So here’s a lowdown about the product: the acne patches are manufactured by a Japanese pharmaceutical company with 11 years of experience in acne care products, so you know those folks know what they’re doing. They help to treat the pimple quickly and effectively. Once applied, it’s said to stop the growth of bacteria within 24 hours (based on clinical test by SGS Laboratory Taiwan).

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Acnes Anti-bacterial Acne Patch (0.03cm) for Night 26s, $6.50

It tend draws out pus and sebum, absorbing them into the patch to speed up recovery. When you wake up, you’ll see a white spot on the patch—that’s the absorbed sebum and pus—and we can’t emphasise how shiok that sight is.

The patch also forms a breathable, protective barrier over acne to keep dirt and bacteria out and prevent further infection of the spot, so you don’t have to worry about touching that spot with your dirty hands (or pillowcase) while you’re asleep. The patches are designed to be sweat- and waterproof, so they adhere to the skin and don’t come off easily.

Want to wear one out? Opt for the Acnes Anti-bacterial Acne Patch for Day 0.02cm, a thinner, barely-visible option for the day.

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Acnes Anti-bacterial Acne Patch (0.02cm) for Day 26s, $7.80

Tried and Tested

So at which stage do you put it on? For me, I apply it the moment I see the nasty white head of my spot showing—the Acnes Anti-bacterial Acne Patch Night 0.03cm helps pull all the sebum and gunk out of the spot.

I also found that my pimple feels less raw and tender when I use the acne patch at this point, which means that that it also speeds up the healing process.

Sometimes, I continue to use the patch even after the pimple has popped—without other acne-fighting products—to continue to draw out any remaining pus or sebum.

I found it to be gentle and does not cause the skin on or around the acne to become dry and flaky. Plus, it helps keep my hands off the spot because we all know how tempting it can be to try and pick at an annoying, painful pimple. I found that my pimples were less red, looked less angry and healed so much faster.

CLEO Verdict

Those who know me would know I try to take the easy way out when it comes to my skincare regime, so if you tell me that there’s a patch that 1) heals my spot, 2) keep dirt and bacteria out to prevent infection and 3) does the job without me having to “top up” the product every few hours, I’m sold.

I’ve also taken to bringing out the Day version, which is small and handy, everywhere with me in my bag. Because, as I said, the pimples love to spring a surprise appearance on me.

But at the end of the day, I understand that acne is a complicated issue and can be caused by many factors, which is why it is best to follow a complete regimen to minimise the chances of breaking out.

Here are some products you can consider adding to your acne-fighting arsenal.

You can find out more about Acnes products here.

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