The Brief: Hi, I’m Dana and I have cystic acne. It’s not like I want to go around introducing myself like that, but when a new pimple pops up in the center of my forehead, well … it feels like it’s written all over my face anyway. I’ve tried every skin regime and potion over the years, so I was game to get my hands on the latest craze: pimple patches.
Speaking of games, if you’re old enough to have adult acne like me, then you were definitely around in the early 1990s when the ever-so-popular board game Girl Talk was being played at every sleepover party. A game of truth or dare, any player who didn’t want to perform a particular dare would receive a red “zit sticker” that they would have to wear for the entirety of the game.
Fast forward 30 years, and zit stickers — or pimple patches as some other brands refer to them — are all the rage for treating acne. There are dozens of brands that offer varying forms of them.
I’ve tried several brands (Cos RX, Mighty Patch, Avarelle) and have mostly found that the patches work best on smaller pimples or pimples that have recently erupted and need some TLC to heal faster. I never bothered putting a pimple patch on a newly formed cyst, as the patch didn’t seem powerful enough and it would have been a waste. That all changed, however, when a good friend recently shared her love for ZitSticka and said she exclusively used it on her cystic acne. I, like any other impulsive beauty junkie seeking perfect skin, immediately went on to Amazon and placed an order.
It didn’t take very long for a new crew of cysts to pay me a visit on my chin soon after receiving the product in the mail. This may have been the only time in my life I was excited to have pimples appear because I couldn’t wait to test out my Killa Kit.
ZitSticka Killa Kit comes with eight Microdart KILLA Patches and eight spot-clearing CLEANA swabs. The patches consist of 24 ingredient-filled (hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, niacinamide and oligopeptide-76 to name a few), self-dissolving microdarts that dispense the ingredients at the source.
I decided I’d compare the ZitSticka to my usual go-to cystic acne treatment: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I treated one pimple with the patch and the other with the lotion (it usually takes three to four nights of using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for one of my cysts to flatten out). I woke up the next morning and removed the patch to find that the pimple was reduced in size by, in my estimation, at least 75% and appeared way less angry.
I decided to use one more the following night to see if I could get the zit to completely go away, and to my honest surprise, it did! All that was left was a tiny pink blemish that was 10% of the size of the original pimple and on its way to healing. Test pimple B was also on the road to recovery, but at a much slower pace.
The Closing Argument: If you’re anything like me and on a mission to have clear, Insta-worthy skin, order yourself a box of these little killers!
ZitSticka KILLA Clarifying Microdart Patch Kit