Beauty product of the week: Vice Reversa pimple patches
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If you have a pimple emergency, you need to know about these.
Why we love this product
I have pretty clear skin 80% of the time, but as soon as I have an event or special occasion, I will break out. It's like clockwork.
A few weeks ago one of my best friends was getting married. So naturally I woke up on the morning of the wedding with a big, blind spot on my face. It was one of those horrible hormonal ones too, just above the jaw line. With nothing else do to, I decided to give the Vice Reversa pimple patches a go.
I'd recently been sent these to try, but hadn't had a breakout to test them on. But now I did. And it was make or break. I was about to be in a lot of photos on a very important day. I needed this patch to work.
As soon as I woke up at 8am, I put the patch in place, directly over my spot. The patches are stored in a ziplock pouch in a plastic container. There are four patches stuck on a piece of plastic film. The middle section of the patch is where all the skin-saving ingredients are so be careful not to touch the centre when peeling it off. Place the spiky side down on your skin and give it a press. The patch is sticky, so it stays in place.
These patches work by using micro-needles. The patch is littered with tiny needles filled with active ingredients that penetrate the skin and deliver the good stuff deeper into the skin, where it's needed. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. This was probably one of the reasons I'd avoided trying these, but honestly, it barely tickles.
This is not an instantaneous process, you have to leave the patch in place for quite some time. It's obvious, but not obvious enough that I felt uncomfortable wearing this to the gym or going for a swim at the beach with it on. And yes, even when I went in the water, the patch stayed in place – although I probably wouldn't swim laps with it on.
Finally, at 1:30pm when I needed to start my makeup, I pulled the patch off. The instructions say that you should leave it on for 8+ hours for best results. But I didn't have that long. I'm happy to report that the appearance of the pimple was significantly reduced. It was still there, under the skin and I could feel it when I touched my face. But you couldn't really see it anymore, not unless you looked very closely. You can see how it's barely visible in the pictures above.
I was pretty impressed with how much the patch had taken down the inflammation. And I felt confident that I looked okay and not like people would be staring at the boulder on my face. I will definitely be using these again, next time I have a pimple emergency.
Each pack comes with 8 patches and costs $39.95. This is pretty pricey, working out to cost around $5 per patch. But these aren't the sorts of things you're supposed to use every day. And I know that I personally have no problem spending $5 to kill a problematic pimple in its tracks, especially when I have an event coming up.
Where you can buy it
You can buy these patches at Vice Reversa online or grab them at Priceline.