The Science Behind UNNIE SKIN Acne Pimple Patches

Hydrocolloid in Acne Treatment

Hydrocolloid dressings, initially designed for wound healing, have gained popularity in acne treatment due to their ability to absorb pus and other fluids. A study by Qin et al. (2017) in the "Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology" found that hydrocolloid patches significantly reduced the size and redness of acne lesions. These patches create a moist environment, which promotes healing and prevents further infection.


  • Qin, M., et al. (2017). Hydrocolloid dressings in the management of acne. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 16(2), e5-e9.


  • Absorbs Pimple Gunk: Effectively absorbs pus and oil from pimples, accelerating the healing process.
  • Reduces Inflammation and Redness: Helps in reducing inflammation and redness associated with acne.
  • Protects from Bacteria and Dirt: Creates a barrier over the pimple, protecting it from external bacteria and dirt.
  • Prevents Picking and Scarring: Discourages picking at pimples, reducing the risk of scarring.
  • Promotes a Moist Healing Environment: Maintains a moist environment, which is conducive to skin healing.
  • Minimizes Acne Marks: Can help in reducing the likelihood of post-acne marks.

Salicylic Acid for Acne

Salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, is known for its effectiveness in treating acne. It works by exfoliating the skin and unclogging pores. A clinical study by Shalita et al. (1996) in the "Journal of Dermatological Treatment" demonstrated that salicylic acid significantly reduced the number of acne lesions compared to a placebo. The acid's ability to penetrate and cleanse pores makes it effective against blackheads and whiteheads.


  • Shalita, A. R., et al. (1996). The efficacy of salicylic acid in facial acne treatment. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 7(2), 93-96.

Salicylic Acid:

  • Unclogs Pores: Penetrates into pores to dissolve dead skin cells and sebum, preventing clogged pores that lead to acne.
  • Exfoliates Skin: Acts as a keratolytic agent, exfoliating the surface of the skin and promoting the shedding of dead skin cells.
  • Reduces Acne Lesions: Proven effective in reducing the number and severity of acne lesions.
  • Controls Oil Production: Helps in controlling sebum production, beneficial for oily skin types.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the size and redness of pimples.
  • Improves Skin Texture: Regular use can lead to smoother skin texture and a more even complexion.

Combining Hydrocolloid and Salicylic Acid

While there's a lack of specific studies on the combined use of hydrocolloid dressings and salicylic acid in acne treatment, their individual properties suggest a complementary effect. Hydrocolloid can absorb excess fluid from pimples, reducing swelling and redness, while salicylic acid can prevent new breakouts by keeping pores clear of debris.

According to our custom formulation and lab testing, we have seen great results that our acne patches with this combination of stable ingredients works great!