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These $29 Spot Stickers Completely Cleared Up My Hormonal Acne Overnight

I’ve always been fortunate enough to never really suffer too much with my skin. It was reasonably clear of acne through my teenage years and remained that way through my early twenties. But something happened when I hit 27, which turned my hormones into the enemy. Hormonal acne—large, painful, cystic spots—kept popping up along my chin and jawline, no matter how regimented I kept my skincare routine.

“Hormonal acne is due to fluctuations with your hormones,” says Stuart Kaplan, founder of Kaplan MD Skincare. “Up to 50 percent of women in their 20s and 25 percent of women in their 40s suffer from hormonal acne. Menstruation and other hormonal imbalances can cause increased androgen levels, specifically testosterone. This causes increased oil (sebum) production in the pores, skin inflammation, clogged hair follicles, and increased bacteria in the pores. All of this can lead to spots and acne.”

We’ve all been there. There’s nothing worse than waking up on the morning of an important meeting, a big night out—or the worst case scenario: your wedding day—discovering you’ve got a giant zit on your face. Treatment wise, I’ve tried it all. From DIY toothpaste masks to blasting the zit with salicylic acid and a light therapy face mask—nothing has managed to calm and clear a zit, quite like Zitsticka’s Killa.

How do they work?

Zitsticka’s Killa patches work differently from other spot stickers you may have tried. How? They actually manage to penetrate the spot, and work to reduce it from ever forming in the first place. Clever, hey?

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“Most existing acne solutions come with big promises, yet serious limitations as most address the uppermost layer of skin,” says Daniel Kaplan, cofounder of Zitsticka. Killa is a penetrative stick-on patch that uses ‘microdart technology’ which directly deposits the acne-fighting ingredients (a blend of niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid) into the heart of the zit. Tiny self-dissolving spikes help to prick the skin, helping the spot-busting ingredients travel deep down into the blemish, while the adhesive backing keeps the area sterile and free from infection. You know that unmistakable feeling you get when you realize a spot is brewing? That’s when KILLA will work best. To use, first wipe the area with the accompanying salicylic acid, vitamin E, and tea-tree enriched cleansing wipe before popping on one of the translucent patches. Over the next two hours the acne-causing bacteria is killed and the size and redness of the zit is noticeably reduced.

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The translucent patches are discreet enough that you could wear them in public, without risking any funny looks. But as they only need to be worn for a minimum of two hours, if you’re in a rush (like on the morning of your wedding, for instance) there’s no need to keep it on for too long. For me, I use them on my blemishes before bed and by morning, any spots have seriously shrunk in size and redness majorly reduced. Not only that, but blemishes have never developed into full spots after I’ve zapped them with a Zitsticka—it’s as simple as that, zit well and truly zapped.

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