While we have come a good distance with the expertise behind acne patches, the perfect ones nonetheless appear like round Band-Aids. Sure, they serve an necessary function — to suck the gunk out of a clogged pore — however they do not look cute doing it.
Former magnificence editor Julie Schott needs to alter that with an zits patch that is really meant to be seen. Her new skin-care model, Starface, is born out of the concept that pimples are inherently human, and are finest handled with a vivid yellow star.
Before launching her personal magnificence enterprise, Schott was an editor at Elle journal, curating the publication’s magnificence content material. “Working in beauty, I’ve always had access to the best skin-care products, education, dermatologists, studies — all of it,” Schott tells us. “Still, I always had acne. It seemed like the more I tried, the worse my skin looked.”
Instead of getting annoyed — or worse, hibernating to journey out the lifespan of a gnarly pimple — Schott discovered the perfect treatment was reframing her viewpoint. “Acne is hard because it’s partly hormonal, partly genetic. There are all these factors that influence our skin,” she explains. “There’s truly no magic treatment and acne affects everyone — literally 95% of the population — so I’m like, “Who provides a shit a couple of pimple or two?“
The tricky part is that society tells us we should “give a shit,” and the most vulnerable population — teenagers — are taught to hide their skin when it’s not clear and smooth. “There’s an issue with our language,” says Schott. “I hate when individuals speak about zits and say issues like ‘blemish’ or ‘imperfection.'”
Armed with her industry knowledge, Schott left her post at Elle, hoping to create an acne-care product void of shame-y undertones. Thus, Starface was born to put a positive spin — a literal smiley face — on acne treatments.
A patch proved to be the perfect place for the new brand to meet the needs of its target audience. “There are so many individuals who haven’t got a dermatologist, and so they put collectively a skin-care routine based mostly on what they discover on Reddit, Instagram, or articles they discover on the web — and that is cool,” says Schott. “Knowing that, we needed to make a pimple patch as a result of it is low-risk, high-reward, one thing that may be launched into no matter you are doing. It will not break you out, and can hopefully assist clear your breakouts and simply provide help to really feel higher.”
As for the science behind the patch, Schott tells us Starface stickers are clean and gentle. “These patches are made with hydrocolloid, an ingredient confirmed to assist draw out an infection from a pimple whereas defending it from outdoors micro organism,” she explains. “It’s secure for everybody, from teenagers with reactive pores and skin to pregnant ladies who’re eliminating substances like glycolic acid, retinol, or salicylic acid from their routines.” Plus, the stickers are both cruelty-free and vegan.
Beyond the formulation, the colour, star shape, and floss-sized magnetic carrying case make the brand stand out amongst a sea of medicinal Band-Aid boxes. “We’re all about making skincare, and zits care particularly, enjoyable and constructive,” says Schott. “Acne merchandise ought to make everybody really feel extraordinarily welcome as a result of zits would not discriminate; all of us expertise it.”
Each Star Pod starter equipment consists of 32 stickers (8 sheets, with 4 stickers on every) for £27.