My skin has really improved over the last couple of years thanks to some dietary changes, but my skin is still very blemish prone. Spots are something I thought I’d see the back of when I entered my twenties but annoyingly they still plague my skin. I have tried endless spot treatments over the years and my favourite to date is the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot, but I’m still always on the hunt for ‘the’ miracle worker that’ll treat blemishes quickly. Spot stickers have become so popular and I’ve been really intrigued by them and how they work so I couldn’t wait to try the Zitsticka Killa Blemish Buster Stickers, which are available to purchase from Cult Beauty.
The Zitsticka Killa Blemish Buster Stickers come in a cute little box with a fold-out guide showing how to use the stickers, and they sound pretty technical. Inside the box there is a little stand holding two sets of different sachets; Zitsticka Killa Cleana Cleaning Swabs and Zitsticka Killa Killa Spot Clarifying Microdart Patch which work as a two step process.
There’s no denying that there’s quite a bit of science behind these Zitsticka Killa Blemish Buster Stickers so this is going to be a long post, but I wanted to ensure I gave you as much information as possible just incase you were contemplating giving them a try.
“FOR THE DEEP, HARD-TO-REACH ZIT
KILLA is a zit patch powered by ZitSticka’s signature microdart technology. These tiny microdarts self-dissolve to flood the epicenter of your early-stage zit with targeted ingredients, clearing the upcoming drama before it gets real.
Priming a deep zit before patch application, CLEANA is the perfect hype-man for KILLA. Elsewhere, CLEANA—soaked in exfoliating, de-stressing ingredients—can be used independently to placate a superficial zit.“
Zitsticka Killa Cleana Cleaning Swabs x 8 – for cleansing surface level zits.
- Salicylic Acid – A gentle chemical exfoliant that primes area for application.
- Tea Tree Oil – Pore you. Not anymore! TT is a superlative juice that cleans and clarifies.
- Vitamin E – Nourishes, protects, soothes. Like a worried Grandma, for your face.
- Alcohol – Shaken or stirred? JK. Purely for pre-patch cleaning.
Zitsticka Killa Killa Spot Clarifying Microdart Patch x 8 – for getting at deep, blind zits.
- Hyaluronic Acid – A moisture-magnet and conduit for the other synergistic ingredients.
- OG-76 – An overachieving peptide that silences an upcoming zit before it gets real.
- Salicylic Acid – A gentle exfoliant that paves the way for a truer application.
- Niacinamide – Shrinks the appearance of redness. Your skin’s calm, logical, level-headed friend.
- Sodium Hydroxide – A non-irritating, inactive ingredient that balances pH levels.
How do the Zitsticka Killa Blemish Buster Stickers work?
“KILLA succeeds at the source, rather than failing on the surface. Once the 24 microdarts dissolve, a synergistic potion of hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, niacinamide and oligopeptide-76 flood the heart of your zit, resolving the upcoming drama before it blows up.“
Infiltrates: Pain-free microdarts permeate the stratum corneum (top skin layer).
Dissolves: Microdarts dissolve within two hours, depositing clarifying ingredients.
Flattens: Zit is flattened and site is stabilised. Success at the source.
The Killa Blemish Sticker has an hydrocolloid base with water resistant backing which sticks firmly to the site, protecting and concealing the area. In the centre of the sticker there are a number of ingredient filled microdarts that gently dissolve within two hours of application to the skin. The plaster is finger-proof, water resistant and protects the blemish whilst adhered to the skin.
Inside the CLEANA sachet the swab is a thick piece of cotton which is saturated in the spot blemishing liquid and feels so wet on the skin. It has a very strong tea tree scent which reminds me of teenage spot treatments, but it’s very effective at deep cleansing the skin. It’s so saturated in product that it would work for the whole face, but it really helps to prep the skin before applying the KILLA sticker.
The KILLA sachet contains a small plastic case protecting the microdarts on the plaster. I used my macro lens to try and capture the teeny little spikes but they are so small that it’s almost impossible, but on the Zitsticka Killa website there are much better photos that do the darts justice, as well as 1600+ reviews of these stickers if you want to know more about them.
So the big question is do they work?! In a word yes! The sticker doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin, and the darts don’t feel too ‘spikey’. You can definitely feel them when you first apply the plaster but you soon forget they’re on the plaster. I’ve used them overnight and they were comfortable to use, and I didn’t have any allergy issues with the adhesive which I’m very pleased about.
I know the price of these plasters is high as they’re £27, so it works out at £3.37 per treatment. I wouldn’t buy these for lots of mini spots as they wouldn’t be cost effective, but they’re definitely good for the painful under the skin cystic blemishes that take ages to fully appear, and then even longer for them to fade away. I get really painful cysts on my chin and jawline and they’re always a nightmare to conceal.
Many times I’ve had a cystic blemish appear before a special occasion and I so wish I had these in the past as they’re very effective. If you put a sticker on a brewing blemish, it helps to bring the blemish to an head quicker and then helps to heal them quicker than they would naturally but the most impressive thing about these stickers is how much they considerably shrink blemishes – even painful cystic blemishes.
These stickers have featured in the likes of Into The Gloss, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Glamour and The Sunday Times Style, and it’s easy to see why. They’re so unique to anything else I’ve tried and it’s going to be hard to find another blemish sticker that performs as well as these. I did buy the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch Stickers early this year but I haven’t tried them yet, so I’ll have to do a comparison and see which is better – the COSRX version, or the ZitSticka Killa version?