According to TikTok, the secret to perfect skin is in the first aid aisle

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The next time you have a problematic pimple that won’t clear up, try putting a Band-Aid on it.

This might sound weird, but it actually works. Certain Band-Aids — specifically, hydrocolloid bandages — actually speed up the skin’s healing process, which can help in minimizing the appearance of pimples. How? As dermatologist Debra Jaliman explained to Allure, these bandages dry out pimples without drying the skin around it, effectively shrinking and draining the pimple until it’s gone.

Shop: Band-Aid Hydro Seal Adhesive Bandages, $4.69

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Hydrocolloid bandages come in traditional bandage form for injuries like blisters and wounds. However, thanks to their rapid healing technology, they are also come as pimple patches, which are highly effective, according to users.

Also available at Rite Aid

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Though hydrocolloid bandages and pimple patches aren’t new, TikTokers only recently discovered the effectiveness of the product.

On Dec. 13, TikTok user May Sanders uploaded a video of herself using hydrocolloid bandages on her face overnight. When she woke up in the morning, the bandages contained fluid, and her face looked noticeably different.

“I’ve never seen such fast results,” she said.

After watching Sanders’ video, another user named Svetlana tried the Band-Aid Hydro Seal Adhesive Bandages on her face and saw similar success. “You guys should try this!” she told her followers.

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