The stickerlike adhesive treatments are designed to address hyperpigmentation issues like dark spots and acne scars overnight.
By Ellen Thomas
Published on January 6, 2017
Mask brand Patchology has found a way to use its adhesive patch delivery system to address hyperpigmentation.
The Power Patch Dark Spot Corrector is a series of stickerlike adhesive treatments infused with a proprietary technology comprised of copper and zinc that activates a very low-level microcurrent effect when placed on skin. A pack of the dark spot correctors comes in a range of sizes. They are designed to lighten within two weeks various forms of hyperpigmentation, including sun damage, acne scars and liver spots, which all fall under the umbrella term of “dark spots.”
“There are many creams on the market that [address hyperpigmentation], but no one has created a dark spot patch,” said Chris Hobson, president and chief executive officer of Patchology. “This is the first of its kind as far as I can tell.”
The treatment is sold in a pack of 56 patches in varying sizes for $60 each. An SPF 30 gel is included in the price, as the microcurrent technology can cause skin to be sensitive to the sun. The patches are designed for overnight use and were formulated without hydroquinone, an agent that has been controversial for possible bleaching effects. Instead, the patches are infused with Alpha Arbutin to reduce the appearance of melanin, retinol for brightening and niacinamide to reduce appearance of hyperpigmentation.
The Power Patch entered Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus exclusively late last year, and will start rolling out to 750 doors this month, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bluemercury, Cosbar and Von Maur stores.
Patchology is known for its targeted skin solutions, including sheet masks for the face and feet and gel masks for eyes and lips. Hobson noted the brand is gearing up its big spring launch, an overnight eye gel infused with retinol. The company also has plans to expand distribution to the U.K. and Europe this year after launching in Asia and Australia in 2016.
Industry sources estimate Patchology doubled its revenue last year and amid the K-beauty craze, is projected to double again in 2017.