Perusing any beauty or personal-care aisle in CVS can be overwhelming with head-to-toe shelves and rows upon rows of what look to be the same products in different packaging. But in the acne aisle specifically, there’s clearly one product grabbing the attention of shoppers more than others: Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots ($5). Powered by K-beauty innovations, the brand debuted four years ago and has undoubtedly made its mark in the very-saturated acne space.
“Our Acne Spot Dots have been in CVS all four years since we launched the brand, and it’s very exciting because at CVS, which is America’s largest drugstore, it is the number-one best-selling product in the entire acne aisle,” says brand founder and CEO Alicia Yoon, who’s also at the helm of Peach Slices’ sister brand Peach & Lily. “I think it’s a testament to the fact that people want that no-fuss, holistic, easy-to-use solution for all skin types and you don’t get other issues from using it.” When you think about all the household names in the acne aisle, such as Neutrogena and Clean & Clear that have been around for decades, this is truly a big success story.
Peach Slices is also currently a top-10 brand at Ulta Beauty, where it was introduced just last year. “We’re really excited about this because acne is an age-old issue, but there’s a new way to approach it. All of our formulas are very holistic. And that’s the modern approach where, yes, you’re dealing with the breakout, but you’re really focused on keeping your skin hydrated and thinking about the root cause of acne, which is inflammation. People are really wanting that modern, next-gen approach to acne where it’s gentle, holistic, hydrating and customizable.”
Though there are dozens of acne dots, stickers and patches on the market now, Yoon believes the reason the translucent Spot Dots do well is because of quality control. “If the spot is too big, it really isn’t invisible and rolls off easily; if it’s too thin, the suctioning part isn’t great; and if it’s too sticky, it leaves a residue. It’s actually pretty complex, so we work with a pharmaceutical company to make it a medical-grade device, and it’s really high-quality,” she explains. “We also do third-party independent testing on them, and the results are pretty overwhelming: 97 percent of the testers reported that their blemishes were flattened in just 48 hours—it works rapidly.”
Yoon says most people take their Dot(s) off and replace them every four to six hours, but you can wear them for eight hours overnight, too. “You can replace them as often as needed,” she notes, adding that they come in three different sizes and there are 30 in a pack. And, if you’ve ever seen white stuff on the Dot after you remove it, Yoon says it’s “all the extra sebum and impurities from the pore—for some people, there’s pus—that’s been suctioned out, and not the actual whitehead. It decongests the pore, allowing the breakout to heal better. On top of that, the actual hydrocolloid is a wound protectant and it creates a moist healing environment. Also, sometimes you’ll take the Dot off and see that your pimple came to a head a little bit more, so you can more easily squeeze without having to necessarily extract. We get a lot of comments like that.”
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