Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Zitsticka Will Zap Your Zits Away with Self-Dissolving Micro Needles

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Got acne that just won’t quit no matter how many ointments or creams you try? Then you may want to consider taking a look at Zitsticka, a new company that uses micro-dart-laden stickers to zap painful zits for good.

Stickers … with … um … needles?! Yep, though the technology certainly sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, it’s actually pretty tame once you take a closer look.

According to Daniel Kaplan, co-founder of Zitsticka, “Most existing acne solutions come with big promises, yet serious limitations as most address the uppermost layer of the skin. We set out to develop an active product that permeates beyond the epidermal layer, and into a zit’s nucleus.”

Each mini-sticker — or Killa pad — is composed of three parts: a hydrocolloid cover shield, an adhesive layer to seal in the zit and protect it from external forces, and a section of medicine-filled microdarts. Powerful anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid, niacinamide (B3), oligopeptide-76, and hyaluronic acid make up the the Killa’s zit zapping formulation. Simply place the sticker on the affected area and the “needles” dispense the substance right inside the zit, effectively killing it dead.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Not so scary, huh?

In fact, the Stickatech is remarkably gentle and provides a much more targeted approach than say a cleanser or night cream would. That’s not to say these KILLA stickers should take the place of your skincare routine (in fact the company explicitly says they shouldn’t), but they could provide a nice boost to the regime you’ve already got going on, especially if you’re prone to painful pimple breakouts. A nice bonus? All the ingredients within the sticker’s minidarts are dermatologist-tested, vegan, and cruelty-free.

Zitsticka Killa Kit
Image used with permission by copyright holder

As far as set-up is concerned, Zitsticka suggests applying the pads to a clean, dry face at night. Upon application, you might feel a slight tingling sensation, but not to worry, that’s just the microdarts penetrating your epidermis and doing their work.

And, though the 24 microdarts dissolve in approximately two hours (after which point all the anti-inflammatory goods are at work inside the growth), it’s recommended you leave the sticker on while you sleep or until the area feels flatter. The discreet, semi-sheer patches can also be worn during the day, depending on personal preference. 

Currently, the only way to get these stickers is to purchase a  KILLA Kit for $29. The package includes eight KILLA patches as well as eight cleaning swabs (packed with Vitamin E, tea tree oil, and salicylic acid) to prep the affected area pre-placement.

The only downside to the product: its price. At nearly $30, one would expect more than eight patches, but for those who are dealing with newly formed cystic acne or mild, but constant acne, consider it money well-spent.

For those of you who want something that can treat the residual redness and irritation post-pimple, Zitsticka has a “Heala” patch in the works which should be available later in 2019.

For other spot-treatment options, check out The Manual’s recent guide to the best zit zappers out there.

Editors' Recommendations

Cody Gohl
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Cody Gohl is a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, including travel, fashion, literature, LGBT…
Myth or fact: Can tea bags really help with puffy eyes?
Can tea bags fix puffy eyes? A dermatologist explains
green tea leaves in spoon and bag

If you're searching for how to get rid of puffy eyes, you may receive many recommendations from Google, social media, and real-life pals. While you may think all solutions for this sight for sore eyes will lead you to the skincare aisle of your local drugstore, you may be surprised at the number of suggestions that may have you hurrying to the grocery store instead. One such oft-recommended pantry staple? Tea bags.

Putting food on your face may be a tad cringe-worthy at first blush. After all, someone invented the napkin to prevent long-lasting milk mustaches. However, DIY skincare masks and spas have long used foods like avocado and berries. What's the deal with tea bags? If you use tea bags to try to nix puffy under-eyes, how should you proceed (safely)? A dermatologist spilled the tea.

Read more
The 5 best body powders for men to help avoid embarrassing odors
These fantastic body powders will keep you cool and comfortable
Man clapping hands with chalk powder before workout

When the warm weather arrives, it can bring sweltering temperatures, and with it comes murky pits, odorous feet — or, worst of all, swamp crotch. Even if it's the middle of the winter, those can be issues for men who workout on a consistent basis or simply sweat more than the average guy. The bacteria and fungus that accumulate in your sweat-ridden crevices can yield an unpleasant odor that leaves you feeling unclean and even more so, uncomfortable. Of course, you can wick a bar of deodorant under your arms and be good to go, but what can you do about the other sweaty (and more delicate) parts of your body?

Enter body powder, also known as talcum powder (although several formulas on the market now are talc-free). Body powder absorbs moisture, reduces odor, and eliminates chafing so you never have to worry about the pains of upper leg chafing.

Read more
Hair loss treatment: Best options for men with thinning hair
If you suffer from thinning hair, consider one of these treatment options
Man looking at hair loss

One of a man's main source of confidence is having luscious locks, but that confidence gradually decreases when their hair starts thinning or their hairline begins receding. According to the American Hair Loss Association, almost two-thirds of American men will see "appreciable" hair loss by the age of 35.

Some men simply accept their fates and start experimenting with gravity-defying styling techniques, or as is more common lately, shave their heads and embrace the bald look. Others take more aggressive measures, seeking out weaves, plugs, or (just say no) toupees. And some search for the best hair loss treatment for men and run into pseudoscience, potentially false hope, and diet advice (which can be good). It's frustrating. Unsurprisingly, numerous studies have linked hair loss to lowered self-esteem and lowered quality of life for men.

Read more