About Dream Dots
Using a patented core that absorbs impurities and creates a moist healing environment, Dream Dots stick-on hydrocolloid acne patches promise to deliver dramatically faster healing, without the use of any harsh ingredients. In fact, the company claims they’re so effective they can heal blemishes overnight—50 percent faster than dry healing.
First, gently cleanse and dry your face. Then, place a Dream Dot over the affected area and press down for 15 seconds, after which its adhesive should keep it in place, without rolling or creasing, even under compression.
The website indicates that each Dot will soften and soothe the pimple on contact, “alleviating pain caused by inflammation and exposed nerve endings.” Within 10 minutes, pain is further reduced, and decreased inflammation and redness occur in a matter of hours.
Overnight (a Dot can be left on for as long as 10 hours), it will act as a second skin to protect against external contaminants like water, dirt, and bacteria. It will also swell and turn white as it absorbs exudate for a “dramatic difference” in the morning.
Is this what you’ll experience, though? Are Dream Dots really the ultimate skin-healer and better than other spot treatment options in every category, as claimed on the website? Can you finally say goodbye to emergency breakouts?
These are just a couple of the questions we’ll help you answer in this article, starting with the fundamentals.
What’s the Relationship Between Acne & Hydrocolloid Treatments?
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), acne occurs when the hair, sebum (natural oil produced by the skin), and skin cells inside a follicle clump together and form a plug. Once bacteria are added to the mix and the plug begins breaking down, swelling takes place and a pimple—a type of wound—forms.
ScienceDirect tells us that “Hydrocolloid dressings are self-adhesive, absorbent, impermeable wound dressings which create a humid environment facilitating wound healing,” and are frequently used in hospital burn units.
They create this humidity using materials like gelatin, pectin, and carboxymethylcellulose to absorb water, swell, and liquefy, which then forms a gel over the wound. And because water vapor, oxygen, and carbon dioxide can’t penetrate these dressings, they create a sealed environment that helps promote healing.
Specifically, what does Dream Dots use to accomplish this?
Taking a Closer Look at the Ingredients In Dream Dots
There weren’t any ingredients listed on either of the Dream Dots URLs (more about this in the Pricing section), nor on its Amazon listings. All we’re told is that the product uses patented hydrocolloid technology, is formulated with safe, drug-free, non-irritating, and non-drying ingredients; and is completely vegan, latex-free, and cruelty-free.
In search of additional information, we attempted calling the phone number provided on the website several times, but were advised that it’s not a working number.
In the meantime, we reached out to the customer support email address, but hadn’t received a response as of publishing.
Could Dream Dots’ Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
As you might imagine, discerning possible side effects related to Dream Dots is next to impossible without knowing each of the ingredients they contain. Once again, we’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we hear back from the company.
In general, though, WorldWideWounds reports that the most common side effect related to medical hydrocolloid treatments is temporary contact dermatitis, or redness, itchiness, and irritation. No specific circumstances were noted.
With this said, the Dream Dots website indicates the hydrocolloid treatment is suitable for all skin types, and specifically notes that you’ll never experience dryness, stinging, redness, or irritation.
However, customers are instructed to never use Dream Dots on new whitehead, pimples, or cysts. Instead, they should only be used “on inflamed zits that have formed the characteristic pus-filled, yellow centers, or seems “mature.”
How Much Does Dream Dots Cost?
If purchased directly from the manufacturer via their OvernightBlemishFlix.com URL, customers will pay:
- 1 Box (24 patches): $19.99
- 2 Boxes: $39.98
- 3 Boxes: $59.97
- 4 Boxes: $79.96
- 5 Boxes: $99.95
- 6 Boxes: $119.94
If you’re a European customer, their DreamDotsForSpots.com URL offers each box for:
- Single Pack (24 patches)
- One-time purchase: €14.99
- Subscribe and save (receive a new order once per month): €13.49
- Double Pack (48 patches): €24.99
- Bundle (3 + 1 Free Pack – 96 Patches): €39.99
We also found single packs sold on Amazon for $14.98, as well as Bundles for $39.98.
All direct Dream Dots orders come with a 60-day, no questions asked money back guarantee, less S&H charges.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer support at 844-650-5934 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As noted above, we were advised this phone number wasn’t in service at the time of our research.
What Can We Learn From Online Dream Dots Customer Reviews?
Outside of independent bloggers, the only site where we encountered any online customer feedback for Dream Dots was on Amazon, where the product’s different packages had 110+ reviews and a combined average rating of about 3.5 stars.
There, most compliments appeared to reference effective results (reduced redness, inflammation, and irritation; protection from contaminants and picking), ease of use, and that they were relatively unnoticeable, even when used during the day in conjunction with makeup.
On the other hand, frequent complaints seemed to revolve around no results, and side effects like irritation and worsened acne. These appeared to be most common for those with sensitive skin.
From a company perspective, the website terms indicated that Dream Dots are manufactured by Consumer's Research Committee, LLC. There wasn’t a standalone website available, and the only details learned from third-party websites were that they’re based out of Santa Monica, CA and have been in business since 2013.
Are There Other Hydrocolloid Acne Treatments Like Dream Dots?
While there are multiple adhesive skincare dots available on the market, many of them use traditional ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which can be effective, but can also cause irritation for those with sensitive skin.
Instead, we found the following hydrocolloid-only products competing for the same customers as Dream Dots. How do they compare?
|Dream Dots||$19.99 / 24||None listed (hydrocolloid)|
|Mighty Patch Acne Absorbing Spot Dot||$12.99 / 36||None listed (hydrocolloid)|
|3M Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers||$7 / 36||None listed|
|CosRX Master Patch||$6 / 24||Cellulose gum, Styrene Isoprene Styrene Block Copolymer, Polyisobutylene, Petroleum Resin, Polyurethane Film, Liquid Paraffin, Tetrakis Methane|
|Clearasil Ultra Overnight||$8 / 18||Benzene, ethenyl-, polymer with 2-methyl-1,3-butadiene, resin acids and rosin acids, hydrogenated, esters with glycerol, cellulose, carboxymethyl ether, sodium salt, white mineral oil (petroleum)|
Outside of the price/value equation, how can you decide which of these might be right for you?
As we discuss in How to Treat Adult Acne, whether you’re a teen or an octogenarian, there can be many different causes of acne. As a result, you’ll want to start by discussing your situation with a dermatologist, who can then recommend a treatment option based on your diagnosis.
After all, products like Dream Dots are intended only to address pimples once they’ve matured, while your doctor could help you find a solution that prevents them from occurring in the first place.
From there, you’ll want to focus on products that have mostly positive online feedback and come with at least 30-day refund policies. In many instances, you might be able to find hydrocolloid treatments sold at local retailers, which could help you save on shipping charges and make the return process super easy if you’re dissatisfied.
Our Final Thoughts About Hydrocolloid Dream Dots for Acne
Whether you call them acne stickers or pimple patches, hydrocolloid bandages have become increasingly popular over the last several months. And for good reason—many customers (including Allure’s Devon Abelman) find that they really can help reduce acne inflammation and redness overnight in many instances.
And as we learned from the product’s somewhat limited online feedback, many Dream Dots seem to have experienced much of the same. And if it doesn’t work as well as you hoped, the manufacturer seems to stand behind it with a 60-day no-hassle refund policy.
If you’re looking to get the most bang-for-your-buck, though, just be sure to speak with your doctor about whether or not hydrocolloid products like Dream Dots represent an ideal solution, based on your diagnosis.