It took me a while to review these since I wear long pants all year round and am not huge on doing outdoor activities where lots of bugs are found, but eventually, I was able to use these patches. And I think they work pretty well! When I put a patch on a bug bite I don't really notice it anymore. This is in comparison to the other bug bites I may have where I almost cannot control myself in trying to itch those spots. They stick to the skin quite well, though definitely put them on a bit before getting wet since the new ones I applied did not last long after a shower. The packaging for this product is also super cute and everything is very high quality.
But after seeing that these are hydrocolloidal patches, that got me thinking, aren't these just the same things as the pimple patches that got super popular in the last few years? From what I can tell, they pretty much are with some tea tree oil added in. But then I looked that up and I see patches do exist with that combination as well! These ones are said to be for acne, but if they have the same ingredients, they should theoretically do the same thing. And the fact that these patches are $17 for 18 patches makes these patches very expensive to what seems to be a very similar product. Since I know these work I may want to experiment with similar ones to see if they have the same effect. But it is possible that the Don't Scratch That patches are simply better- perhaps these ones stick so much better than other brands and are better for the environment. Or perhaps you just love the branding and want to support a wonderful small business. If these are truly the best I will be inclined to return, as I do not get bug bites too often. However, each patch feels like a big investment when they are almost $1 a piece, and accidents happen, meaning the odds of actually getting to use all these patches is slim. But at the end of the day, I felt these did work and so I am happy with the results!