If you suffer from Asian Flush, or Asian Glow, you know that the symptoms are no joke. You’ve probably seen ads online for an Asian Flush Patch that will apparently stop your symptoms. So why aren’t these more popular? The main reason: Asian Flush patches are simply not effective enough for relief.
Find how everything you need to know about Asian Flush patches here and why they are not as effective as pills.
What is an Asian Flush Patch?
These patches are designed to be applied to the skin before drinking alcohol and should reduce the symptoms of alcohol flushing reaction. These patches vary in size, shape, transparency and ingredients. Some products recommend wearing one patch 45 minutes before drinking, whereas another product could require two patches applied 30 minutes before drinking.
The specifics of the patches will vary product to product, but the basic aim of the product is the same: they are patches worn to reduce Asian Flush symptoms.
You might see these called:
- Asian Flush Patch
- Asian Glow Patch
- Anti Flush Patch
- Drinking Patch
- or even an Alcohol Patch or Anti Alcohol Patch
However, all of these names refer to the same type of product.
Why are Asian Flush patches not effective?
The biggest issue with patches for this condition is that the ingredients must first pass through the skin, the body’s outer defence layer. The skin is thick and extremely difficult to transmit ingredients into the body, making these patches less effective. Even those with a good formula will still lose effectiveness as the ingredients try to make their way through the skin.
The main issue to keep in mind: it’s very difficult to effectively transmit ingredients through the skin.
There’s also some practical reasons why Asian Glow patches are not ideal.
Most patches will have some kind of smell (usually from the vitamins in the formula). While this doesn’t really matter with supplements because they’re gone once ingested, it does mean that you’ll need to wear a smelly patch on your body. This can be even more noticeable if you’re wearing the patch near your face, such as on your upper body.
2. Skin irritation
You could see irritation developing around the patch if you have sensitive skin. If skin irritation develops around the patch area, discontinue use until you speak to your doctor. The ingredients should be natural like regular supplements, so side effects are rare, but they are still possible.
3. Painful removal
All patches will need to be peeled off after use which could cause some irritation, especially in those with sensitive skin. Make sure to peel slowly so you won’t further irritate the skin. However, if the patch’s adhesive isn’t strong enough, your patch may fall off during your night out.
4. Patches are noticeable
Asian Flush patches are very visible, even if they are partially translucent. The only way to properly conceal them will be to hide them under clothes, if that’s possible. For those wearing clothing like dresses and tank tops, it may be more difficult to hide the patches.
It’s hard to feel confident on a first date when you have a very obvious patch on your body. How will you explain it to someone, especially if they don’t know what Asian Flush is?
5. Unable to apply yourself
If you want to apply the patches to your back or shoulders as recommended by many of these companies, you’ll need a friend to apply them for you. You won’t be able to do it yourself. However, if you apply it to accessible places like your arms or wrists, the patches will be more noticeable.
If you are doing activities like dancing that causes you to sweat, your sweat can interfere with the patches, making them more uncomfortable and potentially falling off. Other activities like swimming will also interfere with the patches so be careful wearing them at pool parties or in the ocean.
Are Asian Flush patches safe?
Asian Glow patches are basically like a natural supplement, so they do not fall under strict regulations like food, medicine or drinks. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not need to test these types of products. This may change in the future if pharmaceutical companies decide to make their own patches that you could get a prescription from your doctor. Currently, these patches are sold online and without a prescription.
Because of this, you’ll likely see statements on product websites like: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
This shouldn’t cause alarm, but it’s something to keep in mind. While studies have shown that many ingredients used in these types of products are safe and tested, there is still room for negative side effects.
Patches also have adhesive on them so they can stick to your skin. While many companies use high-grade adhesive like medical bandages will have, you may still have a reaction if you have sensitive skin.
If you’re unsure how you’ll react to the ingredients in Asian Flush patches, make sure to speak to your doctor before use.
Why are Asian Flush pills better?
It all comes down to administering ingredients. By swallowing an Asian Flush pill or capsule, you are guaranteed that those ingredients will get directly into your system. There’s a reason that many medicines, even painkillers like Advil, are sold in pill-form and not patches. You can be confident that Asian Flush pills will get the formula needed to reduce your red face from alcohol in your body before you start drinking.
Patches can certainly help those with Asian Flush who cannot swallow pills, but they will never get the same level of effectiveness or reduction in symptoms.