My friends know that once you get me started on the topic of skincare, I won’t shut up about pimple patches (and will often hand them a sheet so they can see the results for themselves). Though these tiny, barely noticeable acne patches might not seem like they do much, they’re actually super effective on whiteheads and blackheads.
Most acne patches are made out of hydrocolloid, which absorbs and sucks out the fluid in your pimple (I know, ew). Not only will your zit become noticeably flatter overnight, but many of these patches also infuse ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil to help your acne. Dr. Amy Wechsler, board-certified dermatologist and Seventeen beauty awards expert, adds that they’re great for stopping you from picking and popping your pimples.
So now that you know how amazing these babies are, it’s time to pick out the best one for you. Though I would never wish a stubborn pimple on anyone, I want you to be totally prepared when it does happen. Here are the best pimple patches on the market right now…
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Acne Pimple Master Patch
This OG Korean pimple patch has won tons of awards (including a Seventeen beauty award) for a reason — these thin stickers will stay put and won’t dry out your skin. Bonus: it’s only $ 5 for 24 patches!
Mighty Patch Invisible+ Set
No one has to know you’re wearing this a pimple patch if you’re rocking one of these. Its tapered edges help blend into your skin, and if you’re really conscious of it, dab concealer on the patch to mask it even further.
Acne Healing Dots
These cult-fave acne patches have sold out at Sephora over and over again, and there’s an explanation: like other zit stickers, Peace Out’s uses hydrocolloid tech, but also contains salicylic acid, vitamin A, and aloe vera for extra healing.
Mighty Patch Surface Set
A personal fave of mine, these surface patches are amazing for covering and extracting pimples from a whole breakout area (’cause let’s be real… you’re probably getting more than one zit).
Killa Clarifying Micro-Dart Patch Kit
A little more ~advanced~ than the classic acne patches, the Killa Kit is designed specifically for angrier cystic zits. It includes two easy steps: exfoliate and prep your pimple with a wipe, then apply a microdot sticker that’s designed to get rid of acne before it reaches the surface of your skin.
Face Saver Clear Spot Bandages
Welly’s clear spot bandages aren’t just designed for pimples, but for any nicks and cuts, too. Plus, they’re so clear that you won’t feel like anyone is staring at your zit if you’re wearing ’em out and about!
Less than $ 5 for 30 patches, these dots are not only affordable AF, but they’ll also effectively reduce your inflamed pimples overnight. They really are fast-acting, and come in 3 different sizes to cater to zits of all sizes!
Acne Pimple Healing Patch
Slap this patch onto your annoying zits — its high-grade hydrocolloid will suck out impurities from your skin and even prevent potential acne scarring.
Microneedle Acne Healing Patch
For the more stubborn pimples under the surface of your skin, Rael’s microneedle patches will work wonders for you. You’ll literally feel the microneedles prickling in your skin (that’s how you know it’s working!).
Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
Particularly effective on blind pimples and cystic acne, these invisible adhesives are worth the $ $ . They’re formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid to treat your blemishes without drying them out.
Deflate those acne spots with these innovative gel patches. While these dots are packed with the typical acne-fighting ingredients, they also contain vitamin C to help lighten skin discoloration.
Blemish Treatment Acne Patches
Despite the fact that these patches actually work (especially on whiteheads), they are so. freaking. cute. No one needs to know what’s hiding under those adorable heart stickers!
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