We have to say, acne solutions have come a long way. Skincare that fights against outbreaks has, over time, progressed from what once felt like an array of products ripe with harsh chemicals to now a robust offering of more thoughtfully created products. We’re all nice and familiar with combating pimples with cleansers, creams, and serums, but acne and pimple patches have now claimed center stage. Turns out, they’re surprisingly effective, and as many brands introduce kitschy patches with bright colors and fun shapes, they’re also sometimes… cute?
Okay, so you just place a “sticker” over your pimple, and they shrink overnight? Essentially, exactly. Most acne patches come with the active ingredient of hydrocolloids which, in a nutshell, are responsible for absorbing all the unwanted gunk inside pimples. Depending on the type of acne patch, you’ll wear the treatment throughout the day or to bed to allow the product to work its magic throughout the night. The result? Typically, pimples are visibly smaller in just hours. The added bonus is that acne patches double as a barrier to keep your bumps free from dirt and infection and keep you from picking at them, as well.
Ahead are 10 solutions to those stubborn, caught-you-off-guard breakouts.
Starface’s Hydro-Stars acne patches are more than just cutesie. They use hydrocolloids to absorb fluid from pimples in record timing.
Need pimples gone fast? Reach for Good Light’s Luana Pimple Patches, which the brand says results in less visible blemishes in just hours. (As an added feat, it’s made with recyclable PET plastic, too).
The Creme Shop I Love Clear Skin Hydrocolloid Acne Patches ️
Known for its affordable, Korean skincare approach, The Creme Shop was bound to churn out a good acne patch. With 24 patches in three various sizes, these heart-shaped pimple patches extract unwanted oils, and help prevent infection.
Name a better duo. This Facetory pack comes with both AM and PM patches, the first of which is thin enough to go nearly undetected throughout the day, and the latter of which provides a more intense treatment over night.
Let Alba Botanica be your go-to for a plant-based pimple patch (yes, it’s a thing). It uses ingredients such as tea tree oil and witch hazel, and also lends the skin an occlusive barrier to help keep dirt away.
Skincare from Peach & Lily is affordable, effective, and fan-loved, and these acne patches are no different. They’re none-drying and fight against acne without interrupting your usual routine (you can even wear them with makeup).