Pimple patches: These near-translucent stickers are little miracle workers. Not only do they keep us from picking at our skin, but they also help shrink budding bumps by absorbing excess fluid from the area. And luckily, there are plenty of patches to choose from pending your budget and size of pimple. Here, our five favorites.
CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch
A consistent best seller on the newly rebranded Dermstore (aka our go-to skin-care shop), this K-beauty import features white willow bark and betaine salicylate to quickly clear up inflamed spots—especially ones that have started to form a head. At five dollars for 24 patches, they’re quite affordable, too.
Zitsticka Killa Microdart Patches
Save these patches for when you need to call in the big guns. Each set comes with eight pre-medicated salicylic acid and tea tree oil wipes to prep your skin, along with stickers that are covered in teeny self-dissolving microdarts filled with the holy trinity of skin-clearing ingredients: salicylic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Simply put, they’re the closest at-home fix to a cortisone shot we’ve tried.
Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots
While the other patches on this list are made with hydrocolloid technology, these adhesive gels are much thinner in texture but still pack a mighty punch. The salicylic acid, tea tree oil and vitamin C infused into each sticker will vacuum out any bacteria or oil that’s clogging your pores.
Mighty Patch Invisible Pimple Patch
This cult favorite patch flattens spots without drying out your skin, hence its over 1,500 positive reviews and counting on Amazon. With a paper-thin texture, tapered edges and a matte finish, we’re guessing its popularity has something to do with how undetectable they are on your face. (We’ve worn a sticker or two while running errands and no one noticed.)
Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
As anyone who suffers from acne knows, pimples come in all different sizes—as do these patches. Pending the surface area of your offending spot, you can choose from a larger or smaller dot. We also appreciate that they actually stay on our faces throughout the night (rather than ending up on our pillow).