Under $25 Scores: These pimple patches are a gentle way to get rid of blemishes overnight

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As someone who has hormonal acne, I seek solutions through a wide range of skin care routines and products. Stress is the main reason for my flare-ups, leaving me in search of a quick fix whenever my blemishes pop up. Along with my cleanser, moisturizer and toner, an acne spot treatment felt like the product missing from my extensive regimen.

Hero Cosmetic’s Mighty Patch seemed to fit the description of what I was looking for. These clear acne patches target specific spots and protect them from outside bacteria while making the pimple less noticeable over time, all without having to pop them. Since my skin has been breaking out these past couple of weeks, I had to see if these patches were worth the hype.


Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original, 36-Count

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original - Amazon
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original - Amazon

The Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original is made from medical-grade hydrocolloid that works to flatten blemishes by extracting the toxins from pimples in six to eight hours. They are transparent on the skin, which means you can treat your blemishes discreetly.



How I found the Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch

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Andriana Kourkoumelis/CNN Underscored

I came across this product through word of mouth when asking about what to use to clear up my skin fast. My friend who will soon be studying dermatology in medical school told me that this product was recommended to her by skin experts in the field. Since I had an event to attend the next day where I needed my skin to cooperate, I ran to Ulta to get my hands on these patches.

Mighty Patch was recommended to me as a fast-acting, temporary solution to blemishes. The product isn’t preventative like a cream or gel spot treatment, but it works to shrink already existing acne. Since I planned to wear a full face of makeup to the event, I wanted my skin to be as smooth as possible for a flawless foundation application. I kept my fingers crossed that the Mighty Patches would help me achieve this overnight. After trying them out, I can confidently say they worked in a pinch, as I woke up with an almost smooth complexion.

Why the Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch is a score

Before using the Mighty Patch Original stickers (left) and after (right). - Andriana Kourkoumelis/CNN Underscored
Before using the Mighty Patch Original stickers (left) and after (right). - Andriana Kourkoumelis/CNN Underscored

This product isn’t the first pimple patch I’ve tried but it certainly earned its title as #1 bestseller on Amazon. When compared to other pimple patches, I found these to be the fastest acting and most effective. This is based on how well the patch stays on the skin throughout the day or night, if it extracts gunk from pimples and if it flattens the targeted blemishes after one use.

I applied three pimple patches to the most visible blemishes on my cheek before I went to sleep. Each patch fully covered the pimples, making it secure enough to stay on throughout my tossing and turning all night. This also ensured my affected areas were protected from any bacteria that could make my breakout worse. The friction from my face on the pillow was no match for the Mighty Patch, and I woke up with them adhered to the skin with zero lifting.

When I looked in the mirror the next morning, I realized that the patches had turned white, just as the directions on the packaging claimed they would. I had them on for about seven hours before removing them. As I peeled off each patch, it was clear that everything clogged in the acne spot was pulled out onto the sticker. This left a red bump on the skin similar to how a whitehead may look after you pop it, but it went down after a couple of minutes. Each pimple essentially disappeared after using the Mighty Patch stickers, and I went about my skin care routine as normal. After the redness went away, I was able to have a less tedious makeup application than if I had to worry about covering acne.

On the other hand, if you apply this patch on a sensitive spot or extra-angry pimple, depending on your skin type, you may experience more lasting redness upon removal. Since the sticker may aggressively remove gunk from your blemish, this may result in a crater from the extraction of the whitehead. If this happens, it would be difficult to cover an open acne spot with makeup, so it’s important to test the Hero Mighty Patch at a time when you can go makeup-free and see if it’s generally compatible with your skin. This will help you ensure that any bumps and redness go away in time for any important obligations or events.

I now use these patches on the daily, whenever I see a breakout start to form. Another great benefit is that Mighty Patch can be worn under makeup, protecting the sensitive area from other products that may irritate the skin. Since they are clear and blend in with any skin tone, these patches go unnoticed and you can clear your skin without being too obvious. The Mighty Patch Original Patch is overall an easy to use, reliable product that everyone should have on hand to treat those stubborn, unexpected breakouts.

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