If your skin is plagued by pimples, you’ve no doubt tried every solution under the sun. From charcoal cleansers to on-the-spot acne sticks, there are loads of lotions and potions that promise to banish those pesky spots. The latest trend, though, comes in the form of pimple patches – and everyone is raving about them!
What Are Pimple Patches?
Pimple patches are thin, lightweight stickers made from hydrocolloid, a wound healing material used in medical dressings. You simply apply them directly onto your skin over your pimple and they will protect it from dirt and bacteria. They then work to shrink the spot and heal your acne.
What Are The Benefits Of Pimple Patches?
They Shrink Your Spots And Heal Them
The hydrocolloid material draws out the puss and fluid from your spots (sorry for the visual), helping it to shrink faster. It also works like a scab, helping your skin to heal itself so your spots don’t scare.
They Prevent You From Touching Them
If there’s one thing that coronavirus has taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t touch our faces. That’s because it spreads loads of bacteria. So, every time you touch a spot, then touch another place on your skin, you’re essentially spreading the spot to that new place. If you wear a pimple patch though, this can’t happen.
You Can Wear Them Under Makeup
As pimple patches are translucent and very thin, you can easily apply foundation and concealer over them. Better yet, they will protect your pores and prevent them from getting clogged by foundation.
They Come In Different Sizes
Whether you’ve got a single isolated spot you want to cover up or a large cluster that could do with being hidden, you’ll find a pimple patch to suit your needs. They come in variety packs with different sizes so you can choose the best one for you.
How Do You Use Pimple Patches?
Whilst you’ll find detailed instructions on the back of each packet, most pimple patches follow three simple rules:
- Apply them onto freshly cleansed skin, directly over your spot
- You can wear them day or night, that’s up to you
- When the patches have turned white (instead of transparent), you can take them off
What Are The Best Pimple Patches?
Pimple patches are a relatively new concept, so while there aren’t hundreds to choose from just yet, you can still find everything you need:
For The Day: If you’re looking for patches that blend discreetly under makeup, then I’d opt for the COSRX Clear Fit Master Patches. They boast an ultra-thin design that sits unnoticed under foundation. Plus, they offer an effective treatment! By breaking down dirt and absorbing oil, they help to both shrink and heal acne, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.
For The Night: Of course, if you’d prefer to wake up with clear, fresh and soothed skin, I’d recommend the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Though slightly less discreet than the ones above, they are more effective. They not only target spots and breakouts, but they help to minimise the appearance of blemishes, redness and inflammation too.