Does it just happen to me or does it seem like whenever there’s an occasion where I need to look good, a pimple just manages to pop up magically? Pimples are the bane of my life, and I’m sure that they’re troubling you too.
Before I found out about acne patches, I would try popping them (gross, I know) but this would leave dark scars on my skin which would take ages to vanish. But now, with acne patches, not only are the acne on my face safe from my hands, the sun and dust but they also heal faster.
This is a list of my favorite acne patches. I’ve personally used all of them and for the rest, I’ve spent a lot of time reading reviews and looking at their ingredients.
This is my personal holy grail acne patch. Now, whenever I see a pimple, I simply apply this patch and let it work its magic on me. You get 24 patches in one packet in three different sizes so that you can apply the one according to the size of your zit.
These hydrocolloid patches stick to your pimple and extract all the all the extra fluid while also calming your skin. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free so anyone can use them. Now don’t expect them to work on every kind of pimple, I’ve realized that they work best on the usual type of pimple but if you’re suffering from those deep pimples then you might need more than one application.
But the best thing is their affordability. You can get one pack for $5 over at Watsons. So if you’re looking for a good and affordable pimple patch, then you can try out these. If you want more proof then you can read all of the raving reviews online.
The next pimple patch that I’ve used and adore are the Dr.Belmur’s Clarifying Spot Patch Kit from The Face Shop. They’re actually pretty similar to the ones from CosRx but come with something extra. So with this, you actually set two types of patches.
The first one is the Spot Hydrocolloid bandage which comes in two sizes. These patches are meant to be applied on top of the pimple so that they can suck the pus out of your pimple. Similar to the CosRx ones, these are really good for those pimples where the pus is visible but if you have acne that is deeper, they might not really work that well.
What’s new is their second patch, the spot plaster bands. These are actually much thinner than the hydrocolloid ones and you’re supposed to put them after you’re done with the former. They protect the area from infection by acting like a shield. You get 80 patches in one pack and you can buy it at Shopee for $6.93.
Now you’ve most likely heard of SOMEBYMI with their 30-day miracle set. This acne patch is another one of their popular offerings. You get 18-patches which come in two sizes, the 10mm and 12mm.
It has a pretty impressive ingredient list which consists of things like salicylic acid, tea-tree oil, lavender, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint which are well-known for being great active ingredients. However, if you really sensitive skin then perhaps it would be better to give this one a skip.
Another plus point is that they’re really thin, so you can easily apply makeup over it and not have it so visible. They’re also water-resistant, so they won’t slip even if it’s a hot day, and you end up sweating a lot. You can purchase them from Shopee for $3.19.
Another one from CosRx, this is another amazing acne patch. It is really similar to the previous CosRx pimple patch, but with one key difference. This one is specially formulated so that you can use it even during the day. It sticks to your skin like a dream so you don’t need to worry about it falling.
That’s not all. While the ones on number one are still my favorite acne patches, they’re really thick and I can’t wear them under my makeup. These ones are extremely thin, so if I layer my makeup correctly, they’re not even visible. So I call them the, ‘Day-time Version’ which I can use during the day without people noticing.
The only con about them is that they only offer 18 pieces in a pack, and all of them are the same size. I would love for them to offer this in more sizes so that I can choose them according to the size of my zits that day. You can get a set of both at Shopee where they cost $10.42 for the set.
Now as I have mentioned above, while these acne patches do great for the regular pimple and acne, they don’t really do anything for my cystic and deep pimples. That’s where the AVARELLE Acne Pimple Patch comes in.
They’re one of the few acne patches that actually seem to work on cystic acne. You can find them in three different sizes and not-so visible on the skin. The moment you feel a cystic popping up, get one of these bad boys out, and apply them. Containing active-ingredients like tree oil, calendula oil, and Centella Asiatica, the cystic acne will soon come to a head.
After that, simply use other acne patches, or simply apply a new one, and you’ll get rid of the pimples soon without any scar or the urge to pop them. You only get 8 of them, though, so I prefer to use them only for the really bad acne (the patches are pretty huge, though). Shopee sells them for $15 a patch.
While I haven’t used this one personally, my friend does really like these ones. You can easily purchase them over at your nearest Sephora for $6 (as if the name wasn’t obvious enough), and they claim to get rid of your acne in less than 8 hours.
It contains salicylic acid and green tea extract of natural origin, which will help in reducing the pimples and blemishes. You will get two kinds of patches, which are either invisible or decorative. Definitely, a fun activity to do when you’re chilling at home, or at a sleep-over with your friends. One thing that you’ll need to take care of is that the clear patches don’t always adhere well to your skin and might fall off.
They’re also on the smaller side, so I would recommend them if you’re trying out to click a cute photo of your skin-care routine or if you’re only going to use them for a short duration. You get 12 patches, out of which 8 have designs on them like clouds, hearts, etc.
Nexcare Acne Patches are actually pretty good. They actually function like any standard acne patches but they do their job correctly and properly, and it’s pretty hard to find acne patches that do exactly that. These are hydrocolloid patches which again work great for mature pimples.
All that you need to do is clean your skin, place a patch, and leave it over-night. These patches are pretty thick and skin-colored so it’s best to use them over-night because they’d be pretty visible under makeup. In the morning, you’ll notice white blobs on the patches, which are actually all the dead bacteria, dirt, and pus extracted out. They come in a pack of 36 patches out of which 12 are large, and 24 small. You even get different types for your forehead, cheeks, etc.
There’s just one issue that I faced with them. The smaller ones don’t always stick well to the skin and tend to fall off. But since they work so well, I don’t really have an issue with it. I can always try to sleep in a better posture instead, it’s good for my back too. You can get a bundle of 3 at Shopee for $19.70.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Patches aren’t hydro-colloid patches; they’re salicylic acid patches. What’s the difference, you ask? Salicylic acid patches are great for pimples that have just begun to form. So whenever I feel the tell-tale bump of a pimple, I immediately whip them out and apply them. A lot of the time, it does manage to stop this new acne from forming.
They’re clear patches that contain tea-tree oil and hyaluronic acid, which ensures that while your pimple goes get dried out, your skin does not. For people with dry skin like me, this is such a huge bonus. You get two different patch sizes, so you can choose the one according to the size of the bump. They’re also excellent at reducing the sensitivity and pain that you tend to feel when a pimple is right under the skin.
So if you would like to stop the pimple right before they even start, these patches are an amazing option. Shopee sells them for 72 patches in a cute steel container for $49. Might be slightly more pricer but definitely recommend them.
This patch is from a line in Dr.Jart. If you’re like me and spend ages watching beauty gurus, you might have seen them use these patches with the micro-needles. Since I can’t resist trying new things out, I ended up buying these patches.
These patches claim to have micro-needles that are made of hyaluronic acid which help in deeper penetration of active components that make these patches function better. They have four variants – the one for acne, another for dark spots, and the final two for wrinkles and dark circles. Since I only suffer from acne, I purchased their acne variant.
These patches do the job and but the thing is, I could actually feel the micro-needles near my skin. It wasn’t very comfortable, and definitely not the best experience, but since they did do the job, I’ve included it in this list. They’re pretty difficult to find but your local Sephora might stock them.
Now, the previous acne patch would perhaps lead to think that all patches with micro-needles aren’t worth your money but here’s another one that I’ve tried and loved. These are so amazingly good at reducing the really painful cystic acne that never seem to come to head.
Trust me, I’ve used every kind of product to bring those cystic acne to head, but the really bad ones? Only these patches would do the trick. Perhaps the magic ingredient would be the niacinamide because I haven’t really seen any other pimple patch list them as an ingredient. You get the patches, and also cleansing pads to clean up and prepare the area for much more amazing results.
You get 6 patches and 6 cleansing pads. Qoo10 sells them at a special price of $20. They’re expensive, I admit it but if you use them only for the really bad kind of acne, they’re sent from heaven.
That ends my list of the best acne patches that I’ve used. Now if you have any personal favorites that didn’t make the list, do let me know in the comments. I love trying new products out. Meanwhile, if you’re someone with dry skin like me, I recommend their green tea serum. It’s done an awesome job for my skin. Here’s a list of its review.