ICYMI: Pimple patches are socially acceptable to wear in public. And for those zoom calls where you'd rather not draw attention to them, just throw on a transparent one and put up that zoom filter. No more white dotted faces or bleached pillowcases—pimple patches are your new best friend and your pimples' worst enemy. “Pimple patches provide a targeted, pre-measured dose of an active ingredient directly to the source, easing the application process and preventing users from over or under-applying topical treatments,” explains Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
Hydrocolloid pimple patches soak up fluid.
There are several types of pimple patches, the first and most common being hydrocolloid (a gel-like material that doctors have used for decades to heal wounds). “Hydrocolloid patches are most effective at pulling fluid out of acne, making them best to use on puss-filled pimples, like whiteheads,” says Irene Gladstein, MD, founder and medical director at ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts in New York City. These patches are typically translucent then turn white as they draw out the gunk that was inside. Not only showing it to be super effective but also super satisfying.
Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide pimple patches unclog pores and reduce the size of the pimple.
Another type of patch to look for is one with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, “two proven acne-fighting ingredients that will unclog the pore and help dissolve the sebum, thus diminishing the size of the pimple,” says Dr. Nussbaum. Though she notes that no matter which patch you choose, they are most effective when they’re applied during the early stages of a pimple at the first sight of any redness or inflammation.
Another benefit of a patch is that it helps you resist the urge to pick. “Pimple picking creates post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or scarring which lasts much longer than the actual pimple would have,” says Dr. Nussbaum.
So throw one on before you hop into bed (they typically need at least a few hours to work their magic), wake up and peel it away to see your results. Check out the best options below and get ready to finally bid goodbye to your breakout.
The 1% salicylic acid helps clear away dead skin cells and build up while hydrocolloid soaks up anything that lies beneath.
Just because these come in cloud, butterfly, and whale shapes, doesn't mean they're any less powerful. Over 75% of users saw a reduction in spot size after eight hours and over 95% of users saw a reduction in redness after eight hours. It's the just-right mix of Hydrocolloid, Salicylic Acid, Peppermint Oil, and Tea Tree Oil that does all the hard work.
No matter your pimple problem, this patch toolkit will have you covered. There's three nose pore strips, 24 salicylic acid dots, and 24 hydrocolloid dots.
Never be caught without a pimple patch again thanks to this (seemingly) endless wheel of patches. The roll of 108 (!) patches is dispensed through a compact so you can throw it in your bag and not worry about them getting bent or contaminated. Simple pull it out of the slot to get it started and grab your patches to your skin's content.
If you feel like your blackheads are glaring back at you in the mirror, reach for one of these translucent little disks. Tea tree oil works as a natural astringent while salicylic acid fights the targeted area without causing unnecessary irritation or dryness to the surrounding skin.
This remarkable creation from the Australian-based skincare brand was specifically designed with dreadful under-the-skin cysts in mind. Dissolvable micro-darts containing hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and salicylic acid penetrate the top two layers of skin, treating the pimple where it needs it the most.
Just because you committed a cardinal sin and attempted to pick at your pimple doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from an overnight patch that’ll speed up the healing process. Hydrocolloid technology will suck out all the gunk while salicylic acid breaks down the pimple, ensuring your blemish is most improved by morning.
If you suffer from pimples on your back or your chest, this is the product for you. The XL hydrocolloid patches are large enough to cover a major breakout, regardless of where it might flare up, thanks to soothing tea tree and calendula oil.
Dr. Gladstein recommends this best-selling hydrocolloid patch for treating pesky pimples. Still not convinced? Just read one of the 2,700 (and counting) Amazon reviews. Once applied, this K-beauty gem won’t budge, making it great to rock even during a workout. They also come in three different sizes so you can find a patch that perfectly covers your problem pimple.
These tiny hydrocolloid discs are smaller than a pencil eraser but they’ll work wonders overnight as they suck out the puss from your pimple, dramatically reducing the size of your blemish.
For under $6 you can stock up on these durable hydrocolloid patches at your local drugstore (or on Amazon). The patch works like a sponge and zaps up puss and oil, minimizing the appearance of your pimple after one use.
Trying to clear up a pimple ahead of a big date? These powerful, translucent patches are super-thin, making them totally discreet enough to rock under makeup, and the fast-acting hydrocolloid spot makes it possible to shrink your zit in less than a day. When it comes to clear skin, time is of the essence.
Fighting off a red, inflamed pimple? These powerful patches replicate the effect of a micro-needing procedure as they deliver an ample dose of niacinamide, (which calms inflammation), and oligopeptide-76, (to kill bacteria), all while improving the look of a bad breakout and delivering much-needed moisture.
This hydrocolloid patch is paired with tea tree oil (a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient), witch hazel (helps cleanse), and salicylic acid (clears out pores) for a major triple threat.
For a major distraction, cover your whitehead with one of these bedazzled hydrocolloid patches—or wear them sans zits with some go go boots for a quick 70s Halloween costume—either way, these patches make covering zits cute and we're here for it.
Along with hydrocolloid and salicylic acid, this patch uses hemp seed oil to help calm inflammation and redness caused by pimples. Just maybe be leery of wearing this one to work.
These hydrocolloid patches give you lots of options to conceal with a mix of clear and camo printed along with an option for small or large circles. Pick your patch of choice then watch your pimple shrink.
On top of the usual ingredients (salicylic acid and tea tree oil), these patches also pack in hyaluronic acid to keep your spot hydrated and vitamin C to help lighten up any discoloration that pimples are synonymous for.