What are pimple patches and do they really work?

Need a quick fix to zap that zit? Pimple patches just may be your answered prayer.

Kendall Jenner had the best response to haters who pointed out her not-so concealed pimples seen when she was photographed at the Golden Globes red carpet:
“Don’t let that sh*t stop you!” Of course, it’s still pretty bummer if you get one or two especially right before a very important event.

Pimple patches, acne dots, acne stickers or hydrocolloid bandages are getting a lot of buzz recently as it promises to be an instant solution that can get rid of pimples overnight.

What are they, exactly? Pimple patches are round adhesive bandages that can be plain or medicated. They’re packaged pretty much like stickers and come in various sizes.  “The hydrocolloid dressing helps keep the area protected from trauma — your finger! — and can absorb excess fluid, which in theory may allow it to heal faster,” says Dr. Sandra Kopp, a dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “They also keep the acne from drying out, which can speed up healing time.” These are ideal of “sucking out” the nasty accumulated dirt and pus from the acne. The medicated version, on the other hand, has acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid or tea tree oil.
The steps on how to use it is pretty simple. Wash your face with a mild foaming cleanser, pat it dry and just stick ’em on before bed.  You can actually see a white pod in the middle of the patch when you remove it. You’ll also notice that your pimple will become smaller overnight. The patches are also invisible enough to be worn during the day. This “hot item” is nothing new. In fact, it’s been quite popular in South Korea for a few years now. Here are some of the best pimple patches in the market:


Soothes blemishes and reduces redness; infused with hydrocolloid to coax out deep-rooted pimples, speeding up their life cycle; protects skin against further infection; leaves the complexion clear and spotless.

Available at beautymnl.com and Watsons.


One box contains 30 patches, it works wonders, and it’s affordable!

Available at Watson’s.

AC Clinic by Etude House

Etude House is a Korean brand that’s usually known for its youthful makeup and cute packaging, but they also have amazing skin care products. This pimple patch has zit fighting ingredients like lavender, salicylic acid, winter green berry, Japanese cypress, tea tree, papaya, garlic, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, perilla seed and many more.

Available at Etude House.

Clean Face by The Face Shop

These patches keeps it simple with two ingredients: salicylic acid and tea tree oil.

Available at The Face Shop.


About Dianne Pineda 351 Articles
Magazine and online writer based in South Korea. Nerdy news writer by day, Korean pop culture writer by night.

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