While there are many good things about fall, my skin isn’t one of them.
Almost like clockwork, my skin starts acting up almost the exact moment the first leaf falls, becoming a mixture of dry patches and lingering spots.
As I got older, I’ve learned to keep my skincare consistent for a mostly neutral result, but there are still times when I’m particularly stressed or my routine slips and a friendly reminder pops up in the form of a pimple. In the past, it caused extra stress, but luckily there’s a beauty staple I turn to to attack unexpected pimples and reduce their impact in just one night.
Enter button patches. My favorite is the Hero Mighty Patch – and I’ve tried enough brands to know this one is the most effective.
The first time I used a pimple patch was the day before I flew to meet my mom and sister for a trip. A few days before the flight, I woke up with a big patch on my chin – which was no surprise given the stress of traveling earlier this year. I took a trip to my local Sephora and quickly stocked up on blemished skin savers. After browsing serums and acids, I didn’t notice much immediate improvement until I decided to wash off the other products and apply a pimple patch.
It was noon when I applied and although I might have looked particularly funny doing my pre-trip shopping with a patch on my chin, I desperately needed a solution. Plus, these little miracle workers are designed to blend into your skin, so unless you’re really looking, it’s hard to even tell you’re wearing one. Six hours later I removed the patch to find the area was much flatter and less inflamed than earlier in the day.
That night, I cleaned and applied another patch, falling asleep with the hope that the stain would magically disappear in the morning. When I woke up, I removed the patch to find the spot was nearly undetectable. The best part? Despite the concentrated skincare patch targeting the pimples, the area around the spot looked healthy and hydrated – no traditional drying or scarring of typical acne skincare.
Although pimple patches are said to work best on white pimples, I have used these patches on these sore spots under the skin and found that they disappeared before they even got to my head. Although the patches are more like little magic stickers, you need to combine their use with a good skincare routine and a healthy diet to keep your skin healthy.
How do pimple patches work?
There are many brands of pimple patches, but they all have a similar formulation. The tiny, concentrated dot of medical-grade hydrocolloid, a liquid-absorbing gel, extracts pimples overnight for visible improvement in the morning. Although not a cure for acne, acne breakout patches are an easy way to visibly improve blemishes in 6-8 hours.
The targeted approach also means that your skincare directly addresses the affected area. In addition, these patches prevent you from attacking blemishes and the ingredients protect the skin from scabs and scars.
Although there are different types of pimple patches, they all have a similar use and effect. You can find micro-dot patches that have small hyaluronic needs that dissolve into the skin to penetrate the affected area – and sometimes the ingredients differ slightly to include salicylic acid. Pimple patches are safe to use on all skin types.
How to use a pimple patch
Another reason these patches have become a skincare staple for me? They are so easy to use. As in it’s basically “set it and forget it” beauty products.
Before going to bed, wash your face as usual. Forget the rest of your skincare routine and apply the patch to the affected area. Then apply the rest of your products, making sure to avoid the area with the pimple patch.
Go to bed and after 6-8 hours you will find that the patch has taken on a more opaque color. Carefully remove the patch and throw it away – you will find that the stain has diminished considerably or is completely gone. Below are the pimple patches I’ve tried and loved.
The details: While the original Hero Mighty Patch is my most favorite patch, the invisible variation can be worn throughout the day without drawing too much attention. The low-profile nature of this patch means you can also work on problem areas throughout the day – and although they’re not completely invisible, they give a slightly blurred effect to make blemishes less obvious.
The details: Peace Out uses a combination of retinol, hydrocolloid, salicylic acid and aloe vera extract to target and soothe the problem area. These patches act quickly and leave the skin looking better than ever. That said, I found the Hero patches to be more adhesive to the skin. I was worried that this patch would slip off while I slept.
The details: Rael Beauty offers three stickers of different sizes depending on the area you are targeting. While most come in two sizes, I found this detail really useful and less unnecessary – plus the dots were really effective. Rael Beauty is right behind my beloved Hero Mighty Patches.
The details: Using just two ingredients: hydrocolloid and salicylic acid, these patches have also been incredibly effective in reducing the appearance of pimples while protecting the skin from scabs or scarring. Although not marketed as invisible, I have found that you can wear the Blume patches all day long without attracting too much attention.
The details: Cosrx has a bit of a cult following online due to pioneering pimple patches. A clean beauty mark, these pimple patches worked well, but I felt it needed a few more applications to get the results I was hoping for. That said, these patches also come in three different styles so you can customize your treatment and the adhesive stays in place all night.