As a lifelong acne and beauty professional, I’ve been around the block when it comes to figuring out what actually works to cleanse my skin of what doesn’t do much – and a proven product for pimples that I personally swear by Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original, a transparent hydrocolloid patch that removes grime from your pores for fast healing. In short, the thing works – and incredibly well, I might add. However, it’s far from an under-the-radar secret discovery: in fact, the product has racked up over 86,000 reviews on Amazon, skyrocketing it to best-selling status on the Beauty homepage and personal care from Amazon.
“It saves me from walking around with a bloody crater on my face for several days, because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to choose.”
For the uninitiated, acne stickers like Mighty Patch work by adhering to clean, dry skin and working over time to slowly extract the contents of your pimple (ew but also yes), as well as dirt and excess oil from the surface to accumulate on the patch. The patches are made with just one ingredient: a medical-grade hydrocolloid, a plant-based gel that gently removes impurities and promotes healing. “The most important thing to understand about hydrocolloid acne patches [like these] it’s that they’re meant to be used on mature acne blemishes that have ‘reached a critical point’, so to speak,” explained a knowledgeable Amazon reviewer who went into the microscopic detail of the function of the patches in their 2018 review. “The patches are coated on one side with a mixture of pectin, carboxy-methylcellulose and fluid-absorbing polymers, plus an adhesive. The hydrocolloid extracts the liquid from a wound and encases it in a white gel.In the case of acne, the patches will pull the mixture of white blood cells, bacteria, dead skin, etc. that forms the whitehead from an infected pore. of success is the display on the sticker of a cloud of gross yet satisfying mystery goo that has been successfully extracted from your spot.
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original, $12.99
“I don’t claim to understand the science behind these little miracles, but they have changed my life,” one begins.
convert Amazon reviewer. “I spend my work day looking forward to getting home and putting one of these bad boys on my new Mount Zit because the overnight results are shocking. Not only is it hugely satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater on my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick.At $12 for 36 patches, Hero Cosmetics patches are also some of the most affordable on the market. Another perk: They have patches for every stage of your pimple journey, from microdots for emerging pimples to ones that help fade post-breakout hyperpigmentation (another favorite of mine: the extra-fine ones) invisible” that I wear regularly during the day.)
The chorus of reviewers singing the praises of these tiny 12mm stickers is vocal and relentless, with pages and pages of testimonials about their quick-acting, skin-preserving potential. “These little patches are amazing – I’m sure they were created by wizards to make stains disappear because that’s what they do,” shares a reviewer from across the pond. “Ordered these a week before my wedding. THANK GOD,” another reviewer wrote. topical gels/patches imaginable. In another instance where Mighty Patch came in for love, a reviewer shared this story: “I had an appointment at the end of the week when I started getting the most pimple giant I’ve ever had in my life right in the middle of my forehead. I considered cutting some bangs to cover it up, it was so embarrassing. After using them for only two days, the zit was almost completely gone and I was able to cover it up with some makeup for my appointment.
It seems that for chronic zit-poppers – you know who you are – patches are a gentler alternative to a nail, satisfying the urge to extract in a much less scar-like way (both physically and emotionally). “I am…guilty of that cardinal sin in zitcare – constantly poking the spot,” one reviewer remarked. “[These patches] keep me from myself. I’ve already gone through a sheet! The stitches even reduced a stubborn stain that one reviewer had unsuccessfully tried to remove: “The skin had torn when I tried to pop it myself, so I was afraid it would do something rude.” Fortunately, after leaving the patch overnight, the reviewer “woke up and [the pimple] was gone.” Another wrote, “I suffer from oil clogged pores so I will regularly have huge volcanoes on my face that will produce huge amounts of oil when picked. I know that I shouldn’t pick on them, but I can’t help it, shit. The Mighty Patch, they explained, “[works] awesome.” Compelling before and after photos from other reviewers proudly depict the patches’ fruits of labor (FYI, maybe skip those if you’re not good at the gross stuff) and are pretty much as compelling as it gets when it comes to inspiring you to hit “add to cart”.
“I wish I could give it 10 stars.”
Below, shop the OG Mighty patch alongside several of his pimple-erasing pals.
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