6 Best Acne Patches for Clear Skin
Updated: Sep 21
Acne is stressful, right? Trying to find a solution can feel like a never-ending journey. Luckily, in today’s day and age where beauty standards are so high that companies have opportunities left and right to offer the next big thing in skincare - you have options. We’re not saying we can clear your skin to the perfection that is a baby’s bottom, but if you find yourself with an unexpected zit the night before a big day, we’ve put together a list of the best pimple patches (based on experience) for breakout-free skin.
Gone are the days of spending hundreds of dollars going to a medspa or dermatologist to inject painful shots of bacteria-killing medicine. Here to stay are these acne spot treatments that are one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to get rid of pimples fast. The saviors are applied directly to the blemish to treat the acne with medicine while acting as a bandage to prevent outside bacteria - like your fingers - from making it worse.
According to an article by Health.com, “These patches are a type of hydrocolloid sheet that sticks to the skin.” They work by absorbing excess fluid for a ‘vacuum-like effect’ that pulls out the dirt and oil from the blemish. The patches have ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, sometimes mixed with aloe to help treat and heal at the same time. So by the time you wake up, all you have to do is peel the patch off and go about your day feeling confident as f*ck.
Here’s our list of the best pimple patches curated from our own personal experience:
1. Peace Out
Acne Healing Dots ($19.00)
These patches contain the superstar ingredient known as salicylic acid, which helps to unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin cells. The vitamin A and aloe vera mixed in is perfect for preventing scarring and it also reduces redness. If you’re new to acne patches, these won’t disappoint. We’ve gone through over 10 boxes if that says anything.
Acne Pimple Master Patch ($4.70)
This K-Beauty pick has been around for quite some time and is a fan favorite for good reason. These patches are affordable and dedicated to skin hydration - think face mask. They reduce overall inflammation, soothe redness and are waterproof. Plus, they’re so thin and clear that they are close to invisible on bare skin!
KILLA Kit ($29.00)
Do you struggle with cystic acne? Then this one’s for you. These hydrocolloid patches filled with freeze-dried micro-darts help zap even the most painful and stubborn types of acne. They act fast by dissolving in just two hours with anti-inflammatory, anti-redness and anti-bacterial ingredients. It’ll feel like a tiny prick when applied, but it’s nothing like the needle you would have injected into your blemish otherwise. You’re welcome.
Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patch ($18.00)
If you ever find yourself with red and inflamed pimples that need some healing beneath the skin’s surface, these powerful patches replicate the effect of a micro-needling procedure. They deliver an ample dose of niacinamide to calm inflammation, and oligopeptide-76 to kill bacteria. In our experience, using the Peace Out patches after one of these is the formula for successfully diminishing a blemish for good.
Acne-clear Invisible Dot ($30.00)
These patches are best for those pesky blackheads that won’t budge. They come with two custom sizes that allow for complete coverage, with 0.5 percent salicylic acid to target acne and blackheads from night to day. They're formulated with tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate during the process. Forewarning: these are not for major blemishes or cystic acne.
CBD Acne Patches ($13.00)
If you are an avid CBD user, you’re in for a treat with these fun patches. They contain hydrocolloid and salicylic acid, mixed with hemp seed oil to help calm inflammation and redness. We wouldn’t suggest wearing these to work, but it’s 2020 - who can tell you what to do anymore?
IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s good to know what type of acne you’re dealing with to pick the perfect patch. Do your research and check out websites like WebMD to figure out what you’re dealing with. Then, head to the store with this list and kiss all your blemish troubles goodbye! Keep us updated on your skincare journey at @thisisuproar on Instagram.