There are many ways to address red, angry pimples. Pimple creams used to be the most favoured method, but some may find them too drying or too messy.
You may think that pimple patches are as unsightly as your pimples or “too obvious”, but we’re seeing a rising trend in using these nifty little patches to heal our zits!
How do acne patches work?
Acne patches usually look like round, translucent stickers. They’re actually made from hydrocolloid bandages, which is a type of wound dressing that pulls out fluids from open wounds without drying the rest of the skin.
When put on a pimple, it helps to pull excess moisture, oil, and dirt away from the pimple so it can heal faster.
Besides the healing benefit, sticking an acne patch on your pimple also prevents you from touching it or trying to pop it, which we know can increase the risk of inflammation and scarring.
Now that you know how an acne patch works, here are 15 of the best acne patches in the market that are raved about by online reviewers.
15 best acne patches to try
Pixi Clarity Blemish Stickers
The latest pimple fighter in the beauty industry comes from no other than Pixi, who’s known for their Glow Tonic’s ability to lend you radiant skin.
Suitable for all skin types, this barely-there acne patch instantly targets blemishes with clarifying BHA salicylic acid and centella asiatica while calming the skin with green tea leaf extract.
These biodegradable stickers can be used on-the-go or as an overnight treatment to reveal clear, balanced, and happier skin.
Pixi Clarity Blemish Stickers (24 patches) retail for S$20 at Sephora.
Corsx Acne Pimple Master Patch
Corsx is one of the most raved-about acne patches brand and it has received an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars over 71 reviews on MakeupAlley.
Among the glowing reviews are those who call this acne patch their “lifesaver”. They like that the product works and that the adhesive of the acne patches isn’t too stubborn on the skin.
Corsx Acne Pimple Master Patch retails from S$4.45 at Shopee and is also available at leading drugstores.
Nexcare Acne Blemish Cover
You might recall Nexcare being a well-known brand for bandages and you are not wrong! Nexcare taps into their expertise in wound dressing to produce one of the best-selling acne patches, and they come in various sizes and properties.
YouTuber ‘The Acne Channel’, mentioned that this was one of the best she had tried. But note that she mentioned she prefers to use them at night as they are also the thickest acne patches out there.
TOSOWOONG SOS Repair Cica Clinic Acne Patch
Compared to other acne patches, this acne patch has an interesting design, featuring a slightly elevated circular section in the middle. This allows the pimple, which is slightly raised, to fit perfectly under the patch. The unique design also makes it one of the best acne patches loved by reviewers in the market.
With over 130 reviews and an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Yesstyle, users love how effective the patches are. They also commented that they are slightly thinner and lighter in colour than the usual ones, making them less obvious and more comfortable when worn out during the day.
TOSOWOONG SOS Repair Cica Clinic Acne Patch (66 pieces) retails for S$15.48 on Yesstyle, excluding shipping fee.
OXY Anti-bacterial Acne Patch
OXY is famous for several of its acne-medicated creams, so it’s probably not surprising that their version of anti-bacterial acne patches is also quite popular.
They are available in three different sizes, so you can choose which to use depending on the size of your pimple.
SOME BY MI 30 days Miracle Clear Spot Patch
You may not have heard of this brand before but their acne patches are quite talked about among beauty enthusiasts online.
Receiving almost 5/5 over 45 reviews on Yesstyle, these acne patches are loved for their speed in removing pus from acne.
Reviewers also say that they adhere to skin with the right amount of stickiness and many of them say they will repurchase after their first box.
SOME BY MI 30 days Miracle Clear Spot Patch (3 packs of 18 patches each) retails for S$13.28 at Shopee.
Acropass Trouble Cure
Don’t panic if you notice the needle-like texture of this particular acne patch!
Acrospass makes use of dissolving micro-structures to ensure that ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin nicotinamide are absorbed more thoroughly into the skin.
Besides drying out acne, these patches also keep your skin moisturised at the same time.
Acropass Trouble Cure retails for S$18.75 at Shopee.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clear Invisible Dots
This product is highly recommended by famous beauty Youtuber Tati as well as other Youtubers – so it’s not a stretch to say that this is one of the best acne patches around. Tati said that these patches helped clear her acne overnight and so she would recommend it.
These acne patches come in two custom sizes and are enriched with salicylic acid and tea tree oil – both well known for their ability in fighting acne – so they work even better.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots retail for S$32.40 at Shopee.
CNP Laboratory Anti-blemish Spot Patch
Did you know that Korean dermatology clinic brand CNP Laboratory also has their own acne patches? This acne patch contains tea tree oil and has an antiseptic effect.
According to a non-sponsored review by blogger Valerie Tang, she revealed that the acne patches by CNP Laboratory were great on your face even if you were to put on makeup. They could barely be noticed and are also known for their long-lasting power.
CNP Anti Blemish Spot Patch retails for S$13 at Guardian.
DermaAngel Acne Patch
The acne patches from Taiwanese brand DermaAngel are loved for how thin they are, which won’t look obvious on the face. They also come with UV protection to prevent any pigmentation from forming.
Reviewers have raved about their strength in pus absorption. They say that it’s one of the best acne patches around because of how well the patches adhere to the skin so that they won’t fall off even when they are in contact with water.
Labottach AC Thyol Intensive Care Patch
Daily Vanity introduced the Labottach acne patch to our readers when it was first launched, and it’s now one of the most widely used acne patches in the market.
What’s unique about the product is that there are four variants available, designed for different areas of the face (the one to be used on your forehead is different from the one to be used on your chin).
Made with Hydrogel technology, Labottach’s acne patches deliver active ingredients to the applied area while softening lesions.
Labottach acne patches are available from S$15.28 on their website.
Mayskin Hydrocolloid Acne Patch
Made with medical-grade material, Mayskin acne patches are said to be lightweight. It also has a texture that allows makeup to go over it without ruining either the patch or your makeup!
Reviewers who have tried this love how it doesn’t feel like it’s on their faces and how it works overnight.
Mayskin Hydrocolloid Acne Patch (32 pieces) retails for S$10.26 at Shopee.
10FIT 0.1mm Ultra Thin Acne Pimple Blemish Patch
Imagine the scenario where the acne patch is so thin that you have a hard time trying to figure out where it is. That’s right! Reviewers say that this is their experience with the 10FIT acne patch – talk about a happy problem!
It is one of the best-selling acne patches on Qoo10, with 9.5/10 stars given by reviewers! One reviewer shared that the patch is not only thin but also waterproof and that it dries out the acne overnight.
10FIT 0.1mm Ultra Thin Acne Pimple Blemish Patch (135 pieces) retails for S$33.90 at Qoo10.
Mighty Patch Your Blemish Hero
This may be a New York-based brand, but these acne patches are made in Korea and use high-quality hydrocolloids for better healing properties.
These work best on pimples with pus in them and whiteheads that reveal their heads, although they may sometimes work by encouraging pimples “ripen” faster.
Avarelle Acne Cover Spot Patch
The Avarelle Acne Cover Patch has been much raved about by many bloggers and publications, and has also received glowing reviews on retailers like Amazon.
In fact, some reviewers love it so much, they say they will never use another product other than this.
Containing tea tree oil and calendula oil, these patches help improve the healing process of acne while delivering other skincare benefits to the skin. One of the best acne patches you can find? For sure!
Avarelle Acne Cover Spot Patch has many varieties available and retails from S$14.04 at Shopee.
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