Chapter 22: An Ultimate Guide to Acne Patches

Beauty Book

How do they work exactly? Are they stickers? Do they work overnight? We’ve got all the answers to your questions about acne patches in this chapter of the Beauty Book!

I have acne-prone skin so I’ve always turned to tea tree oil or liquid spot treatments to heal my pesky breakouts. I’ve even tried home remedies like applying toothpaste on a fresh pimple. My advice is to stick to using that tube of sodium fluoride for your teeth because it won’t do your skin any good!

If you’ve tried your luck with other acne treatments and none of them work, give acne patches a go. While spot treatments do work, sometimes it’s best to go with acne patches as they give your blemishes the most protection, and you won’t have to worry about liquid formulas sliding off your face.  

What exactly are acne patches and how do they work?

They’re kind of like stickers, but for your skin. You could also think of them as Band-Aids for your pimples. Acne patches help absorb excess oil, kill bacteria and soothe inflammation, while protecting pimples from getting further infected and preventing further swelling. Acne patches are round and come in different sizes and thickness.

Most acne patches, like the popular and raved-about Acne Pimple Master Patch from COSRX, are formulated with hydrocolloid dressing that helps promote faster healing. Hydrocolloid creates a moist environment for skin, and draws out pus and dirt from pimples. So, if you’re currently dealing with cystic acne, then hydrocolloid patches are the way to go.

When do you apply them?

They’re extremely handy and easy to use! Since the patches are similar to ordinary stickers, you should always apply them on clean, dry skin. It’s best to apply the patches right after cleansing your face. You’ll want to make sure that the active ingredients are really absorbed into your skin, so skip the toner, serum and moisturizer on the affected areas and go straight to applying the acne patch.

The patches are normally too thick to wear during the day and under your makeup, so it’s best to incorporate them into your night routine. Leave them on overnight for maximum effectiveness.

Are they suitable for sensitive skin?

Definitely! Acne patches are suitable for all skin types.

Which types of acne patches should I use?

There are a wide variety of acne patches and choosing the right one depends on the type of acne you’re dealing with.

When desperate times call for desperate measures and you need to get rid of that one zit ASAP, you can always rely on the Clear Fit Master Patch from COSRX. These ultra-thin pimple patches are more transparent and can be worn under makeup. They’re thinner, coming in sizes ranging from 0.12mm to 0.14mm in thickness. They also adhere to skin better as they’re created with an airtight seal, which lasts longer and allows the patches to be used overnight. 

Cica-infused hydrocolloid patches like A’PIEU’s Cica Clear Spot Patch are great for sensitive skin thanks to the added skin-soothing ingredient. Cica helps prevent further inflammation and infection, and the patch is sweat and waterproof. 

Check out YesStyle’s collection of acne patches that you should try out:

If you left the acne patch on overnight and still woke up with the same pimple, then take a second look at your zit. Is it raised yet or is it still brewing under your skin? Remember, acne patches work best on active and inflamed acne so try not to apply one on a blemish that isn’t there yet, as the aim is to calm and soothe the blemish and make it appear flatter.

Which one is your favorite acne patch?