Acne patches have seen a massive surge in popularity in the UK and we have K-beauty forward-thinking innovators to thank for that.
They’re an easy, fuss-free way to treat spots, acne and blemishes that might suddenly arise at the absolute worst time (we know, when is a good time for a spot to come?) Rather than dry out a spot like many fast-acting spot treatments, these stickers and patches are usually hydrocolloid bandages which mean they absorb fluid from a spot and help inflammation – much like a plaster. The patches are usually see-through which means you can see the drama unfold in the mirror, turning white as it works hard to absorb the pus, flattening out the spot. No wonder they’ve become bathroom cabinet staples.
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Acne stickers also mean extra protection for a spot – you aren’t able to pick at it or touch the skin, leading to the transfer of bacteria. Facialist Sarah Chapman says, “Hydrocolloid patches are hygienic – they stick to your skin and create a shield from other irritants like daily dirt and pollution. Used on spots, they also calm redness and irritation, encouraging the skin to heal.”
And if you have picked a pimple and are suddenly left with a weeping wound (we won’t tell you off because we have ALL been there) adding a drop of tea tree oil to the spot and then covering it with a spot sticker works miracles. It stops it from scabbing over and helps prevent any acne scars. It’s not an excuse to keep picking but can help when you’re left with a bit of a situation.
So, want to find out the best acne patches and stickers that are worth keeping on hand? See our pick of the best below…
Patchology Breakout Box
This box is great for covering different types of spots - with patches containing salicylic acid and tea tree oil for the whiteheads to to nose strips containing charcoal and Moroccan lava clay to clear blackheads.
Zitsticka Killa Spot and Blemish Clarifying Patch Kit
ZitSticka isn’t a hydrocolloid patch but rather, the first of its kind to be covered in dissolving microneedles filled with spot-fighting ingredients including salicylic acid, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. The patches help turn angry red and raised whiteheads into flat, barely-there bumps.
Dots for Spots
This cruelty-free, vegan patches have been designed to be almost invisible so you can actually wear them out if you’re trying to bring down an inflamed pimple. They’re also free from any irritants like fragrance and alcohol so good for those with sensitive skin.
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
One of the first K-beauty brands that made the acne patch popular, these hydrocolloid stickers have might staying powers and come in three different sizes so you can pop them on whatever pimple is causing you grief.
Kocostar Face Spot Patches
These contain patches in two different sizes, perfect for just-appeared pimples and the big, pussy ones you need to eliminate pronto. They also handily come with a mirror.
Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots
These stickers are infused with tea tree oil and salicylic acid so they’ll help heal your spot while you’re sleeping, without rubbing off or all over your pillow.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Spot Stickers
She’s a facialist to the stars so knows a thing or two about fighting spots. These stickers contain salicylic acid and soy oils which instantly help to unclog pores while encouraging quick healing.