12 Pimple Patches That Actually Work to Flatten and Heal Blemishes

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Pimple patches have the best intentions: heal blemishes while protecting them from outside bacteria and our instinct to pick and pop. But some treat our spots better than others. Below, the best-in-class blemish-busters.

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Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots ($5)

Key ingredients: Hydrocolloid

How it works: For just $5, you’ll get 30 Spot Dots in three different sizes to best fit your blemish. In a third-party study, 97 percent of the testers reported that their blemishes were flattened in just 48 hours. It’s no wonder these Dots the best-selling product in the CVS acne aisle.

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Skin Inc Deepcare SOS Patches ($35)

Key ingredients: Salicylic acid, tea tree, cica

How it works: Outfitted with painless microneedles to deliver blemish-busting ingredients straight to the pimple’s source, these tea tree– and salicylic acid–infused patches work their magic before your eyes. And, thanks to cica, won’t leave skin red or irritated.

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Rael Miracle Patch Invisible Spot Cover ($13)

Key ingredient: Hydrocolloid

How it works: Each kit offers two sizes of totally-clear, matte patches to perfectly seal your blemish. Each medical-grade hydrocolloid patch provides a waterproof barrier as it extracts pus, oil and bacteria, all while promoting healing and preventing picking and scarring.

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Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface ($18 for 10 strips)

Key ingredient: hydrocolloid

How it works: In a perfect world, blemishes would only surface one at a time. The latest from Hero Cosmetics caters to the real world by enlarging their original Mighty Patch to cover entire sections of the face—think forehead, back, cheek, chin—to treat hormonal, cystic, any type of breakout, fast.

Photo Credits: Hero Cosmetics
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Welly Face Saver Clear Spot Bandages ($9 for 36)

Key ingredient: hydrocolloid

How it works: Designed for nicks, cuts and yes, pimples, these heal-everything patches work quickly and are crystal-clear, so you can wear them out of the house without worry.

Photo Credits: Welly
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ZitSticka Killa Pimple Patch ($29 for 8 patches)

Key ingredients: salicylic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid

How it works: Teeny-tiny dissolving microneedles are filled with blemish-busting ingredients to tackle the problem at the root—not just the surface. The result: faster, deeper results. 

Photo Credits: ZitSticka
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Starface Hydro-Stars ($15)

Key ingredient: hydrocolloid

How it works: They look like the star-shaped stickers from elementary school, but they actually fight blemishes with help from fluid-absorbing and bacteria-busting hydrocolloid. The best part? The brand’s mission to stop us from shaming our pimples—it’s time to celebrate them. Justin Bieber has even been spotted rocking these.

Photo Credits: Starface
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Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ($5 for 24 stickers)

Key ingredient: hydrocolloid

How it works: Available in different sizes depending on the pimple in question, these super-clear stickers can be worn all day without budging.

Photo Credits: Cosrx
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Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ ($18 for 39 stickers)

Key ingredient: Hydrocolloid

How it works: Small but mighty, each matte, virtually invisible sticker helps to absorb puss and oil from inflamed blemishes while keeping our sticky fingers away.

Photo Credits: Hero Cosmetics
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Acropass Trouble Cure ($18 for 6 swabs and patches)

Key ingredients: salicylic acid, tea tree lead oil, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and oligopeptide-76

How it works: First, sanitize the area with the antibacterial swab, then apply the pain-free microneedle-infused patch to the blemish and watch even cystic spots flatten and heal almost overnight.

Photo Credits: Acropass
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Peace Out Acne Healing Dots ($19 for 20 stickers)

Key ingredients: vitamin A, salicylic acid, hydrocolloid, aloe vera

How it works: Free of sulfates, parabens and mineral oil, these healing dots work to soothe inflamed areas while powerful ingredients flatten and decongest blocked pores.

Photo Credits: Peace Out
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Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($32 for 72 stickers)

Key ingredients: salicylic acid, tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid

How it works: Ideal for stubborn blemishes, cystic acne and, our personal favorite, blind pimples, these no-nonsense stickers are formulated with quality actives to bust even the most stubborn spots.

Photo Credits: Pater Thomas Roth

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