Popped Pimples Meet Their Match with Neutrogena’s Stubborn Acne Patch

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Stubborn Acne, Meet Your Patch

Let’s get real, we’ve all had a breakout or two that felt overwhelming. I’m partial to those horrible hormonal pimples that come with all the swelling and pain that should have left me when I exited my teen years. Oh to be so lucky. If you’re like me and still dealing with the occasional (or more than occasional) bump, I’m sure you’ve heard that pimple patches are the way to go. Shrinking, flattening and otherwise disappearing a pimple is their main concern, but they’re not all created equal. That’s where Neutrogena’s award-winning Stubborn Acne Ultra-Thin Blemish Patches ($8) come to the rescue.

Powered by hydrocolloid, which is clinically proven to speed up the healing process, this patch is a place-it-and-forget-it pimple solution like no other. The material is so thin, you’re likely to forget you have it on! We had the pleasure of including this critical fighter in your acne toolkit in this year’s Awards Box, the hand-curated collection of NewBeauty winners we couldn’t wait to share with you.

Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Ultra-Think Blemish Patches



Taking on My Stubborn Acne

Rowan Lynam wearing Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Patch
You’ll need to look closely to even tell I’m wearing the Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Patch

The Benefits

Hydrocolloid is proven to work on acne by absorbing excess fluid and keeping bacteria away from your zit, making it the ideal companion for any bump you’ve messed with. In fact, this ingredient works best on pimples that are already weeping or otherwise oozing fluid. Picking and popping, while euphoric in the moment, can have serious long-term consequences for our skin. Not only is open acne likely to become infected, but it’s also more likely to heal as a scar.

That’s why Neutrogena designed these patches, perfect for small facial acne spots or bigger patches of body acne, in order to prevent infection and soak up all those not-so-nice fluids. The thin barrier helps keep you from picking acne further, while the hydrocolloid works to make those popped bumps look smaller and less inflamed.

Key Ingredients


What it’s Free From

Fragrance, dyes, parabens, phthalates and comedogenic ingredients

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