9 Acne Patches That Actually Work

Photo Credits: Product images courtesy of brands

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

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Photo Credits: Welly

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.


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Photo Credits: ZitSticka

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. 


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Photo Credits: Starface

Starface Hydro-Stars ($22 for 32)

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.


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Photo Credits: Hero Cosmetics

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.


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Photo Credits: Cosrx

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.


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Photo Credits: Hero Cosmetics

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.


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Photo Credits: Acropass

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.


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Photo Credits: Peace Out

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.


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Photo Credits: Pater Thomas Roth

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.