19 best pimple patches 2022 to get rid of acne and blemishes overnight

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We could babble on about the wonders of Korean skincare for days, but now we reaffirm our deep-seated appreciation for it best acne patches – some of which have luckily made it to the States, while others are being developed by US brands. Instead of popping and picking at your blemishes (and creating acne scars in the process), we simply put a pimple sticker on them. The thinnest, most invisible patches are ideal for daytime use, so you can treat your pimples whenever you want. Otherwise, nighttime is the perfect time to heal blemishes in complete privacy while you nap.

Unlike some spot treatments, these acne stickers won’t leave your skin dry and flaky. Most are small, circular hydrocolloid dressings, which means they absorb fluid from the pimple, explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. And get this: There are also stickers with extra-thin microneedles that deliver acne-fighting ingredients even deeper into the skin to target your most stubborn, hard-to-reach breakouts.

Acne stickers also have the added benefit of preventing you from irritating your skin with pimples, says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at George Washington University Medical Center. (Personally, we’re grateful for that benefit alone.) This is key, since “a pimple increases inflammation and can slow down the healing process,” adds Dr. Tanzi added. The likelihood of scarring and infection also increases.

You know the patch is working because you can see the process happening: the clear patch turns white and expands, and the skin (where your pimple used to be) flattens out and becomes free of redness. After a few hours (or a good night’s sleep), peel it off to reveal all of the accumulated dirt. It’s oddly satisfying, trust us. Just make sure you apply the patch clean skin, immediately after a thorough cleansing and before applying the rest of your skincare routine.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our tried-and-true favorite acne patches from well-known brands such as: cosrx, hero cosmeticsand Relax yourself. Keep one or more of these best-selling options with you at all times (by your bed, in your bag, etc.) and thank us later.

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