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The 17 Best Pimple Patches For Treating Blackheads, Whiteheads, Cysts, And More

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ICYMI: Pimple patches are socially acceptable to wear in public. And for those zoom calls where you'd rather not draw attention to them, just throw on a transparent one and put up that zoom filter. No more white dotted faces or bleached pillowcases—pimple patches are your new best friend and your pimples' worst enemy.

Meet Our Experts: Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, Irene Gladstein, MD, founder and medical director at ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts in New York City

“Pimple patches provide a targeted, pre-measured dose of an active ingredient directly to the source, easing the application process and preventing users from over or under-applying topical treatments,” explains Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.

Another benefit of a patch is that it helps you resist the urge to pick. “Pimple picking creates post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or scarring which lasts much longer than the actual pimple would have,” says Dr. Nussbaum.

So throw one on before you hop into bed (they typically need at least a few hours to work their magic), wake up and peel it away to see your results. Check out the best options below and get ready to finally bid goodbye to your breakout.

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1
Best Overall
Hydro-Stars + Salicylic Acid Star Patch
2
Cutest Shapes
Spot a Spot Acne Patches
3
Best Multipurpose
Breakout Box 3-in-1 Pimple & Acne Spots Treatment Patch Kit
4
Best For Travelling
On The Go Blemish Patch Roll
5
Best Invisible Patches
Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
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6
Best For Under-the-Surface Blemishes
Zitsticka
Killa Spot Clarifying Microdart Patch
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7
Best Overnight Patch
Acne Healing Dots
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8
Best For Body Breakouts
Avarelle
Acne Cover Patch XL
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9
Best For Withstanding Workouts
COSRX
Acne Pimple Master Patch
ulta.com
10
Most Popular
Mighty Patch The Original
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11
Best Budget
Acne Blemish Cover
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12
Fastest-Acting
Acne Spot Dots
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13
Best For Inflammation
Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patch
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14
Best Drugstore Buy
Alba Botanica
Acne Pimple Patch
15
Best For Dressing Up
Squish Beauty
Flower Power Acne Patches
squish
16
Best CBD Patch
Truly
CBD Acne Patches
urban outfitters
17
Best For Dark Spots
Skyn Iceland
Blemish Dots
walmart.com

Hydrocolloid pimple patches soak up fluid.

There are several types of pimple patches, the first and most common being hydrocolloid (a gel-like material that doctors have used for decades to heal wounds).

“Hydrocolloid patches are most effective at pulling fluid out of acne, making them best to use on puss-filled pimples, like whiteheads,” says Irene Gladstein, MD, founder and medical director at ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts in New York City. These patches are typically translucent then turn white as they draw out the gunk that was inside. Not only showing it to be super effective but also super satisfying.

Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide pimple patches unclog pores and reduce the size of the pimple.

Another type of patch to look for is one with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, “two proven acne-fighting ingredients that will unclog the pore and help dissolve the sebum, thus diminishing the size of the pimple,” says Dr. Nussbaum. Though she notes that no matter which patch you choose, they are most effective when they’re applied during the early stages of a pimple at the first sight of any redness or inflammation.

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