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

Stick it to your zits.

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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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Best Overall
Hydro-Stars + Salicylic Acid Star Patch
Cutest Shapes
Spot a Spot Acne Patches
Best Multipurpose
Breakout Box 3-in-1 Pimple & Acne Spots Treatment Patch Kit
Best For Travelling
On The Go Blemish Patch Roll
Best Invisible Patches
Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
Best For Under-the-Surface Blemishes
Killa Spot Clarifying Microdart Patch
Best Overnight Patch
Acne Healing Dots
Best For Body Breakouts
Acne Cover Patch XL
Best For Withstanding Workouts
Acne Pimple Master Patch
Most Popular
Mighty Patch The Original
Best Budget
Acne Blemish Cover
Acne Spot Dots
Best For Inflammation
Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patch
Best Drugstore Buy
Alba Botanica
Acne Pimple Patch
Best For Dressing Up
Squish Beauty
Flower Power Acne Patches
Best CBD Patch
CBD Acne Patches
urban outfitters
Best For Dark Spots
Skyn Iceland
Blemish Dots

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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