Shoppers (and beauty writers) swear by these $16 pimple patches for breakouts

Shoppers (and beauty writers) swear by the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch.
Shoppers (and beauty writers) swear by the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch.

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Korean beauty has given us some of the most innovative and effective products including hydrating essences and ampules to sheet masks and BB creams.

Another K-beauty product that's changing the skincare game? Acne patches.

Rather than picking at unexpected breakouts, you can use these small hydrogel sheet masks, which are designed to treat and rapidly reduce the size of both active pimples and healing blemishes by eliminating infection and bacteria.

One shopper-approved patch that I frequently turn to is the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch available on Amazon Canada.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (3 Pack)

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Image via Amazon.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Image via Amazon.

$16 at Amazon

Unlike bottled spot treatments that often leave flaky, pink spots on your face, these thin and clear hydrocolloid patches cling to the skin, allowing you to treat pimples throughout the day and while on-the-go.

They work by gently breaking down the debris from blackheads and absorb the gunk from whiteheads. These patches, unlike most drying lotions and tea tree oil that come with a burning sensation that cues activation, are a great solution for anyone with dry and sensitive skin.

While I’ve come across many similar solutions, Korea’s original and cult-favourite pimple patch remains my favourite. Since I prefer to do all my skincare at night, I apply these bad boys on my most congested breakouts before bed.

By morning, I notice a drastic difference in the size and colour of the breakout. Not only are the patches effective, but they’re insanely affordable — retailing at only $16 for a pack of three.

Backed by more than 10,500 glowing Amazon reviews, each order includes 72 patches in a mix of small, medium, and large sizes — enough to last you a few weeks of breakouts.

What others are saying

These affordable pimple patches have earned a 4.3-star average rating from Amazon shoppers, who are have been impressed with their "fantastic" results.

"These patches are a life saver!" raved one Amazon customer.

One reviewer who noted that they suffer from "horrible, painful, deep cystic acne," found relief once they incorporated the COSRX patches into their skincare routine. They added that the patches are a "beauty lifesaver" as they helped transform cystic acne "into an easily removable whitehead."

Cosrx (3 Pack) Acne Pimple Master Patch. Image via Amazon.
Cosrx (3 Pack) Acne Pimple Master Patch. Image via Amazon.

Another reviewer wrote that they were happy to say that these pimple patches "work as promised," as they "cut down healing time" and "helps you resist the urge to pick." However, they did note that the patches worked best on "popped pimples and when used overnight."

As with any skincare product, some products will work better for some people than others. Some reviewers found that the patches do "alleviate some pimple related pain and swelling," though they are "not a miracle worker."

Others found that they helped to draw out oil and sebum, but didn't do much to reduce redness or inflammation at the site of pimples.

The verdict

If you're looking for an affordable acne product, these pimple patches could be an easy way to help clear up breakouts. For best results, you'll want to wear them overnight, as shoppers found that the COSRX patches do work better the longer you wear them.

For many shoppers, these pimples have earned a permanent place in their skincare routine. However, it's certainly true that you'll never know for yourself until you give them a try!

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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