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There’s a long list of the hottest and most effective skincare innovations inspired by Korean beauty, everything from hydrating essences, ampoules, sheet masks and BB creams.
There’s now new major player in the K-beauty world that you may not yet know about: 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. As a late 20-something-year-old woman who regularly experiences large, hormonal breakouts, I can honestly say that these genius spot treatments have been my saving grace.
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.
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My patch of choice? COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch.
While I’ve come across many similar solutions, Korea’s original and cult-favourite pimple patch remains my favourite. As 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 $14.
Backed by nearly 1,200 glowing Amazon reviews, each order includes 24 patches — enough to last you a few weeks of breakouts.
“These things are AMAZING! I have dealt with acne for the majority of my young life and never have I EVER used a product that has healed my breakouts as fast as these lil things,” reads one five-star review.
“I tried these as a desperate attempt to clear a recent acne problem. I am happy to say that they work as promised. I find that they work faster on [healing] pimples and when used overnight,” says another. “ It certainly cuts down healing time, helps you resist the urge to pick and limits redness. I wish they would create one that covered your whole face. I would suggest buying them in bulk if you get a lot of acne. Once you stop using them you won't want to stop and the expiry is about 3 years.”