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Right behind hydrating essences, ampoules, sheet masks and bb creams follow a long list of the hottest and most effective skincare innovations inspired by Korean beauty.
Here’s another major player in the K-beauty world that you may not know about: acne patches.
Rather than picking and pocking unexpected breakouts, these small hydrogel sheet masks are designed to treat and rapidly reduce the size of both active pimples and healing blemishes by eliminating infection and bacteria. And as a 20-something-year-old 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, clear hydrocolloid patches strongly 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. Unlike most drying lotions and tea tree oil that surprise you with a burning sensation that cues activation, these patches are a great solution for anyone with dry and sensitive skin.
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. Because I prefer to do all my skincare at night, when need, I apply these bad boys (often one or two) on my most congested breakouts. By morning, I notice a drastic difference in the size and colour of the breakout. Not only are the patches effective, but equally important, they’re insanely affordable.
With right now being the best time to put them to the test, during Soko Glam’s Best of K Beauty 2019 sale, you can score a pack of COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches for only $6.
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