Banish pesky pimples wth these top-rated spot treatments, starting at $9

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Banish pesky pimples with these spot treatments.
Banish pesky pimples with these spot treatments.

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As much as I'd like to think I'm a pimple-popping pro, the hyperpigmentation and acne scars tell me otherwise. So rather than attempting to extract my pores and picking at my breakouts, I've relying on pimple spot treatments and patches to speed up the healing process of active acne — plus, there's also the gross satisfactory of seeing the patches work in action. 

Weather you're dealing with clusters of blackheads, puss-filled bumps or that one annoying zit that chooses to appear at the wrong time, here, I've rounded up the best spot treatments to help speed up the recovery and appearance of pimples and breakouts. 

Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots

Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots
Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Healing Dots

Gentle spot treatment dots that combine healing hydrocolloid polymer technology with acne-fighting salicylic acid to minimize breakouts overnight. Extremely satisfying (and a little gross), these patches puff up by the time you wake up thanks to its sebum-absorbing powers.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $25

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch
Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Made with medical-grade, highly absorbent hydrocolloid, these almost invisible patches offer a matte finish that easily blends to your skin tone while effectively soothing blemishes.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $9

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD� Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask
GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD� Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask

A clarifying formula with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal to instantly and visibly clear pores and improve acne-prone skin. This fan-favourite mask can also be used as a spot treatment to target large and annoying breakouts.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $78

3M Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

3M Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers
3M Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Working like a sponge to absorb pus and oil from breakouts. Reducing the urge to pick at your pimples, these small patches turn while the debris is being absorbed—a visible sign that it's working its magic.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $10 (originally $12)

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The INKEY List Succinic Acid Treatment

The INKEY List Succinic Acid Treatment
The INKEY List Succinic Acid Treatment

A little goes a long way with this non-drying, gentle, and targeted spot treatment that clears acne spots. Best of all, you can layer under makeup without flaking.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $12

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Best known for its bacteria-fighting properties, tea tree is a great natural alternative for rubbing alcohol. Apply tea tree oil to emergency pimples.

SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $14

Cosrx (3 Pack) Acne Pimple Master Patch

Cosrx (3 Pack) Acne Pimple Master Patch
Cosrx (3 Pack) Acne Pimple Master Patch

These hydrogel sheet masks are designed to treat and rapidly reduce the size of both active pimples and healing blemishes by eliminating infection and bacteria.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment
Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

One of the best overnight spot treatments, this formula is designed to quickly diminish visible breakouts with two percent salicylic acid, while allantoin and licorice tackle redness and inflammation.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $30

Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment

Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment
Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment

The drugstore must-have is made with two percent salicylic acid and witch hazel, to reduce the size of active breakouts and blemishes.

SHOP IT:
Shopper’s Drug Mart, $9 (originally $12)

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

An award-winning solution that helps dry up surface blemishes made with salicylic acid and calamine to deliver a cooling, soothing effect.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17 (originally $21)

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