BATTLE OF THE PIMPLE PATCHES
Today there are two products in the ring battling it out for the title of best pimple patch.
In the battle of the pimple patches who’s gonna come out on top?
Pimples. Breakouts. Acne. Zits. Whatever you call them, we all get them and we all want them gone. Pimple Patches works to treat the root cause of open pimples, simultaneously acting as a cover to prevent picking and scarring.
They’re one of K-Beauty’s best inventions but which product deserves the title of “best” pimple patch?
Let’s meet the contestants.
These are both popular products on the market and retail for the very reasonable price of $7.95 (SOME BY MI) and $6.95 (COSRX). For that price you’ll get 18 patches (SOME BY MI) vs 24 patches (COSRX).
But how do the patches themselves compare?
Beloved by beauty bloggers around the world, these hydrocolloid patches flatten and heal acne and pimples with heads. They also work to heal blemishes and prevents future breakouts and scarring.
These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a type of wound dressing that feels similar to a hydrogel sheet mask in texture. Once stuck to your skin, the patches treat breakouts by containing infection and bacteria and absorbing debris from blackheads and whiteheads. Because they don’t contain any active ingredients, you won’t experience any dryness or flaking after using these patches. This makes them ideal for sensitive skin types.
One limitation of these patches is that they are designed to treat surface pimples only, and only work on pimples that have come to a head (whiteheads). They aren’t designed to treat deeper, cystic-type acne that has its root deep below the skin.
With three differently sized patches in a pack, you can choose which one will cover your bases. Each pack contains 7mm x 10EA, 10mm x 5EA and 12mm x 9EA.
SOME BY MI CLEAR SPOT PATCH
So who emerges as the winner in this battle of the pimple patches?
We hate to be fence sitters but the truth is that these are two *very* different products.It’s hard to call either one an outright “winner”.
On the one hand, COSRX’s patches contain no drugs – they only work using hydrocolloid. This is great for pimples that have come to a head and have pus to draw out. On the other hand, SOME BY MI’s patches are medicated – they contain a WHOLE heap of ingredients, including salicylic acid and tea tree, which makes them more suited for deeper pimples and cysts. However, they also contain drying ingredients that won’t work on all skin types, including some common triggers like tea tree, peppermint and lavender.
Which patch is better for you will depend on which type of acne you’re treating, as well as your skin’s sensitivity to any of the ingredients.If you find salicylic acid, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus oil or tea tree to be too drying and harsh on your skin (as many people with sensitive skin do), then we recommend skipping SOME BY MI’s patches in favour of COSRX.
However, remember COSRX’s patches will only target surface-level whiteheads. If you’re after a treatment that targets deeper level acne, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Let us know your favourite patches in the comments.