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Do Pimple Patches Actually Work?

August 04, 2022

Do Pimple Patches Actually Work?

Do Pimple Patches Actually Work?

There are a whole range of acne and pimple recovery solutions out there, with pimple patches bursting onto the scene as a popular non-medicated solution. Despite the hype, do pimple patches actually work?

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Read on to find out more!



A long time beauty staple in Asia, pimple patches have a reputation for rapidly removing pimples and similar blemishes.

Their benefits include:

  • Firstly, acting as a shield to protect pimples from environmental factors that can irritate them.
  • Secondly, removing oil, pus and dirt to reduce the size of pimples.

For these reasons, when used correctly these patches can make a pimple disappear overnight!

Pimple Patches That Work


Since entering the mainstream a few years ago, the range of pimple patches have exploded in Australia and the US.

From microneedles to medicated options, the options can get a little overwhelming.

The best place to start is with the OG, made with hydrocolloid.

First used in hospitals, hydrocolloid combines gelling agents like pectin and gelatin to form a dressing.  Unlike normal bandages, hydrocolloid is used to draw out liquid, which allows it to assist with speeding up the healing process for cuts and wounds.

Furthermore, hydrocolloid creates a hydrated environment which supports the healing of wounds.

Due to these benefits, hydrocolloid technology found a home with skincare, leading to the development of pimple patches. 

When applied to pimples (especially ones with whiteheads), hydrocolloid patches draw out the fluids which make pimples look raised, so that pimples flatten out, usually leaving a white dot on the pimple patch.

How Pimple Patches Do It

Worth a shot?  Try out our proven pick of pimple patches that actually work!

Subi Perfect Pimple Patch

If you're looking to upgrade your pimple patch to something that's stickier, almost invisible on the skin and furthermore are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and alcohol free then these are your patches. 

Perfect Pimple Patches are made from the highest grade hydrocolloid available, coupled with a polyurethane layer that adds more protection against environmental factors to promote faster pimple removal.

Designed to be used day and night, these pure hydrocolloid patches are so sticky they'll stay in place for days - unless of course you want to take them off!

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COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

For a more budget-friendly option that’s still effective, these patches have long been an affordable entry point for many into patching acne. These patches do a great job of sticking on and help to speed up the breaking healing process by reducing bacteria and absorbing debris from whiteheads.

While they work as much as other options, just remember that they use older technology and are bulkier than what is currently available.

Do Pimple Patches Actually Work

Medifoam Trouble Cure Patches

Occasionally you might want a solution beyond hydrocolloid.  If this is the case, we recommend  Trouble Cure Patches.  Containing hydrocolloid coupled with salicylic and hyaluronic acids, these patches uniquely include micro-darts for rapid delivery so that the skincare acids can encourage active pimple recovery.

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Do you have any favourite pimple patches? Let us know in the comments!

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