The best pimple patches for every pore pursuit

Options for all skin types

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Preparing for a big presentation only to discover a pesky pimple? We’ve all been there. You can pick, pop, or poke it all you want, but we all know that can be a losing battle that often results in more damage and longer healing time. In the fight for clear skin in a pinch, enter the almighty pimple patch.

One of the biggest break-out culprits is bacteria, which often makes its way onto our faces from our fingers, food, fidos and more. We love pimple patches because they create a physical protective barrier between your skin and outside elements, especially overnight. Not to mention, these patches are loaded with skin-saving ingredients proven to diminish inflammation and redness. Some even come in fun shapes and colours, replacing your blemish with some bedazzle.

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We crowd-sourced from our friends and scoured the search engine that is social media to bring you a comprehensive list of the best pimple patches available for every skin type, tone and woe.


Best for deep, early-stage zits: ZitSticka Killa Kit
Best for small dots: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Best transparent option with plant oils: Avarelle Acne Cover Patch
Best for large areas: Rael Miracle Large Spot Control Cover
Best for bedazzling blemishes: Starface World Hydro-Stars Big Yellow
Best bang for your buck: Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

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Best for deep, early-stage zits: ZitSticka Killa Kit

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Zit Sticka. Photo by ZitSticka

With over 6,000 five-star reviews, these patches contain four dermatologist-backed ingredients and use a unique precision technology, incorporating micro-darts for targeted treatment. That’s right — darts. Super fine tiny ones that penetrate your skin similar to micro-needling which deliver ingredients directly into the blemish to infiltrate, dissolve and flatten those deep pimples. However, some users may find the micro-dart sensation uncomfortable.

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Benefits: Accelerates healing, option to subscribe and save
Price: $80
Where to buy: Zitsticka

Best for small dots: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

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COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Photo by Amazon

Korean skincare enthusiasts may find a gem in the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch. Coming in as Amazon’s #1 best-rated pimple patch, these ultra-thin patch kits come equipped with three sizes, all aimed at minimizing inflammation and redness while protecting the blemish. While they are inconspicuous on light skin, these beige dots may not be suitable for some with darker complexions who might prefer a less visible option.

Amount: 3 packs of 24 patches (9 Large Dots, 5 Medium Dots, 10 Small Dots)
Price: $13
Where to Buy: Amazon

Best transparent option with plant oils: Avarelle Pimple Patch FIT

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Avarelle Patch. Photo by Amazon

With a blend of hydrocolloids and oils of calendula, tea tree and cica, start-up Avarelle’s super-gentle patches extract impurities while soothing the skin. We recommend them for covering patches of acne on the cheeks, jaw or hard-to-reach areas like your back. Despite the larger 1 x 2” rectangular size, these transparent beauties have not only been tested on all skin tones for efficacy and safety but for discreetness. We also love the resealable pouch making it easy to enjoy and take them on the go.

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Benefits: Suitable for all skin tones, inconspicuous on all skin tones, certified vegan, cruelty-free
Amount: Pack of 16
Price: $18.99
Where to buy: Amazon, Avarelle

Best for post-breakout dark spots: Rael Miracle Patch Microcrystal Dark Spot Cover

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Rael Cover. Photo by Rael

From the moment you feel a zit forming, to its last legs, Rael has patches for every stage of your breakout. There’s a super-concentrated patch made for early-stage breakouts, four to cater to surface-stage breakouts and even an aftercare patch. Our pick from their collection is their microcrystal dark spot cover with niacinamide, broccoli extract and tranexamic acid to lighten dark spots and even out your complexion while keeping skin moisturized.

Benefits: BIPOC-owned, cruelty-free, vegan
Amount: 6 patches
Price: $12.99
Where to buy: Amazon, Rael

Best for bedazzling blemishes: Starface World Hydro-Stars Big Yellow

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HydroStars. Photo by Starface

Conveniently packaged in a big, refillable yellow compact with a mirror inside, you’ll find 32 stars made with 100 per cent hydrocolloid to absorb fluid and help reduce the appearance of inflammation to shrink spots overnight. Designed to really stick, these patches may not look serious, but fans claim they perfectly grip the contours of the face, making them a popular choice among a younger community and those who want to have some fun and show off their specks.

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Benefits: Design/decoration
Amount: 32 patches
Price: $38
Where to buy: Amazon

Best bang for your buck: Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

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Nexcare Pimple Patch. Photo by Amazon

Nexcare’s breathable spot patches are our pick for a cheap and cheerful solution for non-sensitive skin. While this pack doesn’t offer a variety in sizes or cater to specific types or stages of acne, it is designed to blend with any skin tone and works just as great as many of our other picks according to over 1,500 5-star ratings. While these may not come in the nicest or coolest packaging, they do the job.

Benefits: Affordability
Amount: 36 patches
Price: $11.97
Where to buy: Amazon

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Originally posted 2023-09-08 15:13:36.