10 Best Korean Pimple Patches To Clear Acne Overnight

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Do you suffer from cystic acne or occasional breakouts and have tried all methods to get rid of them as soon as possible, but nothing has worked yet? To hide the pimples, you then applied a lot of concealer and makeup to make them less noticeable?

We can well sympathize with your frustration, but we also have good news for you. Voila, the K-beauty innovation: acne pimple patches—affordable, effective and discreet acne treatment from the leading Asian beauty world, South Korea.

Not only do they work quickly, but they are gentle enough to be used by literally anyone - for any skin type, including sensitive skin. 

What’s a pimple patch?

Pimple patches are small, thin, transparent hydrocolloid bandages (which is a type of dressing) that have long been used for medicinal purposes. These adhesive stickers are designed to relieve redness and inflammation and drive away blemishes. 

The healing patches also act as a barrier, protecting problematic areas from external contamination or unconscious face-picking or scratching the face, preventing secondary infections. 

What’s mircodart/microneedle patch?

Some patches, like those from Zitsticka and Real, also have tiny microneedles or microdarts, which are very fine, teeny-tiny needles on one side of the patch that penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients. This makes it more effective in treating early-stage cysts and nodules that have deeper roots. 

What’s a medicated acne patch?

Medicated acne patches are filled with acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, or benzoyl peroxide to reduce the bumps, redness, and inflammation.

If your skin is prone to cysts and nodules alongside inflammatory papules and pustules, choose a pre-treated patch.

(Related: 8 Key Ingredients To Avoid If You Have Acne-Prone Skin)

Do pimple patches really work?

The simple answer is yes. Pimple patches work because they pull out pus, gunk, and debris that could cause further infection, and because they create a moist environment that is ideal for the healing process.

They may not always completely eliminate the zit overnight, but they help speed up the acne healing process by eliminating bacteria and soothing redness, leaving the pimple flatter and less inflamed. 

Which types of acne are pimple patches are effective for? 

You need to understand that not all acne is the equal and each type requires a different treatment. Acne is caused by various factors, such as genetics, (unhealthy) diet, hormones and hygiene. 

Unfortunately, there are many zit stickers on the market designed for different types of acne, such as whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts or nodules. The effectiveness of pimple patches may depend on your blemishes.

Hydrocolloid spot patches are most effective at whiteheads and formed pimples - which are caused by clogged pores—as they draw out and absorb the pus, oil, and more.

If you're struggling with pimples that form deeper in the skin, such as nodules and cystic acne, try a microneedle patch with anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients like beta hydroxy acids (BHA, salicylic acid), vitamin E, centella aisiatica, tea tree and green tea.

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When can you use pimple patches?

It's best to use these acne-treating dots when a pimple is at or coming to head with white or yellow pus, because they soak up fluid, excess oil and more. You can also use them on a popped pimple to prevent secondary infection while healing.

The patches can be used during the day or at night—whichever suits you best. However, many manufacturers and brands recommend using them before bedtime, as they can work their magic while you sleep. 

How to use pimple patches? 

The first step is to wash your face and hands. You apply the patch on the freshly cleaned, dry skin. Choose the right size patch that best fits the entire lesion, and carefully stick it on the pimples you want to zap away.

This works best on bare skin, so do not apply any skin care products, such as essence, serum, ampoule or face cream—before applying the patch. 

How long do you leave acne patches on the skin?

You can leave your pimple patches on your skin for about 8-12 hours or overnight, but it's better to replace them with new ones once they've lifted and turned cloudy white - meaning they've absorbed the pimple and other impurities. 

What to do after removing pimple patch?

Clean your face thoroughly after removing the acne patch and continue your normal skin care routine. If necessary, you can apply a spot treatment, ointment or cream. Use a moisturizer to replenish hydration and repair the moisture barrier.

10 Best-Selling Korean Acne Patches to Get Rid of Zits 

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch 

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These Korean patches are currently one of the hottest acne treatments on the global beauty market. Many Youtubers, influencers and Redditors claim that this patch is their holy grail item and its recognition and hype are rightly deserved. 

The vegan patches, which resemble the texture of a hydrogel mask, help reduce and heal active acne faster while preventing additional infections. They can be applied under makeup and you can keep them on while showering as they are waterproof.

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Dr. Jart+ Focuspot Blemish Mirco Tip Patch

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Dr. Jart Mirco Tip Patch contains 65% hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and peptides to prevent pigmentation and reduce breakouts. The tiny Mirco needles ensure that the potent ingredients can penetrate deep into the skin to treat stubborn problems faster and prevent scarring.

Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Patch Super Thin

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Pyunkang Yul's patches are ideal for those who need urgent acne treatment, but also want natural-looking and inconspicuous coverage with or without makeup. The ultra-thin and soft patches feature a strong waterproof adhesive that adheres securely to the skin.

Developed by the Pyunkang oriental medicine hospital, the product is part of the brand's acne care line, which also includes acne toner, cleanser, spot cream and facial moisturizer. 

💘 Check out Pyunkang Yul Unltra Thin Pimple Patch

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

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These non-medicated patches may be less well-known in the Western beauty world, but they are among the best-selling acne treatments in South Korean cosmetic stores.

Made by wound-care bandage brand 3M, the patches soak up excess oil and exudate like a sponge, helping to dry out the pimple.

Easy Derm Beauty Spot Patch

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The product, launched by Daewoong Pharmaceutical, is suitable for all skin types and is allergy-friendly. Along with Nexcare patches, they are one of the most popular spot treatments for Korean women and men plagued by acne breakouts.

Acropass Trouble Cure

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If you're battling with tenacious skin troubles, especially hormonal and cystic acne, this micro-dart patch will be your lifesaver.

This two-step treatment consists of a pre-soaked pad (with hyaluronic acid and tea tree) to disinfect and cleanse problematic areas, and a premeasured patch to tackle bacteria and inflammation.

These are very small microneedles that prick the acne and deliver effective zit-reducing ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide.

Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots

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These small clear patches, launched by popular K-beauty retailer "Peach and Lily," serve as a protective cover that aids in the healing process and prevents subconscious picking and touching.

They are available in different sizes, so you can choose the most suitable patch for the affected area.

Some By Mi Clear Spot Patch

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These breathable patches are one of the newest additions to the brand's famous AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Routine series.

All products in this collection are designed to treat blemish-prone or damaged skin. They are water-resistant and translucent, blending seamlessly into the skin while protecting the wound from bacterial infection.

The patches are infused with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil, as well as other anti-inflammatory ingredients, making them suitable for those prone to infected and pustular acne.

Tosowoong SOS Repair Cica Clinic Acne Patch

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These strong adhesive patches contain waterproof hydrocolloid components that help drain away skin impurities and provide the skin with a "sealed" environment for self-healing. 

Neogen Dermalogy A-Clear Soothing Clear Spot Patch 

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These easy-to-use, slim patches have thin edges that can be applied to uneven skin and provide long-lasting, strong adhesion. They help absorb fluid and excess sebum, preventing scabbing and scarring.

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