Imagine waking up to find that the big zit you went to bed with is gone. What magic is this? Pimple patches. Consider it another K-beauty trend that has finally made its way stateside. And just like sheet masks, women were faster to catch on, but pimple patches (also known as zit stickers) are another skincare staple that is just as effective and efficient for guys.
So, what are the perks of a pimple patch? Zit stickers have plenty, starting with the fact that wearing one means you can’t pick at or pop your pimples, which worsens inflammation and slows healing. Unlike some spot treatments, zit stickers won’t suck all of the moisture out of your skin, leaving the spot scaly and flaky. They’re literally little stickers that you place over a zit — think of them as tiny circular Band-Aids for breakouts. Most of them are a hydrocolloid patch, so they absorb fluid from the zit, which is why the zit is flatter and less red — or even gone — by the time you remove it. You can also wear one for a few hours, but overnight wear will deliver the best results. Some patches use different active ingredients, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, to treat breakouts.
With many of us still spending more time at home than ever, there’s never been a better opportunity to sport a zit sticker. And if you’re suffering from maskne, you can also wear them under your mask. Give a few of the best zit stickers a try.