From Pimple Paste to Acne Patches

The one thing that infuriates me is when I get a blemish the day before I seriously don’t need one. It has to be on the days I’m required to be in a dozen photographs or have an important event where I don’t want to showcase my blemishes. That’s why I will forever be grateful for the invention of pimple pastes and acne patches. You can use either one or both depending on your needs.

I assume many of you are already familiar with pimple pastes. They are a paste that is used overnight to reduce or prevent the appearance of blemishes. It works by drawing out excess oils and ensuring that acne-causing bacteria remains at bay. The latest in acne treatments are acne patches and they genuinely work. It is used when you want to accelerate the healing of spots. They utilise hydrocolloid technology, which is just a fancy way of saying that they will absorb toxins from the blemish, while also ensuring that it remains a moist environment for faster recovery.

We are all going to get spots, blemishes and pimples at some point. I have got some handy blemish pastes and acne patches to get your skin on the fast-track to healing!

Plenaire: Violet Paste Blemish Solution

A calming and soothing treatment for your pimples throughout the night. This little bottle will soothe redness and regulate sebum production to prevent future breakouts. The formula contains azelaic acid which helps refine and illuminate congested skin. It also contains zinc oxide which is anti-bacterial and gives a comforting effect. This paste is enriched with beta hydroxy acid and salicylic acid to decongest clogged pores.

Dermalogica: Breakout Control

A fast-absorbing gel that will help heal the skin, clear blemishes and prevent future breakouts without drying out the skin. It’s formulated with anti-bacterial ingredient, such as lactobacillus ferment, and azelaic acid which helps control our production. The formula also contains tea tree and zinc sulphate to help soothe the skin. This formula incorporates colloidal silver to eliminate bacteria and control acne.

Malin + Goetz: 10% Sulfur Paste

This is an acne treatment that utilises active sulphur and salicylic acid to medicate and treat your pimples. Its formula is balanced with camphor to calm the skin while the star-studded ingredients battle impurities. There is also zinc oxide which helps prevent signs of scarring. Don’t be put off by the smell because it works on all skin types, including sensitive skin, and is worth the try.

Origins: Super Spot Remover

This is another acne treatment that genuinely helps remove impurities from the pores. It’s a fast-acting spot treatment gel that will quickly fight, fade and prevent pimples. The active ingredient in this formula is saw palmetto, but don’t you worry, it still contains salicylic acid to really ensure that your pores are unclogged. This is good for all skin types, too!

Peter Thomas Roth: Acne Spot & Area Treatment

The acne treatment that is extra strong, non-irritating, non-drying, oil-controlling and invisible. Its formula has colloidal sulphur and glycolic acid complex alongside aloe vera, allantoin, botanical extracts and Vitamins C, E and B5. This treatment doesn’t pull back on its punches. Go easy on it at first, then build up your stamina day by day, and you’ll get the results you desire. We don’t want anyone drying their skin out here!

Starface: Big Yellow Hydro-Stars

Let me introduce you to one of the best blemishes patches. These are hydrocolloid pimple protectors and are super cute to wear. Here’s to embrace our blemishes and turning them into stars. These absorb fluid and will shield you pimples from surrounding bacteria. An added bonus? Prevent skin picking. Ah, my worst habit, the patches help stop doing that.

Dots for Spots: Original Acne Absobing Pimple Patches

Perhaps I haven’t explained how pimple patches work. You find your pimple or two, wash your face, put a patch on it, let it do its thing, then take it off. Simple. This uses hydrocolloid technology and creates the best conditions for your pimple to heal. They are also really thin and translucent. The tapered edges mean that they will blend seamlessly with your skin, so you can wear them day or night!

COSRX: Acne Pimple Master Patch

These were the first pimple patches I used and that was when i suddenly became a fan of them! Again, these are transparent hydrocolloid patches that adhere to the surface of your skin to heal spots. These work great overnight for whiteheads, blackheads, papule and pustules. They work by breaking down the bacteria within the spot while moisturising the surrounding skin to accelerating healing time.

ZitSticka: Killa

You have probably seen these being advertised on social media. I usually take those adverts with a pinch of salt, but I must say, these really deliver on their promise. These are great for these deep and upcoming spots and will stop them in their tracks. The patches contain twenty-four micro-darts that allow the formula to seep beneath the dead skin cells. You’ve got your hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide in here. Perfect!

Patchology: Breakout Box

The final set of hydrocolloid patches that diminish breakouts and clogged pores within hours. These patches contain salicylic acid that remove dead skin cells. They also contain tea tea oil to reduce inflammation and redness. In the background there is the volcanic ash which eliminates surface oil and bacteria for healthier and clearer skin. You’ll be thanking these patches for absorbing all that gunk.

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