Pimple spots may look like little bandages, but they can cover so much more than just a whitehead. These self-adhesive stickers are hydrocolloid dressings similar to those used for wound treatment. They're great for draining all of the bulk of a pimple without irritating or drying the skin. Many are also coated with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil. Because no two pimples are the same, brands offer pimple patches in a variety of sizes to treat everything from tiny eruptions to full-blown pimples.
Pimple patches are usually applied after cleansing and before bed so that they can do their magic while you sleep. However, some are invisible enough to be worn during the day. Regardless of when the acne sticker is applied, it will help improve blemishes as it pushes the acne fighting ingredients into the skin. Medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli says this increases the effectiveness of the treatment so we see faster results.
In contrast to some dripping acne creams, which can stain and discolor clothing, pimple plasters keep the drug under the protective sticker. And since the treatment is only used when needed, it is less likely to cause irritation. You are also less likely to peck at your pimple if a stain obscures it.
Fascinated? Scroll down the gallery above to see some of the best pimple patches to help heal pimples. STAT.