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As a long-time sufferer of hormonal acne breakouts, I’m always skeptical when a product claims it can reduce the size of pimples in just a few hours. Aside from the prescription gels and creams recommended by my dermatologist, I even tend to avoid putting nothing extra on my face which may cause further irritation.
But about two years ago, during a fairly intense flare-up that was wreaking havoc on my face and self-esteem I came across AOA $1.77 Skin Acne Patches while browsing Miss A, a site I use regularly to stock up on affordable beauty products. Although I’ve never tried pimple patches before, I had a few things coming up over the next few days and didn’t want the rocks on my face to be my pluses. And as effective as my drug products are, they don’t give instant results.
What caught my attention about this was definitely the price: they were under $2, so even if they didn’t work, it wouldn’t be a major loss. And a portion of the proceeds are donated to local and international charities for women’s shelters and breast cancer foundations. You can get the patches in two sizes: small (10 millimeters, which come in a pack of 15) and large (12 millimeters, which come in a pack of 12). This is especially useful when you have buttons of different sizes.
Each translucent patch is infused with tea tree extract and centella asiatica (aka cica, a star ingredient in Korean skincare), which is good for treating minor wounds and moisturizing the skin. Not only do the patches remove impurities that produce pimples, but they also protect and heal your skin during the process, keeping bacteria out. They also prevent you from going after them (we all do that sometimes) so as not to make them even more infected. And if you’re concerned about other potentially harmful ingredients, fear not, as they’re free of parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, sulfates, and formaldehydes.
It’s recommended that you leave the patches on your face for four to six hours, but since they’re transparent, you can keep them on if you have to run errands without them being super visible (or completely hidden under a mask!). Depending on the distance or size of your pimple, you may need to apply another patch after the first to continue the healing process.
The adhesive really works and stays on your face the whole time you wear it. Even when I sleep in them (I sleep on my side) they stay in place and I forget I’m wearing them every time because of how thin and light they are. I haven’t had a bad skin reaction yet, and they turn out to be a much better (and less gross) alternative to popping.
But if you’re still not convinced, check out these glowing Miss A reviews:
“I love these types of patches and have tried several brands. I always end up losing some (don’t know how, maybe a clear sheet) and it’s so sad to lose it, especially when it’s it’s like $5 a sheet. So I’ve tried some cheaper ones and these are FANTASTIC. I’d say a little better than cosrx because it’s thinner so it moves better on your face and sticks well. I’m buying the whole in bulk. — RB
“These are a holy grail for me and I use them on the rest of my family as well. I am definitely guilty for attacking my acne, these products help me not attack acne marks, but also to eliminate the acne in question. I strongly recommend that you try them at least once, or keep them handy in case of an emergency pimple. —Isabelle Neeley
“These are lifesavers! and you can’t go wrong with the price either. These work on stubborn hormonal or stress breakouts! just put one on overnight and the next day you’re good to go! Worth buying” — CN