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What You Need To Know About Pimple Patches

Life with acne is not an easy one. Multiple studies are showing how acne is detrimental to self-esteem. It certainly doesn’t help that it’s difficult to treat, often needing multiple types of therapies and medications. The pimple patch is the closest thing we can get to a quick fix for those pesky pimples that come out of nowhere. Most pimple patches out there are convenient, easy to use. More importantly, they’re discreet, covering up your pimple without bringing too much attention to it.

Reviewers rave over them and the market’s flooded by them. There’s even a spike in Google’s search about it just last month. But do they help clear pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads? Tropika Club finds out more below.

No Time to Read? Here’s a Snappy Summary of This Article

  • Pimple Patches: Pimple patches are small, circular stickers that help treat acne in a gentle manner. They are infused with acne-treating ingredients, most commonly hydrocolloid, which draws out the fluid and sebum in a pimple or clogged pore over a period of a few hours.
  • Hydrocolloid: Hydrocolloid is a type of wound dressing that is effective for protecting pimples and speeding the healing process.
  • Additional Ingredients: Some pimple patches may contain additional ingredients to promote healing. If you have sensitive skin, be cautious and start with hydrocolloid only.
  • Prevents Picking: Acne stickers have the added benefit of blocking you from aggravating your skin by picking at pimples.
  • Reduces Scarring: With less trauma to the skin, you’re less likely to experience scarring or discoloration.
  • Easy to Use: Just be sure to apply the patch onto clean skin, right after a thorough cleanse and before applying the rest of your skin-care routine 

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The Science Behind Pimple Patches

Most of the pimple patches we see are made of hydrocolloid sheets. It may be a foreign name to you, but hydrocolloid soft, plastic-like material can typically be found in hospital wound-healing bandages, as well as drugstore blister pads. 

Hydrocolloid dressing is a crucial tenet in shortening the healing time of wounds. It does so by keeping the area in a moist environment. As it absorbs fluid from the wound, it becomes a gel and turns the area of the bandage white as it becomes a gel.

How Can Pimple Patches Help?

Pimple patches work by gently absorbing the excess fluids from your popped pimple. It also works as a protective barrier against bacteria, dirt, and other foreign particles. With that, your pimple now heals in a more sterile, moist environment, which promotes faster healing.

There are pimple patches infused with active ingredients you can choose from as well, and they’re designed to allow those ingredients to penetrate a deeper level of the skin with their microdart parches. You can find pimple patches with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial ingredients, such as aloe vera, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and tea tree oil

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It may be tempting to use it on all of the stubborn acne on your skin because of how it supercharges the healing process. But it shouldn’t be your go-to for long-term acne treatment or your blackheads and whiteheads for that matter. The hydrocolloid patches mainly work best on inflamed pimples. But, even unmedicated hydrocolloid patches can help by keeping your hands off your face to prevent you from further aggravating your skin issue.

While they can work on some of your pimples temporarily, the hydrocolloid material can’t do much for deeper acne such as cystic acne. You should visit a certified dermatologist or doctor for a steroid injection if you have large cystic zits. Though they can help if you did pick on your acne (which is a huge no-no because it can cause acne scars, inflammation, and infection).

Are There Any Risks to Pimple Patch?

They won’t pose much of a risk to your skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, the combination of the occlusive nature of the active ingredients could irritate your skin, especially if you’re wearing it back-to-back or overnight.

3 Pimple Patches You Should Get

Perhaps the best part about pimple patch is its price tag. It’s affordable, and you can easily find them at drugstores like Watsons and Guardian. Here are some pimple patches we think you should take a look.


It’s one of the OG pimple patches. You probably remember seeing one of their ads not too long before. It’s popularity endures, garnering over 5,500 positive reviews on Amazon.

CosRX Fit Master Patch

The Korean beauty brand CosRX seems to take up the mantle from Nexcare. The CosRX Fit Master Patch is an innovation: its ultra-thin and transparent, so it’s even possible for you to wear it under your makeup.

Starface Hydro-Stars

These adorable have taken TikTok by storm, with Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae sporting them in their videos. They’re made of 100% hydrocolloid dressing, so they have little chance of irritating your skin. While they’re not shipped to Singapore yet, though you can try and get it via EzBuy’s Ship For Me function.


Pimple patches are a great way to treat acne in a gentle manner. They’re small, circular stickers that are infused with acne-treating ingredients, most commonly hydrocolloid. Hydrocolloid is a type of wound dressing that is effective for protecting pimples and speeding the healing process. Some pimple patches may contain additional ingredients to promote healing, but if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to start with hydrocolloid only.

One of the great things about pimple patches is that they prevent you from picking at your pimples, which can aggravate your skin and lead to scarring or discoloration. They’re also super easy to use – just apply the patch onto clean skin after cleansing and before applying the rest of your skincare routine.

At Tropika Club Magazine, we’re all about supporting local businesses and promoting the best of Singapore. We believe that pimple patches are a great way to treat acne in a gentle and effective manner. So if you’re struggling with breakouts, give pimple patches a try – your skin will thank you!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Where can I buy pimple patches in Singapore? A: Pimple patches are widely available in Singapore. You can find them at local drugstores, beauty stores, and online retailers. Some popular brands that are available in Singapore include COSRX, Nexcare, and Hero Cosmetics.

Q: Are pimple patches suitable for all skin types? A: Pimple patches are generally suitable for all skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to start with hydrocolloid-only patches to avoid any potential irritation from additional ingredients.

Q: Can I wear pimple patches during the day? A: Yes, you can wear pimple patches during the day. Many brands offer thin, transparent patches that are barely noticeable on the skin. Just make sure to apply the patch onto clean skin after cleansing and before applying the rest of your skincare routine.

Q: How long should I leave a pimple patch on for? A: The length of time you should leave a pimple patch on for varies depending on the brand and type of patch. Generally, you should leave the patch on for at least a few hours or overnight for best results. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Q: Can I use pimple patches with other acne treatments? A: Yes, you can use pimple patches in conjunction with other acne treatments. However, it’s important to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional before combining treatments to ensure that they are compatible and won’t cause irritation or other adverse reactions.

Q: Are there any side effects of using pimple patches? A: Pimple patches are generally safe to use and have minimal side effects. However, if you have sensitive skin or are allergic to any of the ingredients in the patch, you may experience irritation or redness. If this occurs, discontinue use and consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional.

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