The 5 Most Discreet + Effective Acne Patches We’ve Actually Tried

Pimples have a way of popping up at the most inconvenient times, but a new trend in beauty is offering a solution for when we need to wipe out a breakout stat. We’ve personally tested each of these clean acne patches and are obsessed with how effective and how discreet they are!

Did you have a sweaty workout class and forgot to wash your face after? Or are you about to start your period and your hormones have gone haywire? Maybe you’re just stressed out and your skin is showing it? Whatever triggered your breakout, acne patches are a clever new way to quickly reduce redness, calm inflammation, and infuse your skin with active ingredients to help heal and, of course, conceal the bump in the process.

A bonus benefit of these patches is that they prevent scarring by thwarting the temptation to pick at your skin — an urge many of us have when we’ve got an unwelcomed spot on our face. Simply cover that sucker up, let the patches work their magic and walk around with the confidence your pimple has no right to interfere with…
rael Acne PatchesRael Microneedling Patch | These powerful little dots are perfect for everyday use. They are also the most invisible of the bunch. One of our editors even wore one on a date because they are so surprisingly discreet! They’re made with high-grade, absorbent hydrocolloid which extracts impurities and provides a protective barrier that guards skin from bacteria. Leave these patches on for a few hours and your blemish will become dramatically less red and inflamed. Use them for a few days in a row and that spot will disappear like it was never there to begin with. CHECK OUT
zitsticka Acne PatchesZitSticka | These acne patches are magic for eliminating acne-to-be. If you’re going to bed and you already know you’re going to wake up with a spot in the morning these are the patches for you. They come in a cute little cube with a set of cleansing wipes and stickers. Each dot comes loaded with microdots of acne-fighting ingredients. They flood the epicenter of an early-stage pimple to kill it before it ever comes out.  CHECK OUT
rael microneedling Acne PatchesRael Acne Healing Patch |  If you feel a bad breakout coming on, even if it hasn’t reached the surface yet, these unique (and despite their name, not painful) microneedling patches will halt it in its tracks. They work amazingly well for active pimples too. Equipped with tiny spikes loaded with potent ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid, these patches are a powerful tool for erasing unruly blemishes. Stick one on before bed and wake up ready to go makeup-free. CHECK OUT
peace out dots Acne PatchesPeace Out Dark Spot Dots | Your pimple came and went, but left a nasty little mark that seems to have every intention of lingering. Rather than drowning it in concealer (and possibly interrupting the natural healing process) stick on one of these dots. These oil-free microneedling patches are infused with brightening ingredients like niacinamide and licorice extract. This helps lighten the appearance of dark spots to reveal clear, even skin. CHECK OUT
patchology Acne Patches
Patchology Breakout Box 3-in-1 Acne Treatment Kit | Got more than one little dot that needs attacking? We love this line of stickers for single spots as well as for unclogging a more unruly patch. The trio includes a set of pimple-shrinking salicylic acid dots, whitehead-absorbing hydrocolloid dots and blackhead-eliminating nose strips. They are all infused with potent natural ingredients like tea tree oil and witch hazel. These ingredients help move the healing process along quickly. CHECK OUT
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