I first heard about the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches on the episode of Sali Hughes’ in the bathroom series with Ruth Crilly. Ruth briefly mentioned that they’d worked for her, whereas Sali said she hadn’t really had any success with them. Experimental (translation: desperate) as I am, I thought I’d give them a go and quickly ordered some from Amazon.
If you’ve never seen them, they’re basically stickers that you put over a spot to try and get rid of it. I’ve been using these for about a year now, and I can tell you that they work consistently.
I paid less than a fiver for 24 different sized patches, which is really reasonable when you consider how much some anti-blemish solutions are.
I don’t use these on every single spot I get because a) that would be soul-destroying and take up 3 hours in the morning, and b) I find they work best on the type of spot that is an absolute beast that you can’t cover with makeup. You know, like a huge under-the-skin red thing that you can’t squeeze.
How do they work?
The product is a cellulose gum (30%) ‘absorber’ that the brand claims will: treat the spot, act as a barrier to bacteria and dirt, and absorb acne secretion (yum). I have found all of this to be true.
Tbh, they don’t always completely get rid of the spot, but they do hugely reduce it in size and redness so at least I’m able to cover it with makeup. Or they bring a spot to a head so you can squeeze it. Yes, I KNOW you’re not supposed to squeeze spots, but I’m not supposed to pet stranger’s dogs or eat a family size bag of crisps to myself, either. What ya gonna do?
I’ve also found these especially useful when I have squeezed a spot and won’t stop, um, weeping. Sorry.
I usually use these after cleansing at night. I find a patch of proportionate size to the unwelcome little visitor, stick it on and go to bed. I peel it off in the morning and throw it away. They don’t fall off at all until you actually peel them off, but they’re not so sticky that they’re uncomfortable to remove like a plaster that’s been on a while.
The product is manufactured in South Korea, but the ingredients and directions are translated into English. There are some iffy directions on the back of the pack I’m not entirely sure I’ve interpreted correctly. I quote “do not replace the patch until the size of the acne blemishes and pimples get reduced so that patch can absorb the impurities sufficiently”. I’m guessing this means that you can keep a patch on until you feel the spot has gone down and been absorbed? Anyone help me with that one?
The only thing I do disagree with is the product claims to prevent future breakouts, which I haven’t found to be the case. I’m happy for them to do their little job of reducing the size of the big red mothers I get on occasion, but even once that spot has gone, I will get another in its place at some point!
I’m definitely not saying this is a cure-all solution and, as with any product, it won’t work for everyone. I have hormonal acne, which is kind of difficult to treat with skincare. I’ve tried literally hundreds of products, medications and, frankly, weird home remedies to little or no avail. However, these things work brilliantly for me in a spot ‘emergency’.
I have re-purchased and will continue to do so because they are so useful to have in a fix. Whenever I’m staying away from home I take these with me just in case.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried these and what your experience was, or if you’re considering trying them. And do you have an amazing product that just works like this for blemishes? Share please, don’t keep it to yourself!