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These Pimple Patches Are Magical And BRB I'm Buying 20 Packs Of Them

Um, where have these been all my life?

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Unless you're a rare and blessed angel who clearly drank from some sort of magical fountain when you were a baby, you've dealt (and probably are still dealing) with acne.


Just like adolescent acne, the adult-acne madness I'm currently dealing with is real and so, so cruel. WHO INVITED YOU, PIMPLES??? Showing up unannounced with no manners whatsoever.

But...HAVE NO FEAR! K-beauty brand and cult favorite Cosrx is here to save the pimple-ridden day with its Acne Pimple Master Patches!

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These clear round (and almost kinda cute?) patches are basically like mini versions of hydrocolloid dressings used in hospitals to prevent infections from entering a healing wound. They seem deceptively simple but their ability to summon bacteria and debris from deep within the skin is no freaking joke. You just wake up with a gunk-filled patch, a flattened pimple, and no dryness!

Has whitehead gunk ever felt so satisfying? I think not!

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All you do is pop one onto a fresh breakout after you've cleansed and dried your face (no other products on the area!). Then you can continue with your routine for the rest of your face as per usual.

Reviewers (as you'll see below) are a little divided on *what kind* of pimple you should use these on — i.e., an open/popped pimple or one that hasn't come to a head yet, but the consensus seems to be that an open one will heal faster.

And I'm clearly not the only fan. Even though skin care and acne are such personal (and temperamental) affairs, these patches have an average rating of 4.1 stars and over 1,100 reviews on Amazon.

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Proof, you ask? Hype team, assemble:

Promising review: "Love these! If you catch your pimple early on and slap one of these bad boys on, it will significantly decrease the duration and size of your pimple. If you have a big zit though, you might have to put new patches on it for a little while. I get cyst-like pimples occasionally and these patches helped fade those gnarly beasts better than anything I've ever tried before." —Cynthia Anne Robinson

Promising review: "Omg, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilà! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I'm in my thirties now with hormonal acne, btw.) These are magic!" —Julie W.

Promising review: "I've struggled with acne since my teenage years even with my prescription medication. These little patches work wonders! They're pretty close to my skin tone so I could wear them during the day, but I just choose not to. They stick really well too — I sleep with them on and they don't budge. I normally use them on deep pimples, the ones that don't have a head yet but you can feel them pulsing and growing and they hurt like a mother. These patches just suck everything out and it's like the pimple was never a thing. They do take a while to work, so if you use them while you sleep, make sure you get more than six to eight hours of sleep." —Amazon Customer

So next time you spot an unwelcome pimple looking to set up shop, stick a patch on it, and watch it helplessly deflate and die a wonderful death.

Get a sheet of 24 from Amazon for $4.72.

And pro tip: Stock up on 'em! They go fast!

The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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