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Pimple Patch 101: The Do’s and Don’ts of Pimple Patches for Redheads

How to Make the Most Out of Your Pimple Patches

We love recommending pimple patches as a sensitive skin-safe blemish fighter for redheads, and now we want to share some tips and tricks and extra info with you. Here’s everything you need to know about using pimple patches in the most effective way possible. 

What is a pimple patch?

Pimple patches work by absorbing excess oil and pus from pimples. They essentially shrink the zits and lessen inflammation. They’re commonly made of hydrocolloid, a gel-forming material originally used for wound healing.

When do you take a pimple patch off? 

Pimple patches are the perfect way to combat a stubborn pimple, and it isn’t always a quick fix. You can leave your pimple patch on overnight, and even in the shower. Just make sure you’re changing it every 12-24 hours until the pimple is gone. Usually, you can tell the pimple is on its way out when it feels flush to the face — even if the spot is still red.

Remember, you should take your pimple patch off when washing your face, and reapply a new one to a clean, bare face. 

Can I wear pimple patches after skincare and makeup?

One of the great things about pimple patches is they can be worn with skincare or makeup.

How to apply your pimple patch from skincare to makeup:

1. Clean the face and apply skincare

2. Apply makeup

3. Choose a clear or skin-toned pimple patches to blend right in, or you can opt for bold colorful ones, if you want. Make sure the pimple patch is pressed down tight, so makeup and/or skincare doesn’t come up from under the edges. This is a great way to treat your blemish without messing up your daily routine. 

Are pimple patches multi-use? 

Pimple patches aren’t just for facial pimples. You can use pimple patches on bacne, ingrown hairs on arms or legs, and even in a pinch to cover up a hangnail. Pimple patches can keep dirt and bacteria away from these types of blemishes and also keep you from picking or scratching them. This keeps them cleaner and helps them to heal faster. 

Choosing the right pimple patch brand is key

When we talk about pimple patches, we often speak of the product category as a whole, but the truth is they aren’t all the same. Pimple patch brands use different adhesives, different shapes, and different sizes. If you’re looking for some ‘Redhead-Friendly’ ones we recommend these:

Alba Botanica Acnedote Pimple Patches

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patches

Avarelle Acne Cover Patches

COSRX Acne Pimple Patches

What about the size? Does it matter? 

Pimple patches usually come in a couple of small circular sizes. It’s important to pick the right size to cover your pimple. You want the patch to completely cover the blemish and have room to seal on the edges.

Pro Tip: If you need something larger, try buying hydrocolloid patches and cutting them to the size you need.

Rock it like a Redhead!


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