You might wonder what the white circular patches that people stick out on their faces are. Nowadays, they come in various designs and vibrant colors that are just fun to watch.

So, these circles are surprisingly acne stickers or pimple patches that help in acne treatment.

A pimple patch works by absorbing bacteria and debris on the particular zit. It also works as a spot-on treatment as it also fills the injured area with healing and soothing agents.

These zit patches serve as physical barriers to your skin from further contamination and eventual hyperpigmentation, and it is crucial to know how to use these correctly.

So, here are some guidelines on instances that best suits an acne sticker’s uses:

The Types of Acne to Apply it On

Zit patches are spot-on treatments best used on inflamed whiteheads and cysts. Ingredients such as niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hydrocolloid are best for active pimples. Moreover, you can also use some patch brands on ripe red zits or spots infected with noticeable pus.

Some experts say that the patch doesn’t work on closed or deep lesions such as comedones. And a comedo is a minor acne blemish caused mainly by blackheads and certain whiteheads. These bumps have a solid middle core found in skin pore openings. And it makes the skin rough, which can be difficult to treat with a zit patch.

Furthermore, if your breakout consists of small multiple red pimples all over your face and if it repeatedly occurs, it is best to turn to a dermatologist.

The Skin Type They Can Cater to

A pimple patch is suitable for sensitive skin. A delicate skin may have allergic reactions to medications or topical treatments that the patch can accommodate. Furthermore, the sticker also covers the infected area so you can prevent contamination from other allergens and further inflammation caused by touch or picking.


As mentioned earlier, zit patches now come in different designs and colors that you can opt for if keeping them low-key is not your aim. On the other hand, most of these patches are marketed for their subtle appearance. Most patches are circular and transparent to cover up inflamed areas neatly. In addition, their size and characters help them be unnoticeable in pictures and in viewing them from afar. Nevertheless, an additional feature of the patch is that putting makeup on top of them is possible. Thus, a little concealer on top of the patch is okay and helps in its discreteness. 

The Accessibility They Offer

One box of zit patches contains a few dozens of these patches that you can use anytime. They are lightweight and convenient to carry around, and you don’t need to panic every time a zit springs unannounced, as a patch can cover it up while also healing the spot. You may even wear them when you sleep without worrying that they would fall on your bed or pillow. Besides, in this way, a patch would be able to work its full effect and potential without requiring any additional effort on your part.

Dermatologists recommend using patches overnight since it’s when they work best, mainly because this is a time when new skin cells form. Then, as the skin naturally rejuvenates and repairs itself, the spot-on agents can work along with the process.