3 Different Pimple Patches and Their Results

There’s never really a good time to have a pimple on your face. Trust me, to clear up these pimples, I have tried and WILL try just about anything. Among many products, I would say I got the most out of another K-beauty godsend, hydrocolloid pimple patches— that is, when I found the right ones. Once you lay hands on this genius innovation, there won’t be a day that goes by without a patch on your face.

What are they? Pimple patches are special bandages made with hydrocolloid dressing, which draws out fluids and speeds up the healing process without drying the skin.

What does it take to stand out among thousands of pimple patches? Though I would say I’m quite well versed on this pimple topic, I’ve always thought that hydrocolloid patches were all pretty much the same. So, to find out if there are really no differences, I ordered Amazon’s best sellers: main competitor brand C, main competitor brand M, and Glam Up’s Blemishield Patch. To help you escape the sense of melancholy that comes with getting a pimple, I compared the invisibility, adhesivity, and hydrocolloid’s functionality of these patches. Check out this detailed review!

[ Product Comparison ]

GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY

Invisibility

Before Makeup:

invisible patch, pimple patch, hydrocolloid patch

I liked how all three had a matte finish, meaning they don’t shine under lighting! I do not recommend wearing Brand M (left) during the day because it was the thickest, thus the most visible. Despite the fact that all three patches are equal in size, the Brand M's patch appeared bigger than the other two. Brand C's (middle) patch is less visible than the Brand M Patch, but surely it was not as thin as Glam Up’s Blemishield Patch (right). I’d say these Blemishield Patches were the ultimate winners of invisibility. While the other two are flat surfaced, Blemishield patches have tapered edges, which certainly helped them to blend in naturally with skin and appear much smaller than the others.

After makeup:

Do these patches remain completely flat even after applying base makeup?

invisible patch, pimple patch, hydrocolloid patch

Adhesivity

Strong adherence creates an enclosed, moist environment for the hydrocolloid to work its magic over long hours. To test/examine the three products’ adhesivity, we went through three different tests to answer the following questions:

  • How well does it endure water/showers?
  • How long will the patch stay on curved areas of the face?
  • Will the patch remain completely flat even after brushing over it base makeup?
Water Test
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY
Facial Curve Test
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY Makeup Brush Test
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY

(Top: Blemishield, Middle: Brand C, Bottom: Brand M)

All three patches remained completely flat after brushing over with base makeup


Hydrocolloid Results

How well does the hydrocolloid perform when left overnight (8 hours)?

Glam Up
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY

The Blemishield patch sucked out my gunk successfully
and the redness is nearly gone. I just had to wait a few hours more for the redness to completely fade.

Brand C
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY

The pus was partially sucked out, but not entirely.
I can still see the white gunk at the tip of my pimple. I tried pinching out the remaining goo, but it wasn’t ready yet.

Brand M
GLAM UP PATCH, COSRX, MIGHTY

The before and after did not change at all.
The redness around the pimple got a little better, but the pimple is still snug in my face.


Summary

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