The Magic Pimple Master Patch Review

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch Review

The Acne Pimple Master Patch from COSRX is actually a set of twenty-four patches, which makes me want to write “es” after “patch” on the packaging in Tippex. But that, I have to say, is my one and only complaint (and it’s a silly, pedantic one) when it comes to the Acne Pimple Patches. I’m not sure how helpful the Master Patches would be if you did actually have proper acne, because if you have quite a few spots then I can’t imagine it would be convenient or cost-effective to have to regularly apply multiple patches. And it is often hard to distinguish individual spots, if you have acne – I remember that one of the worst things about my adult acne breakouts was the fact that the large expanses of reddened, bumpy, sore skin behaved like one gigantic super-spot, now and then kindly throwing up a standalone pimple with a squeezable head.

How I got rid of my adult acne…

But for the readily-distinguishable, in-your-face spot, one with an outline and an almost-emerging head, the Master Patches are absolutely brilliant. Actually, even if the spot doesn’t have an emerging head, the patches still work a certain degree of magic. I’ve been totally rescued by the Master Patches on a number of occasions now, each time finding that my blemish has flattened, de-reddened and – ultimately – disappeared from my face much faster. The added benefit of having a patch stuck over your spot (and it really does stick!) is that you can’t poke and prod and squeeze, so the skin can be left to heal.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch Review

And the patches absorb the gunk that comes out of the spot (nice!), the gunk that usually, if you’re anything like me, you’d be sticking your grubbster fingers into all day long, poking about and making little streams of blood appear and then dabbing with acid and swearing very loudly.

It probably makes a lot more sense to wear a patch overnight, if you can, but if you wake up to find a huge egg custard stuck to the side of your nose then it’s by no means the end of the world if you’re forced to sport one in the daytime. I wore one on Tuesday for a packed day in town (hideous nose-crease pustule) and it was almost undetectable. Hopefully. I buffed a bit of my foundation over the top just to take the edge off…

CosRx Master Patches online…

There are three patch sizes in the pack – so far I’ve only needed the small ones for daytime emergencies, but overnight I’d perhaps go larger just to cover a bit more than just the slopes of the volcano. You stick to clean skin and then just leave for the night, or day, until you can see that the spot is flatter and reduced in size. I’ve left a patch on for sixteen hours and it was still stuck fast – it was the first time I’d used one and I was completely taken aback when I peeled it off to find just a faint pinkish blob where previously there had been the beginnings of a devil’s horn!

I was given my patches by the beauty-font-of-knowledge Alexia from Cult Beauty, but they don’t seem to be available there at the moment. I’ll find out when or if they are due to arrive and update this post when I know, but in the meantime I have found them online here. I must say that this is another big tick in my book for Korean beauty imports; I’ve tried a few other spot patches and they’ve been pretty useless. And pricier. So these are well worth checking out if you – like me – get the occasional show-stopper of a pimple, right before you have to face the public/go to Tesco/meet your boyfriend behind the bike sheds.

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  1. Naomi
    February 4, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I love these! Get them from Amazon in packs of three. Quite enjoy seeing the gunk expelled in the morning :-)

  2. Hells
    February 4, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I get a huge under the skin spot with PMS every month, would this help even though the spots I get don’t come to a head?

    • February 4, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Perhaps not so much, but I did use it on a bump and it was definitely less inflamed. Maybe because I wasn’t squeezing it! : )

  3. February 4, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    This seems perfect for me because just before a special event, a little mountain almost always erupts!


  4. Ellie
    February 4, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Will definitely check these out to help my monthly hormonal spots. They alternate cheeks each month like they’re having some sort of laugh at my expense…

    • Libby
      February 5, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      That’s driven by your active ovary that month – they take it in turns, I believe. How sweet of them!

  5. Lauren
    February 4, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I loved these but like you said, it isn’t very cost effective to use them often, at any given time I probably have at least one spot I could use them on… but better to save for emergencies.

  6. Holly Lloyd
    February 5, 2016 / 9:12 am

    My skin is horribly unpredictable and, with my wedding coming up, I think I’ll get some of these in case things are looking dire in the few days before the big day! Thanks Ruth X

  7. Siobhan K
    February 5, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Possibly the quickest I’ve ever bought something after reading a blog post! I’m usually lucky with my skin but as an actor these will come in handy if i get a pre-audition situation on my face. Thanks Ruth :)

    • February 5, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Me too! Straight to Amazon and purchased within 10 seconds! I lived in Korea and their anti-acne stuff is much better than anything I’ve tried here!

  8. February 5, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    I love them, mainly because they prevent me from touching/squeezing/harassing my spot all day long, which doesn’t rally help with getting rid of it (I am well aware of that, but I just cant seem to stop). So far I have had several brands (with several different claims), but not this particular one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • February 5, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Which have been the best you’ve tried? x

  9. February 5, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I was super intrigued by the ingredients in these, I found the list online and the active isn’t a normal spot fighting ingredient, its just a kinda gum that literally ‘sucks’ out the juice from a spot, so it should keep skin hydrated but at the same time pull the sticky sebum blocks that cause spots.

    These patches from Formula 10.0.6 ‘overnight success minimizing patches’ [] contain some more ‘active’ spot fighting ingredients like tea tree extract also with hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated, non-comedogenic grapeseed oil to nourish and soothing, anti-inflammatory Allantoin. I’d say these could be an even better bet with the added extra active ingredients :D

    • February 5, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you, I shall take a look!! x

  10. Andressa
    February 5, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I buy them on Ebay directly from Korea and they are around £3 for one packet! much cheaper! x

  11. Led
    February 5, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Do you know whether they are safe to use during pregnancy?

  12. Laura
    February 5, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Wow, I never knew things like that existed! It seems like they are worth a try :) x


  13. February 5, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Going to try it. This post was really helpful thank you!

  14. sarah
    February 6, 2016 / 1:15 am

    Can you use them with a BHA underneath? Are they like bandaids for pimples?

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      I don’t see why not? I’ll try it! x

  15. Elizabeth
    February 6, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I find dabbing a light layer of Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant on a spot before bedtime really helps. The next morning the spot has almost always subsided a great deal. You can’t repeat this too many times, though, because the treatment starts to irritate the skin a little. However, using the cream once or twice is usually sufficient.

  16. Xena
    February 7, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    How do these compare to the Peter Thomas Roth version?

    • February 7, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      I haven’t tried those! Love PTR though, I might hunt them down. x

  17. Ally
    February 10, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Ooh going to try these. I had the Sarah chapman ones which were brilliant but they don’t do refills and I don’t need to pay for another little white pouch…lovely though it is.
    Thank you for sharing!!!

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