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.
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.
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…
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.