Do COSRX pimple patches work?

Pimple Patches…Are They Miracle Workers?

July 24, 2020

I saw the Rael Beauty Miracle Patch on a list of Amazon beauty products that everybody needs to try. They are essentially stickers that you put on a pimple and after several hours, it absorbs the pus. Then you can peel the sticker off and throw it away. I was intrigued and ordered them shortly after.

I don’t have acne issues but I have the occasional pimple and I have a hard time not popping/picking so I thought this could help remove all of the crap inside the pimple without me damaging my skin.

What Pimple Patches Are Advertised To Do:

  • Absorbs all of the pus and impurities
  • Flattens blemishes
  • Transparent so it looks natural on the face
  • Works best on whiteheads and surfaced acne
  • After the 4-8 the patch will have turned white with the pus that was absorbed

My Results

Every time you see more of a solid white rather than the see-through patch, that is pus that the patch absorbed from my face. You can see that the patch is often full of pus that would have been sitting in my face! So satisfying!


Removes Puss: Yes, as you can see in the pictures above, it does absorb puss from white-headed pimples! I feel like it can remove more puss than I can trying to pop it and it doesn’t cause damage, swelling, or redness like I would.

Flattens Pimple: The bump on your skin, and the pressure that comes with it, is gone after using this. It is such a relief and gets your skin smoother way faster than letting the zit heal on its own.

Not Drying: It does not have ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that dry out the skin like most acne products.

Easy To Use: There is no way you can mess up your skin by using these.

Comfortable: There is no painful ripping off of the product like blackhead removal products. It is comfortable on the skin and it is easy to forget you are even wearing it.

Affordable: You can get a small pack for $5 and at the rate that I use them that isn’t a significant cost, although if you used pimple patches every day the cost would add up.

Works As Advertised: It is super important to me that beauty ads are legitimate. I feel like the product lives up to the claims so most of my cons are just things I wish it did different/better but not things that the product was advertised to do.


The Pimple Must Surface: The major bummer about this product is that the pimple still has to surface before it can work. So when you have that swollen, full of pressure bump under your skin that you just know will become a pimple, there is nothing the patch can do (I have tried). You have to wait until the pimple surfaces, becomes a whitehead so there is an opening to the pore. Some people may figure that they could just pop the pimple if it is a whitehead and you totally can! I often do that for tiny pimples (although it is not recommended). But when I have large pimples, this is able to get much more of the gunk out than I am.

Overnight Use Only: It was advertised to take 4-8 hours and that is no joke. Generally, the longer you leave the patch on the more gunk will come out so you want to leave it on as long as possible. I have tried taking it off sooner and it didn’t work. I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a pimple patch in front of people so I basically have to use it overnight. This means that if I wake up with a pimple I have to wait until that night to get rid of it since I don’t have 4-8 hours before starting my day.

Noticeable: The Rael brand is the best at being discreet but in general, the pimple patches are subtle yet still noticeable so I would not wear them in front of people at all. This is the one advertised thing that is lacking.

Leaves The Pore Open: When you remove the patch it kinda looks like you are pulling out gunk from the pore (although you can’t feel anything). This means the pore is wide open and if the whitehead was large enough then a small scab may develop. You also want to be careful not to get dirt in that freshly cleaned out pore.

Occasionally Requires 2 Patches: A very large or very deep pimple may require a follow up patch the next night. This isn’t the norm for me though.

Do Pimple Patches Work?

The Beauty Ballot Positive Product Review

This is a strange vote for me because there is a lot I don’t love about the product. I wish it worked faster and was stronger, but the determining factor for whether I vote “yes” or “no” is whether or not I would buy the product again with my own money. I have consistently bought pimple patches every time I have run out. I just like having them on hand for that occasional beast of a pimple that has a bunch of gunk I can’t get out. I feel like for around $5 it is worth it.

Which Pimple Patch Brand Should I Buy?

Honestly, I don’t think it matters. They all have the same ingredient. You can browse pimple patches here. There are SO many different brands and sellers on Amazon! Don’t get overwhelmed, just choose whatever price, patch size, and quantity works best for you. Here are different patches I have tried and I thought they were all effective.

Cheapest total cost and has three size options which makes it great for trying pimple patches for the first time.

Most discreet sticker because it has a thinner rim than all of the other patches. This brand I have heard the most about.

Cheapest per-patch cost so you get the most bang for your buck without sacrificing quality.

Have you tried pimple patches before? If so, let me know what you think in the comments!

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