Does watching Dr. Pimple Popper or extraction videos on TikTok make you feel oddly satisfied? Well, we do hope popping your zits at home is not a usual practice because you could end up with nasty infections and scars. The good news is, there are safer ways to better manage that feisty, angry zit.

Nothing screams acne more than wearing a pimple patch on the face. However, it can be a hassle trying to camouflage it with makeup. These stickers are usually made from medical-grade hydrocolloid, which helps reduce inflammation by absorbing pus and excess oils from blemishes. They typically come in various rounded sizes to best fit the zit, and act as armour to shield the spot from bacteria and microbes to prevent an infection. Pimple patches are also easy to slip into any bag due to their flat, compact nature, and have become an absolute essential in the home cabinet to quickly reduce the size of pimples for when they decide to emerge at the most inconvenient of times.

With its rising popularity and ability to boost the healing process, gone are the days where pimple patches are boring ol’ rounded translucent circles. They now come in assorted sizes, shapes, and designs that you can totally pull off as a fashion item more than a beauty tool. To start you off, here are some functional face stickers you can get your hands on.

Micro-Cloud, $17.49, Starface from Amazon

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Unlike many pimple patches that target inflamed, pus-filled acne, the Micro-Clouds ones from Starface offer relief for emerging blemishes to nip them right in the bud. Beneath its pastel blue exterior lies several micro darts that deliver niacinamide and salicylic acid to treat the irritated area and prevent it from further aggravation. While they go hard at work to help diminish the size of the spot overnight, they also absorb fluids, reduce redness, as well as significantly calm and hydrate your skin at the same time.

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Hydro-Stars Big Yellow, $14.97, Starface from Amazon

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Nobody is perfect and no one has to be. Embrace yourself fully and all your skin imperfections with a bright, yellow hydrocolloid patch that helps to quickly heal the infected area and protect it from bacteria. It also comes packaged in a matching handy yellow case with a built-in mirror so you will never miss a spot again. Starface pimple patches are designed with adhesivity in mind, which means they are made to tolerate sweat and sebum with really sticky backs to ensure it does the job of protecting the zit well. The Hydro-Stars are recommended for use on blemishes that have already emerged to the surface, and can also be used to replace the overnight Micro-Cloud patches for day use, if applicable.

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Hydro-Stars Party Pack, $26.99, Starface from Amazon

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Not a fan of yellow stars but you desire something similar? Starface also has a hydro-stars 96-pieces party pack available that comes in a myriad of different colours to better match your outfits for the day. Party plans in the evening and a sudden pesky pimple appears? Stick this on like an accessory and no one will suspect a thing!

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Spot a Spot Patches, $21, Florence by Mills from LookFantastic

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We all know fans of purple when we see one, and this is something to add to the ever-growing collection. Thoughtfully formulated with skin-loving ingredients such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil and salicylic acid, these patches boast the ability to improve skin texture by absorbing impurities, sebum and dirt while defending the inflamed area from bacteria.

The brand is also vegan, clean and cruelty-free, which is apparent from their nature-loving designs in the shape of whales, butterflies and fluffy clouds.

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Flower Power Acne Patches, $26.42, Squish Beauty from Amazon

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You’ll never want to retouch your selfie again with these Flower Power acne patches! The gorgeous petals make a fun addition to your skincare and makeup routine, and you will probably even want to rock them outside without a zit! They are well-designed and definitely adorable, distracting you from the desire to start picking at your skin. These particular ones have gems on them too; good luck resisting the urge to peel off these shiny stones after usage to bejewel your personal belongings! They get sold out pretty quickly so be sure to check back regularly for restocks.

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Meet Your Patch Happy Paws, from $16.36, I Dew Care from Shopee

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Designed and made in South Korea, you can be assured that the Happy Paws acne patches will exceed your expectations in terms of both cuteness and functionality! These pawsome stickers are made to be slightly larger to cover a bigger surface area or larger blemishes, and promise to do their magic within a quick 4-6 hours. Aside from being waterproof and acting as a physical barrier, these patches are also infused with salicylic acid, tea tree leaf oil, as well as centella asiatica extract to help improve skin texture, minimise the look of pores, and to strengthen skin barrier so as to speed up the healing process. Talk about going above and beyond! 

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Sour Power, RM19.50 (S$5.69), from Dododots

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Remember when Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single ‘Driver’s License’ and the internet was obsessed with her album cover too? This particular Sour Power pimple patch definitely takes me back. In fact, this 12-patch design was inspired by the singer’s ‘Sour’ album. Although not the same, their vibrant Y2K designs and pastel colours are bold, bright, and cute. From a metre away, one can also tell it bravely waves goodbye to acne stigmatisation! Dododots beauty pimple patches are also waterproof and adhere fairly well throughout the day so you can have peace of mind when going about your daily activities.

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Pretty in Pink, RM15 (S$4.37), from Dododots

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Love yourself no matter your blemishes with these heart patches! Come packaged in two-tone pink stickers, they serve as a reminder to always be true to yourself and not be afraid to show the real you. Like the Sour Power ones, these little hearts are made from a 100% medical-grade hydrocolloid material aimed to protect and speed up the healing process of whiteheads and pimples, leaving you with clearer, brighter skin. 

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Text: Georgia Lam/HerWorld