As someone who has been coping with acne for a solid 15 years (and also as someone who is a beauty editor), I've cultivated an arsenal of anti-breakout tools. The ones that I've found actually work include my absolute hero medication, spironolactone, a gem of a toner and — for when blemishes still find a way to work their evil forces, despite both of those lines of defense — these handy little patches from K-beauty brand CosRx.
These round, translucent, teeny stickers absorb the gunk and sebum residing in a pimple without using the drying acids or alcohol found in most other acne treatments. Rather than leaving behind an inflamed, peeling spot, the pads simply shrink and calm pimples, leaving them noticeably smaller (if not, like, 90 percent of the way healed) in just a single night. Like a pore strip, there's something strangely satisfying — and yes, extremely gross — about peeling one of these patches off and seeing all of that gook that was once on your skin.
CosRx Acne Pimple Master, $5, available at Soko Glam.
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