Beauty Q&A: How Do I Wear Pimple Patches Under Makeup?

January 15, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
Beauty Q&A: How Do I Wear Pimple Patches Under Makeup?

We could sit here all day and debate the beauty products we can’t live without, but in terms of new products that have blessed the beauty world far and wide, acne spot treatment dots are high on our list. Normally, we apply these pimple patches over our blemishes at night to wake up to a better, less-inflamed breakout situation, but what about wearing these little translucent dots during the day — or maybe even under makeup?

Because most acne patches are translucent, it seems like they were created to wear out and about — not just when you’re makeup-free and in pajamas. We reached out to the beauty team over at Cosrx Korean Skin Care to explain how to wear pimple patches like the brand’s best-selling Clear Fit Master Patch under makeup.

How to Wear a Pimple Patch Under Makeup

STEP 1: After washing your face, gently pat with a towel to make sure your skin is completely dry.
STEP 2: Choose a patch slightly bigger than the size of your zit.
STEP 3: Before applying any skin care, put the patch directly on the trouble spot.
STEP 4: Proceed to the next steps in your daily skin-care regimen, avoiding the patch area.
STEP 5: You’re finally ready to apply makeup on top.

Tips for Applying Makeup Over an Acne Patch

Tip #1: Be extra gentle when applying makeup on the patch area.

Tip #2: When applying makeup, we recommend thin and translucent patches like, Cosrx Clear Fit Master Patch, Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+ and Peace Out Acne Healing Dots


Tip #3: You can also wear acne patches like the Starface Hydro-Stars with your makeup (as in, not covered up) if you’re comfortable with it. These star-shaped patches make breakouts look cute.


Mistakes People Make When Wearing Pimple Patches Under Makeup

Mistake #1: Wearing lots of foundation or concealer to cover up the patch will only make it look more noticeable.

Mistake #2: Putting too much skin-care product on top of the patch will create a crease, so be conservative with how much you apply while wearing the patch.

Mistake #3: If you use oil or serum in your skin-care routine, make sure it does not soak the patch. A wet patch will not be adhesive. Think of it like a bandage for your zit.

What are the benefits of wearing a pimple patch during the day?
The patch not only protects the skin from inflammation, but it also helps prevent you from picking at your zit. Because of this, we recommend using the patch if you are a picker or if you're in an environment with lots of dust or dirt, which can increase the risk of inflammation. It's also great for covering and protecting an already-popped pimple that needs to be healed. 

Say you have a big date — how can you make your pimple go away, fast?
If you have an important meeting, date or a party you're attending and you need to hide a pimple, we recommend using the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch the night before to heal the spot, and then using a thinner patch in the daytime to cover it up.

When should you avoid wearing an acne patch?
We generally don't recommend wearing it in situations where you'll be sweating a lot — at the gym or sauna. It won't stick and it's better to just let the skin breathe in such an environment.

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