How Do Acne Patches Actually Work?

Let's break it aaaall the way down.

As much as we know that acne is normal, acne is common and that having acne doesn’t define you as a person—it can still be a pretty big mood killer when you wake up to yet another pimple making its temporary home in the middle of your face.

In the ongoing struggle with these pesky little blemishes and spots, you’ve probably tried it all: harsh acne treatments, natural remedies like tea tree oil, and maybe even toothpaste in really desperate times. (Pro-tip, save the toothpaste for your teeth, it can actually be pretty irritating on your skin!) Thankfully, there are much more skin-friendly and effective treatments available to sort out your spot problems these days, and one that comes highly recommended is the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers.


Popping a translucent Acne Cover on a spot overnight is an excellent acne aid that slots easily into pretty much any skincare routine. Seriously, if you aren’t on the Acne Covers train yet, you really need to be. But how exactly do these little bandages work? 

Here, Girlfriend breaks down a few of the key benefits of the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers and why they deserve a place in your routine.

1. Acne covers gently but effectively draw out the gunk inside a spot

Time and time again we’ve heard the same advice: don’t squeeze pimples, it can make them worse. The reason for this is that popping a spot could actually cause more inflammation, spread bacteria around your face and in some cases push that stuff you wanted out further in. Not exactly what we’re going for when trying to encourage a spot off our face faster.

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers use hydrocolloid bandage technology, which basically means the water-attracting ingredients in the covering suck up pus and impurities and hold them inside the bandage—like a sponge. Which, yes, can lead to a very satisfying looking white spot inside the cover when you go to peel it off your much-reduced spot in the morning.


2. The cover keeps your pimple protected

Regardless of what might have caused the unwelcome spot in the first place, using a Nexcare Acne Absorbing Cover can help keep it covered and protected from things that could make it worse. As well as being a good physical barrier and a reminder not to pick—for all of us absent-minded skin-touchers. 😅

3. They keep dirt and other nasties from potentially making your spots worse

They also work as a waterproof barrier against germs and dirt, as well as keeping your spot protected from rubbing against your pillows and hair during the night. Basically, we’re keeping this spot safe, sound and as comfy as possible to get it to leave quicker.

While the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are an ideal nighttime spot treatment that quite literally gets to work while you’re snoozing, we do know some skincare devotees who also rock an Acne Cover during the day. Especially since Korean skincare has become a pretty trend, most people don’t really bat an eyelid at ‘em. And tbh, because they’re on the more translucent side, we sometimes think they look more discreet than a particularly angry, red pimple. Which, thanks to the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Cover, will hopefully be on it’s way out real soon anyway!

Nexcare Acne Absorbing covers

Shop the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers, $9.99 from Priceline.

Follow all pack instructions. Do not use 3M™ Nexcare™ Acne Covers with a medicated product or treatment. If your acne becomes worse consult a health professional.

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