These days, pimple patches come in all shapes and styles from stars to flowers. Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton has (basically) tried them all. While many of the cuter options have proved effective, none has knocked these workhorse COSRX pimple patches from their position as a staple in her acne-fighting routine. As Rio has written, “I think I mention this product at least once an article, just to make sure you are all constantly aware of its truly magic powers.” Those magic powers include banishing giant whiteheads you don’t want to pop and getting gunk out of already open zits. (The only thing she doesn’t recommend them for is treating cystic acne.) If you don’t want to take Rio’s word for it, the fact that the patches have appeared on our Strategist best-sellers list more than once is pretty solid evidence that they’re not just smoke and mirrors. Dermatologists have recommended them to us too. Today, we found a 90-pack on sale for $16 at Dermstore, bringing the cost per patch to just 17 cents — a very reasonable price for an arsenal of zit-shrinking patches that will carry you through the hottest (a.k.a. the sweatiest and greasiest) months.
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