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Do Pimple Stickers Actually Work?

Dec 07, 2020
Do Pimple Stickers Actually Work?

We’d love to just push a button or snap our fingers and make acne disappear from the face of the earth. Unfortunately, most of us are stuck dealing with acne in some way or another for most of our lives. That’s not to say it won’t get better with age, because typically, it does - but it can be frustrating in the meantime.

Until we are past middle age, it’s likely we’ll still be getting a pimple here and there (especially if you’re a woman). The good news is, one: it’s completely normal, and there should be nothing embarrassing about acne. Secondly, there are tonnes of really great products that can come to your rescue when you’re in a pinch. 

One such product is pimple stickers. These little guys are small but mighty, and they might just be the secret weapon you’re looking for. They pack a real punch because of their acne-fighting  ingredients. High-quality pimple stickers contain active ingredients that dermatologists recommend for acne.

If you get ones that contain these ingredients, then yes, pimple stickers actually work! There are a few situations in which you would not want to use pimple stickers or in which they might not work, but overall, they are effective and easy to use. There are a few ingredients that are the standard ingredients in pimple stickers. Common ingredients found in pimple stickers are:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Salicylic acid
  • Hydrocolloid 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is derived from the Australian tea tree. It is a natural antibacterial, which is why it is used topically for acne. It can also be used to treat insect bites, dandruff, and athlete’s food. It is important to note that tea tree oil should never be consumed orally and should only be used as a topical product.

Another important thing to note is that you should not use tea tree oil if you have eczema, as it is known to cause flare-ups. Tea tree oil should be used as a spot treatment and not all over your face. You can dab it on the pimple with a cotton swab. 

Acne is caused by bacteria, which is why many people have great results using this antibacterial. It’s also a gentler and more natural alternative to harsher acne products. 

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a much stronger ingredient used to get rid of acne. It is otherwise known as a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). It works to reduce acne by chemically exfoliating the skin and allowing pores to stay open and clear. If pores are unclogged, acne cannot form.

There are different strengths of salicylic acid, ranging from over the counter to prescription strength. It’s also great because it works on all types of acne, including blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid penetrates the skin and works to break down dead skin cells, which is what clogs pores and results in acne.

In very high doses, it is used to exfoliate acne scars. When used on its own, it may result in dryness. However, when used in combination with the other products in pimple stickers, it’s a great way to fight unwanted spots and get rid of them for you in a flash. 


Another important ingredient is hydrocolloid. This originally to help heal wounds after surgery and is now used to prevent acne scarring and to help pimples heal quicker. One of its biggest benefits is that it keeps bacteria out and prevents new infections from developing. 

This means it will keep bacteria away from the pimple, allowing it to heal without interruption. It also helps to absorb anything that comes out of the pimple, such as pus. Hydrocolloid also keeps the area hydrated, allowing for optimal healing to take place.  

What Kinds Of Acne Do Pimple Stickers Treat?

The great thing about pimple stickers is that they can treat any kind of acne. They work on cystic acne, whiteheads, and everything else in between. 

The only thing that pimple stickers do not help is blackheads. These are a separate issue, and you should use a pore strip or see an esthetician to clear out your pores from pesky blackheads (don’t worry, we all get them!). 

They may also prevent you from taking a trip to the dermatologist (although, if you’re dealing with severe acne or painful pimples: please consult your medical professional first - you may need to get an extraction or injection), which saves you both time and money. Sometimes a pimple might get to the point where you need a cortisone injection, which is a steroid that decreases inflammation, but ideally, when treated at home early on with pimple stickers and a solid skincare routine, you won’t need to resort to this treatment. 

Not only do pimple stickers target the spots “head” on, they also help to decrease inflammation. Their powerful cocktail of acne-fighting ingredients make them super efficient in getting rid of those unwanted spots. 

What Are The Benefits Of Pimple Stickers?

There are many benefits to using pimple stickers. Obviously, the biggest benefit is that they help get rid of pimples and help to soothe inflamed skin. Another benefit is that they can prevent acne scarring and help active acne to heal quicker. 

They also help many people to stop picking and popping their pimples. This is actually a huge benefit because when you touch your acne, you get more bacteria into it. When you pop it, more often than not, you will be left with redness or scarring. 

When you cover it with a sticker, you will be less tempted to poke and prod at your skin. This will help to ensure you aren’t left with acne scars, and it will allow the pimple to heal at a quicker rate.

If you are self-conscious about having acne, pimple stickers can help you feel more confident. Ideally, you put them on before you go to sleep, and the pimple will be significantly reduced by the time you wake up. Your pimple will be less noticeable and easier to cover up if needs be.


Another benefit is that you’re getting three types of ingredients rolled into one product, which helps to get rid of acne, heal it, and soothe the skin. That’s a big money saver because you won’t have to buy several products to do the same thing one pimple patch can do. 

It also helps to save time when it comes to your skincare routine because it’s the only thing you need to put on your pimple. Simply put it on, go to sleep, and wake up with a pimple that’s either gone or nearly gone. 

When Should I Avoid Using Pimple Stickers?

You should avoid using pimple stickers if you are allergic to any of the active ingredients or if you have any skin sensitivities. In general, they are very safe to use and highly effective. However, they could worsen the redness and inflammation if you have an allergy or sensitivity.

 Another thing to note is that pimple stickers should not be used as the primary treatment for acne. Acne has countless underlying causes, and you may need special skincare or even medication to get severe acne under control. 

The point of pimple stickers is to help pimples that need an extra push in order to get rid of them. Think of them as a quick fix, but not a permanent solution.  


In conclusion, pimple stickers do actually work. You should buy ones that contain high-quality ingredients, such as tea tree oil, salicylic acid, and hydrocolloid, like the ones that we carry at Doe Lashes

You should not use pimple stickers if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. You should also not use them as the main treatment for your acne. 

These stickers can help you on your journey to clear, beautiful skin, and nothing goes better with our gorgeous lashes than a gorgeous, blemish free complexion. 

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