Here’s Why “Pimple Stickers” Are Taking Over Instagram


| LAST UPDATE 11/29/2021

By Georgina White
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2021 has seemingly been about skincare and skincare only. And honestly? We're not mad about it. Especially since it's brought about awesome trends like pimple stickers. So let's take a look at the facts behind these life-saving patches.

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Acne patches, zit stickers, whatever you know them as - chances are that you've seen some of your favorite influencers rocking one of these while battling a stubborn blemish. The trend is just one of the latest viral products to come out of the Korean beauty market, including best-sellers like BB creams and face sheet masks. In fact, the product has done so well in North American and European markets that it's inspired numerous brands. Starface, Hero Cosmetics, Peace Out, and ZitSticka are just some of the new names on the block competing with Korean originals like COSRX.

While some of the patches may be circular, translucent, or even a shiny star, they all have the same general idea behind them. They typically feature hydrocolloid, which was traditionally an ingredient used in bandages to help wounds heal faster. Plus, with the addition of a gelling agent, pus is sucked out of the blemish, rapidly reducing the pimple's lifecycle. Pretty genius, right? Well, Ju Rhyu, the founder of Hero Cosmetics, agreed.

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"I noticed people in Korea wearing acne patches," Rhyu explained of her first encounter with the viral product. "I didn't know what they were, and I was really curious. I found out they were for acne, so I bought some and tried them out, and I was amazed at how well they work." And suddenly, a million-dollar idea evolved: "I immediately started wondering why they weren't more available or widely known in the USA." Well, those days are long gone. Today, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Gen-Z or millennial who hasn't tried one of the patches!

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Immediate results, plus a satisfying peel-off after use? Count us in. You can check out more of Hero Cosmetics products here. Stay tuned for more of the industry's hottest products!