What could be more convenient than a magic patch that makes your skin issues disappear? Until scientists can develop an Insta-filter in a bottle, the answer is nada. You’re likely familiar with the variety of zit-zapping patches that have hit shelves (and your Instagram feed), but no matter the concern you’re dealing with — acne, dark spots, dark circles or wrinkles — the beauty world has a little somethin’ somethin’ for you.
Lily Talakoub, MD, a dermatologist at Mclean Dermatology and Skincare Center, has observed the surge in the use of localized beauty patches. “After the wave of face masks, there are new, smaller treatment patches that help everything from a pimple to a dark spot,” she says. And she considers this treatment approach, which delivers specialized active ingredients via affixed, localized application, to be particularly beneficial.
Targeting your concerns is ideal because it allows you to remedy problem regions without disrupting the rest of your complexion, Dr. Talakoub explains. For instance, if you’re dealing with blemishes, she recommends ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil; for dark spots, she lists niacinamide, licorice root extract, and tranexamic acid. These beauty patches allow you to utilize these actives where you need them — and nowhere else.
What’s more, some versions feature dissolvable microneedles that essentially help them work more efficiently. “These microneedles make microscopic channels in your skin, allowing the ingredients to penetrate deeper for faster, better results,” explains Talakoub — which, excitingly, allows us to get more advanced with the treatment-specific skin care options we have outside of a dermatologist’s office.
Thanks to these launches, you can better treat some of the most frustrating skin concerns at home. Below, you’ll find 10 problem-solving beauty patches for almost every skin dilemma — there’s even a treatment for double chins!