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Skip the concealer: these flower patches are the new way to soothe breakouts

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These tiny flower decals are part of the new generation of spot-zapping stickers that promise to stop unwanted blemishes in their tracks.

Of course, an unexpected spot isn’t the end of the world, but it does help that a new wave of blemish-busting skincare stickers has arrived.

It’s no secret that some blemish-targeting products can be drying when applied all over the skin, but these topical patches allow you to tackle specific areas with clout without any worry about upsetting the overall balance of your complexion.

These little stickers are tiny plaster-like patches laced with active ingredients, such as salicylic acid, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, and because they’re applied directly to the spot or blemish, they are able to get to work straight away - no need to try and cover a spot with concealer, save that for after it’s already been soothed.

While we’ve seen translucent spot stickers before, this new generation have tiny - and totally painless - micro needles that work by penetrating the outer layer of the skin, meaning those active ingredients are able to work deeper in order to deliver better and faster results.

They’re not all completely invisible, though. In fact, the newest wave of these spot stickers come in the form of bright yellow stars (see the yet-to-launch-in-the-UK @starface) or multi-coloured flowers that revel in drawing attention, rather than trying to hide.

From the fun to the purely functional, here’s our pick of the best…

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  • Squish Beauty Flower Power Acne Patches

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    These flower-shaped patches are infused with soothing hydrocolloid and come in five different colours with a mini diamante at the centre.

  • Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch The Original, £12

    Hero Cosmetics The Mighty Patch
    Formulated with high concentrations of hydrocolloid - a super absorbent material that works by drawing out impurities directly from the source - these tiny little patches are designed to be stuck directly onto the spot. They’ll help take down any redness, reduce the size and help the blemish heal properly.
  • Zitstika Killa Kit, £27

    Zitsticka Killa Kit

    Each one of these patches comes with a wipe infused with salicylic acid and tea tree to prime the area and help the sticker adhere better. Next, the patch is applied - each one has 24 micro darts (which dissolve within two hours) and they allow the potent ingredients to enter and work beneath the skin’s outer layer. For best results, use overnight to totally squash that spot.

  • Vice Reversa Micro-Needling Pimple Patches, £19.95

    Vice-Reversa-spot-patches

    Specifically designed for blemish-prone skin, these micro-needle patches work quickly to help calm down the spot. Ingredients including salicylic acid, green tea and hyaluronic acid get to work within two hours and together they will help to hydrate, soothe and heal the spot at the source.

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  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Spot Stickers, £24

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    These stickers are arguably the original. Virtually invisible once stuck onto skin, they work to decongest and soothe the affected area as quickly as possible. Each sticker creates a protective shield and is infused with a blend of salicylic acid, vitamin C, grape seed and soy oils to help hydrate and soothe the affected area.

  • Dots for Spots Acne Absorbing Patches

    Dots for Spots Patches

    These are some of the thinnest patches out there with tapered edges, meaning more discretion. They absorb all the gunk and also happen to be everything-free: fragrance, sulphate, phthalate, alcohol and paraben. 

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