These Acne Patches Draw the Gunk Out of My Pimples Overnight

Differin Acne-Prone Skin Patches
POPSUGAR Photography | Taylor Augustin
POPSUGAR Photography | Taylor Augustin
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I've been dealing with hormonal acne for the last year, and it's taken quite the toll — not just on my skin, but on my mental health as well. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have clear skin and only occasionally got pimples. It was actually a joke in my friend group that I had baby skin, but as I've gotten older, acne has found its way into my life.

Instead of waking up with clear skin, I'm often met in the mirror with small bumps along my jawline and painful whiteheads on my chin and around my nose. I'm terrified of scarring, so I rarely pick at my face, but allowing nature to take its course takes a little too long for my liking. That's why I've turned to acne patches. I've tried various brands and have noticed similar results across the board, so I was intrigued when I heard about the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches ($10).

I've been using these patches for the last few weeks, and my skin has reaped the benefits. If you're interested in learning about my experience with this stellar product, keep scrolling for an honest review.

About the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches

  • Each box comes with 36 clear patches: 18 large and 18 small.
  • The acne bandages are formulated with salicylic acid, an ingredient known to exfoliate the skin.
  • The brand claims your skin will be smoothed, flattened, and protected when using these dots.
  • They can be worn overnight and even under makeup.
  • The patches are unscented and great for acne-prone and sensitive skin types.
Taylor Wearing Differin Acne-Prone Skin Patches
POPSUGAR Photography | Taylor Augustin

What I Like About the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches

Some of the acne patches on the market simply don't work — they either don't adhere to the skin or they only provide surface-level results. That's not the case with Differin. To put these to the test for the first time, I applied them to some blemishes on my face before going Christmas shopping. On top, I applied a skin tint, some lip gloss, and brow gel to finish off my makeup look, and I was pleasantly surprised when I truly couldn't see them.

Perhaps the best thing about these patches, though, is the removal process a few hours later. I had a whitehead creeping through at the start of my day, and after removing the patch, the gunk had been perfectly extracted. I don't know about you, but I find major joy in looking at my whiteheads on acne patches.

Taylor Holding Differin Acne-Prone Skin Patch
POPSUGAR Photography | Taylor Augustin

How to Use the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches

As with any acne patch, Differin recommends cleansing the skin before use. If I'm wearing them at night, I'll complete my normal skin-care routine, then take a Q-tip and clean up the area around the breakout, making sure it's free of any serums or creams so that the patch properly sticks to my face. It's best to leave these on for a few hours or even overnight to get the best results. Differin specifically states that four to 12 hours is a good timeframe.

What to Consider Before Trying the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches

If you're tired of dealing with breakouts, I cannot recommend these acne patches from Differin enough. They work like magic and will leave your skin feeling and looking its best. They're easy to travel with, blend into your complexion, and speed up the healing process of pimples.

One thing I will note, though, is that the patches won't prevent future spots from appearing. It's still necessary to follow a regimen for acneic skin to keep your pores clear of sebum and dirt. What these acne patches will do is help keep you from picking at your skin.

Where Are the Differin Acne Prone Skin Patches Available?

Differin's Acne Prone Skin Patches are currently available for purchase through Amazon.