Summer might be the most fun-filled of seasons, but between the temperature fluctuations — from humid heat waves to frigid AC-pumped offices — and all that sunscreen and bug spray, it can wreak havoc on even the clearest complexions and lead to unexpected breakouts. If you’re like us, you’ve probably tried a slew of products to address those pesky pimples but are constantly on the hunt for an easy yet effective, skin-saving solution.
Enter the blemish dot: a concentrated treatment in tiny sticker form that specifically targets acne using pore-clearing ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil and hydrocolloid dressing.
Courtesy Sephora, Amazon, DermStore
The antimicrobial adhesives come in various sizes so you can choose one that focuses on just the problem area without worrying about extra product irritating the rest of your face or rubbing off on your pillowcase.
But don’t underestimate these miniature patches. They detoxify and heal over the course of hours and are especially great as an overnight treatment — since zits always tend to pop up right before a big event — but are also nearly invisible so you can slap one on at your desk or on-the-go without anyone noticing. And they’re conveniently packaged in little sheets that are so slim they’d fit discreetly in your makeup bag or wallet (in other words, they’re easy to hide should your BFF or boyfriend try to steal them because they’re just that good).
Plus, they’re super affordable. Depending on how often you break out, a set of these could last you a while but also won’t break the bank if you end up wanting to stock up on them to stash everywhere.
The best part? They’re a constant reminder not to touch and pick at those dreaded spots (let’s face it: even though we know we’re not supposed to, we often end up doing it).
Who knew your childhood sticker-collecting hobby could be your new beauty secret?
— Jane Sung