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Battle of the Hydrocolloid Patches


Hydrocolloid patches have been quite popular as of late as a great way of treating open pimples if, like me, you have a really bad habit of popping them or you’ve had some old pimples come to a head and stuff.

Amongst the AB community, the CosRx Acne pimple patches hold a high place of esteem for many people, but for those who need to use them really often it might not be the most purse-friendly patch. I think if I used them as often as I truly needed them, I’d have no money come payday. Simple as that.

That was my motivation for actively searching for alternatives. Both of the ones I found are not intended for use on spots, but they’re still hydrocolloids.

CosRx Pimple Patches

These come in a sheet of 24 round patches, with 9 large ones, 10 small ones and 5 medium ones. These cost £4 separately on Jolse’s site whilst they cost about £12 for a pack of four sheets.

These are the thinnest patches of the three and by comparison, the most translucent and a good choice for wearing out if you need to. These also must be ordered online as they are from a Korean brand, so if you are not comfortable with ordering online this could be a no-no.

Compeed Heel Blister Bandages – Medium (There doesn’t seem to be a large)

The Compeed Blister patches come in a little plastic box of five oval-shaped patches, as these were designed to stick to the heel. The instructions state not to ever cut them, but I have… The patches are thinner around the sides and thicker in the middle of the patch, but the entire patch is sticky. They are stickier than CosRx’s patches.

You can find these in Boots and Superdrug for about £5, but at the discount toiletries store in my local shopping centre, it was £3.24 or something, so it’s worth having a look into places like that to see if they sell them.

Boots’ Blister Bandages

With Boots’ pack, you get five patches, three that look about the same size as the Compeed ones and two Jumbo sized ones, and a pack costs £5 for theoretically more area of patch. The Boots stickers consist of a hydrocolloid centre and outer rim of sticky plastic. Without the sticky plastic the hydrocolloid isn’t going to adhere well to the skin – and renders most of the patches useless in that aspect. A shame, really, and with that I am effectively ruling them out of comparison. I think I’ll only use mine up if I get a full-cheek breakout, or even better, actual blisters!

So basically the rest of the review is on the other two options.

Visibility – I think the CosRx ones, because they are so thin, would be better for day use as they are thinner and less noticable. The thinner sides of the Compeed patches may also do as well but looks a little uneven, and the patch is less clear.

L-R: CosRx Master Pimple Acne Patch sheet, Compeed Heel Blister Bandage, and Boots Blister Patches in small and large.

Adhesiveness – I find that the Compeed patches stick far better than the CosRX, but the Compeed does hurt a little as I’m peeling it off. The CosRx ones, I’ve mentioned, are thinner so better for day use as long as I’m not sticking them around the mouth, because they don’t stay stuck if I’m moving that area of my face all the time. Also, the Compeed is so adhesive I once put it on some pimples at a head, and I basically broke the pimples when I peeled them off.

I would be worried about putting the Compeed patches on for long periods, i.e. putting them on for hours and replacing them again and again, because they stick a little too strongly and might irritate the skin. I’d say they’re good if you’re indoors during the day, but after using them I’d either leave them unbandaged overnight or replace them with CosRx patches which are less painful. I say this because I feel that the patches do an alternate day job of stopping me from popping and scratching at my pimples (I just press on the sticker instead, ha) and I do this far less often at night, of course.

All in all, I think both the Compeed and Cosrx patches have their uses, but I don’t think I’d recommend the Boots bandages for spot-healing.

To Conclude:

  • I can wear CosRx without many noticing, as it is clear and thin. Compeed is thicker and less clear, and very noticeable when on skin.
  • CosRx is less adhesive than Compeed and will fall off if around my mouth area where most movement happens.
  • Both absorb about the same amount of product.
  • I get more patch area for the price with Compeed.
  • You can get away with using Boots patches at night but I get far less moneys’ worth.

For an everyday usage I’d recommend the Compeed but I like to have some CosRx just in case I need the transparency – I just buy and get through it a lot less.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed today’s review.

Until next time,


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