Meet The INKEY List Hydrocolloid Invisible Pimple Patches

Alarm goes off. Sleepy stumble to the bathroom. Quick scan in the mirror. A juicy new breakout stares back. We know the feeling all too well, right? But there’s a new “happily ever after” to this particular tale: The INKEY List Hydrocolloid Invisible Pimple Patches.

Designed to cover up breakouts, these subtle pimple patches from The INKEY List can be worn day in, day out. From the skincare ingredients that target those breakouts, to exactly how to use pimple patches, read on to find out everything you need to know. 

How do The INKEY List Hydrocolloid Invisible Pimple Patches work?

These pimple patches work best on blemishes with a visible head and can be used both AM and PM. As they’re clinically proven to target breakouts quickly, they’ve even been known to visibly reduce breakouts in just 4 hours. Packed with a powerful blend of breakout-fighting ingredients that help cover and clear those skin nuisances, it’s never been easier to crack on with your day and really put that blemish to the back of your mind.

What is hydrocolloid?

Hydrocolloid is a bit of a holy grail ingredient when it comes to pimple patches that work, and The INKEY List’s are formulated with 99% hydrocolloid. This hefty percentage helps extract fluid from breakouts to draw out sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells. It also flattens blemish appearance to visibly reduce inflammation, and creates a protective seal to shield breakouts from bacteria and makeup that could otherwise cause irritation.

What other pimple patch ingredients are in there?

Salicylic acid

You might have heard of this skincare ingredient before, but exactly what does salicylic acid do for your skin? In a nutshell, it helps to unclog pores, reduce the appearance of breakouts, and prevent them from occurring by deeply exfoliating and penetrating through multiple layers of skin and oil. So, salicylic acid is a go-to skincare ingredient for breakout-prone or oily skin.

Succinic acid

The INKEY List is no stranger to succinic acid. Helping to soothe irritated skin, it reduces the appearance of redness to make breakouts and blemishes less visible.


As a natural moisturiser, ectoin is a welcome addition to The INKEY List Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches. It helps to soothe irritated skin by locking in hydration, meaning your skin stays nourished whilst those breakouts get the goodbye treatment.

Are the pimple patches visible?

Although some pimple patches are designed to be seen, The INKEY List’s are designed to be invisible. Featuring exclusive INVISIBLURTM technology, each patch is ultra-thin and ultra-matte and undetectable on every skin tone, meaning they blend seamlessly into the skin without a trace. The exclusive technology also has a blurring effect to make the breakout underneath less visible. So whether it’s a makeup or no makeup day, blemishes stay unnoticeable.

Someone peeling off an invisible hydrocolloid pimple patch

How do you use The INKEY List's pimple patches?

Step 1: Gently tear the sheet to lift off an individual patch

Step 2: Apply it directly onto cleansed, dry skin to cover your chosen breakout.

Step 3: Follow with skincare and/or makeup. But to help keep it in place, avoid applying multiple layers of skincare and/or makeup over the patch.

Step 4: Leave on for 4+ hours (or overnight) before removing and throwing away.

Step 5: If needed, reapply a new patch.

More The INKEY List products for breakout-prone skin

If you’re looking for more skincare for blemishes and want to control your breakouts, here are some other The INKEY List products you can add to your skincare routine.

The INKEY List Omega Water Cream

If you want to control breakout-prone skin with an oil-free moisturiser, The INKEY List Omega Water Cream could be your answer. It works by hydrating skin without feeling greasy or heavy on the skin. Although this moisture boost might seem like a no-go for blemish-prone skin, an increase in moisture can actually teach skin to stop producing excess oil and help control breakouts.

The INKEY List Omega Water Cream

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser is formulated specifically with blemish, combination, and oil-prone skin in mind. It visibly clears the complexion by unclogging pores to reduce blackheads and breakouts, making it the ultimate skin-clearing cleanser. There’s also The INKEY List Mini Salicylic Acid Cleanser – a travel size skincare staple.

The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

The INKEY List Niacinamide Serum

Reducing excess oil, the appearance of pores, redness, and breakouts – just a few things The INKEY List Niacinamide Serum does. Niacinamide is perfect for both AM and PM use, and this serum is delightfully light so you can layer it effortlessly with other skincare products that target breakouts.

The INKEY List Niacinamide Serum