The Pimple Patch That Sells Every 3 Seconds Now Comes As a Patch for Your Entire Nose
Rarely does a skin care product with tens of thousands of five-star reviews on the internet live up to the hype, but in the case of Hero Cosmetics' legendary Mighty Patch pimple patches (Buy It, $13, herocosmetics.com), it's actually true. These little hydrocolloid stickers, which suck up pus and gunk from your pores to clear your oozy acne for you, work so well that a box sells every three seconds, according to the brand. They're the best alternative to picking at pimples (a bad habit of which I'm also guilty), and so beloved that the company has since developed bigger patches to cover multiple breakouts on your cheeks as well as stickers with microneedles to tackle early cystic acne growth.
Yet Hero didn't stop there. Fans of the brand have asked for a patch that covers and fits their noses since 2019, and now, their wishes are coming true. Enter the Mighty Patch Nose (Buy It, $18, herocosmetics.com), designed specifically to cover your whole nose from side to side. I've been testing it out for months after the brand sent samples to me to try, and I've been shocked by how well they work. Even better, Shape readers have the exclusive first chance to shop it now, before the Mighty Patch Nose officially launches tomorrow.
Each box of the Mighty Patch Nose contains 10 strips in gamma ray-sterilized packaging, and are all made of the same medical-grade hydrocolloid material as Hero's original Mighty Patch dots. The key to using the patches is to start with clean, dry skin — I always apply them immediately after I shower and dry off — and even better if you exfoliate ahead of time to loosen up any dead skin cells. (Related: This 'Holy Grail' Exfoliator Makes Acne, Blackheads, and Hyperpigmentation Disappear)
Hydrocolloid patches can be hard to pick up at times, but I didn't struggle at all with the Mighty Patch Nose. They are very sticky, however, so I've learned to start by slowly and steadily placing it at the bridge of my nose before tamping it down onto the sides. The way it fits is incredible and almost invisible: Even when I was on a video call with my family, my brother didn't realize I had the Mighty Patch Nose on until I pulled my phone close to my face.
Like other hydrocolloid patches, you have to leave the Mighty Patch Nose on for six to eight hours in order for the sticker to slowly suck up all the pus and fluids from your pores, so I typically apply it before I sleep so I can wake up to the exciting moment of peeling it off. And that part is so satisfying: The patch turns snowy white after it has soaked up all the build-up, and it draws out so much fluid from my pores that I can see gunk on the surface of my nose, which I would then carefully and gently press on either side with clean cotton tips to remove.
After clearing out any leftover gunk, my nose always ends up looking so clean and feeling so soft, I've actually been asked if it was the result of a pore-clearing facial. No more gaping holes of gunk taunting me to squeeze them, only baby-soft skin on my nose and clear pores. Most people like a good disgusting before-and-after shot of pimple patches, and trust me, the gunk that these patches absorb is truly gross to look at — but oh so satisfying if you're the person using them.
I actually prefer the Mighty Patch Nose to traditional pore strips that dry out and need to be peeled off in 15 minutes, and the two kinds are different in that hydrocolloid patches gently draw out and suck up the fluids from your pores, while pore strips rips out gunk and dirt from your pores with an adhesive. It's so good that I fully expect the Mighty Patch Nose to become Hero's next, well, hero product; it's certainly one of my holy grails for clearing out the pores on my nose and combating breakouts.
Shop the new Mighty Patch Nose pimple patch now for $18, before others start lining up to grab theirs tomorrow.