AHA/BHA Pimple Patches

Microdart pimple patches designed to dissolve into pimples and target acne-causing bacteria deep within the skin.

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What’s not to love?
Target early-stage blemishes above and below the skin. With microdarts embedded in every patch, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) work together to dissolve into pimples and eliminate bacteria deep within the follicle, effectively stopping breakouts in their tracks.
  • Reduce scarring
  • Calm redness
  • Prevent future blemishes
  • Minimise skin trauma
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WHY WE MADE THIS
Many pimple patches only work on surface-level zits. Our AHA/BHA Pimple Patches use microdart technology to deliver ingredients into the heart of deep pimples, targeting acne at the source.
THE SCIENCE
1
Clears and unclogs pores
Salicylic acid and glycolic acid eliminate pore-clogging dead skin cells and target bacteria while stimulating collagen production.
2
Eliminates bacteria & excess oil
BHAs and tea tree oil provide anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits while regulating excess oil.
3
Gently exfoliates skin
Gluconolactone lifts skin's surface layers to reveal clear, renewed skin.
4
Repairs & nourishes skin barrier
Arginine fights skin damage, while N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide hydrate and heal.

How to use the AHA/BHA Pimple Patches

Use a gentle cleanser to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil. Cover the pimple with an AHA/BHA Pimple Patch for at least two hours. Remove the patch and apply a hydrating moisturiser, like our Ceramide Repair Balm.

Can I use this with my clinical-grade formula?

Yes! We recommend using the AHA/BHA Pimple Patches as part of your multi-step solution to acne. Use the patches alongside your custom treatment, day time or night-time.

Hero ingredients

Probiocin V

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Soothes and moisturises scalp while reducing redness and irritation.

ProRenew Complex

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Balances scalp microbiome and improves skin barrier function.

Aquaxyl/Saccharide

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Deeply moisturises the top layer of the scalp to reduce flaking and dryness.

Follicusan DP

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Vitalises the scalp and hair follicles to support hair growth.

Saccharide

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Major component in natural moisturising factors that nourishes the scalp.

Elaya Renova

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Stimulates collagen at the base of the hair follicle to strengthen hair anchoring.

PatcH20

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Intensely moisturises the scalp for barrier protection.

Glycerin

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Works immediately to tighten skin, making the surface seem firmer and tighter.

Hyaluronic acid (LMW MMW)

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Medium and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration from the middle to the deepest layers of the skin.

Hyaluronic acid (LMW)

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Provides intense hydration from the middle to the deepest layers of the skin.

Chromium

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Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and support carbohydrate metabolism.

Vitamin B5

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An essential nutrient that regulates skin barrier function, including oil production, which in turn helps to reduce acne.

Zinc

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Help reduce redness and irritation associated with acne, while also targeting free radical production.

Niacinamide

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Delivers moisture and strengthens the skin barrier.

Tea tree oil

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Classic for a reason. An ideal addition to acne treatment blends due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Glycolic acid

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This unique alpha hydroxy acid deeply penetrates skin and sheds dead cells, while also stimulating collagen production.

N-acetyle glucosamine

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Occurring naturally in our skin, this amino sugar targets fine lines and pigmentation as it hydrates and heals.

Arginine

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Contains antioxidant effects that target free radicals while replenishing skin and helping to repair damage.

Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF)

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Dual action to attract and retain moisture in the skin for instant and long-term skin hydration.

Ceramide NP

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Protects the skin from environmental stressors such as pollution and climate, while replenishing skin lipids.

Polysaccharide complex

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Attracts and retains moisture while maintaining skin barrier integrity and supporting water circulation.

Hydroviton®

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Attracts and retains moisture while maintaining skin barrier integrity and improving complexion.

Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer

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Forms an occlusive barrier to protect skin from transepidermal water loss.

Vectorised hyaluronic acid

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Provides deep layer hydration while plumping the skin and reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Raspberry seed oil

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Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fatty acids

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Mimics the skin’s natural fatty acid composition and supports skin barrier function.

Bacillus ferment, jojoba seed and oat kernel oils

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Contains prebiotics and postbiotics for a healthy and well-nourished microbiome.

Vitamin A

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Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell renewal and improves skin structure and elasticity.

Gluconolactone

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A poly-hydroxy acid that gently lifts and exfoliates surface layer skin cells to reveal soft and renewed skin.

Vitamin E

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Protects the skin from environmentally-induced free radicals such as UV and pollution.

Salicylic acid

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A beta-hydroxy acid that exfoliates and unclogs pores, clears away bacteria and reduces blackheads.

Ferulic acid

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Refines the appearance of dull looking skin and boosts the activity of Vitamin C while repairing skin on a deep level.

Lanosterol esters

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Repairs and restores natural skin emollience and traps moisture for supple, soft and nourished skin.

Alpha-lipoic acid

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A potent antioxidant that helps brighten skin tone, improve the appearance of fine lines and enhance skin radiance.

Bemotrizinol

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Broad spectrum UV filter that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Vitamin C

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Reduces pigmentation and dark spots, while supporting collagen production and provides protection to the skin barrier.

Butyloctyl salicylate

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Supports stablisation of UV-filters while maintaining a smooth, moisturising feel.

Squalane

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Moisturises, hydrates and provides antioxidant protection to strengthen, repair and protect the skin barrier.

Ceramides

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Protects from environmental stressors like weather and pollution and replenishes skin lipids.

Seabuckthorn oil

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Stimulates regenerative actions of the skin barrier, boosts skin elasticity and reduces water loss.

Hyaluronic Acid

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Moisturises and hydrates deep in the skin cells, repairing dry skin and preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rosehip oil

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Naturally high in Vitamin A and C and a host of fatty acids that help to refine the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sodium PCA

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Attract and retains up to 250 times its own weight in water, keeping the skin moisturised and hydrated.

Sandalwood seed oil

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Keeps skin in optimal condition thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial qualities.

Propanediol

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Avocado extract that reduces puffiness under the eye and regulates pigmentation.

Fucus Vesiculosis Extract

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Prevents and reduces vascular inflammation to help reduce dark circles.

Sodium hyaluronate

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Attracts, binds, and retains moisture in the skin barrier layers to keep skin hydrated and healthy.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

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Penetrates the skin’s deep layers to prevent the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles.

Nonapeptide-1

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Energises skin cells to brighten and smooth the skin.

Full ingredient list

Gluconolactone, Arginine, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Niacinamide.

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4.7
reviews stars
(713 reviews)
Loved the Software pimple patches!
I put them on for two hours one day and found they sped along the process and brought all of the pimples to a head. I used them again the next day and the pimples healed over so well. All I needed was a very light foundation or tinted moisturiser and you couldn’t see anything.
Katherine
5 rating stars
It felt like they were really doing something
I really liked them (and I have used quite a few brands before!) They're very sticky - adhered well to the skin and no chance of them falling off. It seemed to suck the gunk upwards and one of the pimples kinda popped and flattened after use. I couldn't even feel it on my face, and I love the darts. It felt like they were really doing something.
Lydia
5 rating stars
In the morning, loved that the redness had reduced
I loved the stinging feeling I got when I first put it on (makes it feel like it's doing something). This subsided after about 10-15 mins. In the morning loved that the redness had reduced.
Fergus
5 rating stars
So satisfying to use!
I tried Software’s Pimple Patches and it was sooo satisfying to use — it zapped my pimples and surprisingly stuck on the whole night through. I used it on a pimple on my upper lip, and it stayed on even when I was brushing my teeth (most pimple patches I’ve tried in the past fall off pretty easily).
Caitlin
5 rating stars

Designed to enhance your custom formula

The AHA/BHA Pimple Patches are formulated to eliminate and heal breakouts at all stages. Combined with your clinical strength formula, this routine will address your specific skincare concerns while ensuring your skin stays clear and blemish-free.
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Questions?

We’ve got answers brought to you by Software’s skincare experts.

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Dr. Matt Vickers
General Practitioner
How do pimple patches work?

Our AHA/BHA Pimple Patches feature microdarts containing alpha, beta, and poly hydroxy acids. When the patch is applied, the microdarts dissolve into the skin and the acids are released directly into the pimple. The acids work together to reduce the size and severity of the blemish. Meanwhile, other ingredients provide anti-bacterial benefits, repair damaged skin, and stimulate collagen growth.

Can I apply the patches to pimples that have not come to a head?

The patches can be applied at any stage of the pimple’s life cycle. The microdarts are designed to deliver the AHAs and BHAs throughout the different layers of your skin, effectively targeting both surface-level pimples and deep, blind pimples underneath.

Do I need to prick or pop the pimple before I apply the patch?

There is no need to prick or pop the pimple before applying the patch. Generally, people will pop a pimple to ensure that active ingredients reach the centre of the pimple, but we designed our patches with microdarts that deliver the treatment through the head of the pimple with minimal interruption to the skin. This helps to minimise trauma to the skin and reduce the risk of scarring when you pop a pimple.

How long do the patches take to work?

You should see results after wearing a pimple patch for two hours. For particularly stubborn spots, you might like to use two pimple patches consecutively (four hours wear time).

Do the pimple patches work on cystic acne?

Yes, Software’s pimple patches work on all kinds of acne. Each patch contains three different hydroxy acids (alpha, beta, and poly), which work together to penetrate the pimple at different layers, including deep under the skin.

Do pimple patches work on blackheads?

Yes. Blackheads are the result of dead skin cells and impurities blocking hair follicles.

The AHAs and BHAs used in Software’s pimple patches are excellent exfoliators which can help to remove these impurities and draw out blockages from the follicle. Salicylic Acid Wash can be used in tandem with the patches to enhance the exfoliation process.  

What’s the difference between a microdart pimple patch and a hydrocolloid patch?

Our AHA/BHA Pimple Patches are more than just a simple hydrocolloid. We’ve scientifically formulated a unique blend of ingredients that work on breakouts throughout different levels of your skin, from surface to dermis. These patches offer the same skin coverage as a flat sticker, but our micro-needle technology goes several steps further to deliver active ingredients, ensuring you get maximum value from each patch.

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