For many folks, blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne are a lifelong battle. But if there’s one brand dedicated to fighting the good fight right alongside you, it’s COSRX.

In the realm of K-beauty, COSRX and “anti-acne” are practically synonymous. The gentle yet potent formulas from this South Korean brand have catapulted its stuff into cult-fave status. Using COSRX’s most beloved products, we’ve put together a comprehensive 7-step regimen for treating your zits. Remember: anti-acne isn’t just a remedy—it’s a practice!


Start off with bare, fresh skin using the Good Morning Gel Cleanser. With a low pH of 5.5, this delicate cleanser removes pore-clogging grime without disturbing your natural moisture balance.

Dispense a pea-sized dollop of the gel and rub it between your fingers until it foams up. Gently massage this into your skin using circular motions. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

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After cleansing, gently exfoliate your face using the One Step Pimple Clear Pads. These medicated pads target three major acne issues in one swipe: excess sebum, pimples, and blackheads.

Take one pad and gently sweep it across your skin. Focus mostly on your T-zone or other problem areas. Each pad is infused with blemish-busting Betaine Salicylate to flush out deep-seated dirt and prevent recurring breakouts.

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This Holy Grail toner is loved for its hydrating and skin-smoothing properties. Made with natural chemical exfoliants, the AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner prevents whitehead and blackhead formation by speeding up cellular turnover.

Soak a cotton pad in the formula and gently sweep across your whole face. Or, if you can’t be bothered with pads, just spritz the product directly onto your skin and pat it in with your palms.

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Nip pimples in the bud with this powerful acne solution. Made with anti-inflammatory beta hydroxy acid, the BHA Skin Returning A-Sol reduces the size of existing blemishes in a record amount of time.

If you have a pimple, apply the liquid directly over it. If you have a breakout that has spread out, dispense the liquid into your palms and then pat it it all over your face. Both techniques will control your acne as well as soften your skin.

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When it comes to soothing blemish-prone skin, snail cream really gets the job done—plus, it’s a great hydrator. Made with 92% pure snail mucin filtrate, the bestselling Snail 92 All In One Cream provides penetrative moisture to quickly repair damaged skin.

Take a centavo-sized amount from the tub and dot it over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Using your fingertips, massage it in with upward circular motions. Gently pat for maximum absorption.

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Now that your skin has absorbed multiple layers of nourishment, lock it all in with the rejuvenating Ultimate Honey Overnight Mask. Infused with 85% propolis extract, this mild sleeping pack soothes fatigued skin and calms redness.

Since a little goes a long way, scoop out just a pea-sized amount and dot it over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Gently massage across your face, then softly pat until completely absorbed.

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Pimple popper? Yikes! Cover up the damage with the miracle-working Acne Pimple Master Patches. When placed over an open blemish, these hydrocolloid stickers coax out deep-seated bacteria. This flattens your pimples and protects the area from further infection.

All you have to do is peel off a patch and stick it over an active blemish. Leave it on for a couple hours for maximum effect. With 24 patches apiece, one pack goes a long way!

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Interested in learning more about on how to get rid of acne? We have a complete guide on the best skin care routine for acne.

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