Whether it’s a buzzy launch, a popular trend, or the most raved about product at the moment, it can be hard to keep track of what’s new and worth checking out. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. So in case you’ve been a little MIA, here’s the latest scoop: Korea’s anti-acne scene is bustling with pimple-fighting solutions hailing from some of their most sought-after skincare brands.

In other words, this could be the answer to your glass skin prayers. (Especially for fans of Cosrx, Pyunkang Yul, and Some by Mi!) Only catch is, you’ll have to figure out which one. Think you can find your pimple match made in heaven? Guess you’ll have to scroll down to see. Ahead, we break down what’ll dry out those zits, make them less noticeable, and work best for delicate complexions. Have a peek!


KEY INGREDIENTS: Willow Bark Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, and Centella Asiatica Extract
RECOMMENDED FOR: Noticeably drying all kinds of breakouts without stripping the face or irritating skin.
WHY IT’S GREAT: A trifecta of willow bark, forsythia suspensa fruit, and centella extracts addresses everything from blackheads and pores to zits and a greasy face. But more than that, this incredibly calming formula rapidly targets and goes hard on blemishes (including cystic mountains!) without drying out your skin. Oh, and did we mention that everything here is currently 15% off until July 18? Sounds like a steal.

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KEY INGREDIENTS: Propolis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water (Green Tea Extract), Centella, Aloe Vera Leaf Water, Cica Extracts
RECOMMENDED FOR: Calming inflammation and shrinking pimples on oily, acne-prone skin types.
WHY IT’S GREAT: Tried and true, COSRX just gets acne like they’re made for it. And in many ways, they are! Case in point, their AC collection. This lineup is the whole package by covering everything from prevention to treatment. Spiked with propolis, green tea, aloe, and cica extracts, these ingredients work together to tone down painful, red zits and curb excess sebum to keep breakouts from coming back time and time again.

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KEY INGREDIENTS: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica Extract
RECOMMENDED FOR: Sensitive skin types that are easily triggered by acids and spot treatments.
WHY IT’S GREAT: When your face is a war zone, working in scrubs and exfoliants into your routine can seem scary if you’re trying to avoid acne flare ups. Luckily, Some by Mi’s anti-acne line fights smarter, not harder by easing actives into your skin. That way, the products you use get to the root of the problem by sloughing off dead cells and allowing soothing ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin. So while it may take time to see results, there’s no doubt that this will do the trick to heal and cure troubled skin from the inside out.

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