Seeing spots? Say no more. It only takes a single blemish to ruin an otherwise flawless canvas. In fact, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), A.K.A. acne scarring, is one of the most hated skin problems ever. This is especially true in Asia, where baby-soft, porcelain-smooth pelts are the ideal. No wonder South Korean beauty purveyors are pretty much overflowing with products that target this very issue!

The options can be dizzying—so we’ve picked our top 5 spot-erasing formulas straight outta SoKo. From chemical exfoliants to whitening packs, these cult faves will grant you the skin you’ve always coveted.

1. UGB Peeling Gel, now on sale at P1,710 (limited time only) Most people recoil at the sight of the word “peeling”, but it’s not to be taken literally in this case. UGB’s chemical exfoliant is less of a glue-like peel and more of a mild solvent. It gently (very gently) melts grime and dullness off of your skin’s surface. So instead of leaving you with a face that’s been rubbed raw, its gentle dissolving action clarifies your dark scars with the familiar sensation of a cleanser. No abrasiveness here!

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2. C20 Vitamin Sleep 9 to 5 Crema, now on sale at P1,079 (limited time only) For intense brightening, make this Vitamin C-packed cream the finishing touch in your nightly regimen. Hyper-pigmentation stands no chance against a high concentration of brightening actives. Translation: it’s powerful enough to lighten stubborn dark spots in a noticeable way. Plus, the antioxidant properties in the cream help alleviate sun damage, bringing vitality back to mature skin.

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3. Mizon Snow White Cream, now on sale at P1,215 (limited time only) True to its name, this whitening cream promises a smooth, silken face that could rival Snow White’s. It’s packed to the brim with skin-lighteners like orange, lemon, and Moringa Seed extracts, all rich in Vitamin C. On top of that, the cream provides intense hydration to maintain a healthy glow. Who’s the fairest of them all now?

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4. Dear Klairs Black Sugar Facial Polish, P795 If you must use a physical exfoliator, always opt for a mild, sugar-based polish like this one. Here’s why: unlike traditional microbeads or nut granules, sugar exfoliators dissolve after a few seconds of massaging! This inhibits irritation while effectively sloughing off uneven patches and gradually lightening acne scars. Once the sugar melts away, you’re left with Dear Klairs’ shea butter-cranberry seed oil blend: a one-two punch of moisture. Sweet!

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5. COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule, P1,100 A concentrated ampule is the quickest way to target those problematic nooks and crannies. This potent whitening formula claims to transform skin in a mere 14 days! Its main function is to block the formation of melanin, which you probably already know is the chemical responsible for darkening and pigmentation. As a result, existing blemishes begin to fade and your skin remains fair, radiant, and texturally even.

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