Don’t believe the hyperboles—”perfect” skin is a lie (and celeb skin is no exception!) But there’s a lesson to be learned from this beauty myth, and it’s this: good skin is less about being spot-free 24/7 and more about nipping zits in the bud.

While you may never have truly “flawless” skin, you can get closer to the dream with good anti-acne products. The best ones make a spot disappear in a matter of hours, faster than you can whip out your trusty pimple patches. Below, find 6 preventive formulas to shrink down your zits and stop breakouts in their tracks. No one ever has to know!

1. C20 Vitamin Sleep 9 to 5 Crema Sleeping Cream, P950 STAR INGREDIENT: Vitamin C
WHY IT WORKS: This natural healer is known as one of the most water-soluble antioxidants on the scene. In other words, your skin absorbs this stuff like a sponge. When applied topically, Vitamin C reduces redness and strengthens the skin’s resistance against acne-causing bacteria.

2. DewyTree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream, P1,199 STAR INGREDIENT: Snail Filtrate
WHY IT WORKS: Snail slime may be old news, but its pimple-fighting powers are evergreen. By boosting the skin’s healing process, this snail cream calms inflammation and banishes budding breakouts overnight.

3. My Scheming Skin Clarifying Mask, P95 STAR INGREDIENT: Witch Hazel Extract
WHY IT WORKS: Because it’s an all-natural astringent, witch hazel is a godsend for decongested skin. Anything it touches becomes germ-free territory—which means it purifies pores and staves off pimples before they even hit the surface.

4. COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule, P1,300 STAR INGREDIENT: Centella Leaf Water
WHY IT WORKS: Greasier than an oil rig? This plant-based solution restores the skin’s moisture balance and prevents sebum from clogging your pores.

5. Skin Genie Blindspot Healing Stick, P100 STAR INGREDIENT: Vitamin E
WHY IT WORKS: Although it’s commonly used as a lightening treatment, Vitamin E can also shrink lesions by blocking out damaging free radicals. This protects broken skin from external irritation, so your blemishes heal faster without any scarring.

6. Sweet Solutions ILLUMINATE Earth Masque, now on sale at P500 (limited time only) STAR INGREDIENT: Clay
WHY IT WORKS: According to Google, clay is the most Googled beauty term in 2017 so far. Why? This purifying mud draws out deep-seated impurities like a vacuum, so your pores stay clean as a whistle.

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