For most of us, breakouts are an ongoing battle. There’s a particular type of frustration that comes from seeing a blemish finally recede, only to find another one has popped up in its place. Annoying! Thankfully, we aren’t totally powerless. In the face of unexpected flare-ups, these 5 fast-acting acne treatments are guaranteed antidotes—be it for cystic acne or white-headed pimples. Our customers say so!

1. Innisfree Bija Trouble Spot Essence, P865 Cheryyl, 29, Combination: “Works wonders! This helped me lessen my breakouts and dry up my pimples faster. I can see results as early as 24hrs after application! I usually apply this to inflamed pimples (ones that dont have a head yet) and it helps lessen the swelling and sometimes the pimple would just disappear. It’s a little expensive but it’s a great buy!”

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2. Skin Genie Blindspot Healing Stick, P100 Kate, Dry: “This little stick is the definition of small but terrible, in the best way! My skin is prone to cystic pimples and PIH (dark acne marks), and it hasn’t been this clear in a while. Pimples and marks that usually last MONTHS disappear in just a few weeks. I was initially afraid it might clog my pores, but so far that hasn’t been the case. I still get a few pimples, but they don’t stress me out too much when I know I have this in my arsenal. Definitely a life-saving find, especially for the price!”

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3. Beauty Bakery Multipurpose Spot Treatment, P120 Jamie, 24, Combination: “BES THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST SOLUTION EVER. In just a day my pimples, naglaho sila. Huhuhu. Im soooo happy that I can’t contain it. It even cleared some of my cystic pimples. Although im on my post-acne stage (darks spots… Ugh+ , im still using it for sudden outbreaks. This miracle is highly recommended.”

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4. Beaublends Spot ON TX Drying Lotion, P280 Eisley, 18, Oily: “It’s MAGIC! It’s like Mario Badescu’s drying lotion, but cheaper and better! Dries out my breakouts immediately and the small bumps on specific areas flattens when this is applied to it. Although it says to apply it at night, whenever i have days off, I apply it to my pimples in order to quicken the process and it just does its job so well!”

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5. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream, P1,000 Sheryl, 35, Combination: “I don’t think I can do without this anymore! I’ve been using this for nearly 2 months now. I was a skeptic until I saw how quickly my zits flattened out after a day - even without using the COSRX pimple patches (which I rarely use now)! I use this all over my face and neck. Now, I no longer have cystic acne popping out at random. Breakouts are rare and zits are kept at bay. Thank you, COSRX!”

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