A number of factors can trigger a flare-up—oily food, sleepless nights, stress. But more often than you’d think, the culprit is hiding in your very own beauty regimen. For instance, did you know that that anti-aging product you’re slathering on every night can actually break you out?
Take a look at the consistency of your anti-ager: is it something you scrub over your face or something that peels off your skin? And how about the ingredients list: does it contain retinols and/or AHAs? All of the above tend to strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier, making it dry and tight. And as you probably already know, under-moisturized skin is the jump-off point for over-zealous sebum production. Translation: it gives you pimples.

To reduce the chances of breakouts, opt for an anti-aging product formulated with ceramides, Vitamin C, and/or peptides. These ingredients will keep your skin youthful while maintaining a healthy level of oils on the surface of your face. Repeat after us: when you up your hydration, you deal with your zit-uation (wink). Try one of these babies, for starters:

1. Laneige Perfect Renew Night Treatment, P3,410 This essence works as a wrinkle treatment, paving your skin from within while you sleep. Its ceramide content restores moisture and fortifies the skin’s natural barrier, so you wake up to a softer mug with less creases.

2. Aloe Derma Wrinkle Eliminating Essence, P1,250 If your skin looks like the Sahara, this anti-aging essence will bring it back to life. It’s powered by aloe vera, which wards off environmental aggressors and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. More importantly, aloe vera is one of the gentlest things you can slather on your skin. Bye-bye, breakouts!

3. Olay Regenerist Cream SPF 15, P399 This miracle cream contains amino-peptides. Here’s why that’s a good thing: amino-peptides help eliminate dead cells, pump up the collagen in your skin, and return the elasticity that the years have stolen from you.

4. It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector, P685 This oil-based beautifier is a triple threat: it tightens skin, lightens tone, and smooths down zits before they dare surface. The secret weapon: a heaping dose of Vitamin C.

5. Vitacreme B12 Anti-Aging Serum, on sale at P1,557 This serum is gentle enough to use as an eye cream but packs a powerful punch as an anti-ager. It’s formulated with Vitamins B3 and B12 (among others), which are hailed as skin heroes their restorative properties.

6. My Prime Skin Recovery Formula, on sale at P1,840 Got a spotty complexion that needs saving? Here’s another serum designed to fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation. The moringa and pili oils in it also encourage cell turnover, so your inner glow can come straight through.