When a pimple pops up out of nowhere, most people will spackle on the concealer and hide that sucker until it dies. But this goes against our No. 1 beauty rule: skincare always comes first. Healing troubled skin is a long-haul battle! And while you can’t cheat your way to a perfect complexion, you can speed up the process with an anti-acne serum.
In addition to your hormones being out of whack, acne is often caused by excess oil that is in turn caused by dehydration. Anti-acne serums work so well because they cut off this vicious cycle right at the source, providing an intense surge of skin-moisture. For a clearer complexion in no time, treat and tame breakouts with our two picks below!

SPLURGE: COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule, P1,100 Greasier than an oil slick? Bring balance back to your skin with the restorative Centella Blemish Ampule. Infused with plant extracts, this potent blend heals skin aggravation in two ways. First, it controls excess oil production by boosting the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Second, it forms a protective barrier to avoid irritating your active breakouts. Like most COSRX products, its minimal ingredient list ensures epic results. No fuss, no frills. If you can pony up P1,100, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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SAVE: It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector, now on sale at P685 (limited time only) For a more affordable alternative, pick up a vial of It’s Skin’s Power 10 Formula VB Effector. This oil-free serum aids acne-prone skin in a similar fashion to COSRX: namely, by bringing excess oil production back to equilibrium. The viscous formula absorbs almost instantly, and its hydrating effects last very long. As a result, your sebaceous glands no longer need to overwork themselves to keep you moist and juicy. Don’t miss this bestselling serum while it’s still on sale!

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What’s your pick: COSRX’s plant-based elixir or It’s Skin’s vitamin-rich formula?