Congratulations, girls (and guys)—you’ve made it to the second semester! With a different class schedule, a new roster of professors, and a fresh batch of deadlines on your plate, the pressure might have turned up a notch. You’re still in luck, though, because while exams and all-nighters are inevitable, a stress-induced breakout can be avoided.

Now, we know you don’t have time for that 10-step regimen—which is why we’ve rounded up the fast-acting formulas that have gotten an A+ among college girls everywhere. Want to get rid of those eyebags? Zap out those zits? Need an instant glo-up? We got you covered. Here are 10 products that made it to the honor roll, all tried, tested, and loved by your skincare-savvy peers.

FOR SHRINKING ZITS: PIMPLE PATCHES


WHAT THEY ARE: These small stickers can look unassuming, but they pack a hard-hitting punch. They’re infused with acne-fighting compounds that shrink pimples overnight, prevent scarring, and promote efficient skin regeneration—banishing that bad blemish for good.

1. Dr. Wonder Anti-Spot Acne Patch (60pcs), P550 Allana, 18: “I was really impressed by its effectivity since I’ve suffered severe acne due to my hormonal imbalance and of course, school. This product helped me a lot in covering those nasty cystic pimples and helps in healing my acne faster and btw it only takes 1-2 patches!!”

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2. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (24 Patches), P200 Naomi, 21: “This product is never missing from my go-to pouch and thus, I’ve repurchased it so many times already. It’s perfect for when you have an active pimple and prevents you from popping them. You can really see all the white stuff sucked from the pimple (which is cool and gross at the same time!) and in 2 days expect your pimple to be drying or gone already!”

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FOR DEPUFFING EYEBAGS: EYE MASKS


WHAT THEY ARE: Didn’t get enough sleep? With these instant hydrators, nobody will ever have to know. They deliver deep nourishment into the delicate, dry areas of the eyes, visibly reduce signs of fatigue and puffiness, and give an instant lift to saggy areas.

3. Esfolio Black Caviar Eye Patches, P999 Ginni, 19: “I personally dont have really sunken eyebags but as a college student who seriously does not know how to manage her time well, I tend to have several sleepless nights. When I do pull off those “all-nighters” (or even just have only a couple hours of sleep), this is my go-to de-puffer! I usually use them in the morning. I apply them for 20 minutes and remove them about 15 minutes before I put on my makeup, and it super does the job! Not only is it a quick fix for those dark circles, but it gives such a fresh and moisturizing feeling around your eyes! No one can even tell that I only had about 1-2 hours of sleep because of these babies!”

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4. BioAqua Golden Osmanthus Eye Mask Set, now on sale at P249 (limited time only) Livia, 20: “the product was just what I expected! I haven’t used it too long, but I have definitely noticed instant results. My eyes looked less tired, and I looked more awake. I also like how it came with little tweezers to pick up each mask as they are all packaged together (which i really like as it cuts down on plastic waste). Lastly, I really liked these masks as they cool your skin and feel nice and tingly.”

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FOR INSTANT GLOW: WASH-OFF PEELS


WHAT THEY ARE: These multi-tasking solutions check everything on the list. They slough away dead skin cells, decongest the pores, and deliver nutrients that help balance and brighten troubled complexions. If dull skin is your main concern, these exfoliating wonders will change it right before your eyes.

5. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, P700 L, 20: “I was hesitant when I bought this because it’s my first time to incorporate acids in my skin care. Upon using this product, it’s actually milder than what I was expecting. I use this on the night before an event when I want to look extra good. This makes the application of make-up seamless, just don’t forget to use sunscreen. My first bottle is about to run out and I will make sure to restock on this as soon as it is available.”

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6. Pixi by Petra Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate, P1,390 Jenna, 22: “For the longest time, I’ve been trying to get rid of my dark spots from previous acne, and so I tried this. It’s expensive, yes, but it’s totally worth it! After a month of using this (1-2 times a week), I saw real [results] and my skin doesn’t only look more even, but it also feels more smooth and it does give a glow!”

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FOR STOPPING BREAKOUTS: DRYING LOTION


WHAT THEY ARE: Yearbook picture coming up? A touch of these pimple-pulverizing potions should get rid of any stubborn spots. They’re concocted with fast-acting acids that shrink whiteheads, reduce redness, heal infected areas, and basically stop zits dead in their tracks before they get any worse. Must-have!

7. Bioessence Acnetrol Acne Drying Lotion, P450 Kat, 21: “I use a q-tip to apply it on my breakouts individually because it can be pretty drying to the other parts of the skin. It sets down into a powder and it helps keep the area oil-free by absorbing secreted oils from the surrounding area. It also helps keep the pimples covered and protected from bacteria while it heals. This is why it makes sense to use it after the acnetrol salicylic toner because the toner helps disinfect the area before topping it with the lotion. It dries my acne in two to three days max, which usually takes a week to heal before. The bottle is quite big and you only need a drop of it per application so it will definitely last you a long time.”

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8. Beaublends Spot ON TX Drying Lotion, P220 Eisley, 18: “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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FOR REMOVING EXCESS OIL: MATTIFYING MASKS


WHAT THEY ARE: Stress, pollution, and junk food can trigger a little too much sebum for your skin to cope with. Our advice? Use a clay mask to help detoxify and tighten the pores, balance your oil levels, and shield your skin from free radicals, keeping you looking youthful as you enter your twenties.

9. Human Nature 100% Natural Pollution Defense Mask, P450 Micah, 18: “After school hours, I use this mask to strip away the dirt and smoke of Metro Manila and it works wonders 💕 It has a thick, clay-like texture so a little goes a long way. Tip: use warm water to rinse [off] the mask to soften it up 🤗 This is good for acne-prone skin because it strips away excess oil without drying your skin too much.”

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10. Skin Revolution Bentonite Volcanic Mineral Mud Mask, now on sale at P480 (limited time only) Lea, 19: “I’m not a junkie when it comes to mud masks, so I’m really glad this one is the type which you can directly apply to your face instead of mixing powder with this and that (and some rules about not using metal spoons or smthn). I usually use this on my most stressful days like after finishing a presentation or plate. I first use a facial foam, then Skin Revolution’s Exfoliating gel (rosewater), then a facial cleanser, then finally the mask … After rinsing this off, my skin is soft and smooth and it feels revived ♡ the tub is also of good size so it’ll last me a few months (currently have this for a month now and I’ve barely used 1/10 of it)”

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