No matter what your skin type or how extensive your routine, it seems there’s no hiding from a really stubborn-headed zit. Trust us, we’ve been there. But the good news? There are tons of fail-safe products that work wonders at keeping them at bay.

If you have a go-to in mind, then you know exactly how game-changing it can be. Though if you’re someone still testing the waters, don’t worry! If it’s any help, we’d love to share our own so you can get an idea on where to start.

Below, we asked 5 BeautyMNL girls at the office to share a bit about their relationship with breakouts and their absolute favorite anti-acne products that have made all the difference. Scroll to see!


SAM’S PICK: Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (24 Patches), P200

SKIN TYPE: Dry, sensitive
BREAKOUT PRONE AREAS: Chin and forehead
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S): Stress, lack of sleep, eating unhealthy

SAM: “Since I have dry skin that tends to get sensitive, I can’t be too experimental with drying solutions since it’ll only further irritate the area and lead to allergies and eczema. So while I’d still normally go through my usual skincare routine, I’ll put on the Cosrx pimple patch first to protect that area and stop it from getting irritated. I love using this because it serves as a first aid, like a bandaid for the inflamed spot. It just protects it from external factors like dust, or like when I’m asleep and rolling around on my pillow. I also tend to pick at my pimples, so it stops me from doing that, too.”

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JEM’S PICK: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (454g), now on sale at P473 (limited time only)

SKIN TYPE: Combination
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S): Menstrual cycle, stress

JEM: “I only use this when it’s really, really bad, but when I do it feels like ~MAGIC~. When you put it on, you can feel the mask doing its work. It says here, “feel your face pulsate” and you do! It makes your skin feel good and super clean after, and I love that. I noticed that when I started using this, my breakouts are tamer. It’s the best.”

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BEA’S PICK: Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads, P900

BREAKOUT PRONE AREAS: Chin, above the mouth, cheeks, and perimeters of the face
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S): Menstrual cycle, lack of sleep and water

BEA: “I really love how this unclogs my pores and leaves my skin clean. Because it deeply cleanses, I tend to get less acne to no acne at times. And because it’s a physical exfoliator as well as a chemical exfoliator, it doesn’t just get rid of the surface dirt or dead skin cells on top, but it goes deep inside the pores to clean it even more.”

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AYANA’S PICK: Some by Mi Miracle Toner, now on sale at P990 (limited time only) and the Some by Mi Miracle Serum, now on sale at P1,300 (limited time only)

SKIN TYPE: Dry, combination skin
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S): Menstrual cycle, eating unhealthy, inconsistent skincare routine

AYANA: “Two things that I just can’t go without especially when I’m breaking out are the toner and serum from Some by Mi. I find that these two products together work super well at brightening my skin, getting [rid of] dead skin cells, and overall making me feel like my face is cleaner than what I started with essentially. [Since] I typically use this at night, [by] next morning my skin feels plumper, brighter, and just generally overall in better health. Would recommend!

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KAT’S PICK: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner, P1,125

SKIN TYPE: Oily, sensitive skin
BREAKOUT PRONE AREAS: Forehead and cheeks
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S): Lack of sleep, inconsistent skincare routine, menstrual cycle

KAT: “What I love about this is that it really controls my oiliness and has this nice, subtle smell unlike other toners that smell strong and alcohol-like. Also, it’s not drying at all. It moisturises my skin just enough, and after one swipe it actually gives me that clean and fresh feeling right after.

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Did we miss out on your favorite? Share your go-to anti-acne products with us in the comments, below!

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