Centella asiatica sounds like gibberish to you now, but it could be the answer to your pimples. Rich in amino acids, this tiny medicinal herb speeds up healing, prevents scarring, and pacifies inflammation. In a nutshell: it’s the perfect match for acne-prone skin.
No wonder COSRX has placed it bets on this botanical hero. You already know the Korean brand for its anti-acne solutions, but did you know how obsessed it is with centella asiatica? Centella is spotlighted in not one, not two, but three COSRX products: a toner, an ampule, and a moisturizer. Pro tip: you should use them all together for a potent pimple-killing routine!

1. COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner, P675

Add a little pep to your prep with this skin-plumping toner. It counteracts any type of damage caused by acne, including sagging, scarring, and inflammation. The result is a spotless face that’s noticeably more elastic. Don’t be surprised if you look extra radiant, too. Like most natural astringents, this centella blend sweeps away dead surface cells to reveal healthier skin beneath.

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2. COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule, now on sale at P1,124 (limited time only)
If you spend half your beauty budget on blotting paper, this oil-control ampule will save you that cash. It’s infused with centella asiatica leaf water, which has powerful hydrating properties. The ampule works by boosting moisture retention and restoring balance to dehydrated skin. This brings your oil production levels back down to normal. No more shine!

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3. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream, now on sale at P936 (limited time only)
Feel a pimple threatening under your skin? Keep it there with this soothing cream. It dramatically reduces swelling and redness and controls the havoc wreaked by angry zits. With a mix of centella and other botanical oils, this cream can thwart pimples before they can even hit the surface.

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Recite it with us: C-E-N-T-E-L-L-A. You’ll want to remember that the next time your skin turns on you.

Acne is not inherently dangerous, but it can leave scars if left untreated. Read more about our comprehensive guide here.

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Almost Original (Instrumental) by Joakim Karud

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