How We Picked The Right Anti-Acne Products for You
Acne can take weeks to years to completely heal. With this in mind, we recommended you sustainable and affordable over-the-counter acne treatments fitting your budget.
Many beauty selections can make it confusing for you to choose between different products. To help you out, we picked the best products with anti-acne formula made for your acne situation.
Acne can be tricky to treat as they come and go on our skin. We screened the best products which can provide you with best results overnight and through consistent use.
Although minor, the feeling of the application of the anti-acne products can change your skincare experience. We’re sharing with you the ones that you can put on your face or body without feeling annoyed by the skin contact.
Skin Type Fit
Different acne products advertise them for different skin types. We checked how they fit the skin types they claim to treat.
1. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Price: Php 135
Contains: Hydrocolloid coating
Best for: All skin types, Active pimples
|Skin Type Fit||5/5|
The COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is one of the best acne patches in the market. If you are familiar with K-beauty products, we recommend you check the buzz this patch has created among the community.
What makes this amazing is how it fits all skin types and aims to treat acne overnight and through continued use. We love how it comes with three sizes to accommodate different acne sizes to provide optimum treatment.
We think that you would also feel comfortable when you wear it on you overnight and through repeated use. Because the patch sticks to your skin, it blends with your skincare routine applications without affecting your covered acne.
When it comes to the ingredients, COSRX promises comfort with hydrocolloid coating. They also guarantee skin safety as labeling themselves to be paraben-free, meaning that they do not use harmful chemicals on their product.
And we agree with them! For us, they deliver the promise of providing overnight comfort with hydrocolloid and making the skin healthy without drying it out.
The COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is perfect for spot treatment and reducing swelling. We recommend it for immediate treatment of protruding acne on your skin.
However, the succeeding treatments with this partch may not follow through with the pimple marks. We suggest you use a different treatment for your pimple marks.
Because of this, we think you should use this pimple patch product with your skincare routine. While we recommend it, we strongly believe it works best only as a supplement treatment to your routine.
2. Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Spot Corrector Gel
Price: Php 169 (5 mL), Php 449 (15 mL)
Contains: salicylic acid, glycerin, tea tree oil, fragrant, alcohol denat
Best for: Most skin types, active acne
|Skin Type Fit||5/5|
If you prefer gel texture and treatment on your skincare routine, then we strongly recommend the Celeteque DermoScience Acne Solutions Spot Corrector Gel.
It is excellent for drying pimples when applied twice a day (preferably morning and night).
To achieve best results, we recommend you apply it on your affected area only. Then, leave it for a few minutes without touching the affected area to let your skin soak it in and experience its effect.
The performance of this gel comes from its excellent mixture of ingredients. It contains salicylic acid, glycerin, and tea tree oil.
These ingredients complement each other to create a strong anti-acne formula against your acne situation.
You may raise an eyebrow on one of its ingredients: denatured alcohol (alcohol denat).
The effect of this ingredient remains widely debated in the skincare community, but we recommend you see how your skin reacts to it. We think it can cause your skin to dry if you have dry or sensitive skin.
We appreciate the way this product comes in a tube. Allowing us to carefully control the amount of gel is a huge plus in our book.
When you apply this gel, you may sense the subtle yet pleasant smell and sensation of the product.
Unfortunately, we warn you of the potential itching you may experience during the first few minutes of application. We think this happens because of the reaction of your skin to the gel.
Although effective with active pimples, it may struggle to remedy pimple marks even with repeated use.
Also, we feel that the packaging only contains too small an amount of product. It comes in 5 mL and 15 mL packaging.
We think it is perfect for occasional, small-time uses. However, if you think you would use it regularly for treatment, we suggest you prepare for another purchase sooner than you think.
3. Benzac Benzoyl Peroxide Spots Treatment Gel 10%
Price: Php 1,094.50
Contains: Benzoyl Peroxide, acrylates copolymer beads (for controlling excess oil)
Best for: Severe acne breakouts
|Skin Type Fit||3/5|
If you suffer from terrible acne throughout your face, Benzac Benzoyl Peroxide Spots Treatment Gel 10% provides you with a strong counter for your active acne.
Skincare products containing benzoyl peroxide promise to reduce your acne through drying and peeling of the skin.
We recommend this product for those who have already tried various skincare products, but failed to achieve healthy skin.
This product, in particular, contains large amounts of Benzoyl Peroxide. We would advise you to be careful in applying this product on your face, as it may cause additional acne.
We also recommend that you adhere to dermatologists’ advice when applying this product to your skin.
To prevent having additional breakouts while using this treatment, you must spread it all over your face, including outside your acne breakouts.
We appreciate the large amount of product included in the package. We think it can last through weeks of acne treatment even with daily use.
Although Benzoyl Peroxide can reap valuable benefits and effects as a standalone product, it is best used when supplemented by other skin care products. It can cause your skin to dry, so we think it would be better to use a moisturizer with it.
This is not to say Benzoyl Peroxide is a weak product.
In fact, it is so strong that your skin may build tolerance to it. To prevent skin tolerance, we suggest you cease usage of the product once your face clears up.
4. Oxecure Acne Clear Powder Mud
Price: Php 89
Contains: 2% salicylic acid, niacinamide (vitamin B3), aloe vera, alcohol denat
Best for: Most skin types
|Skin Type Fit||4/5|
If you are looking for a cheap and effective anti-acne alternative, we recommend Oxecure Acne Clear Powder Mud. We recommend this for people who look for affordable, but effective relief to active pimples.
We love the packet of the clear powder mud. It comes with a screw cap, which you can use similarly to resealing a water bottle.
As for ingredients, we are pleased to recommend this product because it ticks off many safe ingredients on our checklist. The product contains 2% salicylic acid, niacinamide (vitamin B3), and aloe vera.
The mixture of these ingredients treats your acne without drying or harming your skin. Compared to the other products we screened, we consider this product to be milder than its counterparts.
Hence, we recommend this for anyone looking to treat their acne regardless of their skin type. We still warn you of denatured alcohol mixed within its contents.
The Oxecure Acne Clear Powder Mud promises 6 hours of results after treatment because of its formula.
While we think of the product as highly effective, we deem this claim to be a stretch. We recommend this product for repeated use to treat your acne and its marks.
Lastly, although it is best used for spot treatment, the surrounding spots of the applied area may grow some acne during the first few days of treatment. We think of this as a natural consequence of the treatment.
We suggest you stick with the product for at least a week before removing it from your skincare routine when it does not work for you.
5. Belo AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Bar
Price: Php 110
Contains: Purified Bee Venom
Best for: Mild to moderate acne, bacne
|Skin Type Fit||4/5|
When it comes to managing acne, maskne, and backne, Belo AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Bar works wonders because it allows you to use it freely all over your body.
Belo products are especially made for Filipinos, so you can rarely go wrong with their product selection. Their formulas are proven, tested, and loved by many Filipinos.
With its friendly price tag, the Belo AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Bar can immediately become a vital part of your skin care routine.
We love how this product allows you to wash and rinse quickly. What other products achieve in hours of skin contact, this pimple-fighting bar achieves in minutes.
The bar endorses its key ingredient as Purified Bee Venom to have an anti-inflammatory ingredient. Belo endorses this to be best for mild and moderate acne.
Because of that, we suggest you treat your active pimples and swelling acne first before you attempt using this. Although there is no harm associated with using it on terrible acne, we think you might be better off using spot treatments for more severe acne.
As with products that can be both used for both face and body, we think the product can be harsh on the face. We ask you to be wary about the potential drying effect of the bar on your skin.
As with any skincare product that is effective but drying, we recommend you supplement your skincare routine with a moisturizer to keep it hydrated and healthy.
We think this product is perfect for commuters, gym goers, and those who spend most of their time outdoors. The cooling, cleansing and relaxing effect of the bar can keep your skin healthy and clean.