10 Effective Anti-Acne Products That Are Worth Investing In

The promise of clear, blemish-free skin makes them worth the splurge.
by Leika Golez   |  Apr 21, 2022
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When it comes to dealing with persistent teen acne, it’s best to look for tried-and-true formulas. They may not be the friendliest to your wallet today, but they’re definitely the most cost-efficient alternatives in the long run. We admit though, it’s hard to find a Holy Grail that actually merits its high price, so we’re here to help!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of 10 effective anti-acne products that are actually worth your hard-earned money. 

1. CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser 

Benzoyl peroxide is a non-negotiable for oily-skinned gals due to its clinically-proven acne-fighting properties. This sudsy CeraVe cleanser combines the star ingredient with hydrating goodies like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to ensure a non-drying formula. 

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CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser, P1,200, Available on beautymnl.com

2. Pixi Glow Mud Mask

A clay mask is great for mopping up excess shine, but most of them tend to sting delicate skin. If you haven’t found one that works for you, try this mild wash-off mask from Pixi on your next at-home spa day. 

 

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Pixi Glow Mud Mask, P1,720, Available on Sephora

3. Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief

FYI: Using too many acne treatments at once can excessively dry out your skin, causing your pores to produce even more sebum. That’s why we suggest finding a buffer product for your harsh acne treatments, like this anti-inflammatory pick from Krave Beauty. 

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Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief, P3,000, Available on kbeautycafe.com

4. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

Remember this old-school skincare favorite from the 2010s? Skincare trends may have changed since then, but Mario Badescu’s salicylic acid spot treatment remains unparalleled. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, P1,280, Available on Rustans

5. Clinique Clarifying Lotion Twice A Day Exfoliator 3

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Another classic beauty staple, this witch hazel exfoliant from Clinique gently buffs away oil build-up without stripping your skin dry. Basically, that means less blemishes and dullness for your skin! 

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Twice A Day Exfoliator 3, P2,700, Available on Lazada

6. Murad Clarifying Toner

On sweltering summer days, go for Murad’s balancing toner to instantly refresh your face. With consistent use, it can reduce the appearance of pores and soothe angry breakouts. 

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Murad Clarifying Toner, P1,350, Available on Lazada

7. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

If you want the best of the best, invest in a company’s flagship product. For example, this weightless BHA bestseller from Paula’s Choice is highly regarded for its gentle clarifying properties. 

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Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, P2,345, Available on beautymnl.com

8. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment

Getting a prescription-strength retinoid over the counter was impossible until La Roche-Posay developed this hidden gem. Infused with Adapalene Gel 0.1%, this potent formula can treat all kinds of zits, from whiteheads to raised pimples. 

 

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment, P1,950, Available on beautymnl.com

9. Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 60ml

Packed with soothing plant-based ingredients, this non-greasy moisturizer is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Our tip: Use it on damp, freshly-toned skin to really lock in the hydration. 

 

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 60ml, P1,620, Available on Lazada

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10. COSRX Master Patch Intensive (Cystic Acne)

Yup, you can now get COSRX’s cult-fave pimple patches in a value size. Plus, this jumbo variation contains a blend of tea tree oil and salicylic acid to alleviate redness and prevent post-acne dark marks. 

 

COSRX Master Patch Intensive (Cystic Acne), P1,100, Available on beautymnl.com

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