Derma-Approved Pimple Solutions for All Budgets

Find out the most effective ways to get rid of acne.
by Ira Nopuente for   |  Sep 2, 2017
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If you feel like commercially-available products aren't solving your pimple problems, here are dermatologist-approved ways to get clear skin the safest and fastest way possible.

How do we get pimples in the first place?

Yanee VasquezM.D. of Aesthetic Science Clinic explained that women can get acne from hormonal imbalance (stress, late nights, and monthly periods) and from an irritation to a beauty product. 

She also explained why popping pimples by yourself is a big no-no: “Self-management of acne such as popping a pimple is not recommended because it can lead to further irritation and inflammation with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or what is commonly known as acne marks,” she warned.

So what's a Candy Girl supposed to do? We researched on the most effective acne and pimple solutions you can turn to, depending on your skin's need and budget:

Anti-Acne Facial

When to get it: If you have oily skin with mild to moderate acne


Where to get it: Skin Station

Why it works: It uses products that clean deep-seated dirt in the pores. It also comes with a blackhead, whitehead, and pimple extraction service done by an esthetician.

How much it costs: P900

How fast you can see results: You need three monthly treatments and up to see results.

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Acne surgery

When to get it: If you’ve got a recurring, cystic acne problem.

Where to get it: Dermatological clinics

Why it works: “Getting treated by a dermatologist is the best way to deal with an acne problem. We often suggest comedone extraction, acne surgery, and the use of topical and/or oral anti-acne medications,” Dr. Vasquez said.

How much it costs: P1,800 to P3,500, depending on the clinic

How fast you can see results: Two months and up, with consistent maintenance

Insulated Microneedling

When to get it: You want your cystic acne gone for good.


Where to get it: Skin Philosophie by Nikita Talens, M.D.

Why it works: It selectively destroys hyperactive oil glands and prevents acne from coming back. You'll need at least three sessions of this treatment to score clearer skin.

How much it costs: P12,000 per session

How fast you can see results: One to two months

Fractional Needling Therapy with Retinol

When to get it: You have cystic acne but are also concerned with signs of aging.

Where to get it: Flawless Face and Body clinics

Why it works: It uses Vitamin A serum to fight acne, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

How much it costsP4,500 per session

How fast you can see results: One to two months

Pimple Injections

When to get it: If you have a pimple you want gone ASAP.

Where to get it: Dermatological clinics

Why it works: Kristine Batungbacal, M.D. of Flawless Face and Body Clinics divulged that all of their doctors use diluted Triamcinolone acetonide suspension to reduce the redness of the spot. "A patient may have this treatment each time he/she has an inflammatory pimple. Usually, we can do another injection after a week if the inflammation has not completely subsided," she said. She also suggested that one should undergo a facial before the injection.


Dr. Batungbacal also warned of possible scarring. "Yes, it may lead to a scar and sometimes, discoloration (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). This is why preparation of the suspension and injection technique is important," she disclosed.

How much it costs: P100-150 per pimple

How fast you can see results: One day

Spot treatment products

Where to get it: Beauty stores

What can work: Dr. Vasquez advised that if access to proper treatment is difficult, look for a product with benzoyl peroxide and apply on the area of the affected lesion. 


Benzac Gel, P350 to P850, depending on the benzoyl peroxide concentration, Watsons

How fast you can see results: Three to five days

How can you make sure that you won’t get acne scars?

The answer is simple: Have it checked by a professional as soon as it rears its ugly head. “Treat or manage your acne before complications such as acne scars and acne marks set in,” Dr. Vasquez recommended. She also said that management of acne is a long-term process and will require several visits to see significant improvement.

But when you already have pimple marks, you can try chemical peels, laser treatments, and micro-needling to lessen the appearance of scars. Here are some of the services you can try:

Anti-Acne Peel 

Where to get it: Skin Philosophie by Nikita Talens, M.D.

What is it: A chemical peel that smoothens the surface of the skin while managing acne.


How much it costs: P1,150

Spanish Peel

Where to get it: Aesthetic Science Clinic

What is it: A peel that reveals a new, smoother skin surface with a downtime of three to five days. Apart from acne marks, it can also reduce the appearance of large pores, dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.

How much it costsP3,000 per session


Where to get it: Flawless Face and Body Clinic, Mall of Asia

What is it: A laser treatment that repairs acne scars, wrinkles, small warts, discoloration, syringoma, sebaceous hyperplasia, and other small skin lesions.

How much does it cost: Starts at P5,000

TriFractional Treatment

Where to get it: Skin Philosophie by Nikita Talens, M.D.

What is it: TriFractional radiofrequency treatment boosts skin surface renewal. It is then followed up with micro-needling when needed.

How much it costs: P10,000 per session

Fire-Xel Skin Rejuvenation

Where to get it: Aesthetic Science Clinic


What is it: An advanced laser treatment that boosts the repair and growth of collagen and elastin fibers. It can diminish acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, superficial pigmentation, and sagging skin. You need to have an average of six sessions done every three to four weeks for best results.

How much it costsP5,800 per session or P30,000/6-session package

The bottom line is, it's always best to trust a dermatologist when it comes to treating acne or pimples. It can seem expensive but look at it as an investment. It's better to cash in a big chunk of money right away for a surefire solution rather than to spend a few pesos multiple times (that will accumulate in the long run) with a hit or miss fix.

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