Pimple Emergency? Try These Anti-Acne Gels And Creams!

Zap those zits!

I think we can all agree on the fact that pimples are one of the most annoying things ever. Especially if you have a very *~complex~*  skincare routine and you're super dedicated to completing it day and night, and then suddenly, a pesky pimple appears! Like, where did you even come from? Why is my skin disrespecting me like this?!

Before you go on a rage-filled frenzy and start popping those pimples (I feel like I shouldn't have to say this already, but that's a big no-no!), say hello to your new best friend: anti-acne gels and creams. 

These babies help in drying out pimples and killing the bacteria that causes inflammation and redness, usually overnight. Do note though, that they work best on pimples that are "ripe" or are already about to pop. For cystic acne (those large painful pimples whose heads never seem to pop up because they're actually underneath the skin!), however, your regular anti-acne skincare routine might not cut it. It's best to consult with a dermatologist to find the best products to treat them.

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With that being said, keep on scrolling for the best acne gels and creams you can use to banish those pesky pimps!

  1. Quick FX Pimple Eraser

    This is a budget-friendly option if you want to zap your zits but you don't want to break the bank. It has glycolic acid, salicylic acid, zinc oxide, niacinamide, and vitamin C that works hard to fight off those pesky pimples.

    Quick FX Pimple Eraser, P129, Watsons

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  2. Innisfree Bija Cica Balm

    This soothing balm from Innisfree is formulated with bija seed oil and centella asiatica extract which helps in strengthening the skin's protective barrier. It calms down cystic acne and it also helps in removing whiteheads. It's also unscented, so it won't further aggravate already-irritated skin.

    Innisfree Bija Cica Balm, P1,000, Althea

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  3. Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream

    This cream has the consistency of a gel moisturizer, which makes it easier to penetrate the skin and for it to be absorbed. It has willow bark extract, forsythia suspensa fruit extract, and centella asiatica extract for soothing the skin.

    Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream, P800, BeautyMNL

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  4. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    This nifty little lotion helps in drying up pimples ~overnight~ and it contains sulfur, salicylic acid, and zinc oxide to draw impurities from the skin. It is also infused with calamine that helps in reducing the irritation and itching.

    Mario Badescu Drying Cream, P1,280, BeautyMNL

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  5. Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel

    One of the bestselling products of Human Nature, this gel has a potent blend of tea tree oil and other acne-drying ingredients that will banish blemishes and stop breakouts before they get worse. 

    Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel, P199.75, Humanheartnature

  6. Pond's Anti-Acne Leave-on Expert Clearing Gel

    This gel from Pond's is formulated with Active Thymo-T Essence that fights pimple-causing bacteria and eliminates acne down to the root for clearer, smoother skin after three days.

    Pond's Anti-acne Leave-on Expert Clearing Gel, P189, Watsons

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  7. Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel

    This gel from Belo is actually the third step in the Belo AcnePro 3-Step Clear Skin System. It is infused with purified bee venom that dries out pimples and removes them before they become worse. It also lightens marks caused by pimples. It's hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and finally, it is also dermatologist-tested.

    Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel, P170, BeautyMNL

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  8. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream

    This blemish cream soothes redness and irritation caused by acne. Its star ingredients are centella asiatica extract that helps with the scarring, and tea tree oil which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

    COSRX Centella Blemish Cream, P910, Althea

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