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The Best Acne-Fighting Ingredients You Should Be Looking For

Adios forever, zit!

If you're shopping for products to complete your anti-acne skincare regimen, read the label to check if any of these powerful pimple-fighting ingredients are included.

Salicylic acid

This tackles the breakout from its root: It seeps into the oil glands and reduces the overproduction of sebum. Plus, it also helps renew the skin surface to reveal a smoother and calmer complexion.

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COSRx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, P485, Lazada

Benzoyl peroxide

For over the counter (OTC) treatments, this ingredient is the most recommended by dermatologists. It kills bacteria, which stops a pimple from growing into a full-blown, inflamed spot. It unclogs the pores, too!

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

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Azelaic acid

This may be the next big thing in anti-acne skincare: Besides eliminating pimple-causing bacteria, it has the ability to reduce the size of hormonal/cystic acne. Plus, it helps fade scars!

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, P800,


If you're in skin limbo and you need to tackle signs of aging and pimples at the same time, retinol is your guy. It boosts collagen production, fights sun damage, manages oil production, and zaps bacteria. (Phew! that was a mouthful!)

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First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum .25% Pure Concentrate, P3,808,

For those who want to go the natural route, try these:


It's normally used as a base for a detoxifying mask because it can suck up all the grease and gunk from the pores. 

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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, P395, Healthy Options

Tea tree oil

Turn to this essential oil to spot-treat and calm down zits

Human Nature Tea Tree Oil, P295, Robinsons Supermarket

Raw honey

While this may not be as potent as other anti-acne solutions, raw honey can help soothe pimples.

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Ilog Maria Virgin Honey, P400,

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