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How To Heal A Pimple: From DIY To Professional Treatments

Here's your ultimate guide to getting rid of pimples.
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We'll make this short and sweet: We rounded up all the things you need to do to heal a pimple. And when we say everything, we mean every. single. thing. From the basic skincare stuff, DIY solutions, to the professional treatments you can try, they're all here. Read on to find out the steps in healing a pimple.


Let's start with learning the basics. Clear skin starts with clean skin! Check out the best cleansers and toners that can unclog pores and heal pimples.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foam Cleanser

This cleanser effectively removes dirt and oil, and it has antibacterial ingredients that treat existing pimples and prevent acne from coming back.

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foam Cleanser, P230, Lazada

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

Treat and prevent breakouts with this salicylic acid-enriched cleanser. Plus, you don't have to worry about experiencing painful pimples because this has aloe and chamomile that will soothe them in no time!

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, P1,150, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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Beach Born Healing Toner

Made with witch hazel, this toner is guaranteed to heal stubborn pimples without irritating the skin. In fact, a Cosmo Girl claimed it healed her blemishes overnight! It also has aloe and lavender that work together to calm angry red zits. 

Beach Born Healing Toner, P280,

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Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Liquid

This affordable AF toner has all the ingredients necessary for clear smooth skin: AHA, BHA, and fruit vitamins.

Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Liquid, P75, Watsons

VMV Superskin 3 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner for Oily Skin

A clarifying toner that deep cleans the face while restoring the skin's elasticity and brightness. Monolaurin controls acne and provides a mattified appearance.

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VMV Superskin 3 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner for Oily Skin, P1,000, SM Megamall

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

This essence-toner hybrid can soothe and calm down the heat on the face, decreasing oil production and preventing pimples!

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Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, P1,150, Lazada

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

This toner has AHA that exfoliates the skin's suface and melts whiteheads + blackheads, while the BHA content, on the other hand, heals pimples.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, P680, Lazada


Apply these DIY treatments on the affected area every night to bid stubborn pimples goodbye!

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Benzac Benzoyl Peroxide

Dab this dermatologist-approved gel treatment on the lesion to kill bacteria and heal the pimple. You can see results in three to five days.

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

Celeteque Acne Spot Corrector Gel

This spot solution has AHA and BHA which dry up the blemish fast with minimal scarring.

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Celeteque Acne Spot Corrector Gel, P449/15ml, SM Beauty

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is Mother Nature's number one zit zapper. Its pure state, however, is too strong to be applied directly on the skin. This one from The Body Shop uses castor oil as its carrier oil which makes it safe to use as a spot treatment.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, P495/10ml, SM Megamall

Mario Badescu Drying Solution

The cult favorite contains the trifecta of pimple-healing ingredients: Salicylic acid to exfoliate and treat zits, calamine to soothe the redness, and sulfur to draw the impurities out of the pores.

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Mario Badescu Drying Solution, P1,280, Rustan's The Beauty Source

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

This sticker can heal blemishes in no time! And because it's clear, you can wear it at work or school without looking weird.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, P200, Lazada

Foreo Espada

Turn to technology for intensive DIY care. Powered by blue LED light, this dries out the acne/pimple without leaving an indentation or dark mark. Use it twice a day for best results.

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Foreo Espada, P8,052,  Sephora


Balance oil-moisture levels by hydrating your complexion with the right night cream. Doing so prevents excess sebum production, therefore reducing the chances of getting pimples.

Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Centella Hydrating Formula

This moisturizer has Centella Asiatica (cica), an ingredient that strengthens the skin barrier and treats acne. Beauty vlogger Raiza Contawi swears by this product. According to her extensive anti-acne skincare vlog, this improved her bumpy, acne-prone skin. A Cosmo Girl also raved about it here.

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Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Centella Hydrating Formula, P1,350, Lazada

COSRX Centella Blemish Cream

Here's another moisturizer with Centella Asiatica. This promises to spot-treat pimples while properly hydrating your complexion.

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COSRX Centella Blemish Cream, P1,000, Lazada

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

As its name suggests, this moisturizer soothes existing pimples and prevents further inflammation. It nevers feels heavy on the skin and has cica extract so you're guaranteed it won't aggrevate sebum production.

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, P1,280, Lazada

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Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

This moisturizer has Alguronic Acid to soothe the complexion and to restore the skin's elasticity. Salicylic acid, on the other hand, heals the zits.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer, P3,450, Rustan's the Beauty Source


A weekly application of an exfoliating and pore-clearing mask will help your dreams of scoring blemish-free skin become a reality.

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask

Feel your skin pulsate as bentonite clay (it's major ingredient) sucks up all the sebum that trigger pimples and acne. See how it transformed a Cosmo Girl's complexion here.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, P525, Healthy Options

Pixi Glow Peel Pads

A reliable at-home peel that employs glycolic acid as its main exfoliating ingredient. This melts whitheads, unclogs pores, and micro-peels layers of dead skin cells. While this may sting a little during application, this formula just needs to be rinsed with water right after its "curing" time of seven minutes.

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Pixi Glow Peel Pads, P1,490, Glamourbox

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

This exfoliating toning pad uses Lactic Acid, a milder type of AHA, to smoothen out your skin's texture and to dissolve debris inside the pores. It also has resveratrol that pumps in antioxidants which makes your complexion appear youthful and glowing.

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Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze -Wine, P1,295, Lazada

Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel

A gel-based treatment that can melt whiteheads and dry out pimples. Use this every other day or once a week, depending on the severity of the zits.

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Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel, P1,650, Rustan's The Beauty Source

Neostrata Lotion Plus

A potent treatment trusted by dermatologists, apply a thin layer of this cream on areas where acne is abundant. Wait for it to get fully absorbed before layering a soothing gel-based moistiurizer.

Neostrata Lotion Plus, P2,380. Aesthetic Science Clinic Makati

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When your pimples or acne seem to be too much to handle, it's time to hand it to the professionals for proper care. This way, they can recommend the best treatments for your case, and you can count that your skin will get better.

Anti-acne facials

Dermatological clinics offer anti-acne facials that unclog pores, heal existing pimples, and control sebum production. Price ranges from P900 to P3,000, depending on the clinic.

TCA Peel

Trichloroacetic (TCA) peel is a less drastic, superficial type of chemical peel. It has no downtime—you don't need to go into hiding for days because your face is peeling. It just stings a little during application, and your skin will look a bit reddish after the session, that's all. This treatment aims to make fine lines and acne marks disappear, and is usually an add-on to an anti-acne facial. Expect to shell out P300 and up for this.

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KI Injections

We consider this treatment as fast, reliable, emergency treatment for huge pimples or cystic acne: The doctor injects a low-dose steroid solution the spot to kill the infection and reduce its size. This costs around P150 to P250 per spot. TL;DR: This is so much better and safer than popping the zit on your own!


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