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    21 Acne Solutions You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By

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    1. A pack of Mighty Patch hydrocolloid dots that'll absorb fluid and pus from inflamed pimples, leaving them smaller and less irritated. You can apply them directly to the breakout before bed and remove in the AM.,

    I'm a big fan of pimple patches! I've used them numerous times in the past and it's always so shocking to remove in the morning. You can visibly see the gunk on the patch. I've even successfully used them on cystic acne.

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were Shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $12.50+ (for 36 patches; available in three versions and in larger packs)

    2. Or similar Avarelle tea tree and calendula oil–infused pimple patches to draw out pus trapped under the skin. You'll be able to see all the gross white gunk on the patch itself (v satisfying feeling).

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself, and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Price: $8.50 (for 40 patches). Or get eight larger, square patches, also $8.50.

    3. A post-acne mark gel, because sometimes you're left with a nasty scar even after the pimple has healed. It's formulated with salicylic acid to treat both current breakouts *and* dark marks., Amazon

    I have this gel in my arsenal of products and really like it. I find that if I consistently apply it to acne marks over the course of a few weeks, it will really diminish the scars. My skin tone looks much more even afterwards.

    Promising review: "Recently I have been having some issues on my forehead. I started a routine and use this product once or twice a day. I have seen a noticeable reduction in the color of the marks. They are much lighter. It can dry your skin if you over-apply, so you have to find the balance. Also the amount seems to last quite a while. I'm happy I did not have to spend a fortune to begin to correct my issue." —Jerseid

    Price: $6.47

    4. And if you're dealing with some really intense acne scarring, then Mederma is for you. You'll begin to see results in just two weeks. It's non-greasy, so it won't cause you to break out, but will work to regenerate the skin.

    Yes, I own this too! I've used it on both acne scars and wounds, and it's worked like a charm. It even lightened a few scars under my nose that were from an accident. It'll lighten dark marks on your face, making your face appear more even and less red.

    Promising review: "This stuff is the best you can get to clear up marks from acne. I’ve tried it all. Even Accutane, which kills acne. Leave it to this product, my face is almost clear. I’ve been using it for about six months. I use it as a moisturizer daily." —Kinny

    Price: $21.42+ (available in two sizes)

    5. A spin brush with three (!!!) exfoliating brush heads and nylon bristles to help remove makeup and dirt while deep-cleaning pores. It features two speeds so you can massage gently or exfoliate deeply.

    This brush comes with three heads: soft, silicone, and exfoliating.

    Promising review: "This is like taking a trip to the spa without the extra cost involved. It is extremely high-quality and extremely affordable for everyone. This comes with three separate brushes to meet all my facial cleaning needs. Two spin brushes and one exfoliating. The exfoliating facial brush is my favorite. The durable, nylon bristles are great for deep cleaning and targeting my clogged pores. The daily cleansing facial brush and silicone face brush have such soft nylon bristles that are extremely gentle on skin and can be used for all skin types. I personally have oily skin and this has helped tremendously after just two uses. I can tell that my skin is noticeably cleaner, clearer, and has a new glow! The carrying case for this product is very cute, compact, and travel friendly. The case alone would be worth the price! This is also cordless and battery operated which adds to its convenience." —Alex and Emily Lord

    Price: $28.99

    6. A La Roche-Posay medicated gel cleanser to fight any and every type of breakout you may experience (whiteheads and blackheads included). It's been clinically tested to get rid of excess surface oil up to 47% and contains 2% salicylic acid!,

    This gel can be used twice a day.

    Promising review: "I've tried many, many face washes for blemish prone skin in my lifetime and this is one of my favorites. It's very mild, lathers beautifully, and leaves your face feeling extremely clean without being tight or stripped of moisture. There was a noticeable difference in the clearness of my skin within the first week of use! I like to wipe my makeup off with a microfiber cloth first, then wash my face with this cleanser to get off the first layer of makeup and gunk. I have many problems with my skin, and this seems to really work for me in terms of gently yet effectively controlling oiliness, acne, and blackheads specifically." —Shoko

    Price: $14.99

    7. A pimple extractor kit, because removing gunk by squeezing with your fingers can be damaging to your skin and super unhygienic. These stainless steel tools are specifically designed to extract pus without breaking or causing the skin to scar. You'll be able to control pressure so you don't end up leaving red marks all over our face when you get the urge to pick.

    Six different tools are included.

    Promising review: "Great set of tools to aid in clearing those ugly pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, etc., that you can't get by squeezing with your fingers. I know that's sounds gross, but it's true. The tools come in a nice hinged case and include a quick tips sheet on how to use each tool. The kit arrived super quick." —LBA

    Price: $6.99+ (available in three colors)

    8. An aloe vera toner for dry and sensitive skin to use after cleansing. It'll keep skin hydrated, which is something that can help fight acne in the long run. The aloe vera can soothe irritation and keep your pores clog-free.

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    Promising review: "I've used this toner for quite a few years. My skin is very sensitive to anything that's at all harsh. This toner is gentle while keeping my pores clear. I like that there is no fragrance, either. For a quality product, it is very well priced. I always end up buying this one again because it works so well." —mysticdreamer

    Price: $15+ (available in two sizes).

    9. Or! Thayers Witch Hazel formula that contains rose petal water to soothe and moisturize skin without any alcohol or parabens. It can tighten your pores, help curb oil production, and reduce any redness. We also always recommend testing a patch of skin before applying to your entire face!

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    Here's what AnaMaria, an editor here at BuzzFeed, has to say about it: "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well."

    Price: $8+ (available in three scents)

    And check out our full review of Thayer's alcohol-free original witch hazel toner here. Also, if you've got peeling or flaking skin that you can't rid of, check out these underrated products for dry skin that actually work.

    10. A clarifying body wash, because body acne is a thing! It contains salicylic acid and grapefruit extract to help with some of those pesky pimples on your back and chest.


    Promising review: "This is a great acne body wash. With only a week of usage, my back acne has already been reduced, and it stopped ingrown hairs from growing under my arms. It's a good price." —Heather Davies

    Price: $8.80+ (available as a four-pack)

    11. A jar of Aztec Secret clay mask to clear breakouts (and cystic acne), decrease redness, and prevent dryness. You can leave it on for five to ten minutes before washing off, but expect some redness after immediate removal. This will disappear within the first 30 minutes!

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. I have sensitive skin and stuff like this usually breaks me out, but this magic powder mixed with apple cider vinegar left me feeling smooth like butter. It dragged up so much dirt from my face. I use it for spot treatments daily (fewer and further between as the days go by), and once a week I use it as an all over mask. And it's a whole pound. It feels really good when it dries and you move your face for the first time. Your face will be red for a little bit afterwards, but that goes away." —MamaBear

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    And check out our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing clay mask here.

    12. An emergency blemish solution with prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide that'll penetrate your skin quickly. It's the perfect spot treatment when a breakout suddenly pops up with zero warning the day before an big event. It's designed to work fast, so it's definitely something you should keep in your skincare arsenal.


    Promising review: "I am a 41-year-old woman with occasional cystic acne. I didn’t want to buy the whole Proactiv system because I read it can be drying and I just have small areas of occasional acne. This spot treatment is AMAZING! When I feel a zit coming on, I apply this three times a day to the spot for a day or two and it goes away/never forms. Seriously a miracle!!!" —Caksby

    Price: $40 (for the pack of two)

    13. A pore peeling gel, because dead skin buildup is not great for your pores! This exfoliator will work to remove dirt and dead skin cells, revealing smooth, supple skin underneath.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is really great! As a person who suffers from hormonal acne with sensitive combination skin, I was a bit worried it would leave me dry. However, not only does it leave a suitable amount of moisture on the skin, it extracts all the dead skin and junk from clogged pores. I am now less prone to breakouts. If you want nice soft skin, get this and use it one to two times a week." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $9.16

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of the pore peeling gel here!

    14. A vegan Acure brightening scrub to draw out impurities and leave the skin brighter than ever. Sea kelp super-nutrients soften and detox while the lemon peel and French green clay work double-duty to get rid of any dirt and oil.

    Psst, this cult-favorite and cruelty-free product has over 2,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "Are you kidding? Why didn't I find this sooner? THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. I'm 34, and never had a blemish... until I hit 30. Hormonal cystic acne has plagued my chin and neck for years. I've tried everything from washes, scrubs, microdermabrasion, facials, masks, even antibiotics as a last resort. NOTHING cleared my skin like this! I've been using this product for only two weeks and my skin is clearing beautifully, plus my old acne scars are disappearing. People are making comments about how fresh, young, and healthy my skin looks. Its a small tube, but you only need a pea-sized amount really." —emhart16

    Price: $7.49+ (available in three versions)

    15. A micro needle roller that won't empty your wallet (thankfully), but will get the job done when it comes to exfoliation. It can help reduce acne scarring and redness, especially indents left behind from intense breakouts or cystic acne.,

    Just roll this back and forth about four to five times on each problem area, and be sure to apply just a tiny touch of pressure to avoid hurting your skin.

    Also! Sterilize before and after use. When you’re done with it, be sure to store it in the provided case to keep it nice and protected.

    Promising review: "The older I get, the longer my skin takes to heal and it's brutal. I bought this on a whim and goodness, it's awesome. It has noticeably sped up my healing process. Indentations are filling in, raised patches are flattening out, and dark spots are lightening up. It is crazy effective." —Brittany Lynn Wolff

    Price: $19.96+ (available in a two-pack)

    16. A silicone massage brush so you can ensure that your skin goes to bed makeup-free! The soft bristles will help *gently* dig into your pores to release any gunk trapped beneath the skin — sometimes your fingers just can't do the job effectively enough.


    This silicone cleanser dries quickly, meaning it doesn't act as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria (you know, the kind that can cause pimples and other havoc).

    Promising review: "This is awesome. I'm a licensed esthetician and know a thing or two about skincare, but unfortunately, I have such sensitive skin that most exfoliants I've tried really irritate my skin and can end up triggering eczema or psoriasis flares. This is a gentle enough way to exfoliate that it gets the job done for me without irritation. As a plus, the massage-like effect it has would aid in microcirculation and probably aid cell turnover (as exfoliation does in general)." —Michael Schiffmiller

    Price: $4.99+ (available in various colors and in packs)

    17. Bioré cleansing cloths to add into your nightly routine and help rid your skin of makeup and grime. That way you can go to bed ~refreshed~ with clean skin, clean pores, and with no oily residue left behind. / Via @bioreus

    These wipes are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, oil-free, *and* alcohol-free, meaning they'll cleanse the crap out of your skin. (Really — one wipe will pick up all that trapped makeup and gunk). PLUS! They won't dry out your complexion or leave any icky, oily film behind.

    Promising review: "I have moderate adult cystic acne. Hormones anyone?! And I am awful at cleaning my face at night before bed. I usually forget about it all together until I am drifting off. It's painfully perfect how easy these are to use! All you have to do is take out a wipe, swipe your face, and then toss. No sink or water needed. Plus, they smell so fresh and clean." —R. West

    Price: $8.01 (for 60 wipes)

    18. A thick Weleda lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers that'll help hydrate your skin if it's feeling reallll rough from drying acne medications. Parched skin can cause an overabundance of oil production and therefore...more acne. / Via @weleda_usa,

    ALSO! Dry hands or feet? OKAY! Because this works wonders on your body, too.

    Promising review: "This solved a nasty, dry, chapped skin problem I had been having this winter. I had a persistent problem with red, chapped skin at the outside corners of my eyes that I've never had before — and none of my usual go-to's were working! I was at my wit's end: it hurt and looked scary. So, I did what we all do — I Googled it, which is how I discovered Weleda Skin Food. When the product arrived, I tore the package open and I dabbed a tiny bit onto the corners of my eye. I'm not exaggerating when I say that my eyes looked and felt better within hours of applying the product. I put more on before I went to bed and when I got up in the morning, the irritated skin looked almost completely normal. By the next morning, there was no chapping and no redness at all. I am so happy with this product!" —Rabbit Lover

    Price: $12.49+ (available in a three-pack)

    19. Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads, because sweat can cause your skin to break out and become dull. These pads (with hyaluronic acid) will exfoliate and brighten your complexion so Susan the Coworker can stop commenting that you look tired. They also have witch hazel to keep the redness at a minimum.


    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Price: $9.93 (for 60 pads)

    20. A bottle of rosehip oil — it's packed with antioxidants to brighten your complexion and banish any blemishes or dry patches. It can be used both morning and night after cleansing your face and is made for all skin types.

    It only takes two to three drops to get the job done, so the bottle will last you a very long time!

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up blemishes all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked. I lather it on generously every night, and again in the morning. The oil does have an orange color, but once it is absorbed into the skin, you can't notice." —Alyssa

    Price: $14.95

    21. Oil-blotting sheets that'll soak up any excess oil that your skin naturally creates throughout the day. Lower level of oils can lead to less breakouts over time, AKA less shine and a fresh face of makeup.

    And they won't strip away your makeup in the blotting process! Trust me – I own these and use them everyday. They're a great way to touch-up if you're feeling extra greasy and oily.

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. Give these a try – completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Price: $6.95+ (available in three versions and in larger packs)

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