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    24 Holy Grail Acne Products Your Face Will Thank You For

    Peace out, pimples!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A variety pack of nearly-transparent acne patches that'll help magically heal your zits overnight. They'll also keep you from picking at your active pimples, which is always a plus.

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    It comes with 12 original patches, 12 invisible patches, and two large surface patches.

    Get it on SkinStore for $20.01.

    2. This holy grail Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask that fizzes up to gently massage any build-up out of your pores. You can actually feel the oil leaving your skin, which I'm pretty sure is something that all acne-afflicted people want to experience.

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    "This face mask was awesome. It was fun, didn't take long, and it's fun as hell to Snapchat. What else could you ask for in a face mask? It also left my face feeling amazing. My skin was a little red after, which I actually didn't mind, because it hadn't felt that clean in weeks. The next morning when I woke up the redness was completely faded and I just felt... cleaner. I would definitely use this again!" —Lara Parker (read their whole review of the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask)

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    3. This TonyMoly blackhead solution that's packed with a blend of marine plant extracts and black mud to help unclog your pores. Reviewers say it's great for getting rid of the build up in their noses and cheeks.

    A person taking the cap off the octopus-shaped blackhead solution bottle
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.

    4. A pack of acne-clearing pads that are infused with 2% salicylic acid to absorb excess sebum and banish impurities. They're safe for sensitive skin and are packed with soothing tea tree oil and willow bark extract to save you from flare ups.

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    Get it on SkinStore for $42.90.

    5. A blackhead remover tool kit that comes with a double-ended, looped pimple extractor and a pair of curved, needle-point tweezers to help you banish blemishes. Reviewers say they're great for getting at hard-to-reach areas, like around your nostrils.

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    It comes with a case, so your tools won't get dirty or bent out of shape.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.95.

    6. This Juice Beauty blemish-clearing powder that's made from a blend of bamboo, minerals, and organic fruit extracts that'll calm and clear your skin. It doubles as a spot concealing powder, if you love a more flawless makeup look.

    A tin of Juice Beauty blemish-clearing powder
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    Get it on SkinStore for $41.47.

    7. A tube of Skyn Iceland face wash that's made with glacial water and white willow bark to detoxify and purify your skin, without drying it out. It's on the gentler side, making it great for people with sensitive skin.

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    "I use this foaming cleanse in the morning because its cooling effect really wakes up my skin. It has white willow bark, which is a natural form of salicylic acid that helps prevent skin congestion and acne. The oat and cylindrica seed oils also do a fantastic job of removing all the excess oils my face has so generously produced overnight, without making my skin feel dried out. It starts off creamy, and as you rub it into your skin with water, it becomes a foamy, milky gift from the skin-care gods. That transition makes me feel like it's activating some magical ingredient that will make my breakouts disappear. Even if it's not magic, whatever it's doing — it's working." —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from SkinStore for $42.90.

    8. If you're feeling fancy, a Foreo Luna Mini 2 that'll scrub your entire face clean with T-Sonic pulses. It's gentle enough for sensitive skin and will get rid of makeup residue, dead skin cells, and just about anything else.

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    "Here's how it works: apply cleanser directly to your face, wet the LUNA, and move it around your face in circular motions. Throughout the 60-second process, the light on the bottom will flash and the whole thing will buzz, telling you to move the LUNA to another part of your face — from one cheek/side of your chin to the other, then your nose, and then your forehead. It removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil — and leaves your face free of ANY makeup residue. I wear a full face every day, and I am consistently amazed by the results of this tool." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on SkinStore for $170.17 or Amazon Canada for $173.03.

    9. A jar of cult-favourite Aztec Secret bentonite clay mask that will suck every last bit of gunk out of your pores in under 20 minutes (and make you look like a swamp monster). You can also use it as a spot treatment, if you don't want to cover your whole face.

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    This mask is made of bentonite clay and it sucks everything out of your pores – like, EVERYTHING. Using it is simple: you mix the powdery clay with equal parts water or apple cider vinegar (I like to do a combo of the two), and apply it to your face as you would any other face mask. When this stuff starts to dry you are in for an experience. It freezes your face in place and tightens up every pore, and makes you seriously look like a lizard queen (see above photo for reference). I’ll be honest with you, the feeling is not that pleasant, but hold on – the end result is worth it. You can also just do spot treatments if you don't want to cover your whole face. Check out our full review of the Aztec Secret mask to see before and after pics.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.95. Also available in a larger size.

    10. An oil-absorbing volcanic roller from Revlon that will banish unwanted shininess from your face. It's reusable, so you definitely get more bang for your buck than you would with blotting papers.

    A person using the volcanic roller to remove excess oil from their face
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    Reviewers love how small it is, so they can tote it around with them everywhere.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.28.

    11. A tube of Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen that'll protect your precious pores from the sun's harsh rays, without giving you a breakout. It's super smooth, non-greasy, lightweight, and won't clog your pores.

    A person holding the tube of sunscreen
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    "I only started using this a few months ago, but so far I really like it. It's sunscreen is clear, with the texture of a primer, so it doesn't feel like you're slathering your face in... well, goop. It melts right into the skin, creating a perfect canvas for any makeup to go on top of it. Aaaand it hasn't made me break out *at all*, which is basically a little miracle. AAAAAND it helps my makeup look even better. That's what we call a win/win." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on Free People Canada for $22.44.

    12. A bottle of weightless Caudile toner made with a blend of salicylic acid, grape polyphenols, and organic essential oils that'll help draw out deep-seeded impurities. Reviewers say that it's super refreshing and leaves their skin smelling ahhh-mazing.

    A person pouring the toner onto a cotton pad
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    Get it on SkinStore for $40.04.

    13. A tube of Cosrx gel cleanser that'll leave your face feeling squeaky clean without stripping it of its natural oils. It smells a little medicinal, but it works actual wonders for your pores.

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    "Even though it's a gel, it does foam up! Which I love! I like to rub it in my hands before applying it on my face. It's super light and easier to work in and go to town with a lil' massage than, say, a creamy cleanser. I tend to get some breakouts when I travel, and I really think the Betaine Salicylate and Tea Tree Leaf Oil has helped kept my pores clear and prevented breakouts from popping up." —Sarah Han

    Get it on LookFantastic for $22.70 or Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    14. This superfood mask that's packed with spirulina, kale, and spinach, and is basically an antioxidant smoothie for your face. If your skin is feeling (and looking) more stressed out that usual, this may be your saviour.

    A tub of superfood skin mask on a stair
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    Get it on Free People for $58.08.

    15. This soothing aloe moisture gel that'll help chill out that annoying redness that comes with a bad breakout. Reviewers say it calms irritated pimples and helps reduce scarring, as well.

    A person holding up a tub of aloe gel
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    One BuzzFeed writer says it's literally the best for sunburns, so you should definitely purchase it before your next vacay.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.50.

    16. A tub of anti-inflammatory clarifying face lotion made with good-for-you ingredients like kukui nut oil, grapeseed oil, and ylang-ylang. It also smells like bergamot and roses, so you won't even need to put on perfume after you use it.

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    Get it on Simons for $28.

    17. A bottle of blemish-drying lotion that'll suck all the nastiness out of your zits to help them heal faster. Reviewers say it works actual wonders on cystic acne and that they see dramatic results overnight.

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    If you're suffering from a bad breakout, one reviewer recommends pairing it with Aztec Secret Healing Clay.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.92.

    18. A bottle of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser that has a cult following for a reason. It turned my skin from problematic to manageable as a teen, and works the same wonders on my adult skin.

    A person squeezing the cleanser onto their hand
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    "Ask a person with sensitive skin what their holy grail product is and there's a 99% chance they'll say Cetaphil — and for good reason, because this shit is magic. If you're not familiar with this cleanser, it's soap-free and as gentle as can be. I always double cleanse when using Cetaphil — it takes two washes to properly remove my makeup THEN wash my face — but I can't recommend it highly enough. It's been in my life for 10 years already and I don't expect it to ever leave my skincare routine." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12. Also available in travel sizes.

    19. A gentle charcoal soap sponge that's designed to detoxify, exfoliate, and deep clean your skin. It has the product built into it, so you won't need to spend extra cash on a cleanser.

    A person holding the sponge up to their face
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    Get it on SkinStore for $11.44.

    20. A tub of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream that'll see you through eczema flare ups, Sahara-dry skin, and everything in between. It's pretty darn thick, but sinks in quickly and won't leave you feeling greasy.

    A tub of the skin cream on a tiled floor
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    "I'd been traveling and in one flight moved from a freezing climate to a very humid New York City. My skin freaked the hell out, and none of my usual faves could get it back under control, so I decided to try something new. Every promise this cream's tub makes is true because within a fortnight my face was almost back to normal. This cream is now my go-to whenever my skin becomes irritated by a change in weather or new product." —Gyan Yankovich

    Get it on SkinStore for $48.62.

    21. A tube of mattifying fluid that's made to soak up excess sebum and unclog pores. It's infused with rosewater, grape polyphenols, and organic essential oils to moisturize your skin, too.

    A tube of the mattifying fluid surrounded  by flowers and herbs
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    Get it on SkinStore for $55.37.

    22. A bar of Ahava purifying mud soap that'll deep clean your skin with mineral-rich marine ingredients. Reviewers love that it leaves their skin feeling cleansed, but not dry.

    Two bars of soap on a circular tray
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    Get it on SkinStore $15.73.

    23. An exfoliating back loofah that will probably be your new BFF if you're struggling with acne on your back or bumps on your booty. Reviewers love how it helps them get at hard-to-reach places and say that it gives a great scrub, without being too scratchy.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    24. And finally, a tub of Peter Thomas Roth Mask that'll absorb up all the excess oil on your face and is packed with eucalyptus to prevent future pimple problems. One BuzzFeed writer says that though she still gets a breakout now and then, this mask has made her zits a lot less angry and her breakouts a lot more manageable.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $52.

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