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    May 20, 2020

    42 Products That Will Help Fix Some Of Your Skin Problems

    Bid adieu to blackheads, my friends.

    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 Cerave exfoliating cleanser gentle enough for even the most sensitive complexions. Salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin D pick up dead skin cells (the kind that cause gunk build-up) to prevent acne outbreaks — but this is still non-comedogenic, so your complexion won't feel overly tight *or* break out even further.

    on the left a person with moderate acne across their chin and jaw and on the right the same person with significantly less acne
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    Promising review: "Best cleanser I have ever used!!! And believe me, I've tried everything... My skin feels really clean. I noticed a difference in my skin immediately! I like that it is foaming/sudsy and a little goes a long way. Never over dries. Since I've become diligent about washing every night and morning, I have zero blemishes. Great cleanser for sensitive, sometimes dry, acne-prone skin. I also suffer from KP (keratosis pilaris) on the back of my arms and this cleanser has cleared it up almost completely. I will never buy anything else! This is my go-to, holy grail cleanser." —Mrs852

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    2. A Bliss jelly peel exfoliator because we all deserve skin softer than a baby's butt — and this delivers. Papaya and pineapple enzymes lift away dead, flaky skin to reveal a smooth canvas that allows the rest of your products to seep in more thoroughly. And the best part? It isn't irritating.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This stuff is great! You can actually feel the dead skin it pulls up, which is kinda gross but 100% awesome! I have super sensitive skin so I was worried that I would react badly to this peel, but it’s so gentle. I only use it two times a week max but it always makes me look like I’m glowing when i get out of the shower." —Jackie H 93

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more, check out "7 Amazing Beauty Products I Basically Can't Live Without" (#7).

    3. A Mario Badescu lip balm that will melt into your lips (think ~the Wicked Witch of the West meets water~) and leave behind a soft, non-sticky surface that won't trap any of your stray hairs. This little tube of goodness contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E for ultimate moisture.

    several white plastic tubes labeled "Mario Badescu lip balm" in green font
    instagram.com / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This is the best, most hydrating lip balm ever. I can use it once a day (which is important because so many lip balms have ingredients that dry out your lips so that you use up the product and buy more), and my lips feel and look great all day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    4. A micro needle roller to combat scarring and cystic acne indentations one swipe at a time. This specific model is more affordable than other rollers on the market (we’re talking an $80 difference) but equally as effective. #bless

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    Plus, this can improve the effectiveness of all the products in your skincare regiment. 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

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    To learn more, check out "People With Acne Scars Try Micro-Rolling".

    5. A La Roche-Posay gel cleanser with a favorite five-letter word: C-L-E-A-R. This salicylic acid wash targets (and destroys) blackheads and whiteheads while ridding surface oil by up to 47%, which basically translates to clear complexions ahead.

    on the left a person with moderate acne across their chin labeled "April 2018" and on the right the same person with significantly less acne labeled "June 2019"
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    It's also surprisingly gentle enough to use twice a day, meaning you'll be able to attack acne in the a.m. *and* the p.m. without making your complexion overly dry.

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake, one I will not make again." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A Cosmedica rose gold serum to deliver some major "I drink a ton of water" vibes. A blend of hyaluronic acid and aloe offers balanced hydration and visibly brighter skin, even giving your complexion a touch of illumination — it can also be applied over foundation as a subtle highlight.

    one hand holding a small rose gold bottle labeled "Illuminating Rose Gold serum" while the other hand hold the dropper
    instagram.com / Via @cosmedica_skincare

    Promising review: "This product is beautiful. I have combination skin and the formula is hydrating, but does not make my skin feel oily. It leaves the perfect glow for non-makeup days and is a great primer before applying foundation." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    7. A First Aid Beauty priming moisturizer that enlists the help of coconut water and quinoa protein for a dewy canvas that allows for foundation to glide on like butter. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging, so repeat after me: success.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have to use this everytime before makeup now. It leaves the most natural, dewy, plump glow. It does not look sparkly or shimmery in the slightest, and it also doesn't look greasy at all. It's got a slight pink tone which is flattering. It wears so lovely over skincare and under makeup, plus it doesn't pill with any of my products." —ChloeLJ

    Get it from Sephora for $29.

    8. An Eva Naturals face serum because adult acne is garbage and according to reviewers, this stuff truly helps. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide work in harmony to solve your most annoying skin problems from acne and dark spots to dehydration and redness.

    on the left a person with moderate acne labeled "lt cheek day 1" and in the middle the same person with slightly less acne labeled "week 1 left" and in the right the same person with significantly less acne labeled "lt cheek 3 1/2 wks"
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    Promising review: "I have never felt more compelled to write a product review before. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have tried almost everything to improve my skin. I continue to get acne in my mid-thirties and literally everything else I've tried has not worked, including prescription topical cream and oral medication. This has saved my skin! I have had very few breakouts, and if anything pops up, this takes care of it quickly! My skin feels moisturized and looks smoother and healthier overall. This is truly one of the best purchases I've ever made. I'm thankful I stumbled upon this serum!" —J.C. Denton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    9. Versed brightening solution, because what's more annoying than acne? Acne scarring. Just a daily swipe of this four-acid complex will lead you to greener pastures (the greener pastures = lightened dark spots, no more dullness, and a more even complexion overall).

    model holding yellow round bottle with yellow cap labeled "Versed weekend glow daily brightening solution"
    Versed

    FYI: This vegan and cruelty-free product is packed with lactic, glycolic, azelaic, and kojic acid.

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin and I am always hesitant to try new products but wanted to give this a try because my previous toner had run out. To my surprise, it's very gentle on my sensitive skin and has helped to brighten dark spots! For the price, you can't beat this deal. I use this daily after cleansing my face." —Peacelovemia

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    10. An Ancient Greek Remedy facial oil that is truly a skincare jack-of-all-trades. This stuff softens skin, helps heal acne, aids in ridding scarring and stretch marks, and provides a large dose of 🗣️MOISTURE.

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    This blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin on my face, my scalp gets dry, and I get mild eczema on my ankles, calves, arms and hands, AND my hair is oily at the root and dry on the ends. However, after using this product for three months, ALL of those problems are gone!!! I have clear and healthy skin on my face. No embarrassing flakes on my shoulders. No combination oily / dry skin anywhere. It smells GREAT. It's gentle and free of harmful chemicals and parabens. My hair is NOT oily, and the ends are nourished and healthy. It's safe to use on my children and my bf's daughter who has severe eczema. I could go on and on about this product. I really could. I wish there were more stars to give them. Everyone that uses this (at my house) raves about it as well. Try it out and I swear you will NOT be disappointed." —Crystle D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. Hydrocolloid Hero Cosmetics pimple patches you should slap on a zit to 1) prevent picking, and 2) speed up the ~draining~ process. If you're looking for a no-frills way to stop cystic acne in its evil tracks, you may want to ~pick~ this product.

    on the left a person with a transparent sticker placed on top of a pimple and on the right the same person with with the same transparent sticker filled with white pus
    amazon.com

    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

    Get a pack of 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50.

    12. Or! Hero Cosmetics surface strips to treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with the same medical-grade hydrocolloid formula.

    model applying a white transparent sticker that covers most of her jaw
    Amazon

    Promising review: "As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have had issues with body and butt acne like no other. I had tried everything to clear them up, but nothing helped. I'm horrible at picking at blemishes as well, so I decided to give these a try. I LOVE these patches!! Even better that they come in large patches, which was a lifesaver for cluster bumps! WOAH! I would leave these on for eight to 10 hours and it would draw so much of the pus out. After just one use of a patch, I noticed a dramatic difference and sometimes it completely cleared them up." —Ashley

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.99.

    13. A Mario Badescu clarifying serum that bids adieu to about-to-erupt blemishes one sleep at a time. Just apply a thin layer of this thyme and salicylic acid gel over effected areas, and the only thing you'll be waking up to is the irritating sound of your alarm — no cystic acne (that deep, painful kind).

    small light green bottle with clear nozzle labeled "Mario Badescu Skin Care Anti Acne Serum" with white cap
    instagram.com / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "I have suffered with acne for 10 years. I have tried every soap and medicine on the market. I even tried Accutane, and while it improved my skin, it didn't get rid of it completely. This has cleared my skin up tremendously and I hardly have any breakouts now! It seems expensive but a little goes a long way and it works, so it's totally worth it!" —Hannah Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    14. Single-step vegan Bliss resurfacing pads capable of ~peeling~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe. Glycolic acid will slowly be released to reduce fine lines, even out discoloration, and improve brightness — and unlike your typical peel, these pads contain witch hazel, licorice, and calendula flower extract to keep irritation at bay.

    instagram.com / Via @bliss, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are AMAZING. Makes my skin look fabulous and is a great exfoliating product. Just be sure to moisturize well after use!" —AB

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A Neutrogena alcohol-free toner that is truly fab *and* costs less than $4. This post-cleansing product contains no alcohol (plenty of toners do) to ensure you skin doesn't feel stripped of moisture, plus it removes all the gunk and trapped oil that your cleanser somehow missed.

    hand holding blue plastic bottle with white cap labeled "Alcohol Free Toner" and "Neutrogena" while the other hand holds out a white cotton round
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! Magic in a bottle. I wish I had started using it sooner. I added it to my new daily skincare routine and after just a few days, my face looks and feels so much better. I have redness on my cheeks and nose thanks to the starting of rosacea, and I'm usually very sensitive to anything applied to my face. This toner soothes my skin after cleansing, smells great, and makes my skin feel amazing. I moisturize with Neutrogena's oil-free moisturizer after and it seems to be a winning combo with my picky skin. I wish I knew about this years ago!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $3.21.

    16. The Inkey List eye cream lets you lean on caffeine to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (because beauty sleep = overrated, am I right?). Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail like this ~$10 feels like striking gold.

    small white plastic bottle with black cap labeled "caffeine" laid out on a pile of coffee grounds and beans
    instagram.com / Via @theinkeylist

    Psst, this formula is also paraben- and cruelty-free and is great for normal, dry, combo, and oily complexions.

    Promising review: "Best. Eye cream. Ever. I have tried every eye cream under the sun: you name it, Ive tried it. This is the first eye cream that I’ve fallen in love with, instantly. Overnight, my eyes looked brighter. It depuffs really fast too. This will forever be a staple for me. Really surprised and impressed by something this cheap. Love it!!" —nycr23

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

    17. A bottle of Cosmedica hyaluronic acid serum is a great way to try the holy grail that is hyaluronic acid for cheap. Seek products with hyaluronic acid if you have dry *or* oily skin. With just a few taps, you'll be able to prevent excess oil production, add hydration, and give your skin a boost of brightness. Talk about a million-in-one product.

    instagram.com / Via @cosmedica_skincare, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I already have super dry skin and being a flight attendant makes it worse, but after buying this my skin is glowing. I never get that tight feeling around my eyes anymore that I used to get. My skin does feel a lot softer as well. I use three drops, pat into my skin till it gets a bit sticky, then use a moisturizer on top. I absolutely love this. New holy grail product for sure." —maggiesticker

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A thick Weleda lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers to hydrate even the most parched skin. Slap some of this on before bed (WARNING: it'll feel a bit greasy upon application) and wake up to a nourished complexion. Pro tip: This is especially lovely if you're using a super drying acne medication.

    amazon.com, instagram.com / Via @weleda_usa

    This works wonders on dry hands and feet, 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

    Get it from Amazon for $13.73.

    19. A Body Shop sleeping mask to give beauty sleep a whole new meaning. A blend of salicylic acid and tea tree oil work to happily destroy pimples and excess sebum whilst you dream, meaning you'll wake up to mattified skin that *won't* require 10 pounds of setting powder.

    hand holding palm-sized green jar labeled "The Body Shop Tea Tree" while another hand scoops out green product
    instagram.com / Via @thebodyshop

    For best results, pop this vegan formula in the fridge before use for an extra refreshing feeling. Just apply a layer on your skin before bed and — BAM — you'll wake up with cleaner, smoother-looking skin. And no, this won't stain your pillow.

    Promising review: "Totally worth the money. I have fairly oily skin, use this about every other night, and it's wonderful! I wash my face, put on a light moisturizer, wait for it to completely absorb into my skin, then I finish with this mask. I'll put a little more on any acne so that by the morning, it's almost completely gone! Will definitely buy again." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    20. A vanilla-scented Kiss nail pen so you can finally kick hang nails and mauled cuticles to the curb. This formula is so effective, one could say that it truly ~nails~ it.

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    Just massage this blend of jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, vitamin a, vitamin e, and tea tree oil into your nails and cuticles every night before going to bed. With daily use, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal/not look completely terrible.

    Promising review: "I struggled for years with cracking and bleeding cuticles. This stuff is a lifesaver! Doesn’t leak at all, easy to apply, and very moisturizing. It's portable, too!" —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45.

    21. An Avène gel cleanser lauded by over 1,000 reviewers, who all *swear* that this is the ultimate step one in your skincare routine. This soapless stuff truly does wonders for acne while a splash of thermal spring water works to calm your skin (and help maintain its optimum pH balance).

    hand holding clear plastic bottle filled with blue liquid labeled "Avène Cleanance"
    amazon.com

    Consider this one of the best skincare products sold in European pharmacies!

    Promising review: "I've tried countless face washes over the years and this one is the only one I buy now. It doesn't have a strong scent, the gel texture applies nicely, lathers easily, and effectively removes face and eye makeup in one wash. It has kept my face clear of acne without over-drying. I love how thoroughly it cleans and doesn't leave residue. I only use about less than a dime-size amount, so one bottle lasts me several months. I live in a climate with harsh winters so I'm surprised that it gets rid of oil and doesn't leave my face cracking." —Elizabeth Baur

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A bottle of The Ordinary peeling solution packed with quality ingredients (think glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid) to remedy your biggest skincare concerns: acne and excess oil. The time to break up with breakouts has arrived, my friends.

    on the left, former BuzzFeed Writer Jamé Jackson with more oily skin labeled "how oily I used to get" and on the right, an image of Jamé labeled "how oily I get now" with matte skin
    Jamé Jackson / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I struggle with acne and acne scars and let me tell you, this stuff is THE BOMB i only tried it about four times now (two times max per week) but as soon as I took it off, I noticed a difference. It leaves your skin soft AF and clears impurities. Even my boyfriend loves it." —daniellemcp

    Get it form Sephora for $7.20.

    To learn more, check out "I Tested A $7 Chemical Peel On My Sensitive Skin, And I'm High-Key Obsessed".

    23. A hypoallergenic Glossier gel cleanser because you'd love to double cleanse, but you lack the energy. That's okay! This gentle-but-effective cleanser will literally ~melt~ makeup, oil, and gunk off your face — just add a few pumps to wet skin, cue mini facial massage, rinse, pat dry, and go to sleep. Only about .5 seconds have passed.

    Glossier, instagram.com / Via @glossier

    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin and this is amazing. SO smooth and gentle enough to not cause breakouts, but still strong enough to get rid of the dirt and gunk in my pores after a long day. If you're gonna buy anything from Glossier, it should be this." —Hufflebucky

    Get it from Glossier for $9+.

    24. A daily Vanicream moisturizer ideal for both face and body. If you've ever struggled with eczema, itchy skin, or clogged pores, then this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free product is bound to become your new holy grail.

    on the top portion a person with patches of dry skin around their eyes and on the bottom the same person with significantly less dry skin
    amazon.com

    Don't believe me? Believe the 5,000+ positive reviews.

    Promising review: "I have struggled with very persistent eczema for years and this product has been a godsend. I have never had any irritation from this lotion and it has gone miles towards healing my rashes and open wounds. I have used this religiously for about two years now and I am never going back!" —Lauren B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.76.

    25. A non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Cerave moisturizing cream that you should've started using, like, yesterday. This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin D — all of which provide light exfoliation so your skin can retain more moisture, plus it's super effective at combatting (and calming) everything from psoriasis to body acne.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I get back acne, but it's also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft! Five stars!" —RosaRoe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.28

    26. Plus, a Cerave body wash that mimics the above formula and targets *gulp* arguably the most stressful kind of acne: the kind that develops on your chest, back, and butt.

    White plastic bottle with white cap labeled "CeraVE SA body wash for rough & bumpy skin"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don’t think I can worship this body wash more than I already do. I have struggled with horrible chest, bicep, and back acne for years and it’s honestly made wearing certain clothing a nightmare because all of my scarring would be on display. But I showered with this and I kid you not—only two days later, my scars and breakouts were smoothing out. I simply continue my regular shower routine but just use this in the areas I want to target and regular (preferably gentle) body wash for the rest of my body. After getting out, I immediately lather up in the matching SA Lotion and this combo has truly helped SOOOOO much." —Alexa

    Get it from Amazon for $13.14.

    27. A Neutrogena gel cream to improve dryness and provide ultimate hydration for up to 48 hours. If you're looking for a ~tall glass of water~ to quench your face thirst, look no further than this fast-absorbing and oil-free formula.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    This fragrance-free moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid!

    Psst, pro tip if you have extra dry skin: apply this formula to damp skin, let it dry, and then use your daily moisturizer to really lock in the effects.

    Promising review: "I have dry skin, and this is my holy grail p.m. moisturizer and lip mask. If my face is extra dry on a particular day, I'll use this in the a.m. too. I will continue to buy this forever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63.

    To learn more, check out "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

    28. A gentle Shea Moisture African black soap packed with a generous dose of shea butter, organic oats, and aloe to deep cleanse *and* fight hormonal acne, eczema, and broken capillaries. Heroes? Not all of 'em wear capes.

    bar of black soap engraved with "Shea Moisture established 1912"
    instagram.com / Via @sheamoisture

    Promising review: "I am in my forties and have suffered with adult acne for YEARS. I have tried EVERYTHING including prescriptions, and nothing has ever worked (I have combination skin that's very sensitive). Well, after only a few days of using this soap my face is completely bump-free! I had a moderate breakout the very first day and figured this was another dud. Boy was I wrong! I am clearing up very nicely and maybe now some of these old acne scars can finally heal. It is a bit drying so you MUST moisturize." —DeeinNJ

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

    29. An exfoliating SkinFood mask that smells so divine, you'll probably want to eat it (READ: please don't). It's packed with black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil that'll work wonders to give your skin an instant "I slept so well last night" brightening effect.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I usually use this in the mornings right after washing my face because it leaves my skin so soft and gives it a really nice glow. My makeup also applies a lot smoother as well, my skin absorbs my moisturizer way better than before, and my acne scars are now gone and it’s only been a little over two weeks since I bought it. This gave my skin the perfect boost." —Allisone

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more, check out "This Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Is Basically Heaven For Your Skin".

    30. A Pawpaw two-in-one pot you'll consider *major* bang for your buck: it's got a sugar lip scrub to slough away dead skin, plus a nourishing lip balm made with Pawpaw, olive oil, and aloe vera.

    hand holding yellow and black palm-sized tub with the cap labeled "Dr. Pawpaw scrub & nourish" while the jar contains white, gritty product
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. It takes so little and makes my lips so smooth. There really is no fragrance or flavor. The scrub is sugary and the balm is extremely moisturizing and it lasts. I put it on at night just before bed and again in the morning." —Prime shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    31. A deep pore-cleaning Aztec Secret clay mask with a powerful calcium bentonite clay formula to basically scare even the most stubborn cystic acne away. Simply dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for best results and et voila, prepare for clear complexions ahead.

    on the left, BuzzFeed employee Sarah Wainschel with redness and acne around her chin labeled "before" and on the right, an image of Sarah labeled "after" with significantly less acne
    BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Honestly this mask is AMAZING! I try my hardest to do it once a week because I’m so obsessed and I don’t want to dry out my face! But OMG, I had acne scars and some small pimples and it seriously clears it all out." —Demi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Aztec Healing Clay Mask And It Really Made A Difference".

    32. A non-greasy Australian Gold face lotion packed with SPF50 (which you should already be WEARING EVERY DARN DAY). Not only is this hypoallergenic sunscreen also oil-free, dye-free, and reef-safe, but it also contains an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make your skin betray you via a ginormous breakout.

    hand holding white bottle labeled "Botanical Sunscren 50 Broad Spectrum SPF"
    instagram.com / Via @australiangold

    This is also fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    **adds to cart immediately**

    Promising review: "Wow! This sunscreen lives up to every positive review I have read. I use sunscreen every single day, and this performs better than most. This tinted version works with my fair skin, and the finish is soft, natural, and not shiny. Plus, it's more affordable than many other sunscreens." —Susan Hardee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68 (available in three shades).

    33. An oil-free, soap-free La Roche-Posay foaming gel to kick both your acne and your oily t-zone to the curb. For a matte complexion that stays matte throughout the entire day, this morning and night cleanser is destined to become your new holy grail.

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    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS. I have very oily acne-prone skin and have tried all sorts of things with minimal success. I have been washing my face twice a day with this stuff for about two weeks now and the difference is incredible! I haven't gotten any new large pimples and everything I had has cleared up. When I first started washing my face with this, I would use it at night and in the morning the sores on my face were way less red and inflamed than when I went to bed. Super impressive." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    34. A vegan and cruelty-free face mask with two superstar ingredients: turmeric and red kaolin clay, both of which work in harmony to tone, brighten, and tighten your complexion. Masks that are super effective for $10 > masks that are just "eh" for $30+ .

    instagram.com / Via @versed, Target

    Not to mention the squeezable packaging is amazing — it contains 12+ applications, doesn't take up a ton of space, *and* doesn't require scooping product out of a jar.

    Promising review: "I looked in the mirror mid-quarantine and noticed my skin looked exhausted. Circles under my eyes and stressed skin from drinking wine. I gave this a shot to snap my skin into gear. First, I loved how clean the application was: NO MESS. A little goes a long way and it's fantastic value for a mask product, IMO). Washing it off was also super clean and easy, and I loved how bright, tight and fresh my skin looked and felt. BONUS: my skin felt incredibly soft. This is the best mask I've ever used, no doubt." —IMTIRED33

    Get it from Versed for $9.99.

    35. A Yes To facial scrub to slough away the dead skin cells that have marked your chin as their final resting place. This grapefruit and lemon balm formula will work to exfoliate and brighten your skin without any pimple disasters.

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    This facial scrub can be used on the daily, but you know your skin best! Only use this when *you* think it's necessary.

    Promising review: "I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin and this is a gentle (yet deep) exfoliator that does exactly what it advertises; my skin feels softer, smoother, cleaner, and brighter. It’s great for blackheads and dryness, but it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture and can be used daily." —Nat

    Get it from Amazon for $6.62.

    36. Cetaphil cleansing cloths you'll want for those nights in which you are way too tired to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. These remove dirt, trapped oil, and makeup (*cough* even waterproof mascara *cough*) without simultaneously stripping your face of moisture.

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    Promising review: "I have super sensitive skin and have to be careful with anything I use. I use Cetaphil face lotion so I figured I’d give their cleansing cloths a try to help remove makeup (since every other makeup remover I’ve tried either has reacted with my skin or hasn’t done crap), and I haven’t looked back yet. The cloths are gentle enough that they aren’t irritating but remove even my most stubborn waterproof makeup. They’re not too moist that they drip when you pull them out of the package, but they have enough moisture to be refreshing. I don’t really notice a scent so if there is one, it’s very subtle." —apsucheme09

    Get two packs of 25 from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more, check out "9 Life-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP" (#3, to be exact).

    37. An oil serum here to deliver some SERIOUS glow, the kind you'll say ~I dew~ to after about .5 seconds of wear. A blend of nourishing oils, fruit extract, and sugarcane squalane offer hydration and visibly brighter skin while light-reflecting minerals give your complexion a boost of radiance.

    Glossier

    This bottle of magic is also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and non-comedogenic.

    Promising review: "I swear, I feel *happy* when I put this on. I put one drop on my fingers, warm it up, then pat all over my face and neck. My skin instantly feels refreshed, hydrated, and most important of all, healthy. It's easily absorbed but I don't lose moisture over time. My skin stays bouncy and plump throughout the day, even when inside an air-conditioned office. The glass skin look you get with this is just the cherry on top. Excellent product and unlike anything I've ever seen out there. Great job, Glossier!" —K

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    38. Cotton Mediheal sheet masks packed with ingredients like willow bark, rosemary, tea tree oil, chamomile, and asiatic pennywort — all of which work in perfect harmony to exfoliate and stop pimple problems in their tracks while simultaneously calming down your complexion.

    three green, blue, and white mask packets labeled "Mediheal tea tree essential blemish control mask"
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    This mask even has a built-in timer of 15 minutes! The logo will begin to appear once the time has come to remove it, which is pretty freakin' brilliant.

    Promising review: "This is probably my favorite sheet mask for calming my skin when I have inflamed acne lesions. When I have active breakouts, I like to leave this mask on until it dries completely, which seems to help reduce the size and redness of acne much more than simply leaving the mask on for 20 minutes." —clinton

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.95.

    39. A Yes To facial cleanser here to kick the derrieres of acne, blackheads, and uninvited excess shine (you can thank an effective trio of charcoal, tomato extract, and salicylic acid for that).

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    Promising review: "This stuff is MAGIC. I saw drastic results literally overnight. I thought I had outgrown my acne problems, but then I switched to a new birth control and started breaking out in tiny, stubborn pimples all over my forehead. After wrestling with it for a couple weeks by using the cleansers and scrubs I had on hand, I decided to order the Yes To Tomatoes balancing moisturizer and this cleanser. The cleanser arrived before the moisturizer so I used it by itself, and the very next day the acne was all but gone." —blackmallow

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    40. A splurge-worthy Tatcha sunscreen that will protect you from the sun's harmful rays (SPF 35, baby) without leaving behind a film of sticky, greasy residue. This even blurs pores and doubles as a makeup primer to ensure that your foundation stays put all 👏 damn 👏 day 👏.

    BuzzFeed Senior Editor Maitland Quitmeyer with redness on arm labeled "non-Tatcha sunscreen = sunburn city" and face with no redness labeled "Tatcha sunscreen = no sunburn on face whatsoever"
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The best daily sunscreen I have ever used! It has improved my skins texture, blurs pores, absorbs in immediately and leaves my skin feeling great!" —ancanc

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeeder loves this, check out "If You're Looking For An Everyday Sunscreen, Here Are 11 Glowing Recommendations".

    41. A Bliss moisture cream so you can keep consistent dehydration at bay by using this soothing rose water and nourishing colloidal gold duo every night pre-Zzzs. It's even specifically designed for sensitive skin, so rest assured that it will become a welcome addition to your nighttime routine.

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing product and great for super sensitive skin. My skin reacts to everything, but this is calming and a great moisturizer." —Kimberly Harrow

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    42. An exfoliating towel, because the following word strikes fear in all of our hearts: Backne. This remove layers of dead skin that lead to scarring — use it in combo with Mario Badescu botanical body soap and your back will be all but invincible to breakouts.

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma McAnaw wearing a black dress and showcasing clear skin on their back
    Instagram: @emcanaw / Via @emcanaw

    Promising review: "I've only been using this for a week. I have severe back acne discoloration and scarring, and I've already noticed a DRAMATIC difference in how my skin looks and feels! I'm thrilled with the results. I use this every night with the Mario Badesco AHA body wash." —Mariah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Salicylic acid getting ready to destroy my chin pimple:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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