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    36 Skincare Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    I want this pimple gone, like, yesterday.

    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. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant to tackle enlarged pores, pesky pimples, and fine lines with a vengeance. It also works OT to gently exfoliate (ta ta FOREVER, dullness) without causing redness or irritation along the way.


    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin that is combo-to-oily with large pores, and this stuff has truly been a life saver! Like this is literally witchcraft in a bottle and my new holy grail! Ditch your harsh scrubs and give this a go... your skin will thank you." —Philena

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in two sizes).

    2. 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 it's optimum pH balance).

    reviewer photo of blue bottle with white pump

    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).

    3. 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).

    4. 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.

    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.

    5. A Mario Badescu facial spray infused with relaxing lavender and chamomile for a quick boost of hydration. Soothing aroma aside, this non-irritating formula is truly *chefs kiss* when it comes to combatting dryness.

    hand holding purple bottle with white cap / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This is a worthwhile indulgence and great value for a luxury beauty product. The smell is exquisite and not overbearing or overly floral. I purchased this because i find the scent of lavender very soothing and helps me manage stress. The added bonus is that this actually feels as though it moisturizes and soothes my dry winter skin." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    6. 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.

    reviewer on left with visible acne on cheeks and on right, same reviewer with visibly less acne

    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 $9.88.

    7. 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. / Via @bliss,

    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.

    8. Versed brightening solution, because what's worse 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 bottle with white label

    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.

    9. 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 left, reviewer wearing clear patch over a pimple and on right, the pimple looking ready to pop

    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.

    10. A Milk clay mask that, in addition to calming, moisturizing, and balancing the oil on your face, is a summer breeze when it comes to application: Simply remove the cap, swipe on some goodness, and rinse off after 10 minutes. No product wasted or smeared all over your hands. / Via @milkmakeup, Sephora

    Packed with quality ingredients like cannabis sativa oil, aloe, and kaolin clay, you'll truly fall in love with this product at first swipe.

    Promising review: "I have extremely combination, sensitive skin that has reactions to just about everything — I have adult acne, dry patches from eczema, and an extremely oily forehead. So finding products that work for all these issues without adding others is hard. After trying this out, I think I found my holy grail!! My skin has NEVER looked this clear and fresh in my entire life (I’m 30). I’ve used this it as a mask and spot treatment several times and it has yet to disappoint. I’m in love!" —AmandaBrookeLem

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    11. 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.

    reviewer photo on top with dry skin around the eyes and on bottom, same reviewer with no visible dryness

    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.

    12. A Cosrx gel cleanser tough on built-up gunk, blemishes, and redness, but gentle enough for even the most sensitive complexions. Looking for a new go-to cleanser? Presenting this pH-balanced option.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Psst, this cleanser is packed with tea tree oil and natural BHA to tackle enlarged pores and blemishes.

    Promising review: "New holy grail! I was looking for a good replacement for my favorite yet pricey Drunk Elephant cleanser, and this is so much better!! So gentle, has a lovely light tea tree scent, and it leaves my skin squeaky clean and SOFT. I also haven't broken out once since using this, which is possibly a coincidence...but I think not!" —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $14.

    To learn more, check out "I Swear By This Highly-Rated Low pH Gel Cleanser To Clean Out My Pores".

    13. A multi-use Glossier skin salve perfect for hydrating your lips *and* the most irritatingly dry parts of your limbs (we're all looking at you, pointy elbows and peeling cuticles).

    the white and silver glitter tube

    These cruelty-free, hypoallergenic come in a variety of delicious scents and tints ranging from birthday cake and berry to mint and coconut.

    Promising review: "So I'm usually a coconut/vanilla kind of gal. Anything along those lines are my fave scents and flavors, so naturally I have the birthday cake and coconut balm dot coms. However, berry is a GAME-CHANGER. I never like these kind of scents, but oh my it smells like food?! Like apple crumble?!!!! So delish, and the tint is amazing. I actually purchased one for my office and one for home (with no regrets)." —Sophie

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight flavors).

    14. 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".

    15. 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).

    the clear bottle with light green liquid inside / 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.

    16. 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.

    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.

    17. The Ordinary blemish serum, because what do we love? Quality ingredients for cheap. We're talking ~$6 for niacinamide and zinc PCA — both superheroes in the battle against excess oil, acne, and acne scarring.

    the white bottle with white dropper top / Via @deciem

    Promising review: "This product is great! It has really helped improve my skin's texture and mild acne. I put it on every other evening after using toner and before moisturizer. I was expecting this to dry my face out a bit, but it doesn't at all and it gives me a great glow. The consistency is a bit on the thicker side and there's no fragrance." —mlvals

    Get it from Sephora for $5.90.

    18. A micro needle roller that is MUCH more affordable (we’re talking an $80 difference) than other rollers on the market, but still equally as effective. Not to be dramatic, but this is genuinely heaven sent for scarring and indentations caused by 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

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    19. 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.

    the black soap bar / 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.

    20. 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 editor with redness on arm labeled "non-tatcha sunscreen = sunburn city"
    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".

    21. 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.

    reviewer photo showing acne fading from left to right

    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-30s 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.

    22. 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.

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of this SkinFood strawberry mask.

    23. 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).

    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.

    24. The Inkey List apple cider vinegar peel, because you've heard about the benefits of ACV but detest the taste. No worries! Add it to your skincare routine with this bottle of 10% glycolic acid and fruit enzymes, which gently reduce redness and dark spots to reveal a glowing (and non-irritated) complexion.


    Promising review: "I have a very serious skin care regimen, and use a retinol daily which tends to cause some dryness. When I use this, it keeps the flakes at bay from my retinol. My skin looks bright and fresh without being overly tight or sensitive. This is a fabulous product for the price point on their line. It's not a peel that you're going to see a massive difference with — that takes an esthetician. For just keeping freshened up, this will do the trick at a way lower price than some high-end competition!" —Lacey84

    Get it from Sephora for $14.99.

    25. Solaroil to banish the bane of your existence — weak and brittle nails with cuticles that look like they were mauled by an animal. This formula is so effective, one could say that it truly ~nails~ it.

    reviewer photo on left with brittle nails and on right, nails looking visibly longer and healthier

    Just massage this 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: "HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. All my life, I've had super weak and brittle nails that would instantly break the second they grew out a tiny bit. This oil has changed EVERYTHING!! I’m shocked. I noticed after about a week of nightly use that my nails are growing (fast) and not breaking." —K. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    26. 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.

    BuzzFeed staffer on left with visible acne labeled before and on right, same staffer with visibly less acne

    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/."

    27. First Aid radiance pads, because dewy skin should be as easy as grab, swipe, and toss. These rounds are infused with lactic and glycolic acids to speed up cell turnover (hello, exfoliation) while ingredients like cucumber, Indian gooseberry, lemon peel, and licorice root truly deliver on their promise of glow.

    hand pulling white pad from blue and white jar

    Promising review: "I started using this product months ago when I started noticing clogged pores and tiny bumps on my cheeks. This product has been a life-saver! Not only did this help eliminate my clogged pores, but it leaves my face glowing! I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any issues with it." —Melissa House

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $17+ (available in three sizes).

    28. 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.

    Sarah MacMillan / BuzzFeed

    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).

    29. A Sunday Riley clarifying oil bordering on Harry Potter-grade magic. This medicated dry oil prevent blackheads, stubborn pimples, and fine lines whilst you sleep, plus it absorbs super quickly — no more waking up to grease stains on your pillowcase that you'll get around to washing...eventually.

    Jennifer Tonti / BuzzFeed, Sephora

    Ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and black cumin seed oil treat blackheads and blemishes, hexylresorcinol and licorice help brighten the skin, milk thistle and cucumber seed oil are here to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and Chamomile and neroli make sure your skin feels soothed and nourished.

    Promising review: "I have been struggling with acne for years (in my mid-twenties now) and have tried so many products (both low and high end). I was skeptical about trying this because of the price tag, but it was worth it. I use this morning and night, and have found that it helps to prevent my hormonal acne around my chin, as well as speed up the process at which my hyper-pigmentation from acne goes away. I would recommend getting the smaller bottle to try it out. Love this one!" —nhartman

    Get it from Sephora for $40+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "8 Products That Make Life Easier For Grown-Ass Adults With Acne" (#5).

    30. A concentrated O'Keeffe's moisturizing cream ideal for dry, cracked hands in desperate need of some TLC. This ultra-moisturizing water, glycerin, and paraffin formula is used (and loved) by everyone from construction workers to people with eczema.

    Promising review: "Does this product need another five star review? Nope. But I had to. This is truly a miracle product!! I have the driest skin in the winter, to the point where I will look down at my hands and notice that they're bleeding from all the various cracks. This product made a major difference after just one use! Here I am weeks later and my hands have no cracks, look younger, and are no longer red." —P. Neuber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    31. A Burt's Bees lip scrub enriched with honey crystals for gentle exfoliation *and* beeswax exotic oils for a conditioning treatment so nourishing, your lips will feel smoother than butter. Now repeat after me: Be gone, flakes.

    the brown scrub in clear jar with brown cap

    Promising review: "Smells delectable! While much more gentle of an exfoliator than other sugar-based lip scrubs, it definitely does the job to smoothen and condition your lips." —Kyle L.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    32. A Belief lightweight moisturizer that will, please don't pardon my French, become the pièce de résistance of your skincare routine. Not only is this gel-cream super hydrating, but it also has an instant cooling effect that makes it great for the warmer months ahead and can be used morning or night.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This product is amazing for the summer! If you have dry skin, this cream will definitely bring your skin to life. I love the fact that you can put it in the fridge to make it have an even more cooling effect on the skin. Plus, it makes my makeup look fresh and smooth." —shazeeuh

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    To learn more, check out "7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We're Currently Obsessing Over" (#6).

    33. A non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Cerave moisturizing cream here to fight body breakouts and painful irritation with a vengeance. "You can run, BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!" —you to the pimples that have randomly sprouted along your chest, back, and butt.

    reviewer photo on left with visibly red chest and on right, visibly less red

    This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin d that exfoliates dead skin cells. The result? Now that said dead skin cells are out of the way, the actual moisturizing properties of the cream will able to really seep into your skin for ultimate hydration.

    It's also SUPER effective at combatting (and calming) psoriasis outbreaks! Proof in the photos above.

    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.

    34. A Neutrogena alcohol-free toner because you *may* think you washed off all the gunk lodged in your T-zone, but alas — you did not. This refreshing product picks up where your cleanser left off, further purifying your complexion without stripping it of natural moisture.

    the blue bottle of toner with white cap

    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.

    35. 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 that "I drink a TON of water" radiance.


    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.

    36. Tend solution because ingrown hairs and razor bumps are truly the pits. Just spread this lotion onto whichever body part you plan on waxing/shaving (and yes, it's safe to use on the bikini area...I know that's the question haunting your pretty little mind) and POOF! All skin irritation and bumps will vanish.

    on left, reviewer photo of armpit with red bumps and on right, armpit with no bumps

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    All of that salicylic acid getting ready to ~slay~ my chin pimples like:

    The WB

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