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    32 Skin Care Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    Kiss acne, dullness, dryness, excess oil, and redness GOODBYE. The products in this post were updated in August 2018.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A daily face (and body!) moisturizing cream for people with dry to normal skin. This is a miracle product for dryness, itchiness, and breakouts.,

    This hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free face cream is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide nongreasy 24-hour hydration.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." β€”Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $11.43.

    2. A chamomile cleansing butter safe for contact lens wearers! This stuff will remove your makeup without irritating your eyes or getting in your lenses. / Via thebodyshop

    This chamomile cleansing butter removes all traces of makeup without irritating or drying out your skin which β€” YES β€” includes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

    Promising review: "My sister told me I should try try this out, and I have to say that this is one of the best makeup removers that I've ever used. It removes all kinds of makeup, it leaves my skin so soft and smooth, and it doesn't make my skin dry because of the buttery texture. I absolutely love it!" β€”Naimz

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    3. An alcohol-free witch hazel toner with over 10,000 reviews. It promises to remedy all your skin problems: acne, redness, unevenness, and dullness!

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Plus, this toner won't leave your skin feeling overly dry and taut. Hooray!

    Promising review: "Holy cow! This stuff is incredible! I even have my boyfriend using it. This actually hydrates my face, makes it smoother, and cleans the remaining dirt and debris from my pores. Nailing it, Thayers!" β€”Kristina A Muskewitz

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    Read even more about why we love this witch hazel toner.

    4. A travel-friendly mask kit containing six different masks, each with a unique purpose. Hello, cucumber gel!

    Looking for specifics? This kit contains a pumpkin enzyme mask, a cucumber gel mask, an Irish moor mud mask, a 24K gold mask, a rose stem cell mask, and a blue marina algae mask. Plus, you can mix and match these masks and apply different ones to different areas of your skin.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.51.

    5. A deep pore-cleaning clay mask made with calcium bentonite clay to karate chop the crap out of cystic acne.,

    Be sure to dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for the best results! AND! You can apply it with this golden facial mask brush.

    Promising review: "Cystic acne: the bane of my dermatological life, and maybe yours too? This clay has helped immensely in keeping it at bay. I do a treatment once a week (since it is a bit time-consuming), but I haven't had any of those awful underground, takes-two-weeks-to-surface pimples since I've started using the clay. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it's immensely helpful for oily, cystic acne-prone skin. My skin's been so much happier since I've started using it. You need this. Right now." β€”Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $8.30.

    Read our full review of the Aztec clay mask.

    6. A brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella to gently remove dirt AND restore your skin cells.

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought you could get excited about a facial scrub? I love this stuff! The ingredients are natural β€” nothing synthetic! It doesn't dry out my skin, and my cheeks are always baby soft after using it. This is my third time ordering this tube of green scrubbing greatness!" β€”BBQ222

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A hypoallergenic skin oil designed to prevent scarring and even out discoloration. Plus, it won't break you out further.,

    That's right β€” this nongreasy skin oil is also noncomedogenic.

    Promising review: "I swear by this product. It's very effective on discolored skin from scarring: a breakout ravaged the lower part of my face, and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring behind. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it. Just check out my before and after really works." β€”twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    8. Pore strips that don't just rip out the top of your blackheads and call it a day β€” they're designed to absorb the oil trapped inside your blackheads.

    This little packet comes with four pore strips and four blackhead strips, and work to visibly shrink enlarged pores while infusing 'em with vitamin A to prevent any NEW blackheads from forming. Plus, they're cruelty-free and won't dry out your skin!

    Promising review: "I have fairly sensitive skin, and am always worried about trying any products that 'stick' to your face. After having bad experiences with pore strips in the past, I was pleasantly surprised with how amazing these were! Not only do they remove so much dirt and oil from my pores, but they also leave my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. I put these on once a week before bed and have noticed such a difference in my skin β€” my breakouts have definitely been reduced!" β€”LaurenMcA

    Get them from Sephora for $19.

    9. A rosehip oil currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel β€” this little bottle of magic is a superhero worthy of its own franchise.,

    This oil moisturizes your skin without making it greasy, evens out scarring, and helps keeps the evil pimple monsters away.

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up my blemishes β€” all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked, and even my friends and coworkers are noticing." β€”Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Read our full writeup about this rosehip oil.

    10. A night mask perfect for oily, breakout-prone skin. It's infused with tea tree oil and salicylic acid to destroy pimples and excess sebum. / 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 β€” BAM β€” you'll wake up with cleaner, smoother-looking skin. And no, this won't stain your pillow.

    Promising review: "I am 46 and still have crazy oily skin β€” not just my t-zone, but my ENTIRE face. I have also suffered with occasional breakouts since I was 12 and have tried SO many products! But this mask is a totaly game-changer! I put it on about an hour before bedtime so it dries down a bit, and in the morning, my skin is MATTE, moisturized, and clear!! I am gob-smacked! I LOVE this!" β€”librajen

    Get it from Amazon for $20.90.

    11. A gel-like cleanser that'll have your waterproof mascara quivering in fear. This gently dissolves all the makeup and grime on your face.

    Psst, this cleanser is made from cleaning agents found in contact solution!

    Promising review: "Honestly, this is one of the best cleansers and makeup removers I have ever used! It's really gentle on my skin, doesn't sting my eyes, and is really good at removing grime!" β€”Holly

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Learn about even more Glossier products we absolutely love.

    12. A moisturizing cream guaranteed to be the bane of any baby's existence. Why? Your face will be softer than their bottom.

    Psst, this jojoba oil and vitamin E–infused cream can be used on face, body, and hands!

    Promising review: "This moisturizing creme is the best! It smells really good, makes my skin really soft, and gets rid of all the dry, flaky patches. I have been using it for over two years now and have recommended it to all three of my sisters β€” I just really love it. Plus, there's also a travel-sized squeezable tube of this which is perfect for when I go on trips!" β€”Maggie

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

    13. A cleansing foam sure to make your skin say "I lava you." It's made from volcanic clusters proven to deep clean your pores...

    ...and get rid of all the excess oil and gunk.

    Promising review: "One of the best foaming face washes I've used, and I've tried a lot. It really cleans your face well without being overdrying. I usually try to always remove my makeup first, but when I forget to or am just too lazy, this face wash still gets my face super clean!! It has also significantly reduced the congestion in my pores." β€”LLD180

    Get it from Amazon for $10.10.

    14. A peach sake serum that wants YOU to shine β€” not your t-zone. This helps curb excess sebum and minimizes the appearance of pores.

    Promising review: "Where do I start? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I have extremely oily skin and no product has worked for me before: This is seriously the ONLY product that has been able to control my oily skin. I've used other expensive oil controlling serums in the past, and none of them can touch this product. It may be my imagination, but I swear that it has actually changed the consistency of my skin. My skin feels very soft and supple. I use this under my makeup and before I got to bed, and I actually wake up shine-free!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. A paraben-free facial moisturizer infused with collagen to hydrate your face and soften the appearance of wrinkles.

    AND it'll have your skin looking smoother! The collagen and elastin proteins in this formula help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

    Promising review: "I have dry skin β€” or should I say, HAD?! Ever since I've started using this product, my skin has been as soft as a baby's bum and super hydrated! This moisturizer is inexpensive and so worth it β€” I'm sticking with it for life. Thank you, St. Ives; never, ever discontinue this product!" β€”JOanny

    Get it from Amazon for $5.44.

    16. A chamomile, menthol, and aloe deep-cleansing cream perfect for sensitive skin and all skin types: dry, oily, and combination.,

    This cleanser removes dirt and makeup, while the hint of menthol will cool and soothe your skin.

    Promising review: "This stuff is INCREDIBLE! The smell is wonderful and invigorating, and you can feel how deeply it cleans your skin without being harsh. I follow this up with a light moisturizer, and it is the perfect combo for my skin. Love love love it!" β€”SC.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.30.

    17. A lightweight moisturizer that smells like WATERMELON and helps boost radiance. Did I mention it smells like WATERMELON?


    This splurgeworthy moisturizer is made with vitamin-rich watermelon extract, soothing botanicals, and hydrating hyaluronic acid to give combination/oily skin a radiant glow. It also helps even out your skin tone and provides the perfect amount of oil-free hydration.

    Promising review: "I really like this moisturizer!! It's lightweight but packs a punch of hydration, and it keeps my oily t-zone in check. I love the watermelon scent (it's not too heavy), and I love how this brand is all-natural and doesn't use water in their formula β€” they use fruit and other natural juices that are great for your skin." β€”Stefanie0023

    Get it from Sephora for $39.

    18. OR! A watermelon sleeping mask to hydrate, smooth, and get rid of excess grease overnight. Also, it smells like watermelon.


    Psst, this is slightly heavier than the lightweight moisturizer. BUT! They both work to fight dull, tired skin. This place about to glow.

    Promising review: "I love this product and you don't need very much to do wonders for your skin. Just apply it at night before bed and simply rinse off your face in the morning. My skin is smooth, clear, and hydrated β€” even during this frigid Cleveland winter. I love it! Plus, the scent is really refreshing and not too strong." β€”deanheet23

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    19. An all-in-one green tea cleansing stick made with natural green tea leaves to gently exfoliate your skin while breaking down all your makeup.,

    Psst, I own this personally and can attest to it being wonderful! It smells so damn good and is so easy to use. PLUS! 'Tis travel-friendly.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel-friendly face cleanser! It smells fantastic and does a great job! It's nice and gentle on my super sensitive skin. I won't ever travel without it!" β€”Maria C.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $22.

    20. A dermatologist-approved balm to reduce puffiness, boost collagen, and calm irritable skin around the eyes.

    This is specifically designed for mature skin, but works on any kind of skin: dry, combo, oily, and sensitive.

    Promising review: "This is the only eye cream I ever use! I have very dry skin around my eyes, and this is the only product that adds moisture and lessens my wrinkles." β€”Dermstore Customer from Austin, TX

    Get it from Dermstore for $82.

    21. A healing ointment guaranteed to moisturize severe dry patches. This is a game changer for constantly chapped lips, for example.,

    Promising review: "I used to always have really dry, cracked, and chapped lips β€” they were so bad that they'd bleed sometimes. I started using this stuff on my lips and I can honestly say that I have normal lips now. I am so happy with this product!" β€”Robert Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $10.16.

    22. A sleeping pack (almost) as good as a pumpkin spice latte. This overnight treatment helps get rid of dryness, dullness, and uneven texture. / Via

    This formula is packed with pumpkin extract, vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene to help get rid of all the dead cells that are making your skin feel like the saddest emoji on your iPhone.

    Promising review: "Since I live in Canada and have dry skin, this product helps my skin feel plump and hydrated, and it seals in the other products I use, too. Plus, the price is great and the packaging is more hygienic than a jar." β€”winterhalfling

    Get it from Sephora for $20 or Ulta for $20.

    23. A chemical exfoliator designed to transform your skin in just one (!!!) month. In fact, 94% of users with acne-prone skin said their skin was cleaner.

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    This cruelty-free chemical exfoliator uses several acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) to unclog pores, fight acne, and do away with dark spots β€” all while moisturizing, conditioning, and exfoliating your skin. HOORAY!

    Promising review: "I was really skeptical about buying this, but I'm so happy I did! I started using this about a month ago: I first noticed that my skin texture was WAYYY smoother, and then I noticed that all of my active acne fully went away. This product has also been a lifesaver for diminishing dark spots! I use this product every night, follow it up with rosehip oil, and it's perfect." β€”Alexa

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Read more about why we love Glossier's Solution so much.

    24. A holy grail face cream for anyone with combination skin: This'll hydrate the dry patches and balance out the oily ones. Easy peasy.

    Promising review: "I have tried so many moisturizer over the years, and I have never found a moisturizer that I love as much as this one! It moisturizes my face without making my skin feel or look oily β€” I have gone all winter long without any dry patches because of this! I am one very happy customer." β€”Montana

    Get it from Sephora or Kiehl's for $16+.

    25. Pimple patches you put on a spot overnight and β€” BAM β€” pus and oil will be drawn out, and inflammation will go down., Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Omg, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilΓ ! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I'm in my thirties now with hormonal acne, btw.) These are magic!" β€”Julie W.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.64.

    Read even more about these pimple patches.

    26. A vegan vitamin C serum to kick all your skin woes to the curb β€” this promises to brighten dull skin, reduce discoloration, and prevent breakouts.

    Psst, this all-natural, cruelty-free serum is made from konjac root, hyaluronic acid, and ferulic acid. Be prepared to kiss all your skin woes goodbye.

    Promising review: "I just started using this, but I'm already blown away by the results. I had stubborn acne and texture issues that did not change for weeks β€” months for some places, years for others. No product I added or removed from my routine made a bit of difference. Enter Mad Hippie. In just DAYS, my skin has improved tremendously. My forehead (which was my trouble spot) is clear! I am mystified. Stubborn scars on my cheeks are lightening, as well." β€”T. Graves

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

    And if you want all your body care to be all natural, check out these natural deodorants on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    27. A micellar cleansing water that promises to remove makeup without any harsh rubbing required. Plus, this won't dry out your skin. Hooray!

    Promising review: "This stuff is fabulous β€” so fabulous that I've been using it in the evenings and mornings. It is so simple and fast to use. I love that I don't have to pull my hair back and inevitably get my hair wet when I wash my face. Anyway, I use this with a facecloth and to help do some light exfoliating. It dries quickly and once it does my skin is silky smooth and clean. Best of all, my pores are literally gone and so tiny that I rarely even wear foundation any more." β€”Mrs. Warren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.61.

    Garnier's micellar water is one of our favorite makeup removers β€” check out the entire list on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    28. A sheet mask kit to give your skin the ultimate glow-up within a week. Yes, you use one sheet mask every night for a week. #glam

    This kit comes with a variety of seven masks, one for each night of the week. It's the perfect way to sample a whole bunch of different products and find out which one is your favorite.

    Get seven masks from Soko Glam for $25.

    29. A cruelty-free moisturizing gel infused with aloe vera, caffeine, copper, salicylic acid, glycerine, and fairy dust. / Via @winky_lux

    This formula promises to prevent moisture loss and clogged pores, reduce inflammation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Psst, you can lather this gel in the AM before applying makeup or at nighttime.

    Promising review: "This stuff has totally changed my skin for the better! My skin definitely looks clearer and brighter, and the moisture dries into my skin really well. I'm in LOVE." β€”Paige

    Get it from Winky Lux for $29.

    30. Facial wipes you'll want to stash by your nightstand. You know, for the nights you don't feel like cleansing, exfoliating, and toning.

    These wipes are free of artificial perfumes and dyes, and are enriched in pro-vitamin B5.

    Promising review: "I love these! They're a great way to "lean your face after a long day: they remove eye makeup gently and leave my face feeling smooth and not dry. They're easy to pack when you're traveling and, the best par, they don't harm your skin." β€”Holly Golightly

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.55.

    31. A rose milk cleanser to cleanse the dirt off your face without disrupting your natural moisture balance.

    Promising review: "I've used this cleanser every morning for two weeks, and my skin has improved drastically. This product is very milky and light and cleans my skin without stripping it of its natural oils. My skin is significantly less red, smoother, softer, and I do not get as oily throughout the day. Perfect for sensitive skin types." β€”A

    Get it from Michael Todd Beauty for $24.

    32. A solid balm (that turns into an oil) made with papaya extracts to dissolve your makeup while exfoliating your skin at the same damn time.

    Soko Glam

    Psst, if you have super-sensitive skin, check out this formula instead.

    Promising review: "I wish I found out about this product sooner. I don't need to buy separate wipes or eye makeup removers anymore, all thanks to this little tub! I have very dry skin, but this product leaves my face super moisturized and fresh. This is going to last me A LONG TIME. I don't need any more than maybe a quarter-sized amount to let it do its magic. It's worth every penny!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Soko Glam for $16 (originally $21).

    Trying out my new face mask like:


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