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    26 Highly Rated Products For Anyone Who Struggles With Breakouts

    If you're reading this, stop picking.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. Hydrocolloid COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches speed up the ~draining process~ and more importantly, they 👏 prevent 👏 picking 👏. If you're looking for a no-frills way to stop cystic acne in its evil tracks, these transparent stickers are the way to go.

    2. And! Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface Patches treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with a medical-grade hydrocolloid formula that prevents picking and speeds up draining. All you'll have to do is peel and stick.

    reviewer photo of the patch

    3. Cotton Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Mask use ingredients like willow bark, rosemary, tea tree oil, chamomile, and asiatic pennywort — all of which translate to "I fight acne for a living." Not without further ado, grab some wine and begin your at-home spa night. Consider your complexion exfoliated and irritation reduced, all in the name of relaxation.

    the sheet masks

    4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask gives an entirely new meaning to beauty sleep thanks to a powerful blend of salicylic acid and tea tree oil. This combo happily destroys pimples and excess sebum whilst you dream, meaning you'll wake up to matte skin that won't be require that 10 pounds of setting powder, thank you very much.

    hand dipping into green jar of product

    5. TULA Probiotic Go Away Spot Treatment declares war on cystic acne best described as "ouch." Painful bumps are essentially reduced overnight thanks to a benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, and probiotics blend, aka you can go ahead and put that concealer stick down.

    the blue tube

    6. COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad come pre-soaked with willow bark water and BHA, a chemical exfoliant that exfoliates dead skin cells and clears clogged pores. Each cotton pad has a: an embossed side for exfoliation and managing oil and b: a soft side to soothe irritation.

    the white jar with wipes inside

    7. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser earns all the overwhelmingly positive TikTok praise it gets. This is moisture-balancing, has a lotion-like consistency (which is *chef's kiss* for sensitive skin), and is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid — aka your complexion is about to take a ride on the moisture-sans-pimple train.

    reviewer with visible acne and redness on jawline on the left and visibly less acne on the right

    8. Glossier Solution uses an exfoliating blend of alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, and polyhydroxy acid. Rosetta Stone translation: This acts as a plumber for clogged pores and, according to reviewers, fades acne scars faster than you can say "see ya."

    9. Eva Naturals Vitamin C Serum Plus — because adult acne is *the worst* and reviewers swear that this stuff helps. Not only does this blend of vitamin C, salicylic acid, retinol, and niacinamide attack blemishes with a vengeance, but it also provides moisture and reduces dullness. Heroes = they don't all wear capes.

    before and after photo of reviewer with visible scarring on left and less scarring on right

    10. Oil-, soap-free La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser kicks acne and oily foreheads to the curb. For a matte complexion that stays matte for a solid 12 hours, consider this AM and PM cleanser a skincare staple.

    11. Neogen Real Fresh Cleansing Stick is a breeze when it comes to application: simply remove the cap, swipe on some goodness, and rinse. No product wasted on your hands. No crud covering your sink faucet. Ease and portability aside, this uses green tea leaves for deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation — I never thought I'd swoon over skincare, but here we are.

    the green tea cleansing sticks

    12. Ren Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Primer provides the ultimate step uno for your a.m. routine. Simply glide this on pre-makeup to reduce pore appearance, mattify excess oil (::curses at T-zone::), and create a nourishing barrier that means your complexion won't go berserk after a long day spent sweating *and* wearing that full coverage foundation.

    13. Daily Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator reduces fine lines, fights acne, shrinks pores, and brightens your complexion one scrub at a time. Papain, salicylic acid, and rice actives are released when combined with water; green tea and colloidal oatmeal calm down redness in a jiffy.

    14. NeoGen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine uses red ~vino~ extracts in single-use exfoliating pads because dead skin and week-long pimples that refuse the evacuate the premises = the worst. These pads use a potent lactic acid capable of reaching deep into your pores for built-up oil and gunk, aka scream so long and farewell to the chin zit that will have no choice but to disappear.

    the red wine pads

    15. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A nonsticky combination of shea butter and glycerin soothes irritated skin in a jiffy — and despite how moisturizing it is, reviewers s-w-e-a-r that it doesn't cause breakouts.

    before and after photo of reviewer on left with visibly red skin labeled "8:41pm" and on right, visibly less red skin labeled "10:47pm"

    16. Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum 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 pesky 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).

    17. Blume Whirl Moisturizer smells like heaven (*inhales coffee, coconut, and vanilla cookie scent*) and works like a miracle, to boot. Listen up: Acne-prone skin still needs moisture! And this truly delivers on its promise of dewy, plump, and spot-free complexions.

    18. Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment makes application a breeze: simply dab this onto that chin pimple and, just like that, you'll have waved goodbye to the messy (and smelly) topical creams of acne past. Plus, this turmeric, ginger, and tea tree oil formula truly does zap zits overnight.

    the portable acne stick

    19. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil is currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel: this little bebé is truly a superhero worthy of its own franchise. It delivers on its promise of glowing skin by morning, tackling redness, scarring, dehydration, and acne whilst you sleep.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    20. Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask is packed with sulfur, kaolin clay, and bentonite clay for a strong formula that follows through on its description of being "maximum strength". So let me break it down for you: This mask will quickly dry out your acne and tell excess oil to hit the road.

    the white jar

    21. Ancient Greek Remedy Oil works as a skincare jack-of-all-trades. A blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E does all the following: softens skin, calms acne outbursts, lightens dark spots, and is moisturizing enough for even the driest of complexions. *adds seven bottles to cart immediately*

    22. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 protects your complexion against the suns rays *and* blue light, doesn't leave behind a white cast, and won't break you out. It's no wonder so many reviewers consider this a holy grail.

    hand holding white bottle of sunscreen with product on hand with text "that's the sunscreen on hand"

    23. Tower 28 Daily Rescue Facial Spray revitalizes skin with three simple ingredients: hypochlorous acid, water, and sodium chloride. Give your complexion a spritz of this trio to cleanse, soothe redness, and calm irritation. Reviewers even *swear* by this product for combatting maskne!

    model holding the clear spray bottle with white cap labeled "Tower 28"

    24. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask hits the reset button on grease and blemishes (this includes both scarring and all those painful, emerging zits) with an impressive blend of Australian botanicals. ✨ Smoother, brighter skin ✨ is at your fingertips — just apply a face mask two or three times a week.

    25. Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum is formulated with vitamin C and grapefruit extracts and with daily use, you'll be waving ~arrivederci~ to dullness, dark spots, and breakouts. Reviewers even swear that a little goes a long way, aka you won't have to throw money at a new bottle every month.

    the clear bottle with a white dropper cap

    26. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant confronts enlarged pores, pesky pimples, and fine lines with unmatched dedication. It also gently exfoliates with each swipe, so you can effectively wave ta ta to dullness and dead skin cells with every toss of a cotton round.

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