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    25 Products That'll Help You Get Rid Of A Breakout ASAP

    Because maskne always strikes when you least expect it.

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    1. A set of patches you can slap right over your pimple and go about your day while the hydrocolloid pulls out impurities and reduces the size of your blemish. And let's face it, they're so adorable you might be tempted to put one on even when you don't have a breakout.

    Pack of NanoLuaShop Pimple Patches in various shapes and colors

    Promising review: "WOW, I honestly didn't think pimple patches could work so well. I've used other cutesy brand ones in the past and they've done an ok job but these are *chefs kiss.* For real, I tried them on both an old maskne zit and a freshly budding maskne zit and both were nearly flattened and completely gone when I took the patches off 4+ hours later." —Alana M.

    NanoLuaShop is a small Etsy shop based in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Get a pack of 12 from NanoLuaShop on Etsy for $7.19+ (originally $7.99, available in four colors).

    2. A fast-acting anti-acne cream with some seriously impressive before-and-after photos from Amazon customers. Its blend of tea tree oil and bentonite clay will treat zits and control oil so you stay matte and breakout-free. That's what I call a win-win.

    Promising review: "I got this product yesterday in hopes of avoiding having to take an oral antibiotic as I have four cysts. I dabbed all four spots and two went away completely overnight (just starting), one has been there for a week but is GREATLY diminished and the third is almost but not quite gone. This was after only one application! I have never felt so inclined to write a review but if there is anyone else that suffers like I do, I greatly urge you to give this a shot." —Cupcake Kitten

    Get it from Amazon for $25.89.

    3. A drying paste that spells game over for any bumps you need erased immediately. Simply dot it on your pimples and let the mixture of sulfur, bentonite, and kaolin clay work its magic to diminish spots and unclog your pores.


    Promising review: "I previously used a lot of different treatments, but I was looking around for a better alternative to that 'pink at the bottom of the bottle' stuff. (lol). I have pretty normal skin and my breakouts are normally hormonal or from greasy food touching my skin. I dabbed a little of this on a chin breakout I had before bed. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and looked in the mirror: that little punk of a spot was GONE. Dried up with just a little dry skin where the head was, and that washed away in the morning. I adore this stuff!" —Foxii_Forever

    Get it from Versed for $16.99.

    4. This outrageously popular Differin gel that has compelled over 25,000 Amazon reviewers to leave a review as glowing as their skin. It's a prescription-strength retinoid that gets deep down in your pores to promote skin turnover, so you'll basically have a brand new face after a few uses.

    Reviewer photo showing results of using Differin gel over 12 weeks

    Promising review: "I don't have too much of an issue with acne, however I do have hormonally based pimples once a month, with a few pimples that break through every now and then. I really purchased because it is a retinoid that you don't have to go to the doctor for and I wanted it to help with some sun damage on my face and fine lines. I've only been using this for a month, but I can honestly say that within the first week I could see a change in my skin. I have absolutely had not one break out of any kind and my skin is so smooth. I sincerely believe that the discoloration and hyperpigmentation on my skin is beginning to fade." —Catattack

    Get it from Amazon for $12.71+ (available in two sizes and two bottle styles).

    5. A concealer pen with a slanted sponge tip so you can easily apply it in emergency situations — like those unexpected FaceTime calls. It'll provide an easily blendable amount of coverage and a touch of salicylic acid to treat while it disguises.


    Promising review: "On my 62nd birthday I was gifted three zits, which was a shock since I haven't had a breakout in a long, long, long time. I didn't know what to use to get rid of the annoying scourge and happened upon this medicated concealer, so decided to give it a try. In just a couple of days two were gone completely and the third was hardly noticeable. The coverage is light, not thick or cakey, yet conceals very well and it blends perfectly with my tinted moisturizer (also Neutrogena). I'm so glad I bought this miracle in a tube, however I hope I don't need to use it again anytime soon!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in five shades).

    6. The extremely beloved Mario Badescu Drying Lotion that looks like a tiny science experiment, but acts like a magical acne potion. Simply dip a cotton swab down into the pink solution, then dab it over any pimples to watch them shrink in just a few hours.

    Two bottles of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    Promising review: "Honestly, I assume that this dainty bottle is powered by some sort of magic, because this stuff is truly ah-mazing! Not long ago, I had a deep pimple that was building to a slow crescendo of awful (important to note, I usually have clear skin), and my mother-in-law recommended this stuff to me. She promised that it would drastically reduce the pimple, if not zap it altogether, overnight. I was weary, but I also had a business trip coming up and I was worried that the tender mound was going to blossom into a third eyeball by the time I stepped off the plane for client meetings. I dabbed a tiny amount of this stuff on the zit after my nightly facial routine (it kind of looks like calamine lotion) and went to bed not expecting much. No joke, this miracle elixir managed to shrink the nasty little sucker so much, that the tenderness had gone away!" —Caerley Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    7. A lightweight liquid foundation with surprisingly impressive coverage. Not only will it immediately cover acne, but it also contains salicylic acid to treat blemishes and stop future ones from occurring.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It's one of the only foundations that my dermatologist lets me use that actually covers anything. The other non-comedogenic foundations I have tried hardly cover anything. You can use a little for light coverage or use a lot for full coverage. I've applied it with a sponge, brush, and silicone sponge and it worked great with all. It even works fine if you just apply it with your fingers. I have extremely acne-prone skin and it does not make me break out. It also has salicylic acid in it which helps with breakouts." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $0.40+ (available in 15 shades).

    8. A sprayable body acne mist that will have you screaming "WHY DON'T MORE BRANDS MAKE THIS?!" It features a blend of salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel to keep body breakouts under control and a nozzle that sprays at any angle, so you can really target those problem areas with ease.


    Promising review: "I bought this a few months back just to try it out and I can honestly say I love it. I spray it all over my back, chest, bum, back of my legs, basically anywhere on my body that I tend to have breakouts and it has cleared my acne tremendously. I also stopped getting those stubborn ingrown hairs on my bum and legs! Must try it out!!!" —MISSCHAVEZ604

    Get it from Versed for $14.99.

    9. An extra-strength night cream that uses the magic of retinol to repair your skin while you sleep and hyaluronic acid to add a nice dose of moisture.

    Bottle of Geologie Repairing Night Cream

    Promising review: "To be honest I was skeptical at first, I’ve never used a night cream before but the very first time I used this I could FEEL it working. Following the emails to guide me on how to use everything and how often has been amazing. And I think this is the real money maker because my acne has almost cleared up completely!" —Michael

    Get a 90-day supply from Geologie for $55.

    10. A silky smooth liquid foundation so you can even out your skin tone while treating current breakouts and preventing future ones.


    Promising review: "My skin breaks out easily but this foundation doesn’t cause any problems and really does clear up my skin. Every time I try something new, I end up switching back to this." —Daisy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 14 colors).

    11. A super creamy concealer and spot treatment hybrid that proves acne products don't have to be drying. It even has aloe and chamomile to soothe the skin and help it blend seamlessly with your foundation.


    Promising review: "I wanted to wait and see how well this performs before reviewing it. I’ve had it now for a couple of months and it has become my go-to for concealing a blemish. It’s probably the best product I’ve ever used for this. Not only does it provide the coverage I wanted so I didn’t have to feel so self-conscious, but bc it’s also keeping salicylic acid on the blemish while concealing it, my clear-up time is much quicker! I rarely review items but this one is a winner for sure!" —Cheryl Figueroa

    Get it from Amazon for $3.72+ (available in six shades).

    12. An acne treatment gel for anyone whose tired of dealing with the red, flaky skin left behind from other harsh treatments. This one features just enough salicylic acid to reduce pimples without irritating the skin around them.

    Bottle of Ren Clean Skincare Clearcalm Non-Drying Acne Treatment Gel
    Ren Clean Skincare

    Promising review: "It's brilliant, it stops spots in their tracks! I don't suffer from acne, but wearing a mask during COVID times has caused breakouts on my chin and nose. Honesty, this will forever be in my skincare box." —Grace F.

    Get it from Ren Skincare for $21.

    13. An all-natural pimple potion with a super convenient rollerball applicator so you can quickly swipe it over your skin the second you feel a breakout occurring.

    Bottle of Pimple Potion from RootedEarth

    Promising review: "My hormonal acne is pretty bad. Applied pimple potion at 4:30 p.m. and it went down dramatically by 7:30. This stuff is MAGICAL." —Rosemary Perez

    RootedEarth is a small Etsy shop based in Casco, Maine.

    Get it from RootedEarth on Etsy for $14.99+ (also available in a pack of three).

    14. A spot treatment gel from an Instagram-famous brand that lives up to its hype. It features benzoyl peroxide that gets to work almost immediately, and the clear formula means you can apply it whenever, wherever.

    Bottles of Tula Skincare Go Away Acne Spot Treatment

    Promising review: "I have used this for about a month now as needed and spots are mostly gone overnight. I get quite a few hormonal pimples during PMS and this takes them down to just a tiny blemish that covers much easier with makeup and is completely gone within two days. I have even used it on larger cystic acne spots and the pain is gone and size is decreased overnight." —Kristie Bey

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    15. A facial oil from Biossance if regular spot treatments are a little too harsh for your sensitive skin. This one uses tea tree oil to gently banish breakout-causing bacteria while squalene helps balance moisture.


    Promising review: "I started getting pimples in my mid twenties and they were painful whiteheads for the most part on my cheeks close to my ears and chin. I always popped them, which caused scarring. Basically this oil cleared my acne within a week and it’s reducing my scarring. It’s the first Biossance product I’ve ever used and this product alone flipped me to a loyal customer. It’s also helped with winter dryness that I experience in Montreal. I haven’t had a pimple in five weeks. Woohoo. It absorbs quickly and makes my skin glow." —Erika H.

    Get it from Biossance for $49.

    16. A tub of blemish clearing pads from the brand behind everyone's favorite affordable toner. These little exfoliating wipes are alcohol- and fragrance-free, so you can swipe away to your heart's content without irritating your skin.


    Promising review: "I have very acne prone skin and these are amazing. I use these throughout the day especially with wearing a mask often now, and I feel my breakouts have been less frequent and less harsh." —Blingger07

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. An all-natural serum that proves you don't always need harsh chemicals to get rid of blemishes. This simple potion includes a blend of tea tree, Manuka, and jojoba oils, so it's basically an antibacterial treatment and hydrating serum in one bottle.

    Two bottles of SkinCraftOrganics Blemish Remedy in different sizes with an apple in the background

    Promising review: "I cannot even count the number of natural 'blemish remedies' I have tried - and tossed. Thankfully as I age, my skin has been less blemished than in past years. I do, however, have a dairy allergy and every time I accidentally eat something containing dairy, it shows with a big painful blemish on my face. I ate something I shouldn't have a couple of days after this blemish remedy arrived and one drop, massaged into my face, twice a day, shrank and eradicated the three painful cysts that popped up on my chin! I am floored. So happy with this product and will always have it on standby!" —Helena D.

    SkinCraftOrganics is a small Etsy shop based in Oceanport, New Jersey.

    Get it from SkinCraftOrganics on Etsy for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A moisturizing and lightly exfoliating cream you can apply to particularly stubborn areas you just know are about to breakout, or simply slather all over your face as an extra preventative measure.


    Promising review: "I've been using this moisturizer for about three weeks and it is the best one I've ever had. It makes my skin silky smooth, and has really helped with my acne and scarring. It's great for under makeup, and I will be purchasing this again and considering other products in this shop!" —Nailah

    CedarCreekEssentials is a small Etsy shop based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

    Get it from CedarCreekEssentials on Etsy for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A handmade mask made with 13 herbs and four different clays to not only banish breakouts, but also stimulate collagen production to help you wave goodbye to any pesky acne scars.

    Jar of Acne and Scars Mask from PhoenixKCreations

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. It pulls out deep toxins overnight. If I feel a cystic pimple coming on, I'll do a whole mask or spot treat with a dab and it helps relieve swelling and inflammation within hours. It'll bring emerging pimples to a head overnight, cleans out the pores, and makes sure they don't come back! There's a nice cooling, soothing effect as soon as you put it on too." —MJ Sparks

    PhoenixKCreations is a small Etsy shop based in Eugene, Oregon.

    Get it from PhoenixKCreations on Etsy for $19.25+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A maximum-strength spot treatment with naturally-derived salicylic acid that's gentle on the skin, because you shouldn't have to put up with irritation just to get rid of a pimple.

    Bottle of Burt's Bees Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream

    Promising review: "I’m in love with this spot treatment! I’ve been really stressed out lately, which means my chin is on pimple overload. I ordered this, put a little on, and within an hour or so there was a noticeable difference in how irritated and inflamed my chin was. By the next morning, things had calmed down even more. So far, this has been a huge help for me!" —Jennifer Young

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A pack of Avarelle Acne Cover Patches you can quickly plop on any pimple and let the blend of tea tree and calendula oils shrink your zit in just a few hours.

    Reviewer photo of used pimple patches

    Promising review: "I love this product! Whenever I have a pimple that is ready to burst (whitehead), I put one of these stickers on for a day and BOOM, it flattens and sucks up all that yucky junk. It feels really comfortable and can be barely noticeable if you have a small pimple that needs to be removed. There were times where I wore these out to school. Great product!" —Anon

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.49.

    22. A clay mask designed to soak up excess oil and wash off the bacteria that causes breakouts, so it's basically a must if you've been dealing with maskne lately.

    Bottle of Bolden clay mask with swatch of product next to it

    Promising review: "So far this has been a great product. I've only been using it for a month, but I like what it's doing for my skin and how my skin feels after using it." —shallor mcdonald

    Bolden is a black-owned, woman-owned skin care brand.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    23. Aztec Secret Indian Bentonite Healing Clay to extract dirt and oil from your pores and keep your skin feeling its absolute best. It's basically like a reset button for those times when your skin needs a little extra love.,

    Promising review: "Great product. I mix Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with my Aztec Secret Indian Bentonite Healing Clay for my facial masks (instead of mixing water with the clay). After the facial, my pores are totally clean, and they seem to disappear. My skin also tightens and takes on a youthful glow. The results last for about a week or a little longer." —Carbonglo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    24. An exfoliating solution so you can finally ditch that apricot scrub and move on from physical exfoliators. This one uses a blend of acids to lift and slough away dead skin and reveal a smoother complexion.


    Promising review: "Over the last year my acne has been at its worst. I tried a few other products that only seemed to make things worse. With this, I started seeing improvement after just a couple weeks, and it hasn't irritated my skin at all. I'm definitely happy I incorporated this into my routine." —Cass

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    25. And a post-blemish rescue balm, because even though you know you really shouldn't pop that pimple, sometimes you just can't help yourself. Just drop a little dab on that popped blemish to add moisture, reduce irritation, and prevent scarring.


    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I’ve been using it on my chin for two nights for scarring from hormonal breakouts. The scars are almost gone! I had a red spot from picking that is barely visible also." —Saige Against The Machine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    When you stop breakouts dead in their tracks:

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