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16 Acne Spot Treatments You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By

Skincare isn't one-size-fits-all, so you need options.

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1. A cystic acne treatment with bentonite clay to draw out your blemishes so they can dry out and get on the road to healing.

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Promising review: "This has really kept my acne at bay, after months of Proactiv+ with ZERO consistency I finally found my forever product!!! I on the far right is the day I started using TreeActiv products, then next left is Day 3, then Day 5, then the far left is Day 7!!! It's a miracle!!!" —Amazon Customer

Price: $24.95

Check out a 4-in-1 treatment from the same brand that can also work as a spot treatment!

2. A butt-clearing lotion because buttne is a thing and if you suffer from it, you deserve something specially formulated to help!

Promising review: "Never in my 36 years of life, did I ever think a 4 oz. bottle would save my life from the semi-frequent acne I get on my rear. Not only is getting them beyond embarrassing, but it also lowers one's self-esteem especially during summer — or even intimate times with the spouse. I have tried probably well over 30 different products in my lifetime who all claim to clear the rear and blahblahblah. Well here I am, living proof and going on my fourth bottle of Butt Acne, this product I believe in with all my heart and investment. I saw results on day two of use. I never could say that before. I also use this on my lower back and inner thighs just because it feels great and does great. This magic is worth MORE than the price." —Lucy SPrice: $35.44
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Promising review: "Never in my 36 years of life, did I ever think a 4 oz. bottle would save my life from the semi-frequent acne I get on my rear. Not only is getting them beyond embarrassing, but it also lowers one's self-esteem especially during summer — or even intimate times with the spouse. I have tried probably well over 30 different products in my lifetime who all claim to clear the rear and blahblahblah. Well here I am, living proof and going on my fourth bottle of Butt Acne, this product I believe in with all my heart and investment. I saw results on day two of use. I never could say that before. I also use this on my lower back and inner thighs just because it feels great and does great. This magic is worth MORE than the price." —Lucy S

Price: $35.44

3. A cult-status drying lotion with calamine, sulfur, and other impactful ingredients — it may help your hormonal acne finally meet its match.

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Promising review: "Best product ever. I use it every night on my problem areas. Really worth it for those with hormonal acne, which was my case. I use this product every night on pimples that are coming out. It really helps with the pain and appearance. I saw great improvements from this product." —Luara Rose

Price: $17

4. An emergency blemish relief solution with prescription-grade micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide you can easily take with you on the go.

Promising review: "I am a 41-year-old woman with occasional cystic acne. I didn’t want to buy the whole Proactiv system because I read it can be drying and I just have small areas of occasional acne. This spot treatment is AMAZING! When I feel a zit coming on, I apply this three times a day to the spot for a day or two and it goes away/never forms. Seriously a miracle!!!" —CaksbyPrice: $35.95 for two
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Promising review: "I am a 41-year-old woman with occasional cystic acne. I didn’t want to buy the whole Proactiv system because I read it can be drying and I just have small areas of occasional acne. This spot treatment is AMAZING! When I feel a zit coming on, I apply this three times a day to the spot for a day or two and it goes away/never forms. Seriously a miracle!!!" —Caksby

Price: $35.95 for two

5. Hydrocolloid acne-absorbing dots that'll help suck out the white gunk on bumps that have a white head.

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Promising review: "So I won't show you any of the gory details but man do these things work. I don't wear makeup, so it's perfect for just covering it up to go out because it's almost exactly my skin color. More than that, wearing it at night it takes away most of the bump by the time I wake up. I will say that these are more for that specific annoying acne that like it's huge and that you kind of have to bust, but that only makes it bigger. But it's amazing, it might take a couple days but it definitely helps acne get back to normal looking faster. Update: Here are the gory details. The back acne is real." —Rebecca Gabriela Terrones

Price: $12.97 for 36 dots

6. And XL patches for coverering larger areas so you aren't playing connect the dots with a bunch of tiny little circle patches.

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Promising review: "Top is forehead and bottom is chin... and holy crap. Who knew there was that much junk in my face? My chin and forehead have been breaking out terribly recently, which is very unusual for me. My chin just had so many cystic acne bumps that just wouldn't pop or go away (I'm guilty of being a squeezer). But after using these the bumps are practically gone. AMAZING." —Katie M.

Price: $12.50 for 8 XL square patches

7. A sulfur treatment with some zinc oxide in the mix that's meant to help control oil. So basically, it's a great option for painful cystic acne!

Promising review: "Life changing. I get cysts under the skin and it is SO hard not to pick them because they hurt and are huge. I bought this not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. I put this on at night, and by morning there is a noticeable difference in size and pain of my cysts. This usually eliminates them overnight, sometimes I reapply in the morning under my makeup. Overall this treatment has prevented me from picking so much and I have way less scars on my face! I let all my friends try this and they love it too." —Ashley W.Price: $26
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Promising review: "Life changing. I get cysts under the skin and it is SO hard not to pick them because they hurt and are huge. I bought this not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. I put this on at night, and by morning there is a noticeable difference in size and pain of my cysts. This usually eliminates them overnight, sometimes I reapply in the morning under my makeup. Overall this treatment has prevented me from picking so much and I have way less scars on my face! I let all my friends try this and they love it too." —Ashley W.

Price: $26

8. A salicylic acid medication that won't dry out your skin.

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Promising review: "I've never had issues with acne before, until after I had my daughter. Been battling with the face demons for a year now. I broke down and tried other acne face washes for sensitive skin, but I never saw any results. I've been using the wash at night before bed, then I put the treatment cream on after I wash my face. I've been doing this routine for 2.5 weeks now. My face is 100x better than before. I haven't noticed much drying to my face, but I've been using the gel moisturizer in the mornings after I've taken a shower. I have very sensitive skin and it hasn't caused any red irritation at all, which is a huge plus! The pictures were taken before I started using it, and then after 2 weeks of use." —Jess

Price: $5.98 (or get the complete kit for $18.13)

9. A face wash and treatment combo as a double whammy when you don't want to bother piecing together an acne treatment regimen.

Promising review: "It controls my son's acne and he is very particular about looking good. No pimples, so that is what we want." —Terrall P.Price: $44.95
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Promising review: "It controls my son's acne and he is very particular about looking good. No pimples, so that is what we want." —Terrall P.

Price: $44.95

10. Clear pimple patches — they can help suck out the contents of a bump with a head and reduce the inflammation of ones that haven't come to a head just yet.

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Promising review: "I don’t usually write reviews but I love these so much, I have to! These things are seriously magical! They suck the gunk out of your acne overnight and reduce the size of the acne. One thing I will say is they work best if the zit has come to a head. My idea of why that is (and I’m not dermatologist or doctor of any kind), is that it has to have somewhere to suck the gunk out of. If I pop the zit, get the initial gunk out, let it dry most of the way, then put the patch on I find it works best. If I put it on a zit that does not have a head, it won’t suck anything out but I have found it helps keep the size of the zit down." —Paige Owen

Price: $14.48 for four sheets of 24 patches each

11. A salicylic acid gel made to help control oil production, in case you think that's part of the reason for your breakouts.

Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic! Clears up breakouts without drying. Works better than any OTC product I've tried." —Jaime CuryloPrice: $47
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Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic! Clears up breakouts without drying. Works better than any OTC product I've tried." —Jaime Curylo

Price: $47

12. An oil-free treatment that's pretty powerful so you should start out sparingly to avoid dryness.

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Promising review: "Efficient at removing acne. I used this for whiteheads on my forehead and it removed all of them. I do want to advise that this is a stronger percentage, so I would only use 2–3x a week if you have sensitive skin. I've been able to clear up my acne and I know use this as a spot treatment (dab on a little with a cotton swab) if any random acne pops up. This is a three month difference, along with other products I added to my routine." —Ily

Price: $9.95 for three

13. A *clear* treatment gel formulated with salicylic acid to dry spots, and oregano and clove buds to soothe sensitive skin. Oh, and you could totally wear it on top of makeup.

Promising review: "This little bottle lasted me quite a while and I have purchased it twice now. I love that the product is clear. It dabs out a little at a time. I have worn it alone, under makeup, or a small dab on top if I notice something mid-day. It decrease seems the extended life acne can take on. Great product!" —Nubian PrincessPrice: $25.89
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Promising review: "This little bottle lasted me quite a while and I have purchased it twice now. I love that the product is clear. It dabs out a little at a time. I have worn it alone, under makeup, or a small dab on top if I notice something mid-day. It decrease seems the extended life acne can take on. Great product!" —Nubian Princess

Price: $25.89

14. Hydrocolloid gunk-sucking dots — you just may be able to wear them in public unnoticed (if you're seriously lacking in melanin like I am).

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Promising review: "I accidentally bought both these and the Nexcare Acne Covers at the same time (whoops). I have used the Nexcare covers for a while, but they didn't stick well, and looked very yellow on my skin. However, these MEDca patches are SO MUCH BETTER. They adhere well, are thinner, and totally clear on my skin. If they weren't slightly glossy, most of the time you wouldn't even see them. I've worn them to work before without any weird looks. These seem to do a much better job of absorbing crap out of my face, too. I am attaching a few pics, the one of my face has two of these covers outlined in blue boxes." —Sarah

Price: $7.99

15. An adult treatment gel in case you find that the stuff formulated for teens is no longer cutting it.

Promising review: "I have struggled with acne all my life. Now as an adult it’s not terrible but I will get the occasional deep one I need to take care of. This stuff is strong and not cheap, but one bottle lasts me probably 4–5 months. Can’t recommend it enough." —Kristen ArmitagePrice: $28.99
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Promising review: "I have struggled with acne all my life. Now as an adult it’s not terrible but I will get the occasional deep one I need to take care of. This stuff is strong and not cheap, but one bottle lasts me probably 4–5 months. Can’t recommend it enough." —Kristen Armitage

Price: $28.99

16. A powerful drying lotion reviewers say will deliver some quick results.

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Promising review: "I am in my 30s but still get breakouts like a hormonal teenager. My sister recommended this product so I gave it a try. I applied it with a cotton swab to each zit at night after I washed my face. When I woke up and rinsed the product off the white heads were gone!! Of course there was still redness but no more head that I wanted to pick at or pop. Number one thing, do NOT shake product prior to using. It is supposed to be separated and the pink stuff at the bottom is what you want to apply to the breakout." —K Brooks

Price: $15.98

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