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    These 26 Things Fix Breakouts And We Have The Proof

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    1. A pack of Cosrx pimple patches for draining zits overnight and reducing the lifetime of your breakout faster than you can say pop. Not to mention they'll give you all the satisfaction of a popped zit without the scarring., Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's deep dive for proof!

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes, so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple in the morning, go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything), and by the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL! When I take the patch off, it looks like the pimple was photoshopped right off my face. ZAP! Leaving the patch on all day also keeps me from picking, which prevents nasty scars and making the zit worse." —Lindsay & Eddie

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    2. A bottle of La Roche-Posay gel acne cleanser, because this formula of salicylic acid will STRONGLY encourage breakouts and excess oil to ~clear out~. In fact, they won't really have a choice.,

    Plus it's gentle enough to use twice a day! It specifically works to target and control oil, and then treat blackheads and breakouts so your skin is left clear, clear, and clear.

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake, one I will not make again." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    3. A tube of Clean & Clear spot treatment that'll hit the bullseye when it comes to reducing your pimples' swelling, redness, and size while you catch up on your beauty sleep. Its 2% salicylic acid will confront your zit ~head on~ and, well, the rest is history.

    Who else has gone to bed with a zillion white dots on their face? Everyone? Ok, great.

    Promising review: "I recently donated my hair and wanted to grow it out fast, so I decided to start taking a biotin product. Unfortunately, they did not mention anywhere that if you have acne-prone skin, it may cause a major breakout. I was left with a horrible breakout and needed something to clear it up fast. Not only does this not dry out your skin, but it helps make zits disappear fast. I saw a noticeable difference every morning when I woke up. After two weeks, my face looked back to normal with minimal scarring! I'm so grateful to have found this product." —Jake

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    4. A bottle of The Ordinary peeling solution so you can control excess oil (aka what's probably causing your breakouts in the first place) and give yourself a ten-minute exfoliating facial to kick shiny T-zones — and all its lovely friends — to the curb.

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    Its ingredients like glycolic, salicylic, and citric acid dramatically exfoliate your skin so you get pro-like peel results without the redness or hefty bill. Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for why she now swears by this!

    Promising review: "I never thought my skin would look as clear as it did after I took Accutane in high school, but The Ordinary products are what is keeping my skin CLEAR. I can't believe my skin is looking this nice with products that are so affordable." —THTFASHIONISTA_

    Get it from The Ordinary for $7.20.

    5. A bottle of Thayers witch hazel toner for *smoothing over* any long-lasting tension between you and your skin by moisturizing and calming red, broken-out complexions with rose-petal water, vitamin E, witch hazel extract, and aloe vera.

    It *also* contains natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agents, aloe vera, citric acid, and grapefruit seed extract! Check out how one BuzzFeeder kissed acne goodbye with this seriously-helpful review!

    Promising review: "This stuff is freaking amazing! I had a lot of redness and breakouts on my chin, as well as a few on my forehead. It truly just cleared them all up. I don't have any breakouts as of now, just my scars that I will be working on. I used this every night after cleansing my skin and it was perfection! I love this product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in five formulas).

    6. A powerful steamer, because a DIY facial is just what you need to bring out those darn whiteheads in the fastest way possible. Feel free to wear a fuzzy robe.

    It lasts for 12 minutes at a time and even features a UV light to sterilize the steam! It also comes with a blackhead extraction kit, but (cue mom voice) be careful with them! Or watch some tutorials first.

    Promising review: "This is almost a life changer. I always steam my face in the shower so I can pop my pimples (I know, it sounds so gross but seriously). However, this steamer is AMAZING. I highly recommend it if you are suffering from acne and want to give yourself your own DIY facial. Overall, fabulous purchase." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. A TruSkin tea tree serum that'll use its powerful blend of 20% vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid work together to heal and soothe blemishes — which is a nice way to say it tells pimples to get the hell out of here.

    It basically comforts irritated skin so that your complexion is clearer, glowing, and moisturized.

    Promising review: "Please do not discontinue this product — it SAVED my skin! I’ve never had more clear skin than I do now after using this. I’ve had hormonal breakouts for years and nothing’s ever worked as quickly and effectively as this — including dermatologist prescribed creams, serums, and pills." —Linda

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79.

    8. A tub of Aztec healing clay so when you feel like waging war on tough breakouts you totally can. Seriously, this acts more like a vacuum than a mask — no matter how deep your acne goes, this mask will suction out every clogged pore in its path. AND it works on cystic acne!

    By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar! Want more proof? Read our full breakdown!

    Promising review: "HOLY MONKEY EATING BANANAS. IT WORKS. I've only used it for two days (at night before sleep) and you can clearly see the difference! All the acnes dries up! It also makes my pores smaller. My skin feels smoother, I swear it looks like I'm wearing primer on my face. It's amazing." —karen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.30.

    9. A Pond's dark spot corrector for tackling uneven skin tones and, you guessed it, dark spots with vitamins B3 and C while also acting as a moisturizer so you're never dried out. Conclusion: you CAN have it all.

    Promising review: "This cream is nothing short of a miracle for me. I started using Retin-A three years ago and while it was helping me with the texture of my skin it did nothing for clarity. I have worn sunscreen for many years but I still have sun damage. I started using this cream on alternate nights and then bumped it up to two times a day, and the results have been incredible. I have also slathered this cream all over my chest and arms, as well and I have had similar results there. My skin texture is amazing and the clarity is incredible. I am positive that this cream is responsible for the changes, because I don't use any other products on my arms and chest. This cream has turned back the hands of time for me." —KMP

    Get it from Amazon for $12.27.

    10. A Burt's Bees pore refining scrub, because this'll have acne-prone, oily skin specifically in mind. It'll calm redness, tighten pores, and reduce breakouts thanks to salicylic acid that's naturally derived from willow bark.

    PLUS it uses jojoba beads and a fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate dead skin for clearer and smoother skin.

    Promising review: "It's been about two years of loyal use of this product and I thought it deserved a positive review. At 21 years old I had the absolute worst acne. I had cystic acne to begin with and on top of that, I am on some pretty powerful mood stabilizers that just piled on the acne. I tried Proactive, oral medications, and several other acne washes, but I am allergic to pine sterols which end up in a lot of OC products. My dad, did some research for me one day when I called home crying, because my face hurt too much to even put my face on my pillow to sleep. He found a few blog post about this product helping other young adults with medication-caused acne and sent this to me overnight. I shit you not it cleared up ALL my acne, cystic included, almost completely in six weeks, and in two months my face was completely clear. I've been using this for two years now, and it has honestly saved me. My face is soft and blemish-free as a flipping Barbie doll." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.75 .

    11. A bottle of tea tree oil for a natural spot treatment that'll make sure smoother, matte skin is at your *fingertips* before can even consider picking. Put your hands down unless you're using this, my friends.

    Promising review: "The effects are amazing. I read online that tea tree oil can help treat acne so I gave it a try. Put on a small layer before you go to sleep each night and your skin will be spotless! After only three days of using it, my skin was soft and almost completely clear. I've tried almost everything else!" —Elizabeth Wilcox

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. A pack of Biore pore strips so you can easily draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a freaking magnet. Blackheads will be gone before they even know what hit 'em.

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips! Check out a BuzzFeeder's closer look to see pics for yourself!

    Promising review: "I have scrubbed the center of my forehead for months but the 'field of black dots' just remained no matter what. So finally I decided to give this a try. I followed instructions exactly (removed after 10 minutes) and after I peeled it off I looked and not a dot in sight — until I looked at the strip! That looked like a forest with all those 'dots' standing up on end. Highly recommend!" —David G.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    13. A St. Ives face scrub to polish away dryness and dullness with an appetizing blend of pink lemon and mandarin orange. But please don't taste this — though your face WILL totally eat this up.

    Promising review: "I have super dry, sensitive skin that can flake and peel and get red and irritated when I use pretty much any face wash at all, so it’s hard to clean my face. I’ve been using this for the last couple weeks and it is really great. My skin is smooth and has no flakes or dry patches, and it actually feels clean." —Mjolio

    Get it from Amazon for $3.79.

    14. A Mederma scar cream for diminishing scarring left from past breakouts, because no acne should mean TOTALLY clear skin. A little dab of this per night and soon enough you'll be back to #nofilter selfies.

    It even has SPF 30 to protect your scars from deepening in the sun!

    Promising review: "About a year ago, I had a cystic acne explosion — 150+ lesions appeared on my skin in a very short time frame. After months of clearing up the cystic acne, blackheads, and whiteheads, my skin was left with hyper-pigmentation marks (red, purple, brown) and an uneven texture. I have used a number of prescribed topicals, retinoids, and medical grade skin lighteners. My dermatology specialist (who has dealt with acne herself) recommended this product because it was affordable yet effective. I was highly skeptical that it would work, but wow was I wrong! It does take a few weeks to start noticing a difference. But I truly have noticed a big difference in my overall skin tone (marks are fading) and the texture is starting to even out as well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    15. A bottle of Ebanel drying lotion that'll kill your zits on sight and keep you from popping or picking — aka making everything worse. Dab this on, go to sleep, and wake up a whole lot happier.

    Promising review: "Wow! I am seriously amazed by how much better this works than the Mario Badescu drying lotion. I got one of the worst breakouts in my life all around my jaw line and forehead, and this stuff has been clearing it up in one application. I’m on my third day and they’re almost gone. This definitely works!" —Mimicakes

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A Eucerin night cream so even those of us with super sensitive skin have a way to heal redness that's so easy, we can do it in our *sleep.*

    It gets its hydrating powers from licochalcone (from licorice root) to gently moisturize, mattify, and calm redness over night.

    Promising review: "I've been battling with some sort of skin irritation on my forehead for the past year. My doctor diagnosed me with a mild case of rosacea. Within 24 hours of applying this, the redness went down at least 90%. Within a few days I was all clear." —BuffNerd

    Get it from Amazon for $12.32.

    17. A CeraVe Renewing SA Cream to exfoliate and moisturize simultaneously with salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin D to conquer dry, bumpy skin wherever it may be. It'll even replenish ceramide levels, making this a popular solution for psoriasis.

    Promising review: "OMG. I had a serious psoriasis outbreak and I was beside myself with pain and itching. I read that salicylic acid helps psoriasis. This cream has a nice texture and is not too greasy and does not stain. It did not burn or tingle after I applied it. Within 24 hours my psoriasis started to heal up and the itch subsided. I was shocked that all my red spots and plaques completely healed up within 48 hours. I will use this cream for for the rest of my life, I highly highly recommend trying this creme if you suffer from psoriasis. The results will astound you." —Kristen 32223

    Get it from Amazon for $15.38.

    18. A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub for exfoliating away excess oil (the pesky cause of most breakouts). It's gentle enough to use every day, meaning your acne doesn't have a chance to come back. We are on 👏top👏 of👏 it — all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath.

    Its vegan formula helps to stimulate new cell growth with a chlorella growth factor. And it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects). I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. An Amara Organics vitamin C serum that'll pave the path to clear skin no matter what your battle may be. Breakouts, enlarged pores, uneven skin tones, WHATEVER will fade and be replaced by a ~radiant glow~ thanks to 20% vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. I've been using it for three weeks and my skin has changed dramatically. My dark spots are almost gone and there are no bumps on my face. My skin feels extremely smooth. My natural skin has a glow. I order three more bottles as gifts for friends and family. Everyone loves it." —Jasmine

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    20. An Aria Starr mud mask, because oily skin, acne, and blackheads are already trembling in fear at the mention of this deep-cleansing solution. Not only will it suck up clogged pores and remove excess oil (goodbye, T-zones), but it'll exfoliate away dead skin cells so you're glowing *not* shining.

    Its formula is made up of shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil to both deep cleanse your pores and exfoliate away dead skin.

    Promising review: "I've had bad combination skin all my life and tried dozens of products on my breakouts with limited success. I'm also allergic to basically everything, so trying something new is always an adventure. So far, this mask has worked and felt the best for me. My skin got worse before it got better, but now, after a month of biweekly use, I have no more breakouts." —Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    21. An Advanced Clinicals coconut cream so you can both hydrate and gently exfoliate dull, uneven skin with organic lavender extract, chamomile, natural glycerin, and aloe vera to leave you with a glow worthy of applause.

    It's great for your body, too!

    Promising review: "I like this product because it does what it says it will. After cleansing my face I administer this. I use it prior to going to bed. It nourishes my skin while I am sleeping. When I wake up my skin is absolutely gorgeous! My money was well spent." —P.L. Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $8.12.

    22. A set of Dermal Collagen face masks with a whopping 16 different sheet masks for solving a slew of problems thanks to each mask's unique formula to do everything from brightening to soothing irritated skin.

    Shall we unpack what's in each of them?

    * Aloe (to revitalize and soothe skin)

    * Herb (to relieve your skin from stress, and restore clearness, elasticity, and moisture)

    * Aqua (to improve elasticity and moisturize)

    * Charcoal (to destress skin and restore clear skin)

    * Pearl (to protect skin from environmental damage and leave it feeling smoother and softer)

    * Syn-Ake (to tackle fine lines)

    * Platinum (to wake up tired skin)

    * Snail (to regenerate skin cells and soothe irritated skin)

    * Hyaluron (to moisturize and soften dry skin)

    * Cucumber (to moisturize and plump)

    * Green Tea (to protect the skin from environmental damage)

    * Gold (to promote metabolism and skin cell activity)

    * Q10 (to fight fine lines and promote smooth skin)

    * Mulberry extract (to brighten skin)

    * Vitamin (to stabilize vitamin C and brighten skin)

    * Royal Jelly (to moisturize, clear, and relieve skin from stress)

    Promising review: "These masks are amazing!!! Having 'ice pick' scars left over from acne, I was told that I'd have to pay for expensive laser therapy because the body can't produce enough collagen to heal deep scars. Well, after using these masks for two months I've seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars. They are almost completely gone!" —Shaun

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $10.79 (available in four combinations).

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder (with sensitive skin) loves these masks!

    23. A bottle of cold-pressed rosehip oil that'll make you wonder if your own multitasking skill can keep up: it'll brighten skin, dramatically reduce breakouts and pigmentation, and moisturize dehydrated skin. Meanwhile, I can't even find my planner.

    ANDDDD it's great for adding a heck of a lot shine to your hair and nails! Read a BuzzFeeder's closer look for some v satisfying before-and-after photos.

    Promising review: "This is LIFE-CHANGING! I'm 33 and have had dry skin my entire life. I decided to try this because the price was reasonable and the reviews were great. I was NOT disappointed. I cleaned my face the first night, applied a thick layer of rosehip oil, and went to bed. Eight hours later, I woke up to a new face. I have used this oil every night for about five weeks and it has completely changed my skin. My mom saw me one morning and remarked that my skin looked like it did when I was eight! I also love that you get a large quantity of oil for a super affordable price, and a little bit goes a long way. For the amount you get, it's SUCH a bargain." —TuffLuckCowgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    24. A Christina Moss facial cleanser, because this'll work quickly on sensitive skin to clear out any pesky breakouts, blackheads, clogged get it. The best part? Its formula is all-natural, organic, and SUPER gentle so your skin will never get irritated.

    Its main ingredients (drumroll, please): rosemary flower extract (to cleanse and control oils), olive fruit oil (to prevent and reverse damage from UV rays), aloe vera juice (to help heal irritated skin), and coconut oil (to smooth and moisturize).

    Promising review: "After stopping birth control, which I was on for two years, my hormones were completely unbalanced and I was breaking out so heavily. It was painful, red, swollen, all-around just terrible. I purchased this facial wash after seeing so many great reviews. I use it once a day with a facial brush that I purchased at the same time. The combination of the two has completely stopped my breakouts. After two weeks of using these together, all of my breakouts are healing and my skin is glowing. I am so thrilled. I was using masks, face wash, blemish spot treatment, everything. But this has stopped me from breaking out completely. I don't even need spot treatment anymore. This product is amazing!" —Shoe Maven

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    25. A TreeActiv cystic spot treatment so you don't have to wait the usual eternal time period for those suckers to fade away. Its main ingredient, bentonite clay, draws out toxins, fights swelling, and calms irritated skin — basically overnight. Is that a tear in your eye I see?

    It also has pink grapefruit essential oil (to reduce inflammation, kill infections, and promote collagen production with vitamin C), witch hazel (to clear excess sebum and balance your skin's oil), peppermint and spearmint water (to kill bacteria within pores, balance oil production, and reduce scarring), tea tree water and essential oil (to moisturize, tone, and eliminate even the toughest breakouts), lemon essential oil (to balance overactive sebaceous glands, clear acne, and exfoliate dead skin cells), and aloe vera to promote vitamin E and C and help your skin recover). SO YEAH, IT DOES A LOT.

    Promising review: "Nothing has cured or even helped my cystic acne except for this product! It immediately started working the first night. I have spent hundreds of dollars with dermatologists on chemical scripts with no success. You must try this!" —Jo Lynn Courtney-Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Check out more info and amazing before-and-afters!

    26. A cult-favorite Glossier acne solution for making even the most consistent of breakouts think twice before coming around here again. Actually it won't be able to, thanks to this exfoliating blend of alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, and polyhydroxy acid. Acids = happy, happy skin.


    Psst! This stuff sells out (and stays sold-out) fast so GET. IT. NOW! And check out why not one, but FOUR BuzzFeeders swear by this!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've wanted to try it for the longest time after seeing what it did to a friend's acne. I've only been using it for a week, but I'm already blown away but the results. I use it at night and when I wake up in the morning my normally oily and red skin is smooth and even, and any pimples from the night before are just gone. I can't recommend this product enough this is a must-have!" —Katie

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

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