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    29 Drugstore Skincare Products That Work As Well As High-End Brands

    "Assistance on aisle one — there's someone here crying tears of joy."

    1. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads resurface new skin with just the flick of your wrist, thanks to their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Whether you're mid-breakout or just want *brighter* skin, these are an easy step to add to your routine.

    2. Soap & Glory Face Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash energizes and tones your complexion with a brightening antioxidant complex made from *citrus fruits*. Plus, it removes makeup and fights acne (I guess our moms were right to say fruit is good for us).

    3. Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask is honestly the most powerful solution for tough (even cystic) breakouts. I personally consider this more a vacuum than a mask — no matter how deep your acne goes, this mask will suction out clogged pores like there's no tomorrow.

    4. Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser gently hits the refresh button after a long day of being exposed to oil, dirt, makeup, and who knows what else. Its main ingredients: pro-vitamin B5, chamomile, geranium, and glycerin all help to soften and smooth your skin so you look and feel squeaky clean.

    5. Eco Tools Facial Cleansing Brush deep-cleans pores and lightly exfoliates so you can make the most out of your favorite face wash. Tl;dr: this gets rid of makeup, oil, and dirt A LOT more effectively than just your fingers.

    6. Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner *smooths* over any 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.

    7. Acure The Essentials Oils cancel the need to overspend on higher-end brands. They come in six formulas for different goals (i.e. Moroccan argan oil to improve skin tone and Marula oil reduce redness and chapped skin) and are super easy to apply thanks to their helpful pumps.

    8. Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme boasts jojoba oil and vitamin E to drastically hydrate your chapped face, hands, or body practically overnight. But don't worry, its formula is still lightweight so you don't have to worry about breaking out.

    9. Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub has acne-prone, oily skin specifically in mind. It calms redness, tightens pores, and reduces breakouts thanks to salicylic acid that's naturally derived from willow bark.

    10. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Face Mask delivers a cooling sensation on blemish-prone, irritated skin so you're saying ahhh not AHHHH when treating your complexion. It'll deep-cleanse your pores, control excess oil, and target breakouts with tea tree oil to get you clear STAT.

    11. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment may be an old school solution to pesky zits, but it WORKS thanks to its 2% salicylic acid acne medication. It'll dramatically reduce swelling, redness, and size while you're asleep. Beauty sleep has never been such a *clear* choice.

    12. Bliss Pore Patrol Cleanser controls excess oil (the joys) by using a blend of clays and detoxifying willow bark that tighten skin, but never leaves it feeling dry. AND it tingles in the best way possible so you know it's working.

    13. Freeman Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask miraculously makes removing white and blackheads extremely relaxing. Cooling cucumber, melon, and ginseng extracts create a silky blend — but don't be fooled — it plays hardball when extracting clogged pores.

    14. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water confronts oily skin ~head-on~ with its specialty mattifying formula. It'll effectively remove makeup, purify pores, and cleanse excess oil in just a few swipes — all without breaking you out.

    15. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser acts as the only skincare step you need at the end of the day. It effortlessly removes even waterproof makeup, moisturizes, and deep-cleanses your pores — all at once. Anything to get us to bed faster, right?

    16. And! Pond's Dark Spot Corrector tackles 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.

    17. Peach Slices Brighten Mask minimizes pores and tightens skin all while you sit back and relax (and presumably watch Netflix). And for only $2.50, you better believe I'll clear out the aisle.

    18. CeraVe Renewing SA Cream exfoliates and moisturizes 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.

    19. Alba Botanica Advanced Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream picks up the night shift so you don't have to by fighting discolored pigmentation and deeply moisturizing. Basically, you'll wake up to a bright, supple complexion without having done any of the hard work.

    20. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches drain your zits overnight so you can avoid picking or any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout. Not to mention they give you all the satisfaction of a popped zit without the scarring.

    21. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser satisfies sensitive skin with a milky lather to remove eye makeup, dirt, and other irritants before even the most finicky complexions have time to be bothered. If you break out from just about everything, this is your new best friend.

    22. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a freaking magnet. Deep clean does not even BEGIN to define these.

    23. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar Soap works overtime to fight acne all over: be it on your face, tuchas, chest, wherever. No zit will go untreated, even if it's a tad hard to reach.

    24. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel helps you *flake* on dry skin with its water-gel and hyaluronic acid formula. Not to mention it's great for wearing under makeup — so long, foundation dry patches. We won't miss you.

    25. Aquaphor Lip Repair moisturizes cracked, dry puckers more than any other balm on EARTH (in my humble opinion) with nourishing vitamins, shea butter, and soothing chamomile. If you're on a drying acne medication (i.e. Accutane), this is your savior.

    26. Bye Bye Blemish Acne Treatment Drying Lotion kills 👏 that 👏 zit, even if it's not a whitehead yet. No picking, scarring, or tears. Just fast healing — aka no time for you to do further damage.

    27. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Scrub offers a gentler alternative to those whose sensitive skin can't handle harsher exfoliants. Ingredients like soy extract moisturize and soothe your complexion, while also bringing out a brighter skin tone.

    28. Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic wins over just about everyone, courtesy of its one-step solution to an afforable ~glow up~. Glycolic acid gently exfoliates skin for a brighter complexion, ginseng improves circulation to keep you looking *fresh*, and aloe vera soothes and prevents irritation. Could it get any better? No.

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