Skip To Content

    27 Nighttime Skincare Products That Get To Work While You Sleep

    It's time to put skin concerns to REST.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment heals breakouts ASAP after you slap some on the *culprits* before bed. It's an old school solution, but it WORKS thanks to its 2% salicylic acid acne medication, which'll dramatically reduce swelling, redness, and size while you're asleep.

    Who hasn't gone to bed at least once without a million white dots on their face?

    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 $5.58.

    2. Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask proves multitasking is possible even when you're sleeping — or at least when something else is doing all the work. Its formula of natural beeswax and propolis extract work together to soothe irritated skin and reduce redness. Get used to mornings of hydrated, refreshed complexions.


    Promising review: "Wow. I honestly have no words. I have normal to dry skin and don't have acne problems, but I do have a lot of redness around my cheeks and nose. GET THIS! It's so true when they say a little goes a long way — I use a pea-sized amount for my whole face and it does the job. This changed my skin in just a few days!!!!! Not only did it calm (and almost got rid) of my redness on my cheeks, but I also feel like my pores have gotten smaller or less noticeable. Also, this is PERFECT for that boost of hydration. When I wake up my skin is glowing and healthy. I even had a pimple growing around my forehead along with small little bumps in between my eyebrows, but when I woke up, they were nonexistent. I am so in love with this stuff and I seriously recommend this." —Suga's wife

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    3. Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch treat breakouts très vite without causing scarring (or letting you pick). They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you while you catch up on your zzzs. Pimples will no longer have a chance to leave their mark.

    Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews, but I’m just in awe of this product. What are these magical stickers?! After washing my face last night, I put a patch on a new, under-the-skin pimple from hell, and when I woke up this morning all of the pus had been pulled out. My pimple is flush and feels so much better. It’s all but gone." —Matt F.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $5.99.

    4. Or! Avarelle Acne Cover Spot Patches tackle every single breakout that dares to challenge your complexion. They're powered by tea tree oil and calendula oil (all of which are gentle on sensitive skin) to reduce inflammation and absorb pus while you reunite with your pillows. *And* extra-large patches are included for when you need defeat multiple pimples at once by sunup.,

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a box of 36 round patches plus 4 large patches from Amazon for $8.07.

    5. Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment is essentially one of the strongest spot treatments that you can get without a prescription. Its *super* strong retinoid formula regulates skin cell turnover (aka reveals a new layer of skin) to reach inflammation deep within the breakout. Translation: there's nowhere for that damn pimple to hide — even in the dark.

    This is gentler than most prescribed retinoids, but still be careful if you have sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I normally do not write reviews, but today I knew I must. I am a nearly 30-year-old woman who broke out horrifically with cystic acne when I was in my early twenties. I don't mean one or two. I mean my entire face was severely affected. I've finally gotten it mostly under control, but I was still very frustrated with regular breakouts and scarring. I've been using the Differin gel now for about three weeks and today, I feel confident with my skin. It isn't perfect, I still have scars from the cystic acne, but I feel good! I cannot tell you what this means to me!" —ameyer7487

    Get it from Walmart for $12.88.

    6. Diva Stuff Anti-Bacterial Pillow Mist spritzes away your acne woes when you spray this bb on your favorite pillow before drifting off. It kills acne-causing dirt and bacteria on sight with tea tree water so your bed is nothing but a safe 👏 space 👏 for your lil' face.


    Promising review: "I have really acne prone skin and breakouts still happening in my thirties. I spray this each night on my silk pillow and my zits have minimized drastically!" —Alina Hepfler

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. Alba Botanica Sea Plus Renewal Night Cream lets you ~sleep~ on dry and uneven skin. It'll pick up the night shift so you don't have to by fighting discolored pigmentation and deeply moisturizing so you wake up with a bright, supple complexion.

    Its ingredients like aloe, seaweed, and mango plump skin and drastically reduce dark spots and discoloration. Plus it's 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I was looking for a night cream to help moisturize my skin during the dry winter months. This cream exceeded my expectations. Although some other reviews mentioned a strong smell, I think the smell is clean and refreshing. I have pretty sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts and unlike most creams I've tried, there was no adjustment period for my skin to adjust to this one. No irritation, no breakouts, and most important, I have smooth, silky, hydrated skin every morning! Will definitely purchase this again." —Amy Greene

    Get it from Amazon for $10.92.

    8. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream kicks dehydrated, chapped skin's butt without *drying* out your bank account or your energy. It's so thick yet effective that it's earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, aka eight hours with this and your complexion will go from irritated to dewy, dewy, dewy.

    I used this RELIGIOUSLY before bed when I was on Accutane — anyone with super dry skin knows that flaking + acne = truly a huge mess. This was the only thing that could help my skin recover from acne *and* keep my complexion hydrated and flake-free.

    Promising review: "The best treatment for eczema I have used. My two daughters and I all have eczema and my baby had a terrible breakout on her cheeks. I have tried multiple over the counter products and finally used this and saw results literally overnight. Her itching and inflammation were reduced within hours of the first application." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.06.

    9. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask gently exfoliates your complexion from dusk to dawn (all while smelling simply DIVINE). Its formula of watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants dramatically soothes, hydrates, and brightens so well that it's become quite the cult favorite among oily-skinned beauties — talk about a ~dream team~.

    Promising review: "I never had acne until my twenties. My main problem is my chin, which is all hormonal acne. I have tried everything out there to help my skin but never got the results I wanted. My skin has never looked or felt better. This mask is truly amazing. It is my last step at night. I feel like it locks in all of my other skincare products. It dries really fast so you don’t feel sticky. When I wash my face in the morning I can still feel it on my face. And the die for. I can’t imagine this not being apart of my daily skincare routine. I would recommend to anyone!" —Breanna Y.

    Get it from Glow Recipe or Sephora for $45.

    Or! If you have dry skin, you'll want to try their avocado sleep mask ($45 on Sephora). I use it myself when my skin is really in need of TLC and by morning it looks SO MUCH BETTER. My redness is gone and whatever bumpiness I was *facing* (usually small bumps on my forehead) is no longer.

    10. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme lives up to its serious name. Each pad is saturated in all-powerful glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and fade discoloration, acne scarring, pigmentation, or even active breakouts. Apply these life-savers before bed, sleep, and wake up to MAJOR improvements.

    They're also great for treating blackheads and hydrating dry skin!

    Promising review: "This is great for acne-prone skin. It doesn’t burn your skin, but it removes dead skin cells leaving fresh, clear, smooth skin in the morning. I’m 65 and love these. My granddaughter is 20 and it cleared her stubborn acne up in a few days. Your skin actually glows and is super smooth! Price is so much lower than other products that claim they do the same thing but are higher priced!" —Princessnana1999

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in two sizes).

    11. Ebanel Acne Treatment Spot Drying Lotion conquers your juicy zits the minute you ~spot~ them and keeps you from popping or picking — aka making everything worse. Dab this on, hit snooze three to ten times, and come back a whole lot happier.

    Promising review: "Wow! I am seriously amazed by how much better this works than more expensive acne products. 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.

    12. Bliss What A Melon Overnight Mask brings tired, stressed-out skin back to life while you do the same for your mind through a good night's rest. Hydrating watermelon and nutrient-rich electrolytes remove dead skin cells, balance uneven skin tones, and restore brightness and dewiness before you have time to call in "sick" due to your breakout.


    Promising review: "Whenever my skin is really going through a tough time, this is the mask I turn to. It's super hydrating, dries quickly, and doesn't budge through the night, even if you're someone who slips on their side. It's like a total reset for my skin, and has saved me MANY times from itchy, scaly patches of skin!" —anonymous

    Get it from Ulta for $15.

    13. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Essential Oil encourages you to slap this on as a fast-acting natural spot treatment that drastically reduces redness and swelling overnight. The best part: it'll begin to heal painful swelling before you have time to fret and make it worse. Hands DOWN, my friend.

    Promising review: "This was my first time buying this oil. As you probably know, the price of this oil can vary wildly. I didn't want to spend a ton of money at first so I decided to try this brand. I am very pleased. I use it for bruises (I'm a fascia blaster) and it helps them heal very quickly. I've also used it on zits and it dries them up overnight. I mentioned it to a friend with an elderly mother with a sore on her foot that would not heal. She applied this for three days and it was gone!" —SusanK

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    14. Burt's Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask takes the baton from your rigorous skincare routine to bring mornings of radiant skin. It uses avocado oil and prebiotics to replenish moisture (read: acne products are d r y i n g) so you're not left red and dry from treating breakouts. Hydration is a v important step!


    Promising review: "I have had a stressful winter and my skin is showing the wear-and-tear of the weather and the poor eating from stress. This does seem to leave my skin looking and feeling healthier and brighter, which is what I was hoping for. I would recommend it." —Kwagner

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three formulas).

    15. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil requires merely a few drops to tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in between. Reviewers use this before bed and wake up to ✨glowing✨, healing skin! Nothing will get in your way of clear skin again...not on this bb's watch.

    Promising review: "This stuff is liquid magic for my skin. I've had severe red spots from keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs for at least two decades now. Nothing, no cream or soap or scrub, has ever faded those red marks. After about two weeks of applying this after a shower at night, my arms look practically normal and the redness on my legs has noticeably faded. Skin issues aside, this is a pretty decent moisturizer. The texture is thicker than argan oil, but definitely not as viscous as vitamin E oil. It absorbs into my skin overnight, but it definitely feels slightly sticky and every so slightly greasy until then. It'll leave your legs feeling like satin the morning after you shave."

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems". And! This is "certified organic", which you can learn about in "Here's What "Certified Organic" Actually Means".

    16. Kieh's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate puts the pedal to the metal when it comes to revealing fresh, radiant skin. It accelerates surface skin cell turnover by using quinoa husk extract and phytic acid to gently exfoliate, even out rough skin tones, and naturally brighten your complexion. And all while you sleep — talk about taking credit.


    Promising review: "I had some pretty terrible acne scarring on my cheeks until I tried this! I’m so glad I picked this up. I'm a month in and my skin is soft, the spots are lighter, and my skin is more even!" —Kiehl's Customer

    Get it from Kiehl's for $60.

    17. Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner smooths over any tension between you and your skin by turning over dead skin cells faster than you can say "redness". It gently exfoliates and reduces dullness (and is a popular solution for excess oil and blackheads) so you don't need to spend $$$ on facials and peels.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "This is magic. I use it right after makeup removal and cleansing, but right before spot treating and moisturizing at night. I use it on an exfoliating cotton round, and my hyperpigmentation and the overall texture of my skin has improved significantly. Using this consistently has really helped my acne scarring considerably. I use it over open acne wounds on my face too and it's totally fine; it's a little stinging but I almost feel like it helps that way." —Stephanie Youssef

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    See why this won best lowest-priced toner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. TruSkin Vitamin C Serum nourishes your skin with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to reduce pores and breakouts, target discoloration, and make your overall complexion ~brighter~. And, yes, its benefits will start to show before your roommate accidentally wakes you up.

    Promising review: "I have never been a big one for bragging about a product, but this serum is wonderful. I saw the change in my skin overnight! My skin has better color, it reduces my dark circles, which I swear I was born with. This stuff makes the colors of my makeup look fantastic." —Michael Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life".

    19. Paula's Choice Hydrating Treatment Facial Mask combines vitamins A, C, and E, as well as evening primrose and fruit and seed oils to restore moisture to extremely dry skin. If you're breaking out largely due to a dehydrated complexion (as is common), this'll quickly become your go-to. It's a new day for your skin.


    Promising review: "This makes my skin feel like butter every time I use it. I use this once every one to two weeks, depending on how dry I get, and I have almost no flaking on my skin, when I used to flake quite often." —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    20. Belei Blemish Control Spot Treatment enlists 5.5% benzoyl peroxide to prove to your pimples that you are NOT messing around anymore. Don't toss and turn over that zit — this is taking care of it.


    This is STRONG, so beware if you have sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I got this product two weeks ago. I have previously used prescription spot treatment, and this works better and much faster. The few single spots of acne I have had pop up have literally been gone by the next day without any skin dryness or peeling. This product is amazing. If you want to get rid of acne fast, this product is for you." —Shauna

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    Learn more about Amazon's new skincare line in "Amazon Just Launched A Skincare Line Called Belei, And You're Gonna Want Everything".

    21. TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment shaves the time it takes for cystic pimples to fade in half (!!!). Its main ingredient, bentonite clay, fights swelling and calms irritated skin while you slumber so the days of waiting an eternity are over.

    It also has pink grapefruit essential oil (to reduce inflammation, kill infections, and promote collagen production), witch hazel (to clear excess sebum and balance oil production), peppermint and spearmint water (to kill bacteria and reduce scarring), tea tree water and essential oil (to moisturize and tone), and aloe vera (to promote vitamin E and C and help your skin recover). SO YEAH, IT DOES A LOT.

    Promising review: "Years of clear skin, then I turned 28, and boom, cystic acne. I was waking up every day with new painful bumps in places I never had them, even as a teen. I purchased this and boy does it work! I apply it to the bump overnight and it draws out all the gunk, so it comes to a head by morning. When I wash my face, I run my fingers over the problem areas and if there’s any indication that a bump is forming, I apply it to that area, as well. By morning the bump is either at a head or gone. My skin is clearing up big time!" —Rayna

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    To learn more about this, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Spot Treatment For Cystic Acne".

    22. Or! TreeActiv Invisible Acne Spot Treatment takes a more *incognito* approach if you want something you can apply both day and night. This goes on CLEAR during the day so you can wear it under makeup and treat breakouts with tea tree oil and peppermint oil, but come nighttime its message won't be so ~transparent~ to pimples. Its message is basically this: BEGONE.

    Promising review: "This spot treatment really works! My random bursts of acne (usually around when I get my period) have never been so controlled. As soon as I see a pimple, I put it on twice a day and the size of my pimple reduces significantly! I put it one once during the day, and overnight. Let me tell you this. I hardly wear makeup now. That's how smooth my skin has been looking since I've been using this. It smells really good too, which is definitely a plus!" —Marisa

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    23. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask absorbs quickly into dehydrated skin to fight dryness and uneven textures ~head on~. Not only is its formula designed to deliver major moisture, but it's infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood to relax and comfort, while apricot and evening primrose extracts brighten. If we're dreaming...don't pinch us.

    Promising review: "I have oily skin that is SUPER acne-prone and I work in food service. It's been really difficult for me to find products that work for me and to recognize my needs. I love the way this mask makes my skin feel. It makes my skin feel softer and less thirsty, and I love to use it following my weekly AHA peel. It's really lovely." —moosefeels

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    24. Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream swoops in to save sensitive, irritated skin in need of some serious TLC. If acne products, dry skin, and failed product trial-and-errors are wreaking havoc on your complexion, put this on and go to SLEEP. Your nightmare will be over come morning.


    It contains clary sage to help increase your skin's ability to retain moisture!

    Promising review: "I have been struggling to find the perfect night cream to use alongside my tretinoin cream (I got this cream for cystic acne from my derm and, although the results are amazing, it's terribly drying). After using this cream, my skin doesn't flake or get overly dry. It literally is intense hydration!" —90sChic

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    25. Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks zone in on clogged pores and blackheads with utmost precision so you can sleep soundly knowing these are taking action. They're essentially cotton swabs loaded with acne-fighting acids like tea tree extract, lemon extract, and bamboo extract to send acne a message: lights out 😈.


    They're packed with lactic acid to gently lift dead skin cells while glycolic acid exfoliates and resurfaces skin. Plus a blend of tea tree extract, lemon extract, and bamboo extract to naturally exfoliate without irritating sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I was a little nervous to try this product because it seemed like it could be harsh. I was incredibly amazed when it wasn’t at all harsh on my skin and it helped my blackheads and whiteheads on my chin (problem area) overnight! The texture of my chin has been really off as well (dry patches, yet blackheads and whiteheads) and it immediately rectified that. I was super pleased with this purchase and will definitely be buying it again." —Julia A.

    Get a pack of 10 from Soko Glam for $24.

    26. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask combines antioxidant-rich honeydew, moisturizing coconut oil, and calming chamomile to tell stressed-out skin to r-e-l-a-x. Rough skin, out. Well-rested, even skin, REBORN.


    Promising review: "This one surprised me. It is a sleeping 'mask' in that it is a relatively thick cream that you wear overnight and rinse off in the morning. The product really does penetrate the pores — there was no rub-off on my pillow. And just a quick rinse in the morning and that's it! There was a very slightly noticeable tingling sensation when the product was initially applied, but it was not bothersome and subsided within a few minutes. Another product I will be adding to my regular facial routine." —O. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $6.04.

    27. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel earns its stripes as a cult-favorite cystic breakout treatment by giving pricey topical prescriptions a run for their money. Its powerful four-in-one clearing complex greets pimples with salicylic acid to not only inform them they need to *clear out*, but make sure they never come back. All while you get some shut-eye.


    Reviewers use it as a spot treatment!

    Promising review: "This feels SO good on painful cystic breakouts. It cools the skin, and it calms inflammation. This begins working right away and my blemishes shrink a bit overnight. It gets rid of the redness around the blemishes, too. This doesn't dry my skin out, which almost seems strange, because I'm so used to fighting acne via burning my skin off. This is the best blemish remover I've ever used." —Catwomanca

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    Get ready to wake up beautiful as ever!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Need more for your skin? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, drugstore products that actually fight acne, products to help deal with dry skin, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!