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    Updated on Jan 31, 2019. Posted on Oct 2, 2018

    29 Things For People Who Could Not Be More Done With Breaking Out

    These products want pimples to go away just as badly as you do.

    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. 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.

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    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 $29.99 (available in two colors).

    2. A pack of Cosrx one-step moisture pads from the skincare brand behind the cult-fave pimple patches that'll streamline treating acne and gently moisturizing into one easy step before bed. Your skin wants simple, simple, simple!

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    These bb feature propolis extract (a natural antiseptic) to treat breakouts *plus* hyaluronic acid to provide long-lasting moisturizing benefits. They VERY gently exfoliate with their softly embossed texture — but are designed with sensitive skin in mind!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79 or Soko Glam for $19.

    3. Speaking of! 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.

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    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.

    4. A jar of The Body Shop tea tree clay mask so you can seriously soothe your irritated complexion — all while deep-cleansing your pores, controlling excess oil, and targeting breakouts with tea tree oil to get you clear STAT. Plus this'll deliver a cooling sensation for some much deserved relief.

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    Basically both you and your skin will calm down.

    Promising review: "What a miracle this product is. I have always had issues with acne/hormonal breakouts — not severe, but enough that when they do happen, it looks like alien beings are trying to give birth to their offspring via my pores. I'm so used to nothing working to keep my face 80% clear that when I tried this, I couldn't believe how wonderful my face felt and how glowing my face was after just two weeks of using this mask, twice a week. I've also been using this as a spot treatment (another reviewer mentioned they did this) and overnight it really improves whatever blemish I put it on. I just can't believe how well this works and how much my overall skin has improved since using this for just two weeks." —jerake

    Get it from Amazon for $14.34.

    5. 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.

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    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.

    6. A derm-approved Obagi foaming gel face wash that'll basically do it all: a complex of oat amino acids and alfalfa extract detoxifies breakouts, controls excess oil, and evens skin tone, while aloe vera soothes inflammation and cools redness. Let us say thanks this doesn't require a prescription.

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    Dermatologists LOVEEEE this brand! It's front and center at my derm's office. So, yes, it costs a pretty penny — but it's very, very worth it if you're mid-breakout!

    Promising review: "I used to have very bad cystic acne and tried everything possible out there. It is gentle and non-irritating but it leaves your skin completely clean. I have never had cystic acne since using this product. I wish I had this product in my teenage years!" —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $42.

    7. 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.

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    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).

    8. A Secret Key peeling gel so you can REALLY show acne who's boss with this seriously effective exfoliating technique. Prepare to be grossly amazed as dead skin is scrubbed away with vitamin C and pectin to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.

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    Not to mention it deep-cleanses pores with green tea and papaya extract to heal breakouts, moisturizes with collagen and aloe vera extract, and soothes irritated skin with witch hazel, rice, and chamomile extracts.

    Promising review: "First off, I have blackheads and an oily nose-area, so the reason I bought this was to see if it would help with that. I also did a lot of research on this product and a lot of people who swear by it also claim that it helps following serums/toners absorb more effectively into the skin. The second I put this onto my skin, oil, and dead skin started bunching up. AND when I was done, my skin was soft, clear, and felt like it could breathe. Following that, I used toner and serum and they immediately were sucked into my face. I woke up the next day with clearer, glowing skin and my nose-pores that had blackheads were visibly smaller and smoother. Needless to say, I love this product now." —Lulu

    Get it from Amazon for $9.67.

    9. A jar of Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads, because these will resurface clearer skin with just the flick of your wrist, thanks to their 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Acne is VERY afraid of glycolic acid — it's simply no match.

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    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you're a skincare junkie like me, I don't have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. 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.

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    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.

    11. A skin-clearing soap bar with bamboo powder, shea butter, and citrus oil for rinsing away both body and face breakouts before you have time to work yourself into a *lather*. Bacne? We don't know her anymore.

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    Promising review: "I bought this bar a couple of months ago and I'm back to buy another one! This soap is amazing and works phenomenally. It makes my skin feel really soft — even and hydrated — and helps prevent breakouts. I've noticed better overall quality of my skin since I've been using this product. I definitely recommend!" —kalenaf

    Get it from Free People for $22.

    12. 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!

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    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.

    13. An A'Pieu tea tree stick, because this will make it easier than ever to target those pesky pimples. Tea tree oil, chamomile, and lavender will quickly dry out the sebum (yum) and heal that zit before you even have time to panic. Aka FAST.

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    Promising review: "This stuff works! This is the first time a spot treatment has worked for me. I used it to I clear up my skin before a bachelorette party. At the party I kept gushing about it so a couple of other girls used it, also with success. It cleared acne up overnight for both of them. I mean it actually cleared the pimples entirely. No red mark or scar. I'm obsessed!" —Holly R.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $8.

    14. A bottle of tea tree oil as 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.

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    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.

    15. An Etude House deep foaming cleanser for directly addressing enlarged pores with a very simple message: Go away. Forever. Believe, me message will be RECEIVED.

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    It features blue beads that help remove excess sebum on skin through exfoliation!

    Promising review: "This has turned into my absolutely favorite new face wash. I have combination skin and I like to feel that my pores are super clean and fresh. This actually heals my acne compared to other brands. I tested washing my makeup off with another brand I used to use. HUGE difference. I love it! If I break out I can just wash my face with this and my acne is instantly reduced. " —nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.84.

    16. 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.

    17. A jar of Elizavecca night cream, because now you'll have a secret weapon against pores and recurring breakouts: retinol. I bet they're afraid just SEEING the word. And how easy is it to treat breakouts when it's already in your moisturizer?

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    Promising review: "I’ve been using this every night for about five months now and it has seriously changed my skin for the better. I have very acne-prone skin and since using this my breakouts have definitely decreased. I’ve used other retinol products in the past and my skin always get so dried out, but I have never had that problem with this product." —Dawn

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    18. A Neutrogena body wash with salicylic acid that'll treat breakouts head to toe so efficiently you may find yourself singing in the shower. Not to mention its pink grapefruit scent is h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y.

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    Promising review: "This is the ONLY body wash I have ever used, and I have been using it for the past 10 years. I am obsessed with it! I used to break out ALL the time (in my twenties) on my chest, which is super embarrassing, especially in the summer. I started using this and my body cleared up within the week. I literally never break out anywhere on my body anymore. I seriously think this is a miracle in a bottle! I don't know what I would do without it." —Janelle h.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.93.

    19. A tried-and-true Bio-Oil exfoliant for conquering scarring, breakouts, and stretch marks by gently yet effectively resurfacing a clearer complexion. AND it's non-greasy, because the last thing we need is clogged pores.

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    It's even hypoallergenic, so sensitive skin can also use this! It's also great for uneven skin tones, fine lines, and dehydrated skin. Its formula is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base that'll both moisturize and heal unwanted marks over time.

    Promising review: "I put this on at least one to two times daily since I received this two weeks ago. I use it on my belly where I have stretch marks from my pregnancy and I also use it on my face. It helps moisturize my dry skin. I can tell my skin is clearing up AND I use the oil on my underarms after I get out of the shower to try and lighten them up. It's helping my discoloration on both my face (from my acne) and underarms and I feel like my stretch marks look different, as well. I'm very impressed with this product." —Valerie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's closer look on it for proof!

    20. 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.

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    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 a 24-pack from Amazon for $12.80.

    21. A FOREO LUNA Mini 2, because this'll scrub away makeup, dead skin, and excess oil (oh my!) in just *60 seconds*. Can we say efficient? Plus, now your fave acne face wash will really treat your pores, instead of just skimming the surface.

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    By the way, this pulsing miracle worker is made up of nonporous silicone and bendable touchpoints to deter bacteria buildup and thoroughly exfoliate without irritating your skin. It even lights up and buzzes so you know when to move it to the next part of your face! AND it's totally waterproof so feel free to take this bad boy in the shower (that came out wrong).

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with a mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in six colors).

    This BuzzFeed editor (above!) is a trusty member of the Hella Sensitive Skin Club and she LOVES it! Check out her full review!

    22. A bottle of 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.

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    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.

    23. A jar of Andalou Naturals pumpkin honey glycolic mask for a ~treat yourself~ moment, but also telling your skin it has no choice but to be smoother and clearer. This formula of vitamin C and exfoliating properties will be sure to pass along the message — you just sit back and watch Netflix.

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    People also use this as a spot treatment! And it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have used this mask three or four times and I feel like I genuinely notice a difference after every use. I have noticed a change in my skin texture, pores, oil production, and dark spots. My skin is softer and brighter. It says 10-20 minutes and I usually keep it on about 15. I haven’t noticed any burns or irritation afterwards, which I usually experience after glycolic products. The consistency is thick — it reminds me of mashed sweet potatoes lol. After using it about four times I still have a little more than half the jar. Overall I am genuinely impressed. I have also experimented with it as a spot treatment which I felt like I saw results for as well." —Danie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77 (available in four formulas).

    24. A cult-favorite Glossier acne solution so even the most consistent of breakouts will 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.

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    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.

    25. An Etude House sleeping mask, because while the bubble tea design may LOOK delicious only your skin is allowed to drink this up. And boy will it: this green tea formula will cleanse pores and control excess sebum so you wake up feeling *fresher* than ever.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I have never had acne before in my life, but I switched birth control methods and now I have a bit of hormonal acne around my chin. This really helped calm the redness and my skin is now super clear. I am such a sucker for the packaging, too." —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.85.

    26. A bottle of Seoul Ceuticals vitamin C serum that'll thoroughly nourish irritated complexions with a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. It'll reduce pores and breakouts, target discoloration, and make your overall complexion ~brighter~. Basically this serum is already more productive than I'll ever be.

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    Promising review: "My dermatologist has had me on the nearly $200 Skinceuticals for a couple of years and I have bought it several times. I have tried to get off of it, but it does do something to my skin. So imagine when I find out about this product, Seoul Ceuticals? First I felt like a total chump — I can't believe I had paid so much in the past. Then I thought, it won't possibly work? Then I thought, hey, what do I have to lose? I've had it for about a week now and it is wonderful! I seriously think it might work better than the other product. My skin felt more smooth within just a couple of days." —M. B. Shaw

    Get it from Amazon for $16.25.

    27. A pack of Neutrogena stress control pads with maximum-strength salicylic acid for putting pimples to rest before bed. Not only will these treat current breakouts and wipe away pore-clogging dirt and oil, but it'll also tell future *situations* to not even think about it.

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    Promising review: "I have dealt with acne for around four to five years at this point. It started when I was 12-13, and has lasted until I am now 17. It went through several stages of intensities, and now it is at an all-time low. I started using these pads almost a year ago. As of right now I have no actual pimples themselves, just scars which are removing themselves. These pads are amazing and would recommend them. They may not help in all cases, but they've definitely helped in mine." —Matthew

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    28. And! A Neutrogena skin-clearing foundation so your skincare regimen doesn't have to stop when you leave the house. This'll treat and prevent acne with salicylic acid, control shine all day, AND unclog pores to get you on the fast track for a clear complexion.

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    Promising review: "I have used both cheap and expensive foundation, and this is the best one I have found. Not only does it clear up my skin, fade my redness, and match my skin tone, but it provides REALLY great coverage. I wish that I was one of those women who could wear sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer and get away with it but I haven't felt comfortable with that because of my acne scars. Because of this foundation, I feel like I might be willing to try sheer foundation again. I never would've believed that wearing makeup would help my skin but this stuff is amazing!" —Nicci

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29+ (available in 14 shades).

    29. A soothing Klairs serum, because if you're saying "OILS?! No way," this is definitely for you. Its unique blend of celery, carrot root, and broccoli extract is specifically designed for easily inflamed skin. So don't worry, this will calm irritated breakouts, moisturize, and nourish your complexion before there's a chance for any freak-outs.

    Soko Glam

    Get it from Amazon for $20.90 or Soko Glam for $22.

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