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    27 Things That'll Get Rid Of Pimples As Fast As Possible

    We are going to make acne wish it had never been BORN with these solutions.

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    1. A pack of Rael pimple patches so you can heal breakouts FAST without causing scarring (or letting you pick). They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you. 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.

    2. Or! A set of Avarelle acne cover patches for tackling 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 ASAP. *And* extra-large patches are included for when you need defeat multiple pimples at once.,

    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.

    3. A tube of Differin gel acne treatment, because this 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.

    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 became used to wearing a mask of makeup daily. I was never seen without layers of foundation and powder, which I'm sure wasn't helping my breakouts. I've been using the Differin gel now for about three weeks and today, I am about to go out in public without any makeup except a little mascara. 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.

    4. A powerful steamer that'll prove sometimes 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 includes a five-piece stainless steel blackhead and blemish extractor kit (be v careful with these if you have sensitive skin)! The steamer's nano steam combined with ionic water particles helps to ~penetrate~ your skin's surface and remove dead skin, dirt, oil and makeup remnant. Plus it dramatically clears out your pores and leaves your complexion feeling dewy and smooth. Tl;dr: it's a major detox for clogged skin — and can run for a whopping 30 minutes.

    Promising review: "I bought this steamer about a year ago and I LOVE IT! I suffer from blackheads all over my face, but especially worry about the ones I get around my lips. I wasn’t able to get them out without hurting the sensitive skin there until I got this steamer to help get those lil' nasties out." —Emily Victor

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    5. A TruSkin vitamin C serum so you can nourish 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 show faster than you can think of a rhyme for orange.

    Promising review: "This product saved my skin. I seldom write reviews, but just had to review this product. I’ve been struggling with acne for YEARS. I have very acne-prone skin. I get a new pimple almost every day and it seemed like there was never a time I didn’t have a pimple on my face. I’ve tried all different types of moisturizers and cleansers. Nothing worked. However I bought this serum on a whim. Omg. Guys. Literally my face stopped flaring within three days. I was PIMPLE-FREE FOR MORE THAN 48 hours (a new record). My blemishes have faded DRASTICALLY and I have no more active breakouts. This hasn’t happened in years. I truly and honestly think it is due to this product." —Brandon

    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".

    6. A Yes To charcoal scrub and cleanser stick for wishing pimples adieu with just a flick of your wrist. It uses charcoal, moisturizing avocado, and coconut oil to help you gently exfoliate your way back to clear skin *and* no more excess oil.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It cleared my face in just a single wash. I highly recommend this product to all of my friends now!!!" —Olivia Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59 (available in two formulas).

    7. A bottle of Ebanel drying lotion, because this'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 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.

    8. A Mario Badescu healing powder that'll both conceal and treat your acne at the same time. It doubles as a setting powder to absorb excess oil, but it'll also drastically reduce redness and irritation. Basically if you say, "pimple, what pimple?" after putting this on under makeup, everyone will believe you.


    PLUS! It leaves room for your pores to breathe, rather than clogging them.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible! I have now been using it for three years and every time I get close to running out, I go and buy another one right away. I have adult moderate cystic acne and this stuff really calms it down and helps with redness. Anytime I feel like I am getting a pimple or can see the under-the-skin bump, I will lather this healing powder all over it all day long. Definitely a go-to product and I highly recommend to anyone who suffers from incredibly painful and stubborn cystic acne." —justanothercollegestudent

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    9. A bottle of tea tree oil so you can slap on a fast-acting natural spot treatment that drastically reduces redness and swelling overnight while you catch up on your beauty sleep. The best part: it'll begin to heal painful swelling before you have time to pick and make it worse. Hands DOWN, my friend.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I mixed it with coconut oil for my son's cystic acne before bed and we were amazed at the results the next morning. Redness and swelling was cut in half. We have tried every OTC product out there and I will definitely keep using this. This is working wonders after two uses." —Sue

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    10. An Alba Botanica deep-clean astringent to combine the power of 2% salicylic acid, witch hazel, and willow bark solution to effectively treat those annoying active breakouts quickly and easily. Any last words, pimples? Too late.

    Promising review: "This stuff is an absolute life-saver. I have extremely sensitive skin and this stuff gets rid of spots without breaking me out further. It also feels really good on the skin. It's a little tingly, but in a good way. I don't go anywhere without this stuff, it is the best!!" —Piper Foulon

    Get it from Amazon for $6.25.

    11. A TreeActiv cystic acne spot treatment for shaving the time it takes for cystic pimples to fade in half. Its main ingredient, bentonite clay, draws out toxins, fights swelling, and calms irritated skin très vite 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: "I’ll be honest — I really didn’t want to like this product. I wanted to be rid of my acne, but I wasn’t really interested in shelling out 25 bucks for a quarter-sized container — but OH MY GOSH. I have struggled with cystic acne on my chin and chest since I was 12 (over half of my life). I have tried everything short of Accutane. I tried this about a month before a wedding I was supposed to be in, AND MY CHIN AND CHEST WERE COMPLETELY CLEAR IN TWO WEEKS! This has happened maybe five times ever in my life! I have only had one cystic pimple come up in the month I’ve used this, and it lasted half as long! I cannot tell you how happy I am. I use it nightly on my chest and chin, and then I just rinse it off in the morning. One tiny container has lasted me over a month (which is impressive seeing as I used it to cover large portions). Keep your layers thin!" —CAM

    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".

    12. A set of NeoGen wine peeling pads, because these'll clear dead skin cells and lingering breakouts (looking at you, week-long cystic zit) in just one, two, swipe. Each pad's three-layer technology, plus powerful lactic acid and red wine extract, penetrates deep into clogged pores to eliminate dirt and oil. Feel free to have a glass of actual wine to toast that pimple goodbye.,

    Promising review: "With combination skin I often find that chemical exfoliators treat my oily zones fine, but are too harsh on my cheeks/drier areas. This is gentle enough for those spots, but still give me the exfoliation I need in my T-zone. I have been using it twice a week and it has really calmed down my cystic acne. They're not as painful and pass very quickly." —Tabitha C.

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $18.48.

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Love Exfoliating With These Neogen Pads, And This Is Why".

    13. A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray that'll let you treat your acne on-the-go and tell redness and oily T-zones to take a hike. You just have to spritz. Not to mention it has a heavenly 🌹rose scent 🌹.

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and fade redness. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the 'sensitive skin' brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin's redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant." —Kathy Pancake

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. An AcneFree oil-free face wash so you can conquer intimidating breakouts everywhere (it doubles as a body wash!) with a tried-and-true vanquisher of even cystic pimples: benzoyl peroxide. It reaches deep into your pores to treat the irritated, buried pus then uses natural ceramides to keep your skin balanced and hydrated. Call it old fashioned, but it WORKS — fast.

    Promising review: "I love this product. It's what I had to switch to and only use. I can get really bad, cystic breakouts during that time of the month and I feel like this has helped a lot. The price isn't too bad compared to other products with the same ingredients. This is really the only face wash that has worked on my skin." —stephaniem16

    Get it from Walmart for $5.22.

    15. A pack of Bioré cleansing pore strips for a sidekick that basically acts as a magnet to efficiently draw out dirt, oil, and blackheads both from your nose and your forehead (or really anywhere requiring *assistance*). Deep clean does not even BEGIN to define these.

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips!

    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.

    To learn more, check out "These Amazingly Satisfying Pore Strips Are A Cult Favorite For A Reason".

    16. A Cocokind tumeric spot treatment, because this'll soothe irritated skin and kill acne-causing bacteria at the same time. Not only is it super easy to use, but you need only wear it for 20 minutes for it to effectively reduce redness.

    Free People

    Its all-natural formula contains five fast-acting, organic ingredients: sunflower oil, beeswax, ginger root, tea tree oil, and turmeric. This is also great for treating uneven pigment!

    Promising review: "This treatment works like a charm! I have struggled with pigmentation and breakouts, and have been trying product after product. I've noticed an evenness with my skin tone and texture for the first time since I started using this regularly! It minimizes bumps and breakouts almost instantly! I've recommended this to all my friends who love it just as much!" —fpSaraNJ

    Get it from Free People for $8.99.

    17. A tub of Aztec healing clay that'll help you wage straight WAR on the most intimidating pimples. 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!

    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 $10.95+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    18. A cold-pressed rosehip oil so you can multitask like there's no tomorrow. It'll brighten skin, dramatically reduce stubborn breakouts and pigmentation, and moisturize dehydrated skin. How? It combines antioxidants and essential fatty acids to address your complexion's overall health so your pimples aren't simply masked.

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff I have ever used! I have always struggled with horrible acne, rosacea, scarring, and an uneven skin tone my whole life. I tried everything from drugstore products all the way up to $300 prescriptions for acne and nothing worked for me until one of my coworkers introduced me to this! I use a dime-size portion to cover my whole face at night and about four to five drops to cover my whole face during the day. Within two to three days I noticed a HUGE difference! Needless to say, I will never go back!" —McKenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems".

    19. An E.l.f. roll-on spot gel for getting precise when fighting blemishes thanks to this formula packed with salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, green tea, and aloe to calm swelling, reduce redness, and heal pimples. I guess good things do come in small packages.


    AND it's cruelty-free and vegan!

    Promising review: "I bought this product a couple weeks ago and just happened to have a pimple when it arrived. Within a day of putting this on, it was almost gone! I even ordered more for my friends! I love this so much!" —Cstu

    Get it from E.l.f. cosmetics for $2.

    20. A TruSkin tea tree serum, because this'll use its powerful blend of 20% vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid work together to unclog stubborn pores and deeply nourish irritated skin — which is a nice way to say it tells breakouts to get the hell out of here.

    Basically, anything with retinol resurfaces new skin so deep pimples can be brought to a head, leaving your complexion clearer, glowing, and moisturized.

    Promising review: "The stuff is seriously unbelievable. I’ve had terrible skin my entire life including a long stent with Accutane in my teens. After reading a lot of reviews, I finally decided to pull the trigger with this product and I’m really happy I did. After I put on some witch hazel and then apply the stuff, my skin feels a little tingly/burning, but it only lasts for 30 seconds then it feels amazing. I’ve been doing this for less than three weeks and my skin has changed dramatically. The cystic acne that I’ve had for almost 20 years is gone. The sallow skin color and red spots are completely gone. This product is worth it and every way — go buy it now." —Missy Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79.

    21. A TonyMoly scrub stick that'll eliminate blackheads from your nose presto. Its blend of marine plant extracts, black mud, and charcoal quickly extract clogged pores faster than strips, so those little black bumps really are out of sight, out of mind.

    Promising review: "This works wonders on my pores! I used it the first time and it didn’t do much, but then I read a review that said to scratch off a small layer of the surface to reveal the coarser layer and that did the trick. The surface is smoother, but the layer right underneath is a bit more coarse which doesn’t feel harsh to the skin. After gently running it over my pores I definitely see a difference each time I use it. Don’t forget to rinse your face after using it. I have noticed a cleaner and more even complexion immediately after using it. " —Victoria Santiago

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    22. A bar of African black soap to fight breakouts ALLLL over (hello, surprise butt pimple) before you have time work yourself into a lather. Its combo of shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil work together to quickly wash those unwelcome zits down the drain.

    Promising review: "I started taking medication that breaks my skin out pretty badly. I have tried medicated acne products to eradicate this unwanted side effect to my oral medicines. At first they seemed to work; but I had to stick with them for several days in order to see results. The very first time I used this brand of black soap, I could immediately see and feel how clean my skin got. I was consistent with washing my face with this soap every day for the first two weeks but slacked off for the past two weeks; however, my skin is mostly clear of pimples. The dark spots are also lightening. My overall complexion has improved noticeably and I am grateful." —BajanMarge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

    23. An Eco Tools cleansing brush so you can double the effectiveness of your acne face wash. It deep-cleanses pores and lightly exfoliates, meaning it gets to the *root* of the problem a heck of a lot better than just your fingers.

    Did I mention it's made of cotton and bamboo? That's right, it's vegan! I am IMPRESSED.

    Promising review: "This facial brush is the perfect stiffness for my taste and easy to hold with its rounded, textured shape. With little effort, I can get a satisfying scrub that exfoliates without scraping too gently or too hard. I have sensitive, slightly oily skin and this is great." —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $5.76.

    24. A TreeActiv acne spot treatment for an *incognito* approach. This goes on CLEAR, aka you can wear it under your makeup to let its peppermint and tea tree oil formula have a word with your pimple as you go about your day. The conversation will go like this: go away.

    FYI, this is a great spot treatment for anyone with sensitive skin because it's gentler than most!

    Promising review: "I used to use Zapzyt (benzoyl peroxide 10%) as spot treatment, but it just stopped working one day. After trying a bunch of different products using salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and even trying some corticoid creams. NOTHING WORKED!!!! I ended up looking up some other natural solutions and came across this spot treatment. After using it for a week on two of my stubborn pimples (that I had basically tried every type of product on), THEY FINALLY WENT AWAY. I WAS SHOCKED. They were on my face for at least three weeks before I tried using this spot treatment, and they went away in less than a week! I recommend this to anyone who has stubborn acne like mine. Another plus is, this stuff feels and smells way better than any other acne treatment I've tried. Other treatments dry my skin out like nobody's business leaving my skin patchy, while using this didn't really affect my skin moisture. Also, it leaves a nice minty feeling on the skin for the first few seconds it is applied. I looooveee the smell of it. Definitely will buy again when I run out!" —Annabelle H.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    25. A set of Neutrogena cleansing pads, because this'll treat acne anywhere from your face to your back before going to sleep. They contain maximum-strength salicylic acid acne medicine to bring breakouts to a halt right away. Chest acne? Not 👏 on 👏 our 👏 watch.


    Plus they're oil-free so they won't clog your pores AND won't over-dry your skin! They should be the last step of your routine to remove pore-clogging oil, dirt, and makeup at night (that stuff is still leftover after washing your face)!

    Promising review: "Well, isn't this stuff neat? Little, thin pads soaked in some pungent miracle fluid. I've only used this two times and there's such a dramatic difference. The size, redness and quantity of my acne is reduced. My skin is super soft. I have super sensitive skin, but haven't experienced any irritation." —RaiderRush

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    26. A Clearasil one-minute mask so you can fight stubborn breakouts in 60 seconds, courtesy of this formula that's specifically designed to battle the toughest of pimples. If you get all-over breakouts, this is great because it's like masking with one big fast-acting spot treatment.


    You can use it as a face wash or as a mask! Its exfoliating beads remove oil and bacteria to help keep pores unblocked, while salicylic acid thoroughly treats your pimples.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product! I use it as a mask to see results which are GREAT! Just leave it on for one minute and then rinse. I have VERY oily skin, so I am definitely prone to a lot of breakouts especially around the time of my period. I have noticed a dramatic decrease in acne size and redness going down when I use this as a mask, and some of my acne scars are disappearing! I'm very happy with that!" —SilverBrumby

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. A Clinique BB cream (already a cult-fave among those with cystic acne) for ensuring you continue your day worry-free about breakouts showing. It's great at concealing, feels weightless, and is specifically designed to eliminate shine and minimize pores.

    Sarah Wainschel / BuzzFeed

    It lasts up to a whopping ~12 hours~, features SPF 40 (IMPORTANT), controls oil, and doesn't cause breakouts — even on sensitive skin. Plus, it feels super lightweight!

    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin and it feels horrible to layer on foundation to cover it up, because it clogs pores and looks unnatural. Clinique BB Cream covers everything up while also protecting your skin from the sun. It acts like a foundation but feels amazing without clogging your pores. I completely recommend it, I love it!" —alecurb

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in five shades).

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder's full review (#7) in "10 Life-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try ASAP" to learn why she swears by this to cover her cystic acne.

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