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    31 Effective Products Reviewers Swear By For Their Skincare Concerns

    Facial cleansers, a wildly popular vitamin C serum, and more skincare essentials reviewers can't stop talking about for a reason.

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    1. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm comes to the rescue if your skin is dry and irritated. This multipurpose balm can be used on your face, hands, and body for a major moisture boost and it doesn't feel sticky when you put it on. Plus, it's formulated for all skin types!

    Promising review: "I had a terrible allergic reaction to tea tree oil about two weeks ago. Tiny bumps all over my face along with bunches of breakouts and my normally oily skin was so dry the strongest moisturizers I had wouldn’t keep it moisturized for long. I tried this stuff and OVERNIGHT basically all the bumps and my breakouts are gone. I have incredibly sensitive skin (clearly) and this stuff feels so soothing on my face and leaves it looking bright. HIGHLY recommend to anyone with sensitive, combination skin. And I’m acne-prone and this stuff doesn’t break me out. Holy grail, people!" —SH

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. This cult-favorite vitamin C serum targets multiple skincare concerns at the same time and is like a facial in a bottle. It'll help minimize hyperpigmentation, brighten dull areas, and soften skin. More than 60,000+ people on Amazon gave it a 5-star rating for its jaw-dropping results.

    A reviewer with dark skin showing the serum lightened the acne scars on their forehead and cheeks until they were basically gone
    Progression photos showing redness and acne on reviewer's cheeks is reduced on day 2 and day 4

    Promising review: "This serum works wonders on my skin. I had slight hyperpigmentation on my face and I do have acne scars, my skin looked dull and lacked moisture, after I applied this serum everyday in the morning my skin looks so much better than before. My pigmentation is reduced, my skin looks fresh and moisturized. I am very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend this to buy." —Kavita

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

    3. Skinergy Skin BHavior Resurfacing Essence takes acne prevention for the next level with retinol (vitamin A), niacinamide, vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid. If you'd like to minimize blemishes, inflammation, and dark spots, this treatment will be a great addition to your routine.

    A customer review before and after picture showing clear skin after use of the serum
    The bottle of the Skin BHavior Resurfacing Essence
    Skinergy Beauty

    Skinergy Beauty is a Latina-owned beauty business founded by Priscilla Jiminian. They're known for cleansers, toners, and other skincare treatments inclusive of all skin types.

    Promising review: "WOW! Not even prescription acne medication has been able to control my acne and scarring the way this has. In addition, my skin looks brighter and smoother and almost glows! HIGHLY recommend this product!" —Maurylyne

    Get it from Skinergy Beauty for $54.99.

    4. Mighty Patches absorb all the yucky gunk in your pimples while you sleep. When you wake up, you'll feel really satisfied when you see one of these babies lift pus from your zit that's basically the size of Mars. 

    pack of 36 circular Mighty Patches on a plastic adhesive strip
    reviewer with three puss-filled Mighty patches on finger

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my son, who suffers from cystic acne. He puts them on the pimples at night and in the morning the pimples are dramatically reduced in size and his skin is 'flat' in his words. I highly recommend these to anyone who suffers from any type of acne. They were recommended by another mom on my son's basketball team. Her son was using them and I am so thankful that she shared how great the Mighty Patches are!" —Slade Salisbury

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. Or these larger Mighty Patches diminish multiple zits on your jawline, back, and neck. These hydrocolloid strips absorb pus and can minimize the appearance of breakouts within SIX HOURS. They'll also stay on your skin and not come off, thanks to durable tapered edges.

    reviewer wears one of the patches on her chin area lifting out gunk from zits
    hand holds one of the patches covered in large puss circles lifted from zits on shoulder

    Each strip is 2 inches long, so they can cover and draw pus from multiple zits at a time!

    Promising review: "Amazing! I was using multiple little patches on large areas and they just didn’t work that well. I put this patch on my chin and left it over night and was extremely pleased with the results. I had 2 little pimples and a bunch of hard-to-get black heads. My chin has never been more clear. It basically feels like those clear waterproof Band-Aids so it did not slide off during the night. I was so surprised and a little grossed out that so much gunk was in my chin. I highly recommend these patches!" —Erin Brown

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    6. Bolden Skincare's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer acts as a shield against UV damage and gives your complexion a gorgeous glow. When the sun's out and you're enjoying the great outdoors, you won't have to worry about dark spots and sunburns.

    Bolden is a Black-owned business specializing in skincare products, including acne treatments and cleansers, that'll help streamline your daily routine.

    Promising review: "I love this moisturizer. Being a dark-skin African American, often times sunscreen leaves a residue. This is the first sunscreen I've ever used that doesn't leave any weird discoloration, feels great on my skin, and it aids in reducing hyperpigmentation. I even have sensitive skin and haven't had any breakouts while using Bolden's sunscreen. A pump and a half is all I need for my face and neck. I highly recommend it and will be buying more for my family." —Missy D.

    Get it from Bolden or Amazon for $26.59+.

    7. These blotting papers soak up excess oil from your face. If your forehead is looking like a shiny disco ball due to oiliness, grab one of these tissues and dab it onto affected areas for a little relief.

    A customer review photo showing their forehead before and after using the blotting papers
    same customer holds green oil-blotting sheet with lots of oil absorbed from forehead

    They also easily fit in a backpack or purse for on-the-go touch-ups!

    Promising review: "I have been using these for over one year, and they are by far the best oil blotting sheets I have ever used. The biggest plus is that they do not smudge my makeup at all, so no touch-ups are needed after using. They are super absorbent, and I can blot my entire face with one sheet. I have them on a monthly subscription, and they are worth every penny. Highly recommend!" —Magnolia2380

    Get a 100-sheet pack from Amazon for $6.95 (available in four colors and also in multi packs).

    8. Cosrx Snail Mucin Power Essence repairs and hydrates areas on your face prone to dryness and dullness. Rub this treatment on your skin to give it a little glow and make it feel more moisturized.

    Promising reviews: "This is holy grail for me! It's unscented, which I love, and goes on so smooth. I'm a little backwards with my application being that after toner or exfoliation I put on a few drops of jojoba oil, and then the essence. I found that by doing this, the products absorb better. Since using this in combination with the Korean skin care method, my face has completely cleared up, with only the occasional zit. Honestly, it's my favorite product and soothes my skin, especially after exfoliating. Highly recommended!" —Anjelic

    "Best product ever. Not only did it helped me with my acne, it also helps with my pores too. A little goes a long way." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.47.

    9. Stila One-Step Color-Correcting Facial Serum brightens and color-corrects your complexion before you apply makeup. A blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins help prep your skin and minimize dark circles and redness.

    The reviewer above used this facial serum to cover up a bad sunburn!

    Promising review: "I think this is a wonderful product and I highly recommend it to anyone who fights facial redness. I sometimes wear it alone, but under cream foundation and light powder it works even better. I was totally amazed at how much it evened out my skin tone! And honestly I didn't think it could be done." —UGdg

    Get it from Amazon for $36.

    10. This foot file removes dead skin so easily, you'll gasp at your newly soft heels that were once crusty, callused, and cracked. If you'd like your feet to be baby-soft again, this cheese grater-like tool can help you out! 

    a reviewer holding a clump of dead skin in their hand
    a reviewer holding a clump of dead skin in their hand
    a reviewer holding a clump of dead skin in their hand

    Promising review: "OK, yes, it looks like a cheese grater and, yes, it is darn sharp...so I was a little nervous about it. But I gotta say, this is a great foot rasp. I'm one of those people who runs around barefoot as much as possible and my feet get pretty dry and callused as a result. This rasp worked like a charm to remove all the dead skin and have my feet looking and feeling better in no time. Follow the directions and don't push too hard, let the rasp do the work, then there are no worries about cutting yourself or removing too many layers. I would highly recommend this rasp." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser gently cleanses dirt, impurities, and makeup from your face and will leave you with clearer skin thanks to its pH-balanced formula. Stubborn foundation, concealer, and blush don't stand a chance.

    Hand holds white bottle that says
    Model applies Glossier's clear Milky Jelly Cleanser on their face
    Glossier

    Promising review: "I have normal skin and I normally don't break out unless I'm stressed or have my period. Recently, I noticed texture and small bumps on my forehead that would not go away. After using this cleanser, I noticed that after a week, my skin became really smooth and the bumps went away after few days. Adding this to my skin care routine has become A STAPLE and I highly recommend it to people with small bumps or are looking for a way to cleanse their face. It's the best way to start off the day because it makes your face feel really smooth and fresh every morning!" —Glossier Customer

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    12. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment ~hits the spot~ for treating clogged pores and stubborn blemishes. It helps prevent acne from making a return to your cheeks, chin, and forehead and halts breakouts in their tracks, thanks to its noncomedogenic formula.

    bottom right to top left: series of before-and-after photos showing reviewer's acne-covered face on Sept. 21 and a much-clearer face on Jan. 2 after using the treatment for a few months
    close-up b&a of different reviewer with acne marks on cheek versus same spot with less acne marks a few weeks later

    Promising review: "I have been searching for years and spent too much money to find an effective acne treatment. Using this gel every other day has completely cleared me up. I no longer experience under the skin pimples or tiny white heads. I also noticed my skin looks healthier. I am experiencing dryness more than usual, but adding in a daily moisturizer with SPF has helped. I highly recommend given the cost and how well it has worked on my skin!" —Danielle Brindisi

    Get a 30-day supply from Amazon for $12.79.

    13. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream hydrates the most sensitive skin with its gentle, fragrance-free formula. Reviewers love it too (it has 5,494 positive reviews and a 4.8-rating!), because it's easy to use, absorbs quickly, and contains ceramides that help strengthen the skin barrier and diminish dry areas.

    Promising review: "This is by far superior to anything I have tried thus far! I have purchased several lotions but this is my fav! First of all, it's whipped lotion that is thick at the same time but glides onto your skin... and my skin drinks it right up. It does not feel sticky or leave any stickiness which I like! It leaves my skin feeling soft and it does not irritate my skin! Love this and I highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 19-ounce jar from Amazon for $15.44.

    14. This set of gold under-eye masks minimizes puffiness and dark circles. You may have stayed up late watching your fave TV show, but these soothing pads will help you look a little less tired the next day and spare you from using a bunch of concealer.

    BuzzFeed writer Jasmin Sandal with wears gold under eye masks
    Before-and-after picture showing dark circles/bags on left and less puffiness on right after using same gold under-eye masks
    Jasmin Sandal/BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    BuzzFeed writer Jasmin Sandal loves these masks and said: "I decided to put these golden gems to the test after coming off of a red-eye flight with practically no sleep. After cooling them off in the fridge (which is what was suggested on the packet), I applied them to my purpley, puffy eyes, and...w-o-w. Not only did I feel like I was receiving some kind of royal treatment (because, gold), but after 20 minutes, my under-eyes appeared brighter and any fine lines that were once lingering had vanished! After wearing these I didn't feel compelled to apply concealer either, which is usually my go-to to disguise dark circles — and I even felt confident enough to go bare-faced for the rest of the day."

    Promising reviews: "This product is amazing! As a nurse that works the night shift, this product has been a lifesaver. I used to have dark, baggy circles under my eyes and this product has left me looking rejuvenated. Friends have complimented how the skin around and under my eyes appears smooth, hydrated, and less puffy. The product itself also feels refreshing. I'm a fan of this product and I highly recommend it!" —Jason

    "This is amazing. 30 minutes and my dark circles and bags are gone. I'm a skeptic about these kinds of things and I can't believe it. My husband and I both did it and the results are AMAZING. Definitely going to keep buying these." —Amazon Customer

    Get 15 pairs from Amazon for $14.95.

    15. Or this reusable gel eye mask relieves tired, puffy eyes with a cooling sensation. Just place it in the freezer, take it out and put it on, and you'll be ready for some self-care time.

    Reviewer uses blue eye mask with eye holes while relaxing in a robe
    Reviewer laying down with their eyes closed while wearing the pink eye mask

    Some reviewers also recommend this gel eye mask for migraine relief, since it provides a gentle cooling sensation around the eyes, cheekbones, and forehead areas of the face.

    Optix 55 is a small, family-owned business specializing in eye health products. You'll find a bunch of goods including anti-fog solutions, computer glasses, sunglasses, eye masks, and more.

    Promising review: "This gel mask is everything I was hoping for. The warmth feels heavenly when I have allergy issues and soothes the throbbing in my sinuses. I have also used it in the morning when I wake up with puffy eyes after eating salty snacks the night before. The cool mask reduces my puffiness more quickly. It has the perfect amount of weight to it so it feels light and comfortable, yet provides great contact to the eye area. I would highly recommend this product." —Shari Prickett

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    16. This 3-in-1 treatment multitasks by smoothing out uneven areas, brightening dull areas, and minimizing the appearance of dark spots. It comes with a cleansing bar and exfoliating sponge that give your complexion a more illuminated look and buffs away dead skin.

    model rubbing cleansing bar across cheeks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very easy to wash your face with and then tuck back into the little soap canister for tomorrow. I will order another one to travel with this. The pad it comes with feels like it really rubs the makeup off and exfoliates. I love how my skin feels after using this. Highly recommend." —Erin M

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Blume Meltdown Acne Oil helps reduce face breakouts without sacrificing hydration. Packed with blue tansy, black cumin seed, rose hip, and tamanu oils, this skin treatment helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and can act as a shield against future pimples.

    model applies the Meltdown Acne Oil to an area on their cheek
    a split image of a reviewer before and after using the acne oil
    Blume

    You can use this oil on individual acne spots *or* mix it with your daily moisturizer to treat acne spots on larger areas like your cheeks, chin, and forehead.

    Blume is a female-founded business known for their eco-friendly skincare and period-care products. From wellness boxes to cute heat packs, Blume offers soothing self-care essentials that'll help you relax at home.

    Promising review: "Been using this oil while on Accutane. I have super sensitive skin, so the ingredients keep my face moisturized with no irritation. The smell is potent but more spa like than anything. I apply morning and night. Would recommend to anyone with sensitive skin!" —Blume Customer

    Get it from Blume for $28 (save 20% when you subscribe).

    18. FOREO's Luna Mini 2 elevates your daily skincare routine with a deep-clean that'll leave your face glowing and clear in minutes. Makeup residue, dirt, and extra oil will be history after using this tiny gadget, which uses gentle pulsations and movements to get the job done.

     BuzzFeed Editor Maitland Quitmeyer cleanses her face with FOREO's Luna Mini 2. She says
    Maitland after using the Luna Mini 2 on her face
    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Editor Maitland Quitmeyer tried this skincare gadget and loved how it made her skin clearer and smoother. She said, "It removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil — and leaves your face free of ANY makeup residue. I wear a full face every day, and I am consistently amazed by the results of this tool." See more of her FOREO Luna Mini 2 review here.

    Promising review: "I had a Clarisonic and never used it. It was cumbersome, too large to travel with, and I kept having to replace the brushes. I also felt that it was a little too harsh on my skin and I could only use it every other day. The Luna I am really loving. It's tiny, simple to use, clean and pack, and I've noticed a difference in the few weeks that I've been using it — my pores look smaller, my skin is clearer, and the tone on my skin is also improved. I would highly recommend." —NataliaF

    Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in five colors).

    19. This box of hydrating face masks helps tighten your pores, clear minor breakouts, *and* combat dryness. Don't be alarmed if you start to look like a zombie when you put it on, it's just the mask getting to work on your skin! Once you take it off, your face will feel brighter and more moisturized.

    Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles
    reviewer's before and after pic of skin while wearing the face mask

    Promising review: "I was absolutely amazed after using this mask! It made my skin so soft! My pores were barely there, this mask tightened my skin and left it baby smooth! This was only after one use! My makeup went on beautifully and lasted longer. After several uses I can say the tightening effect has really left my skin firmer. The mask made my skin feel slightly itchy as it tightened. However, it did subside and it didn’t irritate my face. I am loving how soft my skin is. And yes it is still making my pores look none existent! Love it, would highly recommend. 💕💕" —Sarah

    Get a 17-piece set from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color-Correcting Treatment neutralizes red spots on your face and shields skin from the sun with SPF 30. You'll finally have a more even-looking skin tone (and keep sunburns at bay). Oh, and it's formulated for combination, dry, oily, and normal skin types!

    Before and after of model showing the treatment neutralized basically all the redness on their face
    bottle of the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color-Correcting Treatment
    Sephora

    After cleansing and moisturizing, warm a dime-size drop between your hands and gently blend it into your face. You'll see the cream shift from a green color to a beige color as you rub it in, resulting in less redness and a more even skin tone.

    Promising review: "I love this product, it’s perfect for my skin type! I have easily irritated skin that is often red, even just putting water on it. So this is the perfect thing to use in place of foundation! Not only did it color correct my skin, but it also kept me from breaking out, which normally happens anytime I wear any type of foundation. I highly recommend this product!" —Sephora Customer

    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly also swears by this color-correcting skincare treatment. Check out her Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color-Correcting Treatment review for more details (it's #1).

    Get it from Sephora for $52.