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    21 Skin-Saving Products With Before And After Pictures That’ll Probably Make You Smash That “Add To Cart” Button

    Your skin is gonna thank you for these.

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    1. Aztec healing clay mask just may give you dramatic results after just a few uses when mixed with apple cider vinegar. This mud mask has over 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon for a reason — bye acne!


    Promising review: "This product is indeed all it's hyped up to be. And you can't beat the price. I'm at that super fun stage of life where I still get some hormonal breakouts, but I'm also starting to lose elasticity, I have hyperpigmentation and all of that. This is hands down the most effective product I have ever used. I wish I had known about this stuff when I was struggling with cystic acne when I was younger. It immediately improves active breakouts, tightens the skins, exfoliates, and gives you a really nice youthful glow. I mix it with ACV and use it about 2/week. I have also started using it on my hair with excellent results. Cannot recommend this product enough." —Kay Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    2. Truskin's vitamin C serum will have you looking as dewy and moisturized as Troye Sivan with skin-saving ingredients like vitamin E, witch hazel, and botanical hyaluronic acid.

    A reviewer's photo showing red skin before using the product and clear skin after use

    Promising review: "This is the best serum I've ever used! My face is smoother than when I was in my 30s (I'm 49) and my sun spots have faded! I noticed improvement on day three, I kid you not! It absorbs quickly and is easy to apply. I love it!" —Gina Williams

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this serum!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. Tend skin is a god-send for anyone who suffers from frequent ingrown hairs and razor burn, so the next time you have to shave in a rush, your poor skin doesn't pay the price!,

    Promising review: "I think this is one of the best inventions, other than Velcro, in the last 30 years. It solves so many problems. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I can't live without it! I use it for razor bumps on my bikini line and underarms, and I've even been known to use it on a breakout. It's an amazing product!" —RP

    Read more about this product in this closer look.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.96.

    4. Glossier's gentle face exfoliator solution sloughs away dead skin, clears breakouts, and keeps you feeling fresh.


    This exfoliator solution is vegan, cruelty-free, and made of three acids: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid.

    Promising review: "Gentle enough to use daily in the morning (and combined with prescription skin creams in the PM). my skin is baby soft and acne hyperpigmentation decreased!" —Oona

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    5. A derma roller with a teeny-tiny needle is designed to get serums and skincare products deep into your skin for possibly better results — I am adding this to my cart riiiiight now 👀.

    a series of reviewer photos showing one user's results and clearer skin over time as they use the derma roller

    This derma roller has a suuuper small .25mm needle length that won't hurt your skin at all — it allows serums to sink deep into your skin for maximum effect!

    Promising review: "BUY THIS NOW. I have genetically bad skin. I have huge pores, discoloration, acne, and acne scars. I am a 21-year-old and I go to Mayo Clinic Dermatology. They said my only hope was having laser treatment to fill my scars and pores. My friends showed me a video of a derma roller and I spent months doing research. I finally decided to take the plunge and order this product. I have used this about eight or nine times and my skin is looking considerably better. I still have acne, obviously, but this is helping to heal my old scars and shrink my monstrous pores. I love it. I haven't combined the roller with any special treatments for better absorption. My skin looks tighter, healthier, and better than it has in many, many years." —Jennifer Beranek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    6. Biore blackhead strips have an after photo that speaks for itself, so you can finally get all that gunk out of your pores.

    a reviewer's photo showing dirt pulled from the skin onto the pore strip

    Promising review: "These strips are life-changing. I have fairly sensitive skin so I usually don't use any type of acne face wash or anything fancy, but I had to try these to get rid of my blackheads. I am so glad I did! Money well spent. I use the strips on average twice a week. I am in love. It's actually a little addictive seeing all the gross junk being pulled out of your skin. It's gross to see what has been sitting under your skin for who knows how long! Must try!" —Kaylan

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $12.89.

    7. A 16-pack of K-beauty sheet masks are a refreshing skincare treatment to keep on hand when you feel like pampering yourself, or add them to your daily skincare routine! They are less than $1 each.

    a series of four reviewer photos showing redness reduction and results from using the face masks

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive skin. I look at oil and break out. I am careful about how I cleanse and how I moisturize, as one misstep means weeks of recovery. I threw caution to the wind with these, and I am obsessed. I have so many of these now. I do them about five times a week. They feel great, moisturize, and smell amazing. They are delicate and lovely." —Megan D.

    Read our full review of these inexpensive sheet masks.

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. And an eight-pack of Zombie Pack mask treatment will cost you a bit more, but reviewers swear by it for reducing fine lines and clearing up acne-prone skin! It is made with albumin (an ingredient extracted from egg whites) for tightening balancing out your skin's pH level.


    Disclaimer — albumin is not the most ~flowery~ smell in existence, hence why it's called the Zombie face mask, but the results are totally worth 15 mins of mask time!

    Promising review: "I have never written a review before but I am compelled to do so now. Let’s start with what my 41-year-old face looked like. I had bumps, tiny bumps all over my skin, especially my forehead. My skin NEVER felt smooth even with the prescriptions I was given to help with these tiny bumps. Rosacea, bad bad bad. So bad that it was actually causing my cheeks to have what appeared to be thickening skin. Again, even the prescriptions did nothing at all. Wrinkles, some that were quite deep. My skin tone was blotchy and of course the rosacea issue. My pores were friggin huge and getting bigger day by day it seemed like. I know that it says to use this product every three days. I chose to go with every single day for the first box of 8. The results were so amazing I decided on every day for the second box. Even more amazing results. EVERY SINGLE ISSUE LISTED ABOVE NO LONGER EXISTS!! I moisturize deeply after rinsing and my face looks absolutely amazing. My face did not even look like this at 30. I am hooked and I will be buying no less than three packs every single payday so I can stock up on this stuff in case they ever decide to quit selling it. If I had ten stars available to rate I would use them and more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.11.

    9. Aveeno eczema therapy cream has over a thousand five-star reviews from people who use it to treat their eczema, so you can finally get the relief you need. The review photos below were taking only 24 hours apart 👀.

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely amazed at this stuff. I had a terrible allergic reaction and broke out with eczema all over my face (I have suffered with it for years, just never on my face). My eyes were completely swollen shut and red, and my face was peeling, in pain, inflamed, and DRY, DRY, DRY. I tried everything, and I mean everything. I ordered this and nearly instantly felt and saw results. These two pictures (above) are LESS THAN 24 HOURS APART. I've been using it now for three days and my face is 100% back to normal. I really like that this product is a cream versus a lotion, I feel like it helps soak in better and KEEPS the skin hydrated. I 100% recommend." —Kelsey Coultrip

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    10. A pack of oil blotting sheets infused with green tea are a generous size, so those of us with oily skin can finallly de-grease our entire face., Amazon

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it." —Kelsey

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $6.95.

    11. O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream has over 9K reviews, and proves no pair of hands is too dry, cracked, or damaged to repair.,

    Promising review: "This stuff really works. I live in Minnesota, and it gets extremely dry and cold here in the winter. So much so that my fingertips and backs of my hands crack and bleed every year. My doctor recommended Aquaphor and I've tried other creams over the years, but nothing really worked. Within about four days of using Working Hands, the cracks were almost fully healed, and within a week, the pain was gone. I put it on after a shower in the morning, and before going to bed. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING!" —scientist guy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.28.

    12. Pimple patches are an affordable way to suck the gunk out of existing pimples (especially big cystic zits 🙄) and stop you from picking while they work their magic!,

    Promising review: "This product is a GAME CHANGER. I have horribly dry skin, but also clogged pores, and I’m a picker. I love squeezing pimples and blackheads. I’ve recently noticed scarring on my face and I've been trying many products attempting to get the gunk out so I’m not tempted to pick...these have saved my face! I put them on at night, and in the morning they are white and gross and my pimples are flat and almost gone. 10/10!!!!" —ItsMeLauren

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $6.50.

    13. CeraVe moisturizing cream is here to do away with red, flaky, and dry skin for good! This moisturizer is fortified with ceramides (lipids that help your skin retain moisture), and it's oil free — so if you're prone to break outs, this is the moisturizer for you!,

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    14. Collagen-packed under eye masks are perfect for anyone in need of some major help for dark circles, puffy eyes, and tired skin. I can't take my eyes off this before and after glow-up!

    a reviewer's before photo showing their dark eye circles and after photo showing brighter skin with no eye ciricles

    Promising review: "These eye masks are so luscious! I have very sensitive skin that will break out when I use MOST skincare products. I live in Colorado where the air is so dry, the sun is strong, and the water at my house is 'hard water,' so lots of things are working against my skin health! After using these eye treatments three times, I noticed a huge difference in the way my skin looked under my eyes — more vibrant and hydrated. I feel like I need to use less concealer now. I use these eye masks every 3-4 days, and the results are unbeatable!" —Amy

    Get a 15-pack from Amazon for $14.97.

    15. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule is packed with your breakout's worst nightmare — snail mucin. Go break out someone else's face pls!


    This miracle worker is made with snail mucin (which is collected in cruelty-free conditions) to tackle your skin problems like oil and acne, protect it from further damage, and soothe your skin.

    Promising review: "I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this line. This product has actually changed my life. My acne is mostly clear and my face is soft! My fiancé has commented on how I look like I'm glowing so many times. Now I can walk out of the house with hardly any makeup at all. I never thought a product could make that big of a change!" —Heph N

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89 (available in three formulas).

    16. Tree Activ's cystic acne spot treatment might be the holy-grail solution to cystic acne you've been searching for. It's made with natural anticyst antibacterial ingredients like tea tree oil, and bentonite clay to pull toxins out of sebaceous glands (the same clay the Aztec mask is made of!)., Amazon

    It's effective for severe acne and gentle enough to leave on for overnight treatment.

    Promising review: "I have tried everything (short of Accutane) to get rid of my persistent cystic acne, and nothing has been effective. I applied a small amount of this miracle-in-a-jar to the blemishes on my face, chest, and back. In the morning, the blemishes were noticeably reduced in size and redness. My skin has never looked better. If you suffer from cystic acne, give this a try. You won't be disappointed." —Erika B.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    17. Teddie Organics rose water toner is alcohol-free and reviewers with sensitive skin swear by it for reducing red spots and blotchiness!,

    It'll also absorb excess oil and restore your skin's pH balance!

    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 flair 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

    See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil Cream Moisturizing Lotion gives your face the glow-up it deserves so you can go out bare-faced with confidence!

    a reviewer's before and after photo with a reduction in dark spots over time

    Promising review: The product is awesome! My skin feels like silk. I have diabetes and my skin was so dry, but after just using this product for a few days, my skin is glowing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.02.

    19. Truskin's vitamin C-infused moisturizer is ideal for anyone with a slew of dark spots they'd like to disappear like magic!


    This brightening blend is cruelty-free and contains 15% vitamin C, vitamin B, organic jojoba oil, and green tea!

    Promising review: "My dark spots are disappearing rapidly, my skin feels soft and a lot less oily, and even my wrinkles that I was starting get on my forehead are going away. It's perfect for me! I was using a much more expensive product before and it did nothing compared to this moisturizer." —Jennifer S Grybowski

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. Bye Bye Blemish drying lotion will zap away zits and cystic breakouts without breaking the bank!

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for about 3 months and I'm amazed at how effective it is. I have hormonal acne and a couple of zits pop up once a month. At the first sign of a bump, I use this product and 9 times out of 10, they go away without becoming noticeable. Early intervention is key. I took the advice of another reviewer who suggested topping the alcohol off when it gets low and I've seen no difference in it's effectiveness. I will always keep this on hand. It's been a lifesaver." —Gabriella

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    21. RoC retinol night cream is an oil-free repair cream that just may ~smooth~ over your skincare worries while you sleep! Plus a little bit of this cream goes a long way, so you get your money's worth.


    Promising review: "This product has completely changed the appearance of my undereyes and forehead. I have been applying it to my under-eyes, crows feet, and forehead, and my eyes look lifted and youthful. My forehead wrinkles have faded significantly. I purchased this the beginning of April and still have half a tube left two months later. I will definitely be repurchasing once this tube is done." —Goldenis

    Get it from Amazon for $16.31.

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