21 Skin-Saving Products With Before And After Pictures That’ll Make You Smash That “Add To Cart” Button
I'm living for these skincare glow-ups!
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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: "My 15-year-old daughter has acne that has only gotten progressively worse no matter what medication changes were made. I purchased this product as a last resort. My baby girl and I both used this only mask twice, on a Friday and the following Sunday. I cannot describe the improvement it made in her skin. All the antibiotics, creams, etc. have not had anywhere near the effect of this very simple remedy." — Campheadmama
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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.
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
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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
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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 👀.
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
Biore blackhead strips have an after photo that speaks for itself, so you can finally get all that gunk out of your pores.
Promising review: "These strips are life changing. I have fairly sensitive sink 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
Price: $10.63 for 24
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.
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.
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inexpensive sheet masks.
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 own a salon and have worked in them for 19 years and never in my life have I used or seen something so amazing. It doesn't smell bad at all. This has natural ingredients and boy does it work. It sucked everything out of my pores and shrank them and all of the lines on my face are GONE. YES GONE. Usually, I have to have Botox for my forehead. Well not anymore that's for sure! At the end, I splashed my face three times with cold water to close my pores completely after the warm water. Follow with toner and facial oil or moisturizer and you are good to go." — Aja Rieger Cooke
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
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
Price: $6.60 for 100
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
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
Price: $8.08 for 40 patches
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
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!
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
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!).
It's effective for severe acne
and gentle enough to leave on for overnight treatment (the dream!!). 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 reduces 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.
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 Price: $17.49
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heavy-duty foot file seriously fixes dry cracked skin on your heels. Baby-smooth feet, here we come!
Promising review: "I am just sitting here admiring my baby-smooth, soft heels...and it is all thanks to this product. I have been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of the gross calluses on my heels, and nothing was ever fixing it. I found this on Amazon, and decided to give it a try because of all the great reviews...and it is totally legit. It took all my calluses right off, and now I use it every few days for a little upkeep if I notice any hint of roughness starting to come. This thing is awesome. Definitely buy it!!" — Luisa Rueckert
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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
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
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
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
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
Price: $14.10 (available in three formulas)
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