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    29 Products That May Have A Small Price Tag But Will Help Your Skin In Big Ways

    "Pimple? What pimple?" —You after *finally* trying one of those cult-favorite acne patches.

    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 bottle of Peach Slices Snail Rescue Blemish Toner formulated with snail mucin to help reduce redness and banish your breakouts. And BTW, this is cruelty-free!

    A model pouring the toner into their hand
    Peach & Lily

    Promising review: "This toner is so viscous and luscious! The littlest bit goes a long way so I pat this on my neck and arms! This feels like a seriously expensive toner and my skin tone is so much clearer — I'm prone to redness and I genuinely see a difference. The snail mucin is so calming! I've already recommended this to my friends and family!" —Liz

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $13.99.

    2. A bottle of Radha rosehip oil because after regularly applying just a few drops, this'll tackle scarring, zits, and redness. Reviewers say they use this before bed and wake up to ~glowing~ skin!

    Reviewer showing their face with many blemishes looking less red and improved
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is life-changing! I have incredibly oily skin that is acne-prone. Although it seems counterintuitive to put oil on my oily skin, it does wonders for keeping my skin clear and refreshed and gives it a healthy glow! I apply two to three drops each night after washing my face and sometimes use it as my moisturizer during the daytime as well." —RC

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

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

    3. This jar of Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask to help reveal brighter, smoother, and clearer skin — all thanks to the vitamin C formula.

    The jar with thick, orange product inside
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    Promising review: "I've used the mask a couple times so far and I really do like it. I can mostly tell the next morning after using it, when my skin has a nice glow (which I haven't had in years due to acne and troubled skin). This product is really gentle!" —Jane Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. A Paula's Choice pore cleanser that'll deploy a dose of salicylic acid to treat breakouts, reduce redness, and help improve uneven skin tone by removing excess oil and dirt. And, it's all as easy as remembering to wash your face!

    The bottle of product
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm happy to say that this face cleanser is doing a lot for my skin! I've had long standing adult acne and skin irritation ever since I entered my twenties and have gone through so many face cleansers and acne treatment products that I can no longer count all of them. I've had this product for almost a week now and I use it in the morning and at night in the shower. Every single time I've used it my skin feels clean, but not dry at all! My acne, scars, redness, and irritation has all starting to slowly disappear, and I can't wait to see what my skin will look like in a month or two!" —Alliethealligator

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    5. This bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray if you seem to have a forever-oily T-zone. This'll leave you with a dewy, refreshed complexion with just a few spritzes. And the best part is, it smells like roses!

    A reviewer's skin looking dull and red and looking brighter and less red after using the product
    amazon.com

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

    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 of 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 $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A bottle of The Ordinary Peeling Solution, which is formulated with glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and gradually reveal improved texture and radiance.

    The bottle with a rendering of the red liquid inside
    Sephora

    Promising review: "OK, this stuff is just fantastic! I waited for so long for it to be back in stock and as soon as it was, I snagged it. Before using it the first time, I was nervous because I wasn’t sure how my skin was going to react, but I followed the instructions carefully and now it’s my favorite skin care step! I use it one to two times per week and my skin is so much softer, brighter, and smoother after just a few uses. It does tingle a little when I put it on, but it’s actually kind of nice. Not painful at all. I seriously love this!" —knw94

    Get it from Sephora for $7.20.

    7. This Aveeno Eczema Moisturizing Cream to soothe dry, itchy, and irritated skin with its beneficial blend of oat, soy, kiwi, and blackberry extracts. On top of that, over 1,000 5-star reviewers already swear by this for treating eczema!

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    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 $7.26.

    8. A The Inkey List Vitamin B, C, and E Moisturizer with a clearly impressive helping of vitamins that'll help make your complexion look and feel hydrated and smooth. In fact, this blend will help control excess oil, decrease redness, brighten dull skin, and reduce acne scarring (with regular use, of course).

    The tube of product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this for three days and WOW! I’ve been dealing with an intense breakout the last week that is healing and I decided to go more gentle with my skincare. My skin is so much softer and brighter. It is clearing up so this is not causing me to breakout! I’m so happy with this product. I can’t believe it’s only $4.99!" —rosebud1025

    Get it from Sephora for $4.99.

    9. This hyaluronic acid serum because help kick your dry skin to the curb. Though it may sound a little intimidating, hyaluronic acid actually has intense hydrating properties that, when used daily, can soften and smooth skin.

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    Promising review: "I've used several different kinds of serums for my face and this is my favorite so far. I use it right after my bath when my pores are open from the hot water and then apply my moisturizer right on top of it. My face normally gets very dry in the winter, but since I began using this serum it has been a lot better. It seemed like such a tiny bottle when I got it, but a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. I've been using it for several months now and still have half a bottle left." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    10. A tube of FaceTory balancing facial cream formulated with vitamins A and C and artemisia extract for gently quieting inflamed skin. This'll help get you ~glowing~ in no time.

    A tube of the product
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After only a week of use, my fiancé asked, 'What have you been doing to reduce the red spots on your face?' and honestly, that is all I needed to hear to know this was working! I have very dry skin that easily breaks out, and this — along with the toner sprayhave done true wonders in only a week! For the first time in my adult life, it is the week of my period and I AM NOT BREAKING OUT! This product has not only prevented breakouts, but had eased the appearance of acne scars! I’m hooked!" —Juliapaulette

    Get it from Amazon for $12.21.

    11. This tube of Versed Overnight Facial Peel because it does all the heavy lifting (aka, exfoliating) for you while you catch some shut-eye. Its blend of glycolic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin A is gentle enough to let you wake up with brighter skin.

    A model applying the white cream to their forehead
    Versed

    Promising reviews: "I read about this product on line and ordered the small size to try. After one use, I was hooked! I’m 75 and fortunately my skin is in pretty good condition without deep lines, but I needed something to brighten and even out my complexion. This did just that and made me a believer." —AuntyBirdy

    "I looove that this product is a one-step solution. I use on the nights when I just can’t do my routine. My skin feels smooth and hydrated when I wake up which I love!" —Skincarefan24

    Get it from Versed for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A set of Avarelle acne patches for draining the pus out of ripe zits overnight in case you always end up picking at them until they bleed and leave a scar.

    A reviewer showing a blemish
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am in love. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a pack of 40 patches from Amazon for $6.80.

    To learn more, check out "These Satisfying Acne Patches Deserve A National Holiday, Change My Mind".

    13. This Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser to bring your skin to life every morning. It's formulated with acne-clearing exfoliants and fruit enzymes to leave your skin looking brighter.

    The bottle of product
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this face wash! I suffered with painful acne for a couple years and tried everything from astringents to Proactiv, and even Rodan + Fields ($199). They always made my acne worse and more painful. This stuff, though, has kept my face completely clear for more than a year now. This amazing wash leaves my skin feeling so refreshed. The scent is relaxing and refreshing; it’s not too fragrant, nor does it smell like chemicals. I seriously look forward to using this stuff every day! Also, don’t expect it to smell like pineapples. It’s fruity, but not tropical." —Gabby

    Get it from Amazon for $7.21.

    14. A Mario Badescu healing powder that doubles as a setting powder and acne treatment. In other words, you can absorb excess oil while reducing the look of an irritated pimple.

    A jar of the product
    Amazon

    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.

    15. This Garnier Micellar Water because it's the multi-purpose liquid gold you never knew you needed until now. It can act as a fantastic toner, gentle makeup remover, cleanser, and refresher. It also works for just about every skin type.

    A pair of hands that are half submerged in water holding a bottle of the micellar water.
    @garnierusa / Via instagram.com

    BTW, I've tried this myself for removing 24-hour wear foundation and not only does it remove my makeup, but it also leaves my face FEELING CLEANER than when I use makeup wipes.

    Promising review: "This is around our ninth bottle. I use this to remove my makeup effortlessly. I was noticing I was buying a bottle more quickly than I should be until my husband fessed up to using it to clean his face! He absolutely loves it to manage his oily skin which is funny because I have SUPER dry skin. It works for both of our skin types so we keep it stocked as much as we can and get the multipacks when they are available! This stuff is liquid gold." —Kendall Forsythe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78+ (available in packs of one, two, and three).

    16. A bottle of Pholk Moringa Pore Teatox Mask to give your pores a much-needed deep cleaning, which'll leave your skin feeling totally ~refreshed~.

    The powder product in a bottle
    Pholk

    The directions say that you should mix three teaspoons of the clay with 1/2 teaspoon of water. And BTW, Pholk is a Black-owned brand that specializes in all things skincare.

    Promising review: "I cannot put into words how much of a miracle this mask has been for my skin! It even shrinks my cystic under skin acne, and seriously speeds up their improvement time. I use it twice a week! I mix it with either the honeysuckle toner, or a rosewater/witch hazel toner, and add three drops of the featherlight cucumber oil. I spray my face a couple of times. I rinse after about five to seven minutes. Serious GLOW!" —Whitney

    Get it from Pholk for $15.

    17. This bottle of Aveeno Ultra Calming Foam Cleanser because it's made with chamomile, which is known for soothing skin. Plus, it's also tough on makeup so you won't have to first wash your face with a makeup remover, and then wash with a cleanser.

    The cleanser
    Aveeno

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well this washes my face! I wear heavy makeup to cover up my rosacea and it takes it off so well. It's SO light and airy and foamy. No irritation for me at all. Very happy with this. It was recommended by my dermatologist and I will continue to use this." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.24.

    18. A bottle of Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Mist because its anti-inflammatory properties help you kiss the redness goodbye, and its astringent properties will help sap up excess oil.

    The product in a spray bottle
    @thayersnatural / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "This leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and clean. I use it before moisturizer in the a.m. and p.m. Wait till it is soaked into your skin and put moisturizer on top and your skin will be glowing!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three formulas and as a pack of two).

    19. This tube of Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream if every other moisturizer you've tried just left your already-oily skin looking like a greased frying pan.

    The tube of product
    Versed

    I have this moisturizer and as someone with oily skin, I approve!! Once you squeeze it out of the tube, it looks just like a creamy gel. But once you apply it to your skin, it feels cooling and dries to a soft matte finish (totally wasn't expecting that). Because of that, it doesn't make my face feel excessively oily throughout the day (and I literally wear this all day). I'm also prone to large, painful cystic breakouts and this hasn't aggravated my acne at all. My mom has dry skin — the total opposite of mine — and when she tried some, it hydrated her face enough to the point where she didn't feel like she needed to reapply during the day. This moisturizer seems to strike the perfect balance for the needs of both dry and oily skin!

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite drugstore moisturizers and I can very easily say I will repurchase this again in a heartbeat. The lightweight consistency is perfect for oily skin and summer heat, but also great for anytime you feel the need to add some quick moisture back into the skin. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a lightweight drugstore moisturizer that isn’t outrageously expensive." —Jeremiah62

    Get it from Versed for $14.99.

    20. A tube of the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub because it works so well that you'll actually stay motivated to use it regularly. It's made from a combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily to help slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    A before shot of a user with red, angry breakouts and an after photo of the same user with almost no breakouts and skin that's much more even toned
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I swear your skin can NOT get any cleaner after using this glorious product. I even have my boyfriend using it, when he previously just used soap on his face, ugh. But this exfoliating cleanser is perfection! You can feel an instant difference and no wonder why Allure rated it one of their best and highly reviewed beauty products. You can't lose with this stuff." —Brian Shocklee

    Get it from Amazon for $6.21 (available in three formulas).

    21. This set of 16 sheet masks to pamper your skin and help you end every treat-yo-self session with softer, more hydrated skin.

    Amazon, Sam Wieder / BuzzFeed

    Sam, my colleague here at BuzzFeed, tried these masks and had some pretty wonderful things to say about them: "Not only do these face masks have ZERO negative effects on my skin, they actually have POSITIVE effects! They hydrate my skin and leave it feeling firmer. "

    Promising review: "I use these masks once a week to moisturize my skin and focus on a little self-care. I am sensitive to some facial products, but I have had no issues with these masks. They are great for moisturizing, and I can see a visible difference in brightness under my eyes/on my forehead after use." —Millie Simmons

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three varieties).

    Check out Sam's full review of Dermal collagen essence sheet masks.

    22. A tube of The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream because in the same way that caffeine might help you perk up in the morning, it can also help give your eyes a wake-up call of their own. This eye cream helps reduce the look of puffiness so you can pretend you got more sleep than you actually did.

    A hand holding the tube and squeezing out a line of product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This worked wonders!! Within minutes, the puffiness under my eyes started to diminish. I was very impressed at how well it worked." —Lovelyaml

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

    23. This bottle of The Ordinary Argireline Solution to minimize the appearance of facial lines or creases around the forehead or eye area. My eye area just looked forever tired until I began using this stuff!

    A bottle of the serum
    Sephora

    For many years now, I've had these deep tear duct creases in my skin that just always make me look tired — even when I'm wide awake! I took a chance on this product, applying it day and night. It's been about two weeks and my creases actually look softer, which in turn makes my entire face look less tired! You do have to be consistent with it, though, for best results. And, the bottle is so affordable that I wouldn't mind having to pay for another one!

    Important to note: You should always be wary of the way you layer products since ingredients in one product may not be compatible with ingredients in another (which can lead to skin irritation). According to The Ordinary, Argireline — the active ingredient in this product — is a peptide and should not be used alongside products containing direct acids. Direct acids include AHA's and BHA's, lactic acid, mandelic acid, and salicylic acid. Learn more in their handy regimen guide.

    Promising review: "This helped soften my 'elevens' in between my eyes after leaving an incredibly stressful job. I’d say this definitely works! Just make sure you’re layering it correctly — peptides are watery serums so you want to apply this after cleansing and toning and before any essences, serums, oils, or moisturizers." —vulpinefeline

    Get it from Sephora for $7.90.

    24. A bottle of Eva Naturals Vitamin C Serum because the salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid team up to help prevent pesky breakouts and keep your skin hydrated. Some reviewers were even able to fade post-acne marks.

    A reviewer with several dark acne marks that have almost completely faded after using the product
    amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "I am stunned at how soft this serum has made my skin in such a short time. I'm in love. The tea tree oil smell is mitigated by the lavender, leaving a beautiful final scent. Decadent." —StephanieB

    "This product is just perfect for my skin type! I’m using it every night and it’s helping me a lot with my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation problems caused by my last acne outbreak. I have been using this product for 1.5 months and the results are visible. My skin looks more hydrated and the dark spots have cleared. (I’m also using a benzoyl peroxide-based acne treatment to control my acne while I’m using this product)." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    25. This bottle of Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ since sunscreen is made for year-round wear. If you usually struggle with an oily T-zone and your current greasy sunscreen is doing anything but helping, this lightweight formula will leave you with a matte finish.

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    Promising reviews (for the photo on the left): "So I tried this today under my makeup, and it really worked. Like, it actually worked. I have pictures that show all the oil that usually accumulates on my T-zone by 11:30 a.m., but it is now 10:06 p.m. when I am writing this review and I haven't blotted once all day, and that is it. Truly money well spent. Oily skin problem solved!" —MJR Industries

    "I have medium/tan skin and it didn’t leave a white or chalky residue like some face sunscreens do. I wouldn’t wear this if I was planning on working out or spending all day outside. It’s perfect if you’re inside for most of the day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90.

    26. A jar of Alikay Naturals Green Tea Chai Face Scrub to keep your complexion buttery smooth and soft as can be. It contains Dead Sea salt to gently exfoliate, jojoba oil and vitamin E to protect and nourish, and green tea extract to soothe skin.

    The jar of face scrub with twist-off lid
    Alikay Naturals

    Alikay Naturals is a Black-owned business that specializes in beauty products made with natural and organic ingredients. None of the formulas contain petroleum, mineral oil, alcohol, parabens, sulfate, or silicones.

    Promising review: "I used this face scrub this morning and literally after one use I feel a difference. It is so moisturizing. It thoroughly removed the impurities and left my face with a nice glow. I was on a video call and the person thought I had a filter on. Goals." —Alake

    Get it from Alikay Naturals for $12.99.

    27. This bottle of La Roche-Posay Face Wash Cleanser that'll give your face a gentle (yet thorough) clean. Reviewers say it's especially perfect for sensitive skin and will leave you with a fresh face in a few minutes flat.

    A hand holding the pump bottle
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I have found the HOLY GRAIL of face wash for sensitive skin. This product cuts through a full face of make up with just one pump and lather. It leaves my skin smooth and soft. I have had less acne since using this for a month or so. This entire bottle has lasted me for three months (one pump per day). I wish that I could give this 10 stars." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    28. An Eco Tools Facial Cleansing Brush made from cotton and bamboo to use alongside your face wash to lightly exfoliate the dead skin and dirt away. Bye-bye, makeup and oil, and heeelllooo fresh skin!

    A hand holding the small brush with a set of round bristles
    instagram.com

    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 $5.99.

    29. This pack of Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips to draw out blackheads, dirt, and oil from your nose and forehead practically like a magnet.

    A reviewer showing a nose strip with numerous blackheads on it
    amazon.com

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips! And FYI, I'm wearing one on my nose as I type this and I just know that once I peel it off, I'll see an array of little black and white nubs plucked from my pores! I've been using these for years and everyone in my family loves 'em and uses 'em regularly. Foundations and tinted moisturizers just look smoother after I get rid of those blackheads!

    Promising review: "It works so well that my family had a competition to see who had the most gunk removed. It’s like capturing a tiny forest from your nose. It works better on the sides of your nose." —Alicia

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $7.49 (also available in packs of 24).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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