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    31 Skincare Products People With Adult Acne Swear By

    Raise your hand if you used to think pimples didn't happen in your twenties and thirties...

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    1. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant (all of your favorite skincare TikTokers swear by it) unclogs pores, banishes dead skin cells, and evens out skin tone. It even works on my very allergy-prone sensitive skin. A whopping 70 reviewers used the word "miracle."

    A reviewer's skin before and after use, with reduced texture, acne, and redness after with five stars and text "bad texture and dull skin, you need this"

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

    Promising review: "This stuff should be called a miracle in a bottle. When I use it on my (pretty dry) skin, it transforms it from congested, irritated, and bright red to calm, clear, and glowing overnight. Most of the people reviewing this are using it incorrectly. It's an acid exfoliator. That means you should use it once a week, twice at the most (if your skin is oily and needs a lot of work.) Also, it should never be used during the daytime. BHA, or salicylic acid, interacts terribly with the sun. If you absolutely must put it on in the morning, follow it up with heavy SPF, but I wouldn't do it. This stuff is like anything else — it only works if you know how to do it properly." —Audrey Brock

    "THIS STUFF IS PURE MAGIC! I have had severe adult acne and have tried everything to clear it up. Literally within three days of using this product and CeraVe foaming facial cleanser, my skin completely cleared up! This stuff works!" —me666

    2. Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser reduces breakouts and gently removes impurities without harshly stripping or drying out your skin (aka potentially causing new acne in the process).


    Get it from Amazon for $14.96.

    Promising review: "This product has made the single biggest difference in my decades of adult acne. I think products with 1-2% salicylic acid strip my skin, causing the overproduction of sebum (which makes me break out). This face wash (combined with a glycolic acid toner) has made my skin even and clear." —Anna

    3. Nip + Fab Daily Cleansing Pads contain 2.8% glycolic acid for gentle chemical exfoliation, revealing brighter and clearer skin every day — plus hyaluronic acid for moisture and witch hazel to tone and soothe.,

    These are designed to resurface and retexture your skin, revealing an exfoliated and brightened complexion beneath!

    Get a container of 60 pads from Amazon for $9.09.

    Promising review: "I’m really impressed with these pads. I’ve had adult cystic acne for about a decade now, and have tried countless products over the years. Adding these things into my skincare routine has made my skin look bright and clear like porcelain. I still get the occasional blemish, but they’re always very small and go away in a day or two. I highly recommend them." —Caroline Powell

    4. Mighty Patch Pimple Patches absorb pus and oil from *inside* the zit, protecting skin from further damage and reinfection so you don't have to hot compress, pop, ooze, scar, and repeat.


    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.50.

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with these things!!! I'm an esthetician, however, being in my twenties and having raging hormones has challenged my skin a lot. It's embarrassing showing up to work and having pimples while others are supposed to trust me with their skin. These are so fast-acting and have save me a lot of time and money. Super fast-acting, and it's amazing how it just sucks out the infection. It's perfect for those deep under the skin pimples as well, but it does take a few extra days. I will continue to repurchase!" —Julia Raye Todd

    5. *Or* Avarelle Acne Cover Patches are formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster) AND come in two shapes — classic circular patches and large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.

    A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

    Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.08. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

    Promising review: "If you’re like me, an adult with acne you thought you’d be done with by now and have tried everything, skin care routines, accutane, drying lotion, rapid redness remover, toners, astringents, facials, masks, antibacterial prescription lotions, hormonal acne medication, etc. etc. etc. AND STILL HAVE ZITS, LOOK NO FURTHER! I put one of these bad boys on my chin, went to sleep, took off the now white and gross looking sticker and I COULD LITERALLY SEE THE BORDER OF THE PATCH BECAUSE MY SKIN WAS SO NICE UNDERNEATH. It’s now been 24 hours since I removed that patch on my chin and I can still tell where the patch was and where it was not. I’m talking night and day. These things are AMAZING. Where do I get one for my whole face? No dry skin, no redness, no irritation, no stained pillowcases from benzoyl peroxide, no funky smells from alcohols or sulfur etc. Looks like a sticker, put it on your pimple. Go to bed, take off the sticker (which stays even in the most restless tossing sleepless nights), and your pimple is flat. Wow." —Shannon L

    6. Golde Clean Greens Face Mask is, as the brand says, basically a green smoothie...but for your face. It has chlorella, spirulina, and mango juice that not only look really cool when you mix 'em up and put them on but also makes reviewers' skin feel soft and looks dewy and fresh. Ahhhhh!

    The cofounder of Golde in the green mask

    Get it from Golde or Target for $34.

    Promising review: "I’m 33 years old and I live in LA. I have combination skin, but mostly my skin gets dry and I have some acne on my forehead too. But when I started using this Clean Greens face mask from Golde, I immediately felt a difference. My skin is more soft and smooth! I don’t even need to put on any moisturizer! I just love this product and I truly trust Golde products! I strongly recommend it!! Thank you Golde" —Sayaka S.

    Golde is a Black-owned brand based in Brooklyn making skincare and wellness products based on the idea of ~superfoods~. Their papaya exfoliating face mask is also super popular!

    7. Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says "BEGONE!" to dirt and oil. It's formulated with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin *without* removing all the moisture so it doesn't cause new breakouts.

    A reviewer before and after use, with reduced acne and redness

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    Promising review: "I thoroughly enjoy this product as well as their hair care line. I am in my thirties dealing with adult acne and/or hormonal acne. I have large pores, redness, uneven skin tone to top it all off. I have tried other products from home made coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda masks, Avalon face wash, proactive and even prescribed antibiotics for acne both orally and face cream. Nothing has really made a difference until I bought this Acure facial scrub. I also use it on my back and it has helped clear up my back as well.My pores haven't shrunk with this product but are cleaner, no little black dots every where. Thank you Acure!" —V. Inight

    8. Blume Meltdown Acne Oil is great spot treatment to use pre-moisturizer whenever you feel a breakout coming on — it'll help soothe, heal, and reduce inflammation while you get your Zzs in. You can also add it to your favorite clay mask!

    A model applying the spot treatment

    Get it from Blume for $28.

    Promising review: "Best oil for adult acne! My favorite acne treatment by far!! Everything else dried me out or would make my acne worse. Because my acne is hormonal, not teen acne, I reacted to all of the drying products that are so popular. This oil is super hydrating, doesn’t cause breakouts and actually helps heal my skin and improves clarity. I add a pump of it to my DIY clay face masks once a week too, and it works great in that combo. It also smells amaaaazing. Couldn’t believe my eyes!" —Sophia G.

    Blume is a WOC-founded business run by two sisters making period and skincare products for teens and adults alike.

    9. Diva Stuff Anti-Bacterial Pillow Mist kills acne-causing bacteria so you don't have to change out your pillowcases as often. AND, thanks to its soothing lavender scent, you'll be off to a solid dose of beauty sleep in no time.

    The spray bottle with text "relaxing scent"

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "I have really acne-prone skin and breakouts still happening in my thirties. I spray this each night on my silk pillow and my zits have minimized drastically!" —Alina Hepfler

    Diva Stuff is a family-run and woman-owned business based in Florida.

    10. Glossier Solution is an easy-to-use exfoliant chockfull of promising acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA, oh my!) that reduce acne and dark spots, brighten, improve skin tone and texture, unclog pores, exfoliate, and reduce signs of stress. Like, that's a lot of stuff.

    A before and after image after four weeks of use, with reduced acne and acne marks

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Promising review: "I have been battling with adult cystic acne for about twp years now and have tried everything under the sun from organic and natural products to super expensive medications. Nothing has helped as much as Solution has. Within the first week I noticed that my acne was healing and I wasn't getting as many new cysts. I use this every night. In combination with the Super Pure serum ($28) I use in the morning my acne has almost completely gone away within a month! THANK YOU Glossier!" —Tash

    We *also* love solution — learn why several BuzzFeeders love it in Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.

    11. Foreo Luna Mini 2, a silicone face-cleansing brush, washes and exfoliates, scrubbing every drop of makeup, dirt, and oil from your face with each vibrating pulse so you know you're getting a *thorough*, pore-clearing clean — in just 60 seconds.

    The author using the pink device with text "makeup dead skin cells, excess oil all gone in 60 seconds"

    It'll totally remove your makeup, dirt, and oil, AAAAND gently exfoliate your skin in just 60 seconds (I know). ^That's me! I love this handy lil' device SO much. It's DEFINITELY helped clear my adult acne *and* fade acne scarring. Check out my in-depth Foreo Luna Mini 2 review for all the deets!

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

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim, not totally convinced that it would be as great as everyone claimed it was. I’m in my late twenties and have dealt on and off with adult acne for years. I have combination skin that can get v oily on humid days, so that doesn’t do me any favors. I’ve been using this with the Glossier Milk Jelly face wash for the last three months, and my skin has never looked better. I haven’t had any breakouts in weeks, the texture of my skin is the smoothest it’s been in years. I’m completely sold on this. I use it twice a day on my face, and even use it with the La Roche-Posay Effaclar cleanser on my arms and shoulders when I’m having any small breakouts or KP flair ups. Overall great buy. I had sticker shock at first and considered going with the $30 alternative I saw floating around, but so happy I went with the real deal. Could not be happier." —Neen

    12. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face. Thanks to its blend of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, ferulic and hyaluronic acids, not only will it help you get that "woke up like this" glow and reduce discoloration, but tons of reviewers note that it's helped clear their skin!


    I bought and started using this last year and it's really helped my skin glow and helped fade some mild acne scarring/discoloration.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this serum for a few months now (third bottle) I deal with adult acne and have acne scars. It’s has reduced my breakouts to almost none (except for the fun time of the month, I still get one or two), but if I stop using this, I go back to having the multiple breakouts at all times. My skin has a healthier glow, and has also reduced my one dark spot on my cheek. It’s not gone completely, but it has faded it more than any other product has. I used to sell skin care for a high end line, and had tried many other lines products when I was working in a cosmetic dept. I am obsessed with this serum and I use it daily. I have very sensitive skin, and have not had any reaction to it at all. Other vitamin C serums I’ve used in the past have caused burning and/or tingling in my skin. But not this one! I am slowly phasing out my other skin care products, and switching to Mad Hippie as I finish others off." —Jodie Newton-Drouin

    13. Or if you're looking for something a little stronger, Eva Naturals Skin-Clearing Serum combines 20% vitamin C with 2% salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, retinol, and niacinamide to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and even out skin tone.

    A reviewer's before/after showing healed cheek acne

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product in April and have waited this long to write a review because I wanted to give it time to work. I'm 38 and had constant, cystic acne. My pores clog easy and I'm very oily. I am also bi-racial and scar very easily. Since April I think I've had three pimples (all period-related) that went away very quickly. That's a miracle. I put this product on at night after my shower and make sure it dries well. I'm still good on product and probably won't be reordering for another few weeks. I only use a small amount everyday. I haven't been more pleased with something I bought on here or ANY store since...well never. Lastly, I did break out the first one to two weeks of use. I was nervous and ready to give up but it cleared up and its been smooth sailing since." —Autumn Johnson

    14. My Konjac Activated Bamboo Charcoal Sponge physically exfoliates your skin, but super gently, while the activated charcoal removes excess oil and combats bacteria, meaning smoother skin today and less acne in the long run.

    The grey egg-shaped sponge

    They do disintegrate over time, so swap it out every couple of months!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    Promising review: "I was complaining to a friend of mine about how tired I was of my adult acne (I'm 37 but apparently my pores still think I'm 16) and she asked me if I had ever heard of these sponges. My first thought was, 'How in the world could a sponge make any difference?' But after what she told me and doing some further research, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. Heck, I've spent hundreds in facial-care products that didn't help, what was a few more dollars? When I first tried it, I used it as part of my nightly routine. It seemed to work just fine, but it was the next day when I realized this thing just might work! My normally oily face was smooth and not the slightest bit oily!! I noticed a significant improvement in just a couple of days. Within two weeks I had not a single pimple on my face! Let me tell you, there aren't a lot of products I can claim have been life-changing, but this one has been nothing short of a miracle." —J. Erickson

    15. Herbivore Blue Tansy Oil is the perfect go-to if you'd like to add an oil to your routine (especially if you're interested in trying facial massage) — this one is specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin to ~balance~ and hydrate!

    The dropper bottle of blue oil

    Get it from Herbivore or Sephora for $72.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but this one is worth reviewing! I purchased this face oil because I struggle with adult acne that has only gotten worse as a healthcare worker wearing a mask all day and the reviews seemed promising. I also have super sensitive and very oily skin. Guys, this product has completely changed my skin!!! I saw results literally overnight, and after a few weeks I can say my skin has never looked better. I also use the blue tansy clarifying mask but the oil is the clear winner for me. After first using, my breakouts were less red/inflamed and slowly started to clear up. After a few weeks, I have minimal breakouts, my skin tone is more even, and overall my face looks more bright, nourished, and healthy. I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone!" —Hannah

    16. Humane Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Treatment contains the maximum dose of benzoyl peroxide — aka it's NAHT for sensitive skin — so it's a great (and cruelty-free) option that'll clear pores and kill bacteria to give you long-lasting results for the most stubborn acne.

    A before/after of a reviewer's face with reduced redness and small acne bumps

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    Promising review: "After being to multiple dermatologists and not having any luck, I was feeling hopeless. I started to accept my acne was chronic, since I’m 25 and have had it since 13. My dermatologist had always told me 5% benzoyl peroxide is the same as 10%, so don’t use it. Well, 12 years later and no results, I decided to not listen to the 'expert' and give it a try for myself. I held out until the six-week mark to give it a full chance. Through dry skin, extra moisturizing, and washing my face with this product twice per day as directed (letting it sit on my face for three to five minutes before washing) I am pleased to report my skin is the clearest it has ever been in the past 12 years. When I was talking to one of my clients about this product, she said, 'I didn’t know you struggle with acne, your skin looks so smooth and porcelain.' Well... that was a new one! Lol. I am so glad I took the risk! It will definitely dry out your skin, so find a good moisturizer." —Mackenzie

    17. Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen might finally get you to put on sunscreen — and do so every dang day. Want SPF but afraid it's gonna make you break out? 1. Same. 2. This weightless, broad-spectrum SPF 35 formula won't turn greasy, and the Japanese wild rose will actually diminish the appearance of pores.

    Me, with no sunburn on my face with text "tatcha sunscreen = no sunburn on face whatsoever" and with sunburned arm with text "non-tatcha sunscreen = sunburn city"
    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    **91% of users reported that their skin appeared clearer after four weeks** That's all! Plus, my acne-prone, exTREMEly pale skin and I love this sunscreen — and I haven't broken out once because of it! Just note that it *does* have fragrance, so if you're sensitive to that this bb is not for you.

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    Promising review: "I love this sunscreen! I use it as my daytime primer. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I love that is has safe ingredients and still offers high SPF and PA protection (I can’t believe how many broad spectrum sunscreens don’t disclose their PA rating!). It leaves my skin feeling smooth and creates a great base for foundation. I have adult onset cystic acne, and this doesn’t cause breakouts or irritate my skin at all. Very happy with it!" —kendra44

    18. Or if you're looking for a fragrance-free (and less expensive) option, La Roche Posay Toleraine Moisturizer has SPF 30, plus niacinamide, ceramides, and glycerin for smooth, soft skin without any irritation or greasy feeling — with *no* breakouts to be found.

    A swatch of the moisturizer with text explaining the lightweight, lotion-like texture

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising reviews: "I am very happy that I found this product. I have been on the hunt for an oil free sunscreen that doubles as a moisturizer for a good portion of 5 years- and I am so happy that I landed on this one. It’s lightweight, no dominating smell, and truly moisturizes. It’s an exceptional product for the price. I have 30-year-old acne-prone skin and this does not clog pores or cause breakouts. That is a major plus. This bottle will definitely last the summer and probably longer." —Megan

    "I'm 30 years old. My skin is best defined as combination. It's sensitive and dry and I also have eczema. For years, I've had adult acne as well. About three weeks into switching to LRP from Aveeno Sensitive face lotion, my face has completely cleared up. My skin feels amazing too, a perfect balance of moisturized." —C. Fox

    19. Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum works to de-congest pores, control excess sebum production, and reduce inflammation (thanks, niacinamide, zinc, and willow bark extract!). Pro tip: apply to your skin while still damp for better absorption.

    The dropper-style bottle of serum

    Get it from Versed for $19.99.

    Promising review: “I’m on my third bottle and I’m so relieved to have it in my life. Im in my mid-twenties and started getting hormonal acne. Specifically around my chin and jaw line. Nothing was helping and every time I got near my period, I would break out at the same spots, and it would take my skin weeks to recover only to break out again. By day two my skin already was less red and it completely had my breakouts under control for my next period. For me some period break outs are worse than others and even if I get a breakout its very small and gone fast.” —Laurasogo

    20. Bye Bye Blemish Acne Treatment Drying Lotion is infused with salicylic acid, sulfur, and other all-natural ingredients to dry out acne spots without drying out your skin. Don't shake before use! Just dip a Q-tip right in and apply.,

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99

    Promising review: "I have tried almost everything as a spot treatment for acne with minimal results, but this stuff actually works. I put it on at night on my trouble spots, and by morning there is a difference. In just a few days, most of my acne has disappeared or reduced in size and redness. For the price, this stuff is magic in a bottle. You will look a little silly going to bed, but it's worth it for the results. It does have a not great smell, but it fades once it dries on your face. I would highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    21. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask clears out pores, rids skin of pollutants from the air, removes excess oil, and squashes any burgeoning pimples in their tracks.

    The mask in a tube

    I've used this many times as an overnight spot treatment on any undergrounders that aren't quite ready for a pimple patch yet.

    Get it from Sephora for $27 (also available in a travel size for $13).

    Promising review: "I have acne prone and VERY oily skin. I’ve been having trouble with a lot of cystic acne lately and decided to spend the money on this product because nothing else was working. Not anything with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide it just dried me out and irritated me. This mask is AMAZING. Some of these reviews with low ratings say that it caused some people to break out. Yes, my acne seemed to be getting bigger and coming out, but it was this mask SUCKING ALL THE NASTINESS out of my face. I did this mask every night for a week and had visibly less acne, tighter pores, and the smoothest skin. It’s not gonna be a one-time wonder miracle; you gotta keep using it.I will be continuing to use this regularly because it the BEST thing I’ve found for my skin problems. My face is clear for the first time in months." —wizzardteets

    22. Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam tightens skin and pores, thanks to protein-rich albumen (that's the egg white) so your skin is ridded of oil and impurities, leading to fewer breakouts and surprise clogged pores in the long run.

    The tube of product

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Promising review: "I love this face wash! It keeps my pores clear without drying out my skin. It's so great to use a blemish-fighting product that is adult-skin friendly. Optimal results when used with a facial cleansing brush, my skin is clean clear and smooth. I struggled with adult acne well into my thirties, but this cleanser has cleared it up, outside of hormonal flare-ups. My pores are also less noticeable. I don't know if they've actually shrunk or if its because they're not clogged, but they are nowhere near the size they were, especially on my nose. Just received my fifth bottle with no plans to switch." —Rachel & David King

    23. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser removes impurities and buffs away dead skin while nourishing with a potent blend of pineapple and papaya enzymes. A tropical vacation away from acne? Sign me up!

    The pump bottle of cleanser

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82.

    Promising reviews: "I’ve started getting stubborn adult acne and I feel like after only a week of using it, my skin is clearing up! I also have pretty sensitive skin and this product hasn’t caused any sort of reaction. The scent is very mild as well." —Lauren

    "I absolutely love this face wash! I had painful acne for a couple years and tried everything from astringents to Proactiv, and even Rodan + Fields. 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. This wash also leaves my skin feeling squeaky-clean, so as I wouldn’t call it a drying wash, it is definitely not a moisturizing wash. I just hope that someone buys it and loves it as much as I do! Seriously! Skin products are expensive. This is SO worth it (and affordable)." —Gabby

    24. Frank Body Charcoal Face Cleanser's anti-bacterial blend of activated charcoal, echinacea, and natural oils (coconut, sweet almond, and grapeseed) powers away impurities without stripping skin of its moisture so you can use it morning and night.

    A model applying the grey cleanser
    Frank Body

    Get it from Frank Body or Ulta for $21.95.

    Promising review: "I have used so many cleansers trying to solve my adult breakouts and the only one to work is frank! Im finally happy with my skin again where I can leave my home without makeup!!! Ill never use another skincare again Im in love." —Justine

    Frank Body is a woman co-owned company based in Melbourne, Australia — and all of their products are made there too!

    25. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.

    If you have sensitive skin, leave it on for five minutes, and if you have normal skin, you can leave it on for up to 20!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I’ve struggled with my skin for years now and I’ve tried to many products, but nothing has cleared my skin up like this mask. I used it with apple cider vinegar every day for the first 7 days and the results have been incredible! People ask me every day what I’m doing differently because the results have been so noticeable. I even posted about it on social media!" —Andrew

    Check out more incredible before and after photos here!

    26. Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick makes taking care of your skin while traveling so much easier. No suitcase spills, no taking up tons of carry-on room. Just swipe the stick all over damp skin, and the blend of 13 natural oils will breakdown cosmetics while the bits of green tea leaf gently exfoliate. Hello brighter, clearer skin!

    A hand holding the twist-up stick
    Soko Glam

    Get it from Amazon or from Soko Glam for $22.

    Promising review: "I switched to this product about a month ago (was previously using Banila's Clean it Zero Purity oil cleanser). I have adult cystic acne and i felt like Banila's oil cleanser was too heavy for my skin and may have been causing or worsening my acne. After switching to this, I have not had a single cystic acne breakout and my skin has been so much clearer! This product feels so good on your skin, is light and easy to apply, and the green tea flakes gently exfoliate and soothe my skin. Will be buying this again!!" —Sami B.

    27. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water has your back when it comes to effortlessly cleaning your face. It *gently* removes makeup, dirt, grime, and residue from the day, leaving your skin cleansed but not stripped. Dry, acne-prone skin? You might be cleansing too harshly.

    A hand holding the bottle of micellar water

    Get it from Amazon for $6.77 (available in three varieties: regular, waterproof, and oily).

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I have had adult acne for the last four years and have extremely dry skin all year. I think this product really helped to clear my skin. I no longer use anything face wash that lathers up into suds, but instead use CeraVe face wash for dry skin, use the micellar water to remove any make-up that was missed from washing. Has done wonders for me personally." —TJ92

    Psst! This won best inexpensive makeup remover on on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    28. Radha Rosehip Oil has over 3,500 5-star reviewers who say it not only hydrates their skin, but also reduce redness and breakouts, thanks to the rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.

    Four images showing a reviewer with healing acne and fading acne marks

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "I am super busy and not one to ever write reviews, but based on my results with this product I had to take the time. I am so impressed with the softness and glow the next morning. In addition I get adult acne and the healing process as well as reduction of previous scaring has been amazing. Today someone commented, 'You look great...what are you doing???' For a product under $20 you can't go wrong, worth every penny." —Max Jenkinson

    29. Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks target congested pores and blackheads, precisely exfoliating (hello blend of AHA and BHA), lifting dead skin cells, and smoothing bumpy skin with the giant Q-tip–esque stick.

    The swab-like sticks
    Soko Glam

    But they're *also* calming, so won't irritate your delicate skin in the process. Just use 'em once or twice a week after cleansing, swiping in an upward motion (especially on your T-zone).

    Get a pack of 10 sticks from Amazon for $22.87 or from Soko Glam for $24.

    Promising review: "Bye bye zitty city! I’ve been struggling with cystic acne for a while and not feeling so cute, so I took matters into my own hands and researched the best ways to fix it... These giant cotton swab bad boys have really been helping! I’ve also been using that green tea cleansing stick [editor's note:#21 in this post] which also might be a huge factor. Either way, I’m lovin’ it! :)" —Chelsea B.

    30. Bolden Overnight Spa Treatment works overnight to stop pimples in their drafts. Just dot it on as needed and the sulfur formula kills bacteria and exfoliates to hasten the zit's imminent demise.

    The dropper bottle

    Get it from Bolden or from Amazon for $14.50.

    Promising reviews: "This product has worked wonders since I've recently began using it. Use it in the night, and by the morning I can tell my acne has decreased in size, inflammation, etc. Can't complain!" —Bridget A.

    "I love this product!! Seriously where had it been all my life. I have PCOS and my skin has always been an issue. This product has been a godsend." —Shannon B

    Bolden is a Black women–owned brand making (cruelty free!) products that work really well with people of color in mind.

    31. TreeActive Invisible Acne Treatment lives up to its name, going on CLEAR so you can wear it under makeup or on its own — no one will know the peppermint and tea tree oil formula is going to town on your zits, reducing size and redness.

    The formula chock-full of essential oils (like tea tree and jojoba) are great for anyone who hasn't seen success with spot treatments with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. 🙋‍♀️

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    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.

    My skin, every time it clogs a pore to bring FrEsH sTrEsS to my life.

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