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    29 Things For Anyone Who’s Tired Of Anti-Climactic Skincare Products

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    1. Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says "buh-bye" to dirt and oil, with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin without removing all the moisture.

    Promising review: "Yay! This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects. I should’ve read the pamphlet they give) and being 25, that doesn't really happen anymore. I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps i had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in rejuvenating and skin-clearing formulas).

    2. 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.


    In a clinical trial, three-quarters of the users reported cleaner + softer skin after 24 hours, and after four weeks of use, seven-tenths of the users said their skin looked TRANSFORMED.

    Promising review: "I have been struggling with acne for as long as I can remember and Solution has SAVED my skin. Haven't had a pimple since I started using this last month. My usually oily skin has been so soft and glowing and my years of acne scars are vanishing. 100% worth every penny." —MRB

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

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

    3. Yes To Two-in-One Scrub and Cleanser Stick combines your cleansing and exfoliating steps into one (dare I say fun?) product. And it comes in two amazing varieties: energizing coconut and coffee (moisturizing and tightening skin) and charcoal (removing impurities and excess oil).


    Just scrub it all over your face to remove dead skin cells and get to work — then rinse! This is also a PEEERRRFECT cleanser for traveling (no worrying about liquids to spill!)

    Promising review: "Amazing!!! I have been using this product twice a day for the last two weeks. The blackheads on my nose are completely gone! It also has shortened and prevented several pimples that have tried to pop up. My face has never felt softer and is super moisturized. I’m purchasing another one for my husband." —LJA

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two varieties).

    4. Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Bubble Mask has over 3,500 5-star reviews that speak to its satisfying foaming action *AND* how soft and clear it makes your skin.,

    Basically you'll want to post a picture of it while it foams up on your Insta story, and then take a 🔥 selfie of how soft and glowy your skin looks!

    Promising review: "I have very few skin care items I buy more than once. Just not usually THAT impressed. That being said, I LOVE this mask. It bubbles up upon application and the tiny bubbles bursting itch and tickle like crazy but stick out the 10 minutes. The first time I used it after washing it off you could literally see the junk and oil sitting on top of my skin as it had been pushed to the surface. The next morning my skin glowed. I have used it a few times since, not much gunk to push to the top now but can see the pores are empty. Def will be buying more, especially for Christmas presents." —Alice D.

    Check out more ~effervescent~ photos in our closer look at this mask!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!). Flaking skin, you have met your MATCH!


    Promising review: "This is the moisturizer I have been waiting for my whole life. I have tried moisturizers from what feels like every brand, from the drugstore to the high-end expensive stuff at Sephora. This stuff feels incredible on my skin — it feels like a relief to put it on. It's not even remotely greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has the lightest, cleanest fragrance. Other, heavier moisturizers left me with tiny clusters of new blemishes every morning (so frustrating), but this hasn't clogged my pores at all, and my skin feels soft and plump. I also use this moisturizer to cut my CC cream/foundation to make it lighter (in body, not in pigment). LOVE!" —meems

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63

    Check out a truly ~glowing~ review of this Neutrogena moisturizer.

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

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine, to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get a one-pound jar from Amazon for $12.90.

    7. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream keeps your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin's barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.

    Promising review: "I have oily but flaky skin in winter. It's really annoying, no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturize, my cheeks get flaky. I can't even wear foundation or powder because it will make the flaky texture more obvious... Anyway, out of pure desperation and tired of spending money on scrubs and moisturizers, I purchased it and started using this a few days ago. It has kept me flake-free! It doesn't leave a greasy film, it sinks right into my skin. I even wore it with makeup today and my skin was smooth and flake-free. My makeup stayed nice all day. I wish I had tried that sooner, I have the same problem every winter! I apply it from head to toe. It's awesome and you get so much product for the money." —MLK77

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    8. Elizavecca Witch Piggy Pore Control Serum contains 97% hyaluronic acid (which can carry up to 1,000 TIMES its weight in water), adding a serious boost of hydration and lasting moisture to your skin — and it can help reduce the appearance of pores.

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    This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (#3 in this post) so many people swear by.

    Promising review: "I bought this initially because I thought the little pig was cute. This is the best beauty product I have bought in a long time. It has made my irritated, flaky skin so soft and smooth. It feels a little sticky when first applied, but give it a couple of minutes and you won't feel any residue. I have super oily skin in the summer, and this does not make it feel oilier. I am a customer for life." —Nashvegas Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.70.

    9. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face — brightening skin tone, reducing dark spots, fighting wrinkles AND retaining moisture (it's got hyaluronic acid in it, too).

    I've been using this for a while now, and my acne scars have faded significantly, and my skin looks brighter and more evened out for sure!

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

    10. Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask scrubs away blackheads and residue when you rub it in, while leaving lasting hydration, minerals, and nutrients with its rich black sugar formula — because your skin deserves a little dessert, too.


    Promising review: "This product is hands-down a complete winner. In the shower, I apply heavily to my wet face and neck areas and leave it on while washing/conditioning hair, then rub gently again as by then the texture is smooth after the sugary grains have melted. Rinse off for super happy skin. This hydrates, nourishes, exfoliates so well with zero irritation. It's so gentle and effective. I use a bit on my hands, too." —GED

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Soothing Repairing Balm is your new BFF if you've ever dealt with irritated skin. Over-exfoliated your face? Got a peel but went too far? Skin way too dry and nothing is helping? Tried a new mask that did *not* turn out well? This balm has your back.


    This cream is formulated with panthenol to soothe rough skin, shea butter to visibly decrease signs of irritation. And it's free of parabens, fragrance, and lanolin!

    Promising review: "I used this after an overzealous micro-dermabrasion facial left part of my face scraped raw. Seriously, it looked like I had face-planted on concrete. And I am a slow healer. After tons of frantic internet research, I stumbled upon this cream. It accelerated the healing process to a few days and without scars or complications. Love the cream." —Ljtrue

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment wakes up the skin under your peepers with light-reflecting particle *while* hydrating with fatty acids, reducing fine lines and puffiness so your concealer never 👏 creases 👏 again 👏.


    Promising review: "I cannot rave enough about this product. If I had to choose only one Tarte product to buy, this is the one. Ever since I began using it the dark circles under my eyes have improved dramatically. No other eye cream has given me results this good ever. I can get away with lighter concealers or even no concealers now. I used to have to wear full coverage just to hide them but this eye treatment is a godsend. Please never stop making this Tarte!" —Janice R.

    Get it from Tarte for $38.

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

    Promising review: "This product has worked so so SO well for me I’ve been using it for an entire year now, and I don’t prefer ANYTHING else! I have acne prone skin, anything makes me breakout. My skin used to be dreadfully full of acne and I’d cover it up with makeup. As long as I use this morning and night I never get a pimple. I don’t even wear makeup anymore because I’m that confident in my skin now. :) It’s amazing honestly. I recommend this to anybody because it’s not harsh, it’s not ineffective, it actually works!" —Maia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85.

    14. 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!

    Promising review: "I’m really impressed with these pads. I’ve suffered from 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

    Get a container of 60 pads from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. 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 $8.50. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    16. Human Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Treatment packs a punch with 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.

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    17. 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. /

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.45

    18. Radha Rosehip Oil has over 4,000+ positive reviewers who say it not hydrates their skin, but also reduce redness and breakouts, thanks to the rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    Learn more in This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems.

    19. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial lives up to its name, functioning as an at-home, ~facial-style~ treatment that gently exfoliates and resurfaces will a potent but gently blend of 25% AHA and 2% BHA. It's pricey, but a bottle is still cheaper than just one "real" facial.


    Promising review: "This is by far the best facial I have ever tried! I have used it once a week for three weeks now and my skin feels as soft as a baby! My pores are less visible now, the hyper-pigmentation due to acne has faded and there was a dramatic improvement in texture and tone. And I also got a lot of compliments on my skin now. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and it stings for about two minutes upon application (nothing uncomfortable!). In my opinion, I think that this product is worth the price!" —Zarni

    Get it from Sephora for $80.

    20. Miznon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule harnesses all the moisturizing properties of the snail — with none of the s l o w n e s s. It has a super-concentrated 80% snail mucus for a powerful to improve your skin's texture, appearance, and elasticity.

    Promising review: "I have been using snail products for a few years now and they have definitely helped my fiftysomething, sun damaged, rosacea plagued skin.I was curious about this serum and decided to go ahead and try it. The first week of use I had a small breakout, but it could have been because it was a particularly stressful week so I decided to stick with it. After another week I could see where the rosacea was much more calm and the sun-damaged parts (fine to moderate lines) were improving as well. After full month of daily use I absolutely LOVE this product!! My breakouts are fewer, my fine to moderate lines are slightly improved and the skin tone itself is also improved. With visible improvements like this in only one month I can't wait to see what six months of daily use will look like!" —hear it live

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

    21. TreeActive Invisible Acne Treatment goes 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. 🙋‍♀️

    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.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    22. Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask has you covered with *two* masks in one — a purpley-pink clay mask designed to purify pores, remove dead skin cells, and help treat acne AND a gold gel mask intended for dry and sensitive areas like your cheeks, boosting hydration and calming skin.


    Promising review: "OMG!!! This mask is the most amazing mask I’ve ever used! The clay side does any incredible job of shrinking my pores and makes my skin super soft! The gel side does a great job of brightening those dull areas. I would recommend this mask to anyone and everyone! It is so worth it!!!" —Chelsea K.

    Get it from Tarte for $40.

    23. Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips absorb dirt, excess oil, sebum, and dead skin from deep within pores, clarifying pores to help reduce their appearance *while* preventing blackheads.


    I've used these while stuck at home, and they're *really* great — I'll never touch a Bioré strip again.

    Promising review: "First product I ever used to clean my pores. I never really noticed issues in this area but my friend loved them so much, I decided to use one. I was shocked with how much it pulled overnight. They were easy to wear and worked great with my sensitive skin. Definitely need to get more." —SammyJo11

    Get a pack of eight (four pore strips and four nose strips) from Sephora for $19.

    24. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich contains a blend of shea and murumuru butters, plus ceramides and fatty acids to lock in moisture — p l u s Glossier's ~Anti-Redness Complex~ to help improve texture and help you skin look less stressed.


    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    Promising review: "I have such dry skin in the winter - it becomes flaky, red, and textured. I came home to my parents' house for the pandemic and the environment here is even drier than where I live, so my skin has been SERIOUSLY suffering. But this moisturizer is so luxuriously rich! It's creamy and thick but absorbs into my skin so fast, leaving it cool and moisturized. And the scent is lovely! It's woodsy and floral, which I love!" —eschmitt

    25. Linduray Skincare Microneedle Roller is covered in titanium .25 millimeter needles for gentle (and painless) exfoliation and a way to boost the efficacy of your favorite products, helping them absorb even better.,

    Promising review: "I was a little suspicious about the product but this is a good product!! I liked how affordable and easy it is and customer service answers questions quick. I was nervous my skin would have a bad reaction but it didn’t. I’ve used it a couple times now and I honestly can say the large pores on my cheeks and chin have gotten much smaller, and my skin doesn’t look so dull anymore. If you follow the directions you’ll have results!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    26. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer multitasks with its powerful blend of hyaluronic avid, retinol (obv!), green tea, and jojoba oil — reviewers swear by it to help fade acne scarring, reduce fine lines on the face and neck, and stop breakouts in their tracks. Hello soft, moisturized skin; goodbye irritation that often comes with retinol products.

    Promising review: "I wished there was a way to give this product 10 stars. Let me first say I'm a VERY picky retinol user. I usually use a high end organic product (aka: Origins) but thought I'd give this one a whirl given the reviews. I'm a tried and proven convert now. I LOVE this product. It is so luxurious, never causes burning, peeling or redness. Truthfully, I think this is best retinol cream I've ever used and that's just how it FEELS on my skin. Let's talk results. This product changed the playing field. With one use, I could tell this was different. I'm addicted now and have a hard time finishing up my other products! People at work ask me what I'm doing to my skin. They tell me how super soft, supple and radiant my skin looks. I thought it was just me that noticed but others have too. I don't want to waste any other existing product so I'm going to still use that up first before ordering more, but once it's gone, I'll be ordering this full time from now on. I'm also going to try out their other products as well." —Geri F.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream absorbs quickly to soothe and rejuvenate skin — and can help address concerns like rosacea, dry skin, flaking, and acne. We're talking key anti-inflammatory ingredients like manuka honey, Australian cehami, and shea butter.

    Promising review: "Simply the best healing, refreshing cream anywhere. This cream is simply magic. I have some rosacea and since I have been using it, I seldom have any breakouts on my face. I had mild psoriasis on my elbows and it is all but gone. One day I got a sunburn and put this on and all the stinging was gone immediately and it never peeled. I have tried many top-of-the line products before this. This is simply fabulous. A friend told me that he had been recommended this by his dermatologist and it was wonderful. I believed him! Glad I got it." —Carole Ciraulo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    28. Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub exfoliates your lips with coconut and sugar, but immediately provides lasting hydration and moisture, thanks to avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils. Pucker up — that residual winter chapping has met its match!


    And it's vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Story time: My lips were flaking more than the snow outside. They were dryer than the desert. I followed the directions and it wasn’t cutting into my skin like a thousand knives of fire as it sloughs away the disgustingly gross layer of cells. It also moisturizes like a warm hug. After rinsing away those hug crystals, my lips are given that new life and soft enough to not hurt others’ feelings when I yell about the 2016 Chicago Cubs being the greatest baseball team. Moral of the story: add this to your cart. No regrets will happen." —Awesomeness

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. St Clare Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel is packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like witch hazel (duh!) and aloe vera to refine, cleanse, and condition even sensitive skin. It can help calm flare-ups or breakouts and improve skin tone over time.


    If you've been affected by the change in the Thayers witch hazel toner formula, this is a great option!

    Promising review: "Dry skin? Large pores? Blackheads on your nose? Well, I have used this product for a full week before even thinking of reviewing this product. Always the same routine; wash face, pat dry, St. Clare toner, air dry, eye serum, and finally moisturizer. I have seen a DRAMATIC difference in my skin over this week. My pores are visibly clearer and tighter, the blackheads on the tip of my nose are reduced considerably and my skin looks and feels incredibly hydrated. No more 'scaling' on my forehead from dry skin and my makeup application has become so much smoother. If I could sing, it would be the praises of finding the missing piece to my skincare puzzle! Will buy again!" —Kristel Scherer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

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