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    31 Skincare Products From Target That Are Especially Great For Anyone With Acne

    Whether you're dealing with cystic acne, blackheads, or post-acne discoloration, you'll find your new skincare bestie on this list.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed collects a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. ‎Biore Rose Quartz + Charcoal Oil Free Face Wash may sound a little whimsical, but the natural gemstone gently exfoliates the skin while the charcoal deep-cleans pores.

    Bottle of Biore rose quartz cleanser surrounded by rose quartz

    Promising review: "My skin loves this stuff. Helps keep my acne at bay. It had a minty, cool sensation when I first started using it so I thought it may be too harsh on my skin, but I’m used to it now. I use a pea-sized amount morning and night and the bottle lasts forever. Love it." —RKoontz

    Price: $6.59

    2. ‎Vanity Planet Facial Steamer opens pores to allow deeper cleansing while keeping skin hydrated, making it a great addition to any acne regimen. Use it it weekly during your very own at-home "spa day."

    woman with vanity planet facial steamer blowing steam in her face

    Promising review: "I did some research on facial steamers and decided on this one last year. I've been using it mainly during winter or whenever my skin feels dry and doesn't look as good as it should. This is a really good steamer — never fails and lots of steam comes out — very well made and you can remove the water container to let it air out." —Marie

    Price: $49.99

    3. E.l.f. Acne Fighting Putty Primer consists of the same formula as the brand's popular Putty Primer, but it *also* contains salicylic acid, kaolin, and zinc to defend your skin against future breakouts. If you're prone to zits, it should be added into your makeup routine.


    If you're a makeup lover who tends to break out a lot, this is a MUST. Put this on before applying your foundation and let the primer do its thing. Salicylic acid is a tried-and-true acne-fighting ingredient, but it also has anti-inflammatory zinc as well as kaolin clay, which reduces oil and purifies and soothes the skin.

    Price: $9

    4. Cocokind Probiotic Acne Serum 1.5% BHA doesn't just fight acne — it's also a treatment for your skin. In addition to salicylic acid, it contains nonliving probiotics that help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, as well as beta glucan (which is 20 percent more hydrating than hyaluronic acid), and gluconolactone, a gentle exfoliant with antioxidant properties.

    bottle of cocokind serum with formula spilling out

    Promising review: "So I have extremely acne prone skin — like I’m used to consistently having texture. I’ve tried every product under the sun at this point. After using this paired with cocokind’s other new serum (the ceramide one), my skin has cleared up so much just within one week. Super excited to have found the solution for my skin" —Olivia

    Price: $20.49

    5. Bliss Clear Genius Acne Body Spray contains a powerhouse complex of acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, niacinamide, zinc, and witch hazel. And its spray nozzle allows the solution to be easily applied to large areas. If you're prone to breakouts on your chest, back, and other body parts, keep this one in your bathroom cabinet.

    model hand holding bliss body acne spray

    Promising review: "I love the whole Clear Genius line. I already use the cleanser and serum. The acne spray is super convenient. It makes it easy to get in those hard-to-reach areas. My bacne cleared up completely within two weeks. Worth the price!" —Jacqueline

    Price: $15.89

    6. MELÉ Even Dark Spot Control Facial Serum, like the brand's other products, was developed by dermatologists of color who understand the specific needs of melanin-rich skin and how to treat it. Since this serum is formulated to target dark spots and even out skin tone, it's a great treatment for acne scars.

    Target, target

    Promising review: "I bought this almost two months ago and I am impressed. First off, EVERYTHING makes my skin break out. Surprisingly, this didn't. Secondly, my skin generally gets so oily before noon you could fry an egg on it! While my skin still became oily, it didn't appear as extreme. Most importantly, it appeared more like a 'youthful ' glow rather than just an oily surface. I think it lightened my dark spots fairly well, prevented current darkening AND overall evened out my skin tone. I've even bypassed using makeup EXCEPT for some eyeshadow in some bright pops of color, which is not usually me! It's easy to shake, easy to apply & smells very pleasant and not overpowering. I generally use it in the morning directly after showering. BTW, I'm not usually one to buy something without checking reviews and such, but the packaging is very user-friendly and easy to read. I highly recommend." —Scorpio Diva

    Price: $26.99

    7. ‎Makeup Revolution Skincare Blemish 2% Salicylic Acid Mask fights current breakouts while making sure future ones don't even *think* about getting near your skin. Apply this mask after your cleansing routine and leave it on for 10–15 minutes — your skin will feel brand-new.

    Tube of Revolution blemish mask

    Promising review: "OMG! This mask is soooo good! I have combination skin; oily moreso in the center of my face, and dry around the outside perimeter. I don’t have any major acne issues, just occasional pimples. But I am prone to milia on my upper cheek area and sometimes under my eyes, and I also get blackheads on my nose often. When I tell you this mask has my skin GLOWING! Way more than usual with my regular skincare routine. My friend asked me last night why I had makeup on at 8 p.m. LOL. Her comment just reassured me that my skin looks extra good, and this happened after I used this face mask. Even one of my milia bumps popped after I took this off. I’m pretty sure over time my blackheads will fade, especially if I do this two times a week and stay consistent. You won’t regret this purchase, I promise!" –Kayla

    Price: $14.69

    8. Alba Botanica Acnedote Face & Body Scrub is for those who want a little more bang for their buck when it comes to acne products. It has salicylic acid, exfoliating willow bark extract, and two skin soothers: aloe and chamomile. Use this scrub wherever AND whenever you have breakouts.

    Tube of Alba botanica scrub next to towels

    Promising review: "Wow I’ve been using this product for two to three months and have seen a MAJOR difference. At first I was a little impatient, but c’mon, we can’t get rid of acne over one night. I used this for my back and chest where I had some whiteheads and acne, and they really have disappeared. I highly recommend this product!" —KG

    Price: $6.19

    9. ‎Hero Cosmetics Shield Superlight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 protects against UVA/UVB rays while also making sure you won't break out later. This lightweight, reef-safe sunscreen won't clog pores, and also has a sheer green tint to blur away any redness.

    tube of hero cosmetics sunscreen by the pool

    Promising review: "This is by far the best sunscreen i’ve used so far. My skin tone is about a medium tan and it does not leave a white cast after rubbing it in and giving it some time. There’s also no sunscreen fragrance, which is nice! The green tint help combat any redness. It also doesn’t break me out for someone who has acne-prone skin. But the best part about it is the price and it doesn’t break the bank. I will continue to purchase this." —lovely

    Price: $24.49

    10. ‎Versed Game Over Acne Drying Treatment gets rid of serious, pus-filled pimples in a day or two. Just dab a bit onto your problem areas, whether they're angry acne, whiteheads, or blackheads. Then, let the sulfur and clay formula do its thing.

    model squeezing versed acne treatment on finger

    Promising review: "I’ve tried countless drugstore and high-end pimple treatments over the years. This stuff beats them all. It works great overnight and takes away redness and swelling from hormonal zits. It dries them out quickly. I’m already on my second bottle and I’ll keep repurchasing it." —sunshine35

    Price: $20.99

    11. ‎Naturium Niacinamide Cleansing Gel can be used as a regular face wash or left on for a few minutes as a treatment mask. Formulated with niacinamide, it treats dark spots and improves texture, all while cleansing away makeup, dirt, and other gunk from your face.

    ‎Naturium Niacinamide Cleansing Gel against blue background

    Promising review: "I have been using this product as part of my double cleanse routine for a little over a month now. My skin feels clean without being dry or stripped. For reference, my skin is oily and somewhat acne-prone. I love this product and am planning to repurchase when I run out." —Steph

    Price: $18

    12. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne System is known to reduce up to 60% of breakouts in just 10 days — that's some serious stuff! A medical treatment that targets all kinds of blemishes, from blackheads to painful pimples, it's still not too harsh for folks with sensitive skin.

    La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne System products next to each other

    Promising review: "I’ve had adult cystic acne for months. I’ve tried numerous of different products. None of them worked as good as this product. I saw full results in a week. My whole face is clear!" —DK

    Price: $29.99

    13. Vichy Normadern SOS Acne Spot Corrector Acne kicks blemishes to the curb — unsurprisingm as it contains a whopping 10% of sulfur, along with niacinamide and glycolic acid.

    tube of Vichy Normadern SOS Acne Spot Corrector Acne laying on glass

    Vichy is one of the most popular French drugstore brands for good reason — it's truly legit. This innovative spot treatment's hero ingredient is non-drying sulfur, which is unique for its kind, as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are usually  the main ones in acne treatments. (The latter of which is especially known to be over-drying.) It also has glycolic acid — which is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid — and skin-nourishing niacinamide. The nozzle-like applicator helps make application easy as pie.

    Price: $18

    14. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Face & Body Mask is an old-school product that has been called an 'acne holy grail' due to its ability to deep cleanse clogged pores and fight breakouts. All you have to do is mix the bentonite clay powder with apple cider vinegar, and you have the ultimate pimple potion.

    photo of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask against white background

    Promising review: "As someone who has had acne all her life since elementary, I love this product so much. It helps me out a lot. I absolutely love it and recommend it. Please follow instructions and don’t leave for longer. This product is the best and I will always buy more." —Baaadkittenn

    Price: $7.99

    15. SLMD Skincare Acne System Kit is from none other than Dr. Pimple Popper herself, Sandra Lee. If you need any more convincing than that, this three-step system includes a salicylic acid cleanser, a benzoyl peroxide moisturizer, and a retinol serum. What other ammo against acne do you need?

    the four bottles of treatment lotion

    Promising review: "I LOVE this set. I have been using it for three years and it keeps my adult acne under control. It is the best moisturizer I've ever tried. Even though it says it's a 30-day supply, mine always lasts at least 60 days." —Robynrich23

    Price: $49.99

    16. ‎Pixi by Petra Clarity Tonic has three different acids — salicylic, glycolic and lactic — that team up to keep skin clear, but there's also skin-nourishing botanicals like licorice root and willow bark extract to balance everything out.

    model holding Pixi clarity tonic

    Promising review: "LOVE. This makes my skin look so good, shrinks the appearance of pores, and genuinely cleared up my acne. I tried removing it from my routine, switching for another toner (which was terrible) — now I know this is a must have for sensitive, acne prone skin." —Kait

    Price: $15

    17. Spa Sciences Claro Acne Treatment Light Therapy System is a godsend if you want an LED treatment but can't make regular appointments at your derm or facialist. The blue light eliminates bacteria that causes breakouts while the red light helps with inflammation. A great device at a decent cost!

    Spa Sciences Claro Acne Treatment Light Therapy System against white background

    Promising review: "I love this product so much! I have lingering acne scars and I have seen significant improvement in my pigment after starting to use this. It's also easy to use given it's a handheld! Would recommend." —bcrawls

    Price: $37.99

    18. ‎Urban Skin Rx 3-in-1 Clear Skin Cleansing Bar is the multi-purpose product of any acne-prone person's dreams. It cleanses, exfoliates, and can be left on as a treatment mask to reduce blemishes and the appearance of pores.

    Urban Skin RX Clear Skin Bar against white background

    Promising review: "This product really cleared my skin up. My face is softer, fine lines seem less prominent and overall better skin quality. I have very sensitive skin. I never experienced any burning or chemical sensation feeling." —Kayalim

    Price: $12.99 

    19. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Acne Roller Ball Spot Treatment has acne-fighting enemies (charcoal, witch hazel, and salicylic acid), all in one cute roller ball applicator for an easy-to-apply treatment.

    Model hand holding Yes To applicator

    Promising review: "I love this. I put it on before bed and the next morning the blemish was almost gone. To anyone who says the roller baller won’t let any of the product out — gravity! Hold it straight up, not tilted, and you shouldn’t have any issues getting the products to go on." —Kay

    Price: $9.99

    20. ‎Pacifica Glow Baby Brightening Peel Pads can be used up to three times a week as a treatment for both clearing acne and evening skin tone. A 10% AHA + BHA complex targets skin texture, while apple extract hydrates and soothes, and niacinamide takes care of pores.

    Pacifica glow baby pads against blue background

    Promising review: "I noticed a difference in my skin after the first use. I applied at night followed by my usual moisturizer, and woke up to glowy looking skin!" —Ashely

    Price: $16.59

    21. ‎Neutrogena Stubborn Marks Night Treatment is a dream for those of us who not only have to deal with active breakouts, but are left with the aftermath, AKA acne scars. This treatment corrects uneven skin tone while helping to fade post-acne discoloration with a formula containing vitamin A retinol. Use it with the Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment for even more power.

    Neutrogena Stubbon Marks products on bathroom shelf

    Promising review: "My face was covered in acne scars and dark spots. After finally getting my acne to calm down, I decided to try evening my skin tone. It didn’t work right away, not much of a difference at first. I kept using it though because I know some products take time, and I already paid for it so figured I might as well. It has been six weeks and there is a VERY noticeable difference. They’re not completely gone, but they are definitely lighter and there’s not nearly as many. I took pictures when I started using it to compare and I really can see a huge improvement. Be patient!! I’ve been so self conscious about all the scars and I’m finally feeling good about my skin. I will definitely keep using this." —Amyy

    Price: $21.99

    22. ‎Sweet Chef Beet + Retinol Serum Shot features plant-forward ingredients such as the vitamin C-rich beet, which helps with texture and pores, as well as the antioxidant-heavy vitamin A to fight against fine lines and wrinkles. Both are anti-inflammatory, which can greatly reduce the appearance of breakouts and aggravated skin.

    Sweet chef beet shot next to actual beets

    Promising review: "Um, wow. After reading about this online, I ordered it and the ginger shot as well. The maskne has been real and my face was horribly dry and flaky from trying to deal with that. I used both last night, crossed my fingers, and went to bed. Woke up this morning and thought I must still be dreaming. My skin is GLOWING, and the even the cystic spots have shrunk. I don’t even know what to say, except, WOW." —SmartNurse75

    Price: $19.99

    23. ‎Rael Beauty Miracle Acne Patch covers active acne with its medical-grade hydrocolloid patch. Drawing out gunk and pus right from your pimples, this patch can help lessen breakouts overnight — but it can also be worn discreetly during the day.


    Promising review: "Love these. They stick well and really make a difference overnight. Great to wear under masks to help with any painful breakouts." —enchiladalover

    Price: $11.99

    24. Stryke Club Stryke Stick may be from a brand focused on teen boys, but anyone with breakouts can benefit from this easy-to-apply spot treatment. It contains zit-fighting salicylic acid, and also dries clear so you can wear it during the day.

    Tube of Stryke Stick next to package against white background

    Promising review: "I bought the Stryke Stick in preparation for my brother's wedding and it worked like an absolute charm to keep all my pimples at bay. I love the easy, no-mess application aspect of the stick and it never dries out my skin. Would 100% recommend for anyone dealing with acne." —Josie

    Price: $19.99

    25. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment is the only FDA-approved retinoid acne treatment available without a prescription, and it not only clears pimples, but helps with texture and tone, too. It's a product that people with acne swear completely changed their life.

    Three tubes of Differin
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    Promising review: "I've been using this for a while now, and while it's kind of pricey, it's really helpful! I started using this at my derm's recommendation after taking Accutane, since a prescription retinoid would be even more expensive. Like all skincare products, it takes a few weeks for noticeable results. I now use it two to three times a week and it helps keep my skin mostly clear and smooth. I have fairly sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate me. I don't know if it affects scarring, as I don't have many scars from my acne. I apply it sparingly to my face after it's dry from being cleansed and use SPF during the day. I also mix it with my moisturizer for easier application!" —mreviews

    Price: $12.79

    26. SheaMoisture African Black Bar Soap can be used both on the face and body, wherever your skin needs help. The acne-targeting ingredients include palm ash, tamarind extract, plantain peel, and tar, while organic shea butter, oats and aloe help to nourish and calm the skin. This soap is also good for people who have eczema or psoriasis.

    African black soap next to its plant ingredients like aloe and plantain peel

    Promising review: "I love this soap! The smell is perfect, it does wonders for my acne prone, acne-scarring skin! So thankful I tried this product, now I’m hooked! I don’t need a ton of other expensive products thanks to this one!" —Rose

    Price: $4.99

    27. ‎Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream may have gentle, plant-based ingredients such as licorice root extract and tamanu oil, but it's still strong enough to reduce breakouts, thanks to MVP ingredients willow bark and witch hazel. Use it once a day to start, then build up to two to three times to treat blemishes.

    Burt's bees acne spot treatment against white background

    Promising review: "This works really well! I have super sensitive, acne-prone skin, and I've always had to be picky with these topical creams, but this one works very well with my skin type. It works overnight. Helps really well with sudden breakouts, and I feel good using it because it is all natural." —Janedoe

    Price: $12.59

    28. ‎Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser is a perfect face wash for people with sensitive, acne-prone skin. While it uses salicylic acid to treat breakouts, it's free from oils and is non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic. The formula also has soy, which can help with tone and texture issues.

    bottles of aveeno clear complexion laying next to each other
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    Promising review: "Love how gentle this cleanser is. My face always feels incredibly soft and never ever dry after I use this. I also appreciate that it doesn’t feel like I’m using an acne wash. There’s nothing clinical about it. Just super creamy and soothing. I actually enjoy washing my face now because of this! I feel like it does a good job with helping keep my breakouts from getting out of control (though it’s definitely too gentle to clear them completely without the help of other products). If you tried other acne cleansers that leave your face feeling tight or cause irritation, you should definitely try this one. Promise you’ll have baby soft skin." —lovealwaysrae

    Price: $7.89

    29. ‎No7 Laboratories Acne Treatment boasts a fast-acting formula consisting of 2% salicylic acid, oil-absorbing kaolin clay, and calming bisabolol and licorice. Apply it at night and you should see an improvement when you wake up.

    three tubes of No 7 acne treatment next to each other
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    One of the newest launches of this year, this acne treatment has been clinically proven to greatly improve the skin of women in just a month (a study showed that women "saw their clearest complexion in years.") This treatment is made to be used overnight, while your skin is doing its usual cell mitosis-renewal thing, so add this to your evening routine ASAP.

    Price: $17.99

    30. ‎Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser gently dissolves makeup and removes impurities, but it's all about the wash's vitamin C and ginseng combo. While both ingredients can energize and brighten the skin, they also have anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce redness and irritation caused by breakouts.

    bottle of clean and clear morning burst on a stack of books
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    Promising review: "After years of acne, destroyed moisture barriers, and disappointment with more trendy cleansers, this one is the gold standard. It’s cost effective, it doesn’t dry out my skin, and lasts a long time. I use this most mornings and evenings, but when my skin feels tight, I will use a more gentle non-foaming." —KL

    Price: $7.89

    31. CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum is magic in a a bottle. Its ingredient list includes three ceramides, encapsulated retinol, and licorice root extract, which all come together to heal your skin and reduce scarring. If you're dealing with the remnants of a bad breakout and have marks that won't go away, incorporate this serum into your routine.

    bottle of cerave serum against white background

    Promising review: "I love it! After only two days only using it at night, it made my skin smoother, made my pores look way smaller, and starting to fade my dark spots!" —Kassandranaomi

    Price: $19.79

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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