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    23 Skincare Products That Reviewers Say Are Worth The Money

    Get every penny's worth with these superstar skincare products.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An acne patch for those days when a pimple pops up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.,

    Promising review: "I bought these patches about two to three months back and have been using them every day since. My boyfriend has really bad acne and I have a little here and there and they work wonders! We clean our face at night, put these on, sleep all night long, wake up, and BOOOM!!! The white head is out and a little hole where it was is empty. It’s very satisfying and well worth the money. Writing this review as I am ordering my second round. Thank you so much Avarelle for saving my face!!" β€”Caitlin Carter

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty β€” why they work, how to use them, and why they've earned 27,000+ 5-star reviews.

    2. A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks that'll truly terrify you at first because you'll look like a zombie once you've applied it, and second because it's so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

    Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles

    Promising review: "I've used Hanacure for a while but they are so expensive. I just can't bring myself to buy them anymore. I ran across these and was so excited to try them! It does have a funky smell (reminds me of perm solution) but they worked excellent. My skin was very soft afterwards, and my pores looked way smaller. I see absolutely no difference in the effects of this mask and Hanacure. The only difference is the huge price tag Hanacure carries. Definitely worth the money!" β€”K. Bell

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $30.48.

    3. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream so you at least look like you got some sleep (even if you were up until 2 a.m. scrolling through Instagram).,

    Promising review: "I was worried because I have sensitive eyes but it has not bothered my eyes at all. The jar comes completely full of product and a little of this stuff goes a long way even though I personally like to cake it on. It soaks in rather quickly and it's not greasy. I have very oily skin and even when I use this in the morning and after I put my makeup on, my makeup stays in place. This is worth the money. You get a lot of product for the price." β€”Jennie

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    4. A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful head to suction up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup. It comes with four different attachments for all your skincare needs, as well as five suction levels so you can clear up your skin without painful blackhead-removing strips.,

    Promising review: "I have to admit I was skeptical of how well one of these would work. I don’t have really bad skin but I get clogged pores on my nose. This got out a lot of the junk in my skin and after about a week of use I feel like my skin is noticeably better. Well worth the money!" β€”Drew

    Get it from Amazon for $26.59+ (available in four colors).

    5. A bottle of rosehip oil if your skin has lost its glow. Its antioxidants and fatty acids may help brighten dark spots and restore your skin's plumpness. Use it on your face, nails, and body for scrumdiddlyumptious results.

    Before and after showing the dark scars on reviewer's cheek have lightened dramatically

    Promising review: "I love this with my whole heart! My skin looks fresher, more hydrated, brighter and my pores look smaller. If you have dry dull skin right now... get this! It's a huge bottle and sooooo worth the money." β€”William R. Mccaskey

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    6. A cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because consistently exfoliating is just good skincare 101. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    Before and after showing the scrub evened reviewer's skin tone and helped get rid of breakouts on their cheek and chin

    Promising review: "I've been dealing with acne and oily skin for over 10+ years, so you can imagine the acne scars/hyperpigmentation my skin has. I've used TONS of facial scrubs/masks that claim that it brightens your skin. The ACURE facial scrub is the BEST and worth-your-money facial scrub I've ever used. My acne scars lighten almost immediately after use. I usually use it at night and leave it on for about 5–10 minutes and wash it off. My skin is seriously so smooth (normally I have to exfoliate almost every night or else my foundation does not go on smoothly) after just one use. The next morning, my skin looks so good! Acne scars are less red and my face is so smooth. I always use less foundation the next morning too. I love that it's super affordable too. Will def continue to use this product." β€”Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A Foreo Luna Mini 2 for gently exfoliating your skin without leaving it red, raw, or tight. You can wave goodbye to dead skin cells clogging your pores! πŸ‘‹

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    Promising review: "This product is well worth the money!! It has offered me the deepest facial cleansing I have ever experienced. My face is always much smoother and tighter after using it. I have been using it in the morning once a day for the past month and my pores are smaller than ever before. Additionally, it has reduced the redness of my skin tremendously. Anytime I have a breakout, after about two washes with this cleanser the blemishes are completely gone. However, I must note that since using it I no longer have serious breakouts!! I am so glad I found this product. I recommend it to all my friends and family trying to improve their skincare routines." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59+ (available in six colors).

    Read our full review of the Foreo Luna 2 for more deets!

    8. A cruelty free vitamin C serum that'll give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up. Just listen to the 44,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review: this stuff brightens, softens, and dramatically fades hyperpigmentation.,

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolute magic. The magical entity that made this deserves praises and more. My skin had been absolutely destroyed from sun, and wind from my job. My skin was dry, splotchy, and I was having breakouts like no other. I have been using this for about a week and my face already looks 100 times better. My dry skin has significantly decreased, as well as the splotchy skin. I don't look sick anymore! This was all after a week of use. I also have used this product on my chest and arms with the same result. I would recommend this product if you have done some damage to your skin and want to reverse it. My mother has facial scarring that has been decreasing with this product. This is worth the money, and I plan on trying other products by TruSkin." β€”Skeletal Skew

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A soothing multipurpose oil blend so you can lock in moisture instead of using approximately 50 million products that say they hydrate your skin...and then don't. Its gentle formula won't irritate rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, but it will help you say goodbye to dry skin and frizzy hair.

    Promising review: "I’m 40 years old and still have combination skin with dry spots. After using this oil for four days straight at night, my acne is gone and my skin has settled down. No more dry spots and my skin is clearing up. I figured since I could return it I might as well try it. I’m keeping it! Worth the money!" β€”Colette Sandoval York

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A multi-use skincare oil to treat a variety of issues, including uneven skin, stretch marks, and acne scars. It helps your body retain moisture (bye bye dry skin!) and absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    Before and after showing the oil reduced the redness of a reviewer's scar and made it almost invisible

    Promising review: "This product is a holy grail. I use it on my stretch marks and my acne scars. It has improved both tremendously. It also moisturizes my dry skin amazingly. It lasts a while; totally worth the money. I also have very sensitive skin and this did not harm me one bit, it just helped me. I will forever purchase this product. The only downside I would say is that when sitting the product does tend to get on my dresser and once in a blue moon, very rarely my hands or face smells a little like fish oil." β€”Britney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A hyaluronic acid serum if you're looking for a simple, surefire way to inject your face with intense hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from its surroundings. The result = plumper, softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.,

    Promising review: "100% works. Worth the money. My skin is noticeably smoother, more finely textured, and healthier looking. I was actually surprised at how much diff there is in only a month. Will always buy it!" β€”Yogi's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    12. A foam maker because it turns your boring old cleanser into a luxurious, creamy, marshmallowy foam.

    Promising review: "All my fellow skin care product lovers out there: this thing is worth your money. Make your cleanser into a foam face wash with easy steps. Very durable and aesthetic." β€”Mary Cruz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    13. Differin, a once daily topical retinoid for acne that hasn't responded to any other treatments. It contains adapalene, a retinoid that unclogs pores and speeds cell turnover so acne doesn't even have a chance to form.

    Progression photos showing reviewer's cheek acne diminishing over time

    Psst! Just make sure you check with your dermatologist before starting this.

    Promising review: "Wow! I got adult acne when I turned 25. I've tried everything with no results. I saw this and figured what do I have to lose? I used it three times and there was a huge change; my forehead cleared up so fast my cheeks are clearing slowly but progress. This heaven in a tube is worth every penny! Life changing." β€”Brittany coleman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88.

    14. A painless derma roller to transform your skin for a fraction of the price you'd pay at a spa. The itty bitty micro needles exfoliate dead skin cells and help your skincare absorb better. With consistent use, you'll see glowier skin and less texture.,

    Before you go rubbing this all over your face, educate yourself on how to use a derma roller properly!

    Promising review: "After looking online at doctors near me to help get rid of my deep pitted acne scarring on my cheeks, I came across free videos of people saying how they used dermarollers to effectively heal indented and pitted scarring. After reading the reviews and figuring the $18 for this item was better than $300 for a session at a doctor's office, I figured why the heck not. I have been using this every other day at night before bed... and let me tell you... this is one of my favorite beauty tools because it WORKS. I make sure to rinse it with alcohol before and after using and follow up with an argan oil, MCT oil, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil, and jojoba oil blend, and then go to sleep. After just the third time of using it my visibly indented acne scars and pits are fading away and turning smooth like the rest of my skin. LOVE this product. Absolutely worth the money. I would recommend this to anyone with acne scarring." β€”Sharea

    Get it from Amazon for $13.57.

    15. A versatile pore cleaning clay mask so you can spoil your skin. This effective face mask empties your pores, brightens dark spots, and excels as a hair mask (esp. if you have natural hair) and foot soak. Reviewers recommend mixing it with ACV (if you have sensitive skin, you may want to skip this step).

    Before and after of a reviewer with patches of dark acne and scars on her cheek showing the mask dramatically reduced hyperpigmentation and helped get rid of breakouts

    Promising review: "Wow! This stuff is amazing; no joke it pulls all the gunk outta your face. You can feel it tingle and dry as you use it, and it leaves you with a radiant refreshed face. Totally worth the money!!!" β€”Eric C Bushman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Check out our Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay deep dive for more satisfying before and afters.

    16. A CeraVe foaming cleanser to remove dirt, oils, makeup, and other nasties from your skin without drying or stripping your face.

    Before and after of reviewer who used the cleanser showing that it evened their skin tone, improved texture, and made their skin glow

    Promising review: "Worth every penny. This wash has resurfaced my skin and cleared up the uneven pigment. I will be sticking with this one for good!" β€”isabell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    17. Or a clarifying face wash if you want a pH-balancing cleanser that's made with your melanin-rich skin in mind. It'll wash away dead skin and anything else that's dulling your shine, while soothing your complexion with ingredients like lavender flower extract.

    The black squeeze tube

    Buttah Skin is a Black-owned skincare brand created by Dorion Renaud.

    Promising review: "This works very well! It’s definitely a deep cleaning product and would be great for heavy makeup users. It gives a certain glow to the face and exfoliated areas. Worth the money." β€”Roses

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    18. A La Roche-Posay acne treatment cream because it fights breakouts with a concentrated formula of 5.5% benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating LHA (lipohydroxy acid) to lift away dead skin and pore-clogging debris.

    Before and after showing a reviewer's cheek acne is totally gone

    Promising review: "Nothing had worked for my 23-year-old son's acne problems. He even tried laser treatments by a dermatologist with only minimal results. He was very self conscious about his appearance and avoiding social events as a result. I read an article in a magazine about La Roche-Possay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treament and decided I would buy it for him. AMAZING RESULTS β€” his skin has never been this clear and his self confidence is definitely back. It lasts a long time and there have been no bad side affects like dry skin or redness. Overall this is an amazing product and well worth the money." β€”Lori A. Huebsch

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    19. A CeraVe hydrating cleanser for folks with dry skin who don't want to faff around with a million different products.

    A before photo of a reviewer with lots of acne and acne scars around her chin and cheeks, and an after photo of the same reviewer with clear skin and basically no breakouts or scars

    Promising review: "Worth every penny. I’ve only been using this product for a week and am already noticing a difference in my skin! Redness has gone down, dry patches are going away, and my skin also feels smoother and looks much healthier! So thankful I found this." β€”S. Tucker

    Get it from Amazon for $14.64.

    20. An exfoliating water gel to loosen the dead skin on your face, because finding a chemical exfoliant that works can be tricky. Good thing we've done the hard work for you! Seriously, you'll be able to see little "beads" of dirt, debris, and dead skin go down the drain.,

    Promising review: "This will take off all your dead skin (in gross skin balls). Super awesome exfoliation. Completely worth the disgust and the money. I also like to use it on my body." β€”KC:\DOS/

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    21. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration with like 10 seconds of effort required on your part. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.

    Promising review: "Great product! It moisturized very well without that nasty greasy feeling, and I personally like that it is non scented. It has done wonders on the dry skin on my legs. Before using this, my legs would itch horribly and were terribly dry. After two weeks of using this every other day, my skin feels great and my legs never itch. Highly, highly recommend this product. I know it's a bit more expensive than other products, but totally worth the money in my opinion." β€”Rob T.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    My coworker swears by this cream. Check out her CeraVe Moisturizing Cream review (#22) for more deets!

    22. A set of 16 sheet masks that'll address any and every skin concern. They'll pamper the heck out of your skin (and probably terrify your roommate when they walk into the living room and see Michael Myers chilling on their couch).,

    Promising review: "I sort of love these masks. I was worried about them but I haven't had a bad one yet. Was weirded out because they have eye flaps. I read reviews and realized they are for the TOTALLY RELAXED person so you can put them on your eyelids! Amazing if you have the time. So far they all smell amazing. I've done the savory ones....bee venom and good! Very much worth the money. Seem to fit the face well, despite being one piece." β€”Kathleen

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

    My colleague wrote a full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Facial Mask Sheets β€” check it out for more deets!

    23. Balm Dotcom, a hydrating lip balm for those days when you have the energy to apply lip balm before bed and that's it, that's your skincare routine (and that's fine!). This one's made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

    Model wearing berry-tinted lip balm

    Promising review: "This is the best lip balm ever. It will fix your lips in an hour flat. You literally go from raisin to baby’s butt. BEST PRODUCT EVER! And yes it’s worth the money. IT'S WORTH THE MONEY!" β€”Ashlynn

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight styles).

    Check out my colleague's Balm Dotcom review for more deets! (#1)

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