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    24 Things That Will Make Your Skin Clearer Than It's Ever Been

    Breakouts are CANCELLED.

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    1. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask draws out toxins that cause breakouts, setting your skin up for some serious smoothness. Formulated with an abundance of minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, zinc, and potassium, this mask is the MVP of detoxification.

    Promising review: "I ordered this face mask right as I was finishing up finals week, as I always seem to break out from all the stress. I applied this mask with one of my silicone mask brushes and wow: I had visible results after the first use! I have combination skin and each time I've used this, my skin looks clearer and clearer and feels great. I usually wait until it's completely dry and then either rinse it off in the shower or rinse gently with a warm washcloth in circular motions. I've used this mask a few times now and I still have a lot of product left, which is also a plus because I hate buying a mask only to have to keep buying it over and over again." —Makayla Anfinson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.20.

    2. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is lauded by reviewers with even the most sensitive of skin, thanks to its fragrance-free and mega-gentle formula.

    Promising review: "This cream changed my life!!! I had been suffering with severe hormonal acne after weaning my baby, and it just wouldn’t go away! After a week of this miracle cream, my face cleared up significantly! It’s mild and absorbs quickly. It never irritated my skin and leaves your skin nice and soft. It's perfect to wear under makeup. I wear it in place of a moisturizer and won’t switch to anything else!" —Tanner steveson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.31.

    3. Mighty Patches suck the gunk out of your pimples as you slumber, leaving breakouts majorly improved. You'll also have fodder for some gross but great before-and-after photos. Score!


    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step-by-step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked at minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the pus to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel it off and then wipe away any remaining pus. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $11.88.

    4. Shea Moisture African Black Soap multitasks, moisturizes, cleanses, and absorbs excess oils with just one wash! Shea butter moisturizes, while oil and oats soothe. I know what you're thinking: this must be super expensive! WRONG! It's under $5 and a blessing to us all.

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING!!! Just buy it already, you will be glad you did. I'm telling you, any breakouts, acne, bumps on back of arms, winter skin are all cleared up by this — and this is coming from someone with horrible skin. I've struggled my whole life with acne and have tried everything. I think the key is to let it sit on for a little bit. Rub it on in the shower and let it sit while shaving or whatever, wash it off, and you will see a difference within days if not overnight." —Nina

    Get it from Amazon for $3.56.

    5. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water gently removes makeup, reduces oils, minimizes pores, and gets your face squeaky clean. A makeup-free complexion means less of a chance of overnight breakouts. This stuff is your new BFF.

    This micellar water works for all skin types and is paraben-, fragrance-, sulfate-, and silicone-free.

    Promising review: "Great product. I usually use expensive waterproof makeup removers, because I have such sensitive skin. I ordered the small bottle to give it a try and I've been using this for a little over a couple weeks now. It easily removes waterproof eye makeup if you follow their directions, and it doesn't burn or irritate my eyes. Other more expensive cleansers take multiple times to get off my eye makeup. I typically use this twice a day — after the gym and nightly — and my skin has cleared up significantly. No burning, no breakouts and one quick and easy step! I can always tell I'm left with super clean skin. Love it!" —Sunny

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of this micellar water and see why it won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask expertly vacuums out your pores, reduces acne and breakouts, and improves your complexion. It's basically the Dyson of skincare.,

    Don't forget the apple cider vinegar you'll need for mixing!

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. It's an official Holy Grail product of mine. I ideally use it once-a-week, and it feels as if angels themselves have taken the time to delicately renew my skin with the magical touch of their wings. Ok, but really. I wear foundation daily, have combination and sensitive skin, and require hypo-allergenic products. I truly feel this product is a part of how I maintain week after week breakout free. I mix with equal parts water and vinegar and use the sensitive-skin time recommendation to avoid over-drying or any tenderness afterward, moisturize, and I'm good to go! I also find it works WONDERS as a spot treatment for the pimples that do happen to appear every-so-often. I love this stuff, use it often, and it still lasts FOREVER. Literally the best mask I've ever used." —S.L.P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about this cult-fave in "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    7. InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum partners with hyaluronic acid and plant stem cells to reduce sun spots, discoloration, redness, hyper-pigmentation, and dark spots without drying you out. Paired with a good moisturizer, InstaNatural serum is the bomb. I use this every night, and the dropper makes me feel like a beauty scientist.

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    Get it from Walmart for $17.97.

    8. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Essential Oil defeats rosacea, redness, breakouts, and discoloration like it's no big deal. Keep doing you, tea tree oil. You're a real one.

    Reviewers use this product both as a regular part of their skincare routine, as well as a spot treatment.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this for the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    9. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner gives your skin the gift of a romantic rose-scented treatment every day. It gently cleanses while also reducing redness, breakouts, and dullness, making this toner a certified multitasker.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this twice a day for about a month now. After I cleanse my face, I use a cotton round and apply it all over my face and neck. I noticed reduction in redness and spots within two weeks! Just last night my boyfriend asked 'Did you already take your makeup off?' I had just cleansed my face and applied my Thayer's. When I told him so, he said 'You look like you’re still wearing your makeup!' As someone who has always had some issues with acne and uneven skin tone, the reduction in redness is a god-send! Definitely worth the cost to try it if you’re even slightly intrigued by this product’s abilities." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64 (available in three scents).

    Learn more about Thayers' many wonderful qualities in "This Highly Rated Witch Hazel Toner Is The Best Skin Care Product Under $10".

    10. Tend Skin Solution turns painful razor burn and irritation into a thing of the past. Applying a thin layer of Tend Skin after waxing, shaving, or any kind of hair removal lessens annoying redness and — most importantly — the demons that are ingrown hairs.

    Promising review: "This stuff is truly amazing. I am one of those guys who like to shave his back and front, but I always get razor burn and the odd ingrown hair afterwards. After a couple days of using this stuff —poof — no more razor burn or ingrown hairs. Now I use it the day before I'm going to shave, right after I shave, and for a day or two after. I have NO razor burn or ingrown hairs. NONE. I even use it on my face now. I have sensitive skin, and this stuff prevents any reaction that I would normally get. I will ALWAYS use this stuff from now on." —Ronald E. Mahler

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    11. Linduray Skincare Derma Roller encourages collagen production by using itty bitty micro-needles. Roll your way to reduced acne scarring, pore size, and discoloration. *Insert Limp Bizkit lyric here.*

    This derma roller has a *teeny tiny* .25mm needle length that won't hurt your skin at all, but allows serums and such to sink deeeeep in for maximum effect!

    Promising review: "I've been seeing a lot of positive changes as soon as I started using this. Using with a good topical product is a must. I had a few scars around the cheek area which are now mostly gone. I've also noticed a reduction in my pores which gives my skin a very smooth feel and look. It only takes me ten minutes a day to carry out the treatments (which are painless by the way) and it has benefited me more than I ever thought it would. If you're a beginner like me, I would really recommend this one." —Mark Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    12. St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer conditions skin and uses safflower seed oil to get you looking bright and fresh-faced. It's also dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic, meaning it *won't* clog your precious pores.


    Promising review: "I got this on a whim when I saw other great reviews. I just want a good moisturizer, because it’s winter in western Michigan and I’m hella dry. Before this I used a general moisturizer with salicylic acid to ward off my T-zone acne, but I always had some kind of blemish anyway. Since I started this I have not had a single blemish and my skin has been SO soft and clear. I was afraid to try this because it’s a huge tub and I didn’t want to waste it. Honestly, I will never use ANY OTHER moisturizer again. A little goes a long way and it has a clean, subtle scent." —Kitty G

    Get it from Amazon for $5.44.

    13. Kate Blanc Cosmetics Rosehip Seed Oil reduces acne scarring and leaves skin feeling hydrated, not oily. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it's perfect for active breakouts. If you want your face to be almost suspiciously smooth and supple in any situation, rosehip oil is for you!

    This oil is also paraben- and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This stuff really works! I got this rosehip oil two weeks ago, have been using it every day since, and it has saved my skin!! I bought it to help fade my acne scars and I've seen such a dramatic difference in their appearance — they have lightened up and are barely noticeable anymore. I was so self-conscious about my dark scars before, and now they are almost completely gone! If you are trying to heal any marks or scars on your skin, DEFINITELY INVEST IN THIS PRODUCT." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    14. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule brings ~snail mucin~ to the party to moisturize and soothe acne-prone skin while also giving your face a little bit of a plump to smooth texture. Say what you will about snails, but they do have an undeniably ~dewy finish~.


    Btw, snail mucin for this product is collected in a cruelty-free environment!

    Promising review: "My holy grail product. I have really sensitive skin that is fair and dry. I have a lot of trouble finding products that won't irritate my skin. This serum is amazing, I have no irritation and it pumps my skin hiding my fine lines! And the price is wonderful also, it's hard to find great products in this price range! I am so happy and will buy it again." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.52.

    15. Glossier Solution chemically exfoliates using AHA, BHA, and PHA acids to fight breakouts, reduce acne, unclog pores, exfoliate, and diminish dark spots and discoloration. It also works for *all* skin types, making it a verified cult-fave.


    Promising review: "I only realized how much Solution has improved my skin when I looked at a photo of my unedited skin from six months ago. I have normal skin — slightly dry in winter, slightly oily in summer — and used to have hormonal breakouts pretty much constantly. Now I rarely get spots, even the week before my period. Before I bought it, I was worried that Solution would be too harsh, because I don't like the feeling of stripping my skin. But it really is gentle enough to use every day and I love the fresh, clear, healthy skin glow it gives. I was skeptical that a product could be this good, but it really is worth the hype." —Beth

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    To read more about Solution's many benefits, check out Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.

    16. Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream employs chamomile, aloe, and soap bark to gently calm your skin like a good friend. A hint of menthol also cools and soothes. face feels relaxed just hearing about it.

    This cleanser is paraben-, phthalate-, and petrolatum-free.

    Promising review: "I have been suffering from a mild case of perioral dermatitis for some time now and have tried all kinds of face washes, moisturizers, etc. I am pregnant with my second child now and every morning I have been waking up with horrible red patches that burn if I put anything on them, even tinted moisturizer. I finally came across this amazing face wash which is free of parabens and silicones, and after a week of using it my face is like completely clear! All the red patches are gone and my face looks so vibrant and fresh! I love how this face wash smells and tingles after I used it. I'm soooo, sooo happy I finally found something that works!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    17. Humane Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Body and Face Wash punches acne in the face, metaphorically and...kind of literally. Reviewers say using this cleanser has cleared up their acne for the first time since puberty. You can't get in a time machine and give this to 15-year-old you, but you can start using it now!

    Promising review: "I am 27 and have struggled with severe adult acne for nearly two years. I have tried hundreds of products, went to an esthetician monthly for chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, tried different forms of birth control and antibiotic treatments, and was put on spironolactone in January. The spiro helped lessen the amount, but I was still stuck with several cystic spots on my cheeks and jawline. I’ve been using this product twice a day for the last two and a half weeks and I only have one, very tiny pimple left on my cheek. I typically wash it on with warm water and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before washing it off. At night, I follow with vitamin C serum or rosehip seed oil and retinol cream, which has really improved my scarring." —Ashton Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $20.85.

    18. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser fights acne hard yet is still gentle enough to use twice a day. The medicated formula targets problem areas and dramatically reduces excess surface oil, meaning it's both treating your current acne and actively preventing future acne. An icon.,

    This cleanser is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested.

    Promising review: "When I was about 21, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self-conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! I tried every skincare line on the market for about three years with no, or very little, results. I tried essential oils, raw honey, all-natural soaps and salves, but nothing helped. Finally, I found La Roche-Posay's skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about five years now and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake — one I will not make again. I get compliments on my skin regularly, and I feel confident not wearing makeup. Give this system a chance!" —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer uses hyaluronic acid to get your face as hydrated as possible. "Hyaluronic acid" sounds kind of scary, but surprise — it's naturally occurring in the skin! This moisturizer just gives your natural levels a little boost, leaving your skin smooth as can be.


    This moisturizer is the non-comedogenic and oil-, dye-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT ACTUALLY WORKS. If you know me you would know I had the toughest face to battle. I had oily skin and a lot of acne — and nothing worked. But since I started using this, my face has cleared up TREMENDOUSLY. My face is soooo SMOOTH! My dermatologist recommended it and I’ve never looked back. I don’t even write reviews but I had to for this product. Don’t hesitate, go buy it now!" —Thecla Bethel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Learn more about this moisturizer's celebrity status in "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

    20. Bye Bye Blemish Acne Treatment Drying Lotion inspires people everywhere to sing its name to the tune of "Bye Bye Birdie" in joy after it nips breakouts in the bud. (Oh, that's just me singing? Ok.) Just apply to a pimple before bed and it'll suck the life right out of it. Goodnight, pimple! 😈

    Promising review: "Literally my favorite product. I know so many people who pay triple the price for 'higher-quality' brands that have this exact same drying lotion. It does dry out skin so I wouldn't recommend using every single night, but it is great to use during flare ups and also before acne breaks the surface. I see significant results every morning when I wake up." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.75.

    21. One Bad Motha'Foamer Carbonated Bubble Mask uses CO2 to foam away dirt and grime, leaving your skin feeling cleansed as can be. Charcoal in the mask detoxes below the skin and natural white kaolin clay exfoliates. As a result, reviewers notice blackheads vanishing, a reduction in pore size, and an overall ~clean~ feeling. Also...the selfies tho.


    Promising review: "I have never been happier with a mask. I've been trying the charcoal peel ones from other brands for weeks and there hasn't been any results. After just the one time using this mask I already saw most of my inflammation and pores clear up. It does tingle a little during application, but I just know all it's doing is cleaning my pores. 10/10 would recommend. I am SO, SO happy with it!!!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    22. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum helps to lessen dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts, and just give your skin a 'lil boost. Sidekicks hyaluronic acid and vitamin E give this plant-based formula the extra oomph it needs to give you results sooner than later.

    Promising review: "The results are unbelievable. I was a bit skeptical because all the reviews were from caucasian women. I was slightly worried that my skin would not respond as well, but I was quite mistaken. With or without makeup, my skin is bright, smooth, and my spots are disappearing. One other result I am sure a number of people have not noticed is that your palms get softer too. I guess the residue on the palms makes it soft and supple." —Mayowa O.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Check out This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life for more info!

    23. Eucerin Sensitive Skin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme calms angry redness using licorice root, even when it's caused by rosacea. Shhhh, skin. It's ok. Eucerin is here.

    Promising review: "I had what I would self-diagnose as rosacea. It started after I had my third child nine months ago. I had red huge bumps on my cheeks, and I always looked like some one had slapped me. I've been using this cream for about three weeks now and my skin is completely back to normal for the most part. I'm super happy because I would be embarrassed to go anywhere without makeup on. I would always get asked if something was wrong or if I was sick. I have a small amount of redness left, but it's fading. I use this every single night before bed. My hope is that it it will continue to last even when I'm done using this jar." —Erica Holizna

    Get it from Amazon for $12.34.

    24. The Face Shop Natural Rice Water Light Cleansing Oil Moisturizer dissolves sebum using jojoba oil, tightens with rice water, and further moisturizes with vitamins A, B, and E. Don't be afraid of it being an "oil" cleanser — reviewers say they use it to both help remove makeup and clean their face every day!


    Promising review: "I have pale, combination skin. Usually, my skin tone is really uneven and I'm prone to acne so I was hesitant to try oil as a cleanser. However, after four days of usage, my skin tone is noticeably more even. My acne, though not gone, has somewhat cleared up as well! This product also leaves my skin super soft. This is a great product and I will definitely use again!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.70.

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

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