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    21 Skincare Products We Think You'll End Up Using Again And Again

    Might as well buy two of each now...

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is lauded by reviewers with even the most sensitive of skin, thanks to its fragrance-free and mega-gentle formula. If your skin is generally picky, this may be your holy grail.

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    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!" —Steveson

    Get it from Amazon for $17.21.

    2. 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!

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    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 $12.50.

    3. 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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    Promising review: "I've tried multiple vitamin C serums, but this one is by far my favorite. The smell is lovely and it goes on very light. My skin has been looking brighter and clearer since using this.I also love that the bottle is protected from light. I purchased another serum product where you could tell the product went bad as the smell changed. I researched later and learned that proper storage for vitamin C serum must be in bottles that block out the light, as that retains all the qualities of the minerals and vitamins in the product. I am purchasing this again for the second time now. Highly recommend!" —Serena

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    4. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant gently exfoliates while tackling breakouts, fine lines, and large pores. I personally use this daily, and it really helps control my hormonal acne.

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    Promising review: "I have every skin issue you can think of. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my complexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS! This was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars I would. It has seriously changed my life!" —hc

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

    5. 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.

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    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."

    6. 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.

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    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 $4.18.

    7. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask draws out impurities that can cause breakouts, setting your skin up for some serious smoothness. Formulated with an abundance of minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, zinc, and potassium, it'll be a new go-to.

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    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 $14.95.

    8. 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!

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    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.

    9. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner invigorates and cleanses while also reducing redness, dullness, and breakouts. It will also make you smell like a fresh bouquet of roses, but at less than $10 is much cheaper than the real thing (and more helpful, too!).

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    Promising review: "AMAZING product. I have had acne for years. I’ve tried so many things and even seen a dermatologist, changed my diet and nothing has helped. Within days after using this, I stopped getting as many breakouts and my redness got better. I also love this product because unlike other toners that burn and irritate my face, this one is very soothing and gets the job done naturally. Highly recommend!" —Timber Roland

    Get it from Amazon for $8.75+ (available in three scents).

    Check out "This Highly Rated Witch Hazel Toner Is The Best Skin Care Product Under $10" for more info on why we can't get enough of this stuff.

    10. Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask has foamed its way into the hearts of beauty-lovers by lifting dirt and oil out of pores while detoxing using green tea, pomegranate, and charcoal powder extract. You'll be left with taut, clean skin and some excellent selfies.

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    Promising review: "This mask is simply amazing. When I first opened it, I was a little disappointed by the size. Surely this isn't enough to last, but I soldiered on, applying little dabs with the convenient paddle. I discovered a little goes a VERY long way. I let it settle for five minutes and it began to bubble! I looked like a little gray pig — oink! Then I massaged with tepid water, rinsed well, and wow! My pores were unclogged and my skin was baby soft. I use products more expensive than this little jar, but it achieved and exceed those same results! So impressed. My skin is oily in my t-zone and super sensitive. This did not overly dry my skin or irritate at all!" —Sam l. Holloway

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59.

    For more on Milky Piggy, check out "This Bubble Face Mask Is $10, Will Give You Perfect Skin, And Make You LOL, You're Welcome."

    11. 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.

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    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 of 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 $6.59.

    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!

    12. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb blows most other moisturizers out of the ~water~ with it's refreshing gel formula, long-term effect, and all around amazing feel. It's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of H2O before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out — I personally could not recommend it more highly!

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    The moisturizer works for all skin types and is oil-, phthalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free.

    Aqua Bomb moisturizer is easily my desert island skincare product. Although I have dry-leaning combination skin, I hate most moisturizers because creamy formulas feel heavy and just yucky to me, especially under makeup. Aqua Bomb's gel-like consistency absorbs like a dream. It's soothing to stressed out skin in the winter and cooling through the heat of summer. I recommend it to friends of all skin types because it gives your skin that bouncy hydration it craves without feeling oily in the slightest. I've put it on every night and most mornings for years and have no plans of stopping anytime soon!

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    13. 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.

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    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.

    14. 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. Ahhhh...my face feels relaxed just hearing about it.

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    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 $4.84.

    15. Grace & Stella Gold Collaged Eye Masks provide a calming and depuffing effect with the added sophistication that comes with donning your face with — I repeat — gold.

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    The patches are vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review (pictured on the right): "Opened this as soon as I got it. Love it. Only tried once but the picture shows how much my puffiness went down. Very happy." —Amazon Customer

    Get 12 pairs from Amazon for $23.50.

    16. 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.

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    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." —Lené P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.70+ (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".

    17. Cosmedica Skincare Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum hears all your skincare wishes — even skin tone, brightness, hydration, and a smooth complexion — and helps make them a reality. Thanks, acid!

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    Promising review: "It works so well! I've been using the hyaluronic acid for about two weeks now, and my skin has felt full and smooth ever since! It also seems to have reduced oil production and eliminated the formation of whiteheads; I credit that to this helping my skin retain water and not having to produce so much oil." —J. Morris

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    18. TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment puts painful acne in its place by using bentonite clay to help draw out toxins from ~sebaceous glands~. Not fun to say, but hey — whatever works!

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    Promising review: "I don't write reviews EVER! I am writing to say thank you! In less than a week my cystic acne is under control! I have not felt my face this smooth and 'flat' in 10 years! I’m ordering more just so I don’t ever run out! I hope this helps the next person searching for an answered prayer" —Tracie M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    19. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask uses its titular clay, along with mangosteen, kelp, pomegranate, witch hazel, and kakadu plum to remove impurities, brighten, and minimize the appearance of pores. This mask works WAY harder than I ever have, and I'm not afraid to admit it.

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    The mask comes with an application brush! Rad!

    Promising review: "I really do love this product. I have had cystic acne since reaching middle age, and this has helped a ton. It really does make your skin brighter and pores smaller. I sometimes use it overnight, just putting a dab on a problem spot and it stays on while I sleep, too. I'm very happy I made the investment and I've re-ordered. Give it a try. Also, putting on mask with a brush was new for me, and now I'm obsessed. It's very lovely." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.

    20. 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.

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    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 $9.19.

    21. And reusable cotton rounds which — unlike their disposable counterparts — are ready to be used again and again. No more purchasing long sleeves of rounds you'll only use once!

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    The pads are machine-washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don't get lost.

    Promising review: "These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!" —Phillip A. Rzewski

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    You slathering on layer upon layer of skincare in attempt to solve all of your problems:

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

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