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    25 Skincare Products That'll Give You Dramatic Before And After Photos

    Goodbyeeeee acne, you will be missed! NOT.

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    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. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for a thorough, deep-cleaning facial to get rid of the yucky stuff hiding far down in your pores.

    It's free of additives, fragrances, and animal products! It works best when mixed with apple cider vinegar. If you have delicate/sensitive skin, it's recommended to not leave this on any longer than 5–10 minutes. Some skin redness is normal, and should disappear in about 30 minutes! Check out our review of this amazing healing clay!

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old daughter has acne that has only gotten progressively worse no matter what medication changes were made. Her self-esteem has suffered tremendously. I purchased this product as a last resort. My baby girl and I both used only this mask twice, on a Friday and the following Sunday. I cannot describe the improvement it made in her skin. All the antibiotics, creams, etc. have not had anywhere near the effect of this very simple natural remedy." β€”Campheadmama

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes).

    2. Corsx Acne Pimple Master Patches to apply onto a stubborn pimple, go through your normal routine, take off hours later, and mutter to yourself "OMG, I can't believe these really work!"

    Check out our review of these fabulous pimple patches!

    Promising review: "Omg, where has this been my whole life? Why did nobody talk about hydrocolloid patches when I was a teen? These truly do shrink your pimples (as long as it is an open or popped one). I just put one on before bed and by morning, voilΓ ! All that's left is a small bump, if anything at all. I seriously couldn't believe my eyes. (All those years of suffering from acne! I'm in my thirties now with hormonal acne, btw.) These are magic!" β€”Julie W.

    Get a four-pack of 24 patches each from Amazon for $12.61.

    3. Thayer's Witch Hazel that can tone and brighten your skin effortlessly.

    I personally love this stuff. I have super sensitive skin and after I get my eyebrows waxed, tend to be left with some painful burns. I just apply this stuff with a tissue and it soothes my burns SO MUCH. 10/10. This is alcohol-, paraben-, and propylene glycol-free, and has a soft rose fragrance! Check out our review of this highly-rated witch hazel!

    Promising review: "I buy this when my other bottle is only half empty β€” that's how much I don't want to be without it. The smell is so good that even if it didn't work amazing wonders on my skin, I would use it just for that. But it does work! Because of this toner, my skin is brighter, more even, and just plain pretty. It feels moisturizing and clean, without giving your skin that tight feeling. I have pretty sensitive skin, but it doesn't burn at all. It tightens pores and helps with all skin needs, whether you break out a lot, are young or old, or have dry or combination skin β€” it's universal." β€”Gail Shelton

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three scents).

    4. Compound W Fast Acting Wart Removal Gel for those who would use all three Genie wishes just to get rid of their warts once and for all. Buy this stuff, and save your wishes for something better, like a yacht.

    Promising review: "I've tried all sorts of ways to get rid of warts, and nothing has worked as well as this gel. My wart was a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot, which is typically a tough spot because whatever medicine you put on gets rubbed off as you walk. The wart is now almost completely gone, and I haven't even been applying the gel as consistently as I should have. This is great stuff." β€”Trevor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.92 (originally $16.08).

    5. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to always have on-hand so your skin feels hydrated and protected year-round.

    This is another favorite for my sensitive skin. This is literally the only moisturizer out of all the ones I've tried β€” and I've tried a lot β€” that doesn't leave my skin burning or tingling after applying. Oh, and also, it has seriously cleared my skin, win/win. For real, I've been dealing with super dry skin since the weather started getting colder in the fall. I've always had sensitive skin, but this year, my skin was feeling EXTRA sensitive, and even simple things like applying makeup was burning my skin. This stuff has helped tremendously. It moisturizes my skin gently, doesn't burn like so many other expensive/name-brand moisturizers I've tried, and has also helped clear-up my breakouts, which was a very unexpected, but highly welcomed surprise! This stuff is free of fragrance and oil, is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and non-irritating.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." β€”Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.06.

    6. St. Ives Radiant Skin Face Scrub – it'll have you actually looking forward to washing your face, because it'll leave your skin feeling fresh and clean, and smelling yummy!

    This face scrub is made with 100% natural exfoliants, is oil- and paraben-free, and is non-comedogenic.

    Promising review: "I have super dry, sensitive skin that can flake and peel and get red and irritated when I use pretty much any face wash at all, so it’s hard to clean my face. I’ve been using this for the last couple weeks and it is really great. My skin is smooth and has no flakes or dry patches, and it actually feels clean." β€”Mjolio

    Get it from Amazon for $3.63+ (available in three scents).

    7. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter for reducing the appearance of stretch marks β€” they're completely normal and natural, pregnant or not, but sometimes making those lines less visible provides for some peace of mind – we got you.

    This is free of phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, SLS, and fragrances.

    Promising review: "I've only applied the cream once, and I already see results! I included the before and after photos from my first application above. You can already see that the redness from my stretch marks has faded slightly. I'm looking forward to seeing how much the marks continue to fade! This is an awesome product." β€”Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.79.

    8. Baby Foot to exfoliate those feetsies that are sometimes prone to cracking and peeling. If you don't already have a foot fetish, you might have one after using this stuff... KIDDING, maybe.

    Just open the package, apply to your feet, and then wash away after use!

    Promising review: "This mask comes with two baggies, and you place each of your feet into its own bag and tape it up to avoid leaking. The moment you put them on, the jelly-type liquid travels all over your feet and in between your toes, and it's the most relaxing feeling ever. You can feel your skin drinking in the moisture and nutrients. While you do not see results right away, your feet will smell amazing for a whole day after the treatment. After six or seven days, all the dead, dry skin starts falling off, and your feet really do feel baby soft. I never thought I had dry feet, but oh boy, was I wrong!" β€”Melvika

    Get a pair from Amazon for $23.99 (originally $29.99).

    9. Mario Badescu Facial Spray, a gentle moisturizing spray you can use to help set your makeup, hydrate your skin, tone, or just use for a quick pick-me-up face mist.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up of this spray.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin. During the summer, it gets oily very fast, and during the winter it's extremely dull and dry-looking. My skin is sensitive, and most of the time it's a pinkish-red color from being so dry and irritated. After using this spray, my skin is much healthier-looking and has a dewy, fresh look. It even helped calm down the redness. I haven't even had this for a full week and I'm already head over heels in love. It's the holy grail of my skin care routine now!" β€”Haley O.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    10. Radha Rosehip Oil for an all-natural solution to an array of skin care conditions like moisturizing dry skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars and wrinkles, and even assisting in the healthy growth of hair and nails!

    Promising review: "This is LIFE-CHANGING! I'm 33 and have had dry skin my entire life. I decided to try this because the price was reasonable and the reviews were great. I was NOT disappointed. I cleaned my face the first night, applied a thick layer of rosehip oil, and went to bed. Eight hours later, I woke up to a new face. I have used this oil every night for about five weeks and it has completely changed my skin. My mom saw me one morning and remarked that my skin looked like it did when I was eight! I also love that you get a large quantity of oil for a super affordable price, and a little bit goes a long way. For the amount you get, it's SUCH a bargain." β€”TuffLuckCowgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. O'Keefe's Working Hands Cream to make dry, cracked hands feel as if they were just treated to a five-star manicure, without having to change out of your pajamas and leave the house.

    The best time to apply for maximum results is after hand-washing, after bathing and at bedtime.

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." β€”Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $7.85.

    12. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask that aims to absorb excess oils living beneath your pores, and help strip away yucky stuff like toxins, dead skin cells, and dirt to leave your face feeling fresh.

    This contains natural minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc, and potassium, which work together to help treat, detoxify, and cleanse the skin. If you have sensitive skin, first test this by applying a small amount in a covered area of your skin before applying to your face. This contains natural astringents which could affect those with sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I've had bad combination skin all my life and tried dozens of products on my breakouts with limited success. I'm also allergic to basically everything, so trying something new is always an adventure. So far, this mask has worked and felt the best for me. My skin got worse before it got better, but now, after a month of biweekly use, I have no more breakouts." β€”Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

    Get it from Amazon for $12.20.

    13. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil Cream for a multi-purpose moisturizer you can use just on your face, or all over as a body lotion β€” it's really up to you, this is just an amazing jar of greatness.

    Can be used as a facial moisturizer, body lotion, neck and decollete moisturizer, or even as a hair conditioner! Pure coconut oil works to help restore elasticity to skin, while natural glycerin and aloe vera help to soften dry spots. And this isn't tested on animals.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this lotion! I saw results in my skin after a little over a week. I washed my face every night and massaged this lotion in afterwards, and it hydrated my skin immensely. It's a great cream." β€”Bunnii

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    14. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub to brighten complexion, get rid of unwanted dirt and oil, and nourish the skin. Plus, it's vegan!

    This stuff is sulfate-, paraben-, cruelty-, nonylphenol ethoxylate-, and propylparaben-free, as well as vegan!

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought you could get excited about a facial scrub? I love this stuff! The ingredients are natural β€” nothing synthetic! It doesn't dry out my skin, and my cheeks are always baby soft after using it. This is my third time ordering this tube of green scrubbing greatness!" β€”BBQ222

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (originally $9.99).

    15. TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment that can work to treat cystic acne on people of all ages, and all skin types (even the most sensitive skin). Your dermatologist is gonna start coming for recommendations.

    Made with bentonite clay that draws out toxins and eliminates impurities, pink grapefruit essential oil that reduces inflammation and swelling, peppermint and spearmint water that tame blemishes, tea tree water and essential oil that help to reduce severe acne, and lemon essential oil that helps to balance overactive sebaceous glands.

    Promising review: "Nothing has cured or even helped my cystic acne except for this product! It immediately started working the first night. I have spent hundreds of dollars with dermatologists on chemical scripts with no success. You must try this!" β€”Jo Lynn Courtney-Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    16. Tend Skin Solution for treating razor bumps and burns, as well as ingrown hairs, because those things hurt like HECK!!!

    To use, apply a thin coat twice daily to dry skin β€” once in the morning after showering and drying the skin, as well as applying after shaving if you shave. Can also be applied post-waxing!

    Promising review: "I think this is one of the best inventions, other than Velcro, in the last 30 years. It solves so many problems. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I can't live without it! I use it for razor bumps on my bikini line and underarms, and I've even been known to use it on a breakout. It's an amazing product!" β€”RP

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Asutra Vitamin C Scrub to exfoliate your whole body with over 20 healing minerals and the sweet, relaxing scent of essential oils.

    Contains over 20 healing minerals found in sea salt so it's perfect for exfoliating and polishing skin! It's blended with vegan ingredients such as aloe vera, jojoba, argan, and sweet almond oils to hydrate your skin and leave it feeling smooth.

    Promising review: "This scrub has been a MIRACLE for my skin. I've had three psoriasis patches, on my elbows and behind one ear, for over 14 years. I've tried dozens of different things to keep it under control, but nothing even remotely helped until this product. Within four days, you could hardly see that I have a grapefruit-sized area of psoriasis on each elbow. Now I don't have flaky skin or redness, and most importantly, it no longer itches!" β€”James Butchart

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in nine scents).

    18. Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 that can give you full-face protection, and not only help cover-up blemishes, but prevent new ones from popping up!

    Sarah Wainschel / BuzzFeed

    Recommended to shake vigorously before use. Then apply to your fingertip and spread gently onto your face and blend to your desired coverage. It's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. It's especially good for oily and combination skin!

    Promising review: "I’ve had pretty bad cystic acne for the past eight years and have tried everything to get rid of it. I decided to give this a try, and let me tell you, IT CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE. Not only does it look more natural than a regular foundation, it literally PREVENTS new zits from forming on your face. I’ve only been using it for three weeks and I already see a significant improvement in my complexion. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, I cannot recommend this product enough. It’s super lightweight, prevents oil buildup, and keeps you covered all day long." β€”Sarah Wainschel (Check out Sarah's full review here.)

    Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in five shades).

    19. Eucerin Redness Relief Night Cream for gently hydrating ultra-sensitive skin and reducing redness, all while you sleep.

    Promising review: "I've been battling with some sort of skin irritation on my forehead for the past year. My doctor diagnosed me with a mild case of rosacea. Within 24 hours of applying this, the redness went down at least 90%. Within a few days I was all clear." β€”BuffNerd

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. Christina Moss Naturals Facial Cleanser to add to your daily skin care routine β€” it helps control acne, prevent your face from drying up or becoming too oily, and, of course, is free of harsh chemicals.

    This stuff is perfect for those with sensitive skin as it is free of chemical preservatives, SLS, SLES, propylene glycol, PG derivatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, and synthetic fragrances, plus, it's hypoallergenic. All you need is a dime-size drop to cleanse your whole face!

    Promising review: "After stopping birth control, which I was on for two years, my hormones were completely unbalanced and I was breaking out so heavily. It was painful, red, swollen, all-around just terrible. I purchased this facial wash after seeing so many great reviews. I use it once a day with a facial brush that I purchased at the same time. The combination of the two has completely stopped my breakouts. After two weeks of using these together, all of my breakouts are healing and my skin is glowing. I am so thrilled. I was using masks, face wash, blemish spot treatment, everything. But this has stopped me from breaking out completely. I don't even need spot treatment anymore. This product is amazing!" β€”Shoe Maven

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    21. Shea Moisture African Black Soap ready to cleanse, calm, and hydrate not only your face, but your entire body. And it can be used every day.

    It's recommended that you either lather onto a washcloth or in your hands, and then wash onto your body. Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this soap.

    Promising review: "This soap is absolutely incredible. I've used so many scrubs, deep pore cleansers, pore refiners, moisturizers, and skincare systems to no avail; I still suffered from acne. Until now. After the first use, I could tell my face was smoother, and after a few days, my existing acne was healing and I wasn't getting any new marks. After two weeks my face is completely smooth, with no new breakouts, and I am happier than ever. Not only is my skin clear, but my confidence is boosted." β€”Danna M. Cammarata

    Get it from Amazon for $3.56.

    22. The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File for removing dead skin from the bottom of your feet, without having to make a trip to the spa and endure a tickle attack from a pumice stone.

    Comes with four AA batteries. In case you need refills, you can get them here.

    Promising review: "I was thankfully blessed with a pretty face. In return for that, I was handed the ugliest feet ever! I have tried everything. I stopped going to get pedicures because it was so embarrassing. I couldn't wear sandals, and I live in Florida. But I don't have those problems anymore! I'm amazed at the results I got after just one use of this file." β€”Jennifer Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $16.60 (available in two styles).

    23. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Oil to help fight unwanted breakouts, aka all of them, and prevent future breakouts from popping up. Is there anything essential oils can't do?!

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this 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." β€”Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 60 scents).

    24. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream that'll help lessen the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, so the only bags you can see are the kinds you accessorize with.

    This is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic!

    Promising review: "This stuff changed my life. It got rid of the dark circles under my eyes, and also worked well on the folds around my mouth and nose. I've been using this in conjunction with doing facial exercises and after a month and a half, my face is already tighter and brighter. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin." β€”kelly vazquez

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

    25. Dermal Collagen Essence Face Masks for treating yourself to an at-home spa experience, while clearing up and brightening your skin. I can personally tell you these sheet masks are AWESOME.

    To use, take sheet mask out of package, fit the cut-out parts on your face around your eyes, and keep it on for about 15–20 minutes, take it off, dispose of the mask, and tap the remaining essence into your skin. Read my review of these incredible sheet masks!

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive skin. I look at oil and break out. I am careful about how I cleanse and how I moisturize, as one misstep means weeks of recovery. I threw caution to the wind with these, and I am obsessed. I have so many of these now. I do them about five times a week. They feel great, moisturize, and smell amazing. They are delicate and lovely." β€”Megan D.

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

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