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    29 Products That May Actually Help You Get Better Skin

    Just trying to look like a baby over here.

    Hey! While we try to keep our posts updated as much as we can, this post is actually from 2017, so we can't guarantee that the pricing and/or availability of the products featured are accurate. For our most up-to-date recommendations, check out the 2018 version of this post!

    1. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser has an ideal skin-friendly pH of 5 so it won't anger your already-sensitive skin.,

    Promising review: "Finally something that doesn't strip my face!! I've noticed my skin looking better and a little bit brighter after a week and a half. I also notice my scars are looking much softer and better. Now I can't wait to try Cosrx's other products like the AHA/BHA toner and snail cream." —Musicman

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    2. Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 will be your new redness- and acne-fighting hero — you're welcome.

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    Promising review: "I've spent most of my adult life trying every BB, CC, and redness-reducing cream I could get my hands on to try to tame my Rudolph red nose and T-zone. After trying Cicapair for the first time, I nearly cried. Within minutes the green faded to beige, and like actual magic, it made my redness completely disappear. Not only that, but it's thick enough that it really seeps into the skin and lasts for hours. It's filled with SPF 30, herbs, and minerals to soothe inflamed skin. Being able to just slather this on and walk out of the house without a stitch of makeup is worth every damn penny!" —Kristin Harris

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 or Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    3. Pixi Glow Tonic is an affordable fan favorite that exfoliates, brightens, and smoothes skin with lovely ingredients like aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts.

    Promising review: "I used to roll my eyes at people making claims like 'I noticed a difference after one use' and thought there's no possible way. But seriously, after ONE USE of this, I actually could see a difference. My breakouts shrunk down and inflammation decreased, my post-acne marks lightened, and my skin overall just looked fresh. This is the only face product I've repurchased in years, and I'm not sure how I survived without it." —Erica

    Get it from Pixi for $6+ (available in 15, 100, and 250 ml sizes and a tub of pre-soaked pads) or Target for $15 (available in a 100 ml bottle).

    4. Cure Natural Aqua Gel is supposedly one of Japan's bestselling exfoliant/facial peel and makes your *dry* skin instantly shed dead skin cells — hello, actual babyface.

    And alcohol- and fragrance-free to boot!

    Promising review: "I use AHAs on my skin to keep acne away so my skin gets flaky in certain spots, and I needed something to take away the dry flakes. I was skeptical if it was really my dead, dry skin being removed, so I put it to the test; I have the worst chapped lips, so I rubbed this stuff on them and OH MY GOD, literally they just rubbed the dead crap away painlessly and effortlessly. I'm still in awe of this product. Seriously, someone must tell me how this water gel thing works! It is worth every dime! My face is luminous! I will continue buying this and recommend this product to anyone struggling with cell turn-over problems!" —Josie Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $39.

    5. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate replenishes your skin like clockwork and lets you wake up to glowy skin that totally masks how little you've slept.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. I study math all day until I reach a zombified state, at which point my skin looks dull and I swear it radiates a grayish hue. But then I put this on at night as the last step in my regimen before my moisturizer, and I somehow wake up looking like a well-to-do Korean woman. The oil penetrates deep into your skin's surface, and then the tiny oil molecules go all Julian Michaels on your skin cells." —SLC

    Get it from Kiehl's or Nordstrom for $46.

    6. Son & Park Beauty Water literally does it all, from removing makeup, post-cleansing toning, and gentle exfoliation — plus, this bottle's huge, so you'll have lots to work with.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely obsessed with this product. I have very sensitive skin prone to breakouts and it has helped me clear my skin, brighten it, and keep it clean. Looking at the dirty cotton pad after swiping it on my face makes me so happy because I know it is catching everything that my cleanser isn't. It has such a pleasant lychee scent and the beauty water feels refreshing. This is now a permanent fixture in my otherwise constantly-changing skincare routine." —chocominty

    Get it from Soko Glam or Sephora for $30.

    7. Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap sloughs away dry, scaly skin and targets body acne with soothing oatmeal., @emcanaw / Via

    Promising review: "As an older woman, I have been annoyed by increasingly dry skin and the little patches of scaly skin that can grow into big patches! This soap, along with a loofah, has erased 90% of the problem. Even my feet are finally smooth. I love it!" —Claudia Disend

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review (that also talks about a magical Korean exfoliating towel) here!

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches are magical clear dots formulated with hydrocolloid that treat and deflate acne overnight (and stop you from picking at them 🙅).

    Just make sure the area is properly cleansed and dried beforehand and no other products are between the patch and your skin.

    Promising review: "Where have these Cosrx patches been all my life?? I stumbled on these because of my purchase history (thanks oily, acne-prone skin) and I was skeptical. How could this possibly work? Well, it does. I had a blind zit about to emerge so I placed one of these on at night and woke up to a greatly flattened bump that wasn't red anymore! The swelling/bump was at least 75% reduced after just one night and totally gone after three nights. Amazing. I won't ever be without these amazing spot treatments." —Dame's Mumum

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.80.

    9. Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask has serious skin-purifying properties — bamboo charcoal and white China clay act like oil- and dirt-attracting magnets.

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    Try placing a warm towel over your face beforehand to open up your pores!

    Promising review: "I have somewhat temperamental skin that doesn't like traditional acne products. It's been about two months and I have not gotten any more cheek acne. And it brings my other shit to the surface faster and stops clogged pores in their tracks. Plus, it makes my skin soft and feel unbelievably fresh." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get it from Sephora for $4+ (available in three sizes).

    10. Mizon Snail Cream is loaded with 92% snail mucus extract for effective acne and pigmentation reduction and moisture that basically turns back the clock.

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    Promising review: "Best cream ever! Simply just does what it claims; a truly multifunctional cream that calms down redness, reduces acne, and fades hyperpigmentation. I have been using it for only two weeks and already see a result. I have flakey skin along my jawline due to acne treatments, but this solves that. Last but not least, it's super lightweight and doesn't clog pores" —Amazon Customer

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90 (available in three sizes).

    11. L'Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil works amazingly on its own as a night treatment, as well as a pre-makeup moisturizer underneath foundation.

    Promising review: "It renders a velvety texture to the skin that absorbs beautifully before applying my moisturizer. I take a dieuretic which really dries out my skin and this extra step seems to remedy that challenge. It's also lightweight, non-greasy, and leaves a lovely luminescent, youthful glow (that's not shiny). It's perfect for extra hydration, especially for mature skin." —Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    12. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes skin with every antioxidant- and mineral salt-filled spritz.

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    Promising review: "I use this in place of toner because my skin tends to be irritable, so the water really soothes my skin and helps with the redness/itchiness I end up with in the summertime. It's easy to use and is a good way to clean your face after the gym or a long day at work." —Justin Stephenson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment contains 10% sulfur to target and dry out pimples that have the dignity to show up to the party (that is your face).

    Promising review: "Whenever I feel a cyst coming, I dab this on and leave it on either the entire day or overnight. I've honestly had times where the acne was reduced within an hour or became completely flat within a day! This item will forever be a staple in my skincare cabinet!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $26.

    The EradiKate line also comes with a foaming mask and cleanser.

    14. Missha Sun Milk feels like it's not even there because of its essence-like texture, but trust me, the SPF in these babies are no joke.

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    Promising review: "This is the best facial sunblock lotion I've ever used. This will NOT leave your face oily and smelling gross like those other sunblock lotions (I'm talking to you Banana Boat, Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropics, and everybody else)!! This lotion leaves my face feeling really soft, and because it isn't greasy or oily, I totally wear this under my makeup. WIN!" —J. Trinh

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (regular) or $16 (waterproof).

    15. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum have super potent yet gentle (both have pHs at or less than 4) formulas that protect your skin against environmental stressors and use AHAs and BHAs to repair dull, clogged skin, respectively.

    Promising review (for the night serum): "After a few months of keeping up with it, I have no more breakouts and everything is smooth. I don't even wear foundation or powder anymore — and let me tell you, it is so liberating. A little goes a long way: I just do one pump and spread it around on my face and under my jaw line before bed. Such a great product." —Mrs. Incredible

    Get the C-Firma Day Serum from Sephora for $80 and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum for $90+ (available in two sizes).

    16. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam uses real ~volcanic clusters~ to diminish excess oil and enlarged pores.

    Promising review: "One of the best foaming face washes I've used, and I've tried a lot. It really cleans your face well without being overdrying. I usually try to always remove my makeup first, but when I forget to or am just too lazy, this face wash still gets my face super clean!! It has also significantly reduced the congestion in my pores." —LLD180

    Get it from Amazon for $10.06+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Cetaphil Restoraderm Eczema Calming Body Moisturizer is a great, no-nonsense OTC method of treating eczema (or extremely dry skin) and is even safe to use on babies three months or order.,

    Promising review: "I have rosacea on my face and my already-dry skin is exacerbated by using prescription Metrogel to treat it. I tried five or six different types of face lotion to see if my skin wouldn't look so dry and flaky with my makeup, but nothing kept my skin moist enough. I finally read on a rosacea website that people use this body lotion on their face, so I ordered it and FINALLY I found something that would moisturize my skin enough to the point where I could wear makeup and it wouldn't look cakey!" —MLaine

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    There's an accompanying body wash too.

    18. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine provides mild chemical exfoliation to deep clean your pores and prevent free radicals from forming.

    Start with the textured side and end with the soft side.

    Promising review: "Makes my skin feel super soft and smooth. Works great before I put on toner and a sheet mask or before applying a hydrating sleeping mask. I have dry, sensitive skin, and it did not make me break out and actually helped clear my acne, as well as soften up some dry patches after one month of using." —Dareinis M.

    Get a container of 30 from Soko Glam or Sephora for $27 (also available in lemon).

    19. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion absorbs quickly, doesn't clog pores, and leaves your skin feeling extra plump and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. It is definitely a weird texture to get used to since it spreads more like a gel than a lotion, but it dries quickly and feels amazing on my face afterwards. I have psoriasis and chronic dry skin, but with my new regiment (which includes some Mizon snail ointment), I never have problems with dry skin. It was life-changing for me really." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    20. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion is formulated with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya and controls excess production of oil and sebum on blemish-prone skin.

    Promising review: "This product worked wonders for me. I've been having bad acne problems for more than two years. I've used everything that my dermatologist told me to use but to no avail. I was about to give up, but after reading up on the reviews about this product, I gave it a try. After three months of using it, my face cleared up — no more scars and no more cystic-like acne" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    21. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment uses a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) to prevent irritation and extreme drying while treating acne.

    Promising review: "I have been using this product for 10 years. It has gotten me through hormone breakouts with pregnancies and nursing, etc. Any time I feel a blemish coming, I apply it at bedtime and in the morning (in the middle of the day if possible) and the blemish is usually gone in a day or two." —S. Veeman

    Get it from Amazon for $8.82+.

    22. Clinique All About Eyes Cream starts working at your undereye circles, puffs, and crow's feets right away and KEEPS DELIVERING over a decade later.


    Promising review: "I started using this when I was 24. I'm 36 now and the skin around my eyes hasn't started to show age at all." —Shannon Q.

    Get a travel-sized two pack from Amazon for $14.64 or a regular size from Ulta for $32.

    23. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub gently exfoliates and gradually brightens your skin with soy extract, so it'll be a lot more even and a lot less red/angry.

    Promising review: "This has been the only facial scrub that has just the right amount of grit without hurting my skin or feeling useless, and it has also improved the redness on my cheeks. My complexion has evened out and is clearer than ever before." —Student Nurse Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    24. Banila Co. Clean It Zero thins out and liquifies upon contact with your skin and breaks down every bit of makeup (even waterproof stuff) without leaving your face tight and dry.

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    Promising review: "Bought this as a remedy for sebaceous filaments (tiny collections of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle). With the first use, I could feel the 'grits' coming out. It was strange but awesome. I like how easy it is to apply/massage in and how soft the skin feels afterwards. Although it feels oily when massaging into skin, it rinses off very easily with water." —SLB

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    25. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is the perfect first step to kick off your skin routine — simple, gentle, and refreshing.

    This is our pick for best $-priced makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "This stuff is game changing. As I'm approaching 30 I wanted to start taking better care of my skin and this makes sooo much easier! I typically take my makeup off with this and then wash one more time for good measure. In my younger days I would use astringent and it would burn my eyes, but this doesn't burn while taking off eyeliner etc. There is no overwhelming smell and it's doesn't cause me to break out or my skin to dry out. " —AMiles

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96.

    26. Etude House 10-in-1 House Wonder Pore Freshener one-ups (or nine-ups??) a regular toner and really goes all in for oily skin, so your pores will disappear into thin air.


    Promising review (from the photo above): "I have sensitive skin and was a little scared to try this product, but it is nothing short of a miracle. Not only has it purged my skin of toxins, but I had a stubborn breakout that had been on my chin for six months and now it is gone and my skin feels like a baby's bottom! I am stocking up on this stuff. Use a good cleanser of your choice and then put this on with a clean cotton pad." —Yasmine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.30.

    27. Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 sinks quickly into the skin and provides moisture and protection without weighing down or greasing up your skin.

    Promising review: "My dermatologist recommended this for general sun protection for the face and neck, and I just love it. It is not greasy or smelly, and it absorbs into your skin very quickly. I wear my makeup base over it with no problems, which is important. If you have sun damage splotches on your skin, Eucerin will fade the spots and prevent darkening." —ladybug53

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    28. Nature Republic Real Nature Sheet Masks target different skin concerns and smell like your very own facial farmer's market.

    Promising review: "At the price you really can't go wrong. I use one very other night and leave the mask on for about 15 min right before bed and then wake up to softer skin. They improved my fine lines and wrinkles." —Brady Brady

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $9.42.

    29. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence truly renews your skin with their dubbed "miracle ingredient," Pitera, a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids that closely resembles the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF).

    Promising review: "I know, it's expensive, but a bottle lasts a long time. And this is your face we're talking about, right? When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, it's just — I don't know — better. Calmer. Fresher. More even. Come on, add to cart. Thank me later." —RGaughan

    Get it from Sephora for $99+.

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