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13 Drugstore Acne Products That People Actually Swear By

Acure Argan Oil, Pixie Glow Tonic, Differin Gel, and more drugstore acne products that are must-have.

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We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. Pick up a bottle of vitamin E-packed Acure Argan Oil to keep your face moisturized without irritating any existing breakouts.

Promising Review: “I have combination skin and problems with hormonal acne. I wanted to try a skin product that was affordable and didn’t contain a bunch of chemicals. Acure Argan Oil has since become a staple for my facial care. And I love it as a daily moisturizer.” —JustwhatineededGet it from Amazon for $9.19.
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Promising Review: “I have combination skin and problems with hormonal acne. I wanted to try a skin product that was affordable and didn’t contain a bunch of chemicals. Acure Argan Oil has since become a staple for my facial care. And I love it as a daily moisturizer.” —Justwhatineeded

Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

2. Gently hydrate your face both day and night with Simple Nourishing Cream, which is free of the harsh chemicals, dyes, and artificial perfumes that can easily irritate acne.

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Promising Review: “It’s amazing something so affordable and unassuming can work so well. I use this especially when I'm in the desert, where my skin gets really dry. It works perfectly!” —BGrace

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

3. Combat clogged pores and the inflammation caused by acne with a bottle of Differin Gel.

Promising Review: “This product really works! My skin has never looked this clear! I saw the difference within a day on my new breakouts. By the next day, they were already disappearing and they didn’t come back!” —Brandy Get it from Amazon for $28.88 or Jet for $10.88. Be sure to use a moisturizer along with your Differin Gel treatment to prevent drying out your skin.
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Promising Review: “This product really works! My skin has never looked this clear! I saw the difference within a day on my new breakouts. By the next day, they were already disappearing and they didn’t come back!” —Brandy

Get it from Amazon for $28.88 or Jet for $10.88.

Be sure to use a moisturizer along with your Differin Gel treatment to prevent drying out your skin.

4. Wipe away oil and dirt to reveal smoother, balanced skin with Pixie Glow Tonic.

Promising Review: “I adore Glow Tonic. I use it daily, and It really shrinks your pores and gives your skin a beautiful glow. It is a great product!” —Kim Get it from PIxi for $29.
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Promising Review: “I adore Glow Tonic. I use it daily, and It really shrinks your pores and gives your skin a beautiful glow. It is a great product!” —Kim

Get it from PIxi for $29.

5. Banish dirt and grime with a few wipes of exfoliating Clearasil Rapid Action Pads, which include salicylic acid to clear pores and fight breakouts.

Promising Review: “I bought theses for my teenage son. He uses them every night and has seen great improvement with his skin. They are quick and easy to use, and work very well.” —Sarah VMGet a 90-pack from Target for $5.99 or Walmart for $5.98.
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Promising Review: “I bought theses for my teenage son. He uses them every night and has seen great improvement with his skin. They are quick and easy to use, and work very well.” —Sarah VM

Get a 90-pack from Target for $5.99 or Walmart for $5.98.

6. Prevent new breakouts while giving your current blemishes a dose of salicylic acid acne medicine with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Scrub.

Promising Review: “I have sensitive, fair, blemish-prone, combination skin. I was previously using Proactiv. But this wash is a much less expensive alternative. It also smells better than Proactiv! The Neutrogena wash has worked really well on my combination skin. I always feel refreshed after I use it. I usually scrub it on my face, rinse with warm water, and then use a warm, wet washcloth to get any remaining scrub off of my face. I also use the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion to moisturize my face.” —Mhanley Get it from Amazon for 4.96+ or Walmart for $5.97.
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Promising Review: “I have sensitive, fair, blemish-prone, combination skin. I was previously using Proactiv. But this wash is a much less expensive alternative. It also smells better than Proactiv! The Neutrogena wash has worked really well on my combination skin. I always feel refreshed after I use it. I usually scrub it on my face, rinse with warm water, and then use a warm, wet washcloth to get any remaining scrub off of my face. I also use the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion to moisturize my face.” —Mhanley

Get it from Amazon for 4.96+ or Walmart for $5.97.

7. Reduce the size of pimples and treat infections deep in your pores overnight with Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion.

Promising Review: “This is much cheaper than other drying lotion brands. Dries out an open acne wound. Just be sure not to shake it. Insert a cotton swab all the way to the pinkish-orange part, and apply it on top of the pimple. It should accelerate the healing process after one or two uses.” —Raychelle Get it from Amazon for $9.50 or Walmart for $7.98. If you have dry skin, consider using a moisturizer on your face before applying the drying lotion.
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Promising Review: “This is much cheaper than other drying lotion brands. Dries out an open acne wound. Just be sure not to shake it. Insert a cotton swab all the way to the pinkish-orange part, and apply it on top of the pimple. It should accelerate the healing process after one or two uses.” —Raychelle

Get it from Amazon for $9.50 or Walmart for $7.98.

If you have dry skin, consider using a moisturizer on your face before applying the drying lotion.

8. Shield your sensitive skin from UV rays while avoiding any harsh chemicals with fragrance-free Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion.

Promising Review: “I started using this moisturizer when I took acne medication that dried out my skin. The formula is lightweight and oil-free. I have used this product for several years now and would recommend it for anyone who has troublesome skin!” —Rebecca Rice Get it from Jet for $7.86.
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Promising Review: “I started using this moisturizer when I took acne medication that dried out my skin. The formula is lightweight and oil-free. I have used this product for several years now and would recommend it for anyone who has troublesome skin!” —Rebecca Rice

Get it from Jet for $7.86.

9. Roll over your blemishes with an e.l.f. Zit Zapper, which combines aloe, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil to soothe breakouts and minimize the look of pores.

Promising Review: “Look no further for an amazing pimple treatment. I've been using this for three years now. I get hormonal and stress acne. But when I use this product, it can make a pimple go away in as quick as two to three days.” —Kindle Customer Get it from e.l.f. for $2.
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Promising Review: “Look no further for an amazing pimple treatment. I've been using this for three years now. I get hormonal and stress acne. But when I use this product, it can make a pimple go away in as quick as two to three days.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from e.l.f. for $2.

10. Unblock your oil glands and disinfect your skin with a bottle of tea tree oil.

Promising Review: “This tea tree oil is high quality, and I love that it comes in a larger size with a bottle dropper. It works great as a spot treatment for acne-prone skin and to sanitize things you don't want to use harsh cleaners on.” —Magick Mutton Get it from Amazon for $27.52.You can also mix tea tree oil with other facial oils — like argan oil or rosehip oil — for added nourishment and moisture for your skin.
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Promising Review: “This tea tree oil is high quality, and I love that it comes in a larger size with a bottle dropper. It works great as a spot treatment for acne-prone skin and to sanitize things you don't want to use harsh cleaners on.” —Magick Mutton

Get it from Amazon for $27.52.

You can also mix tea tree oil with other facial oils — like argan oil or rosehip oil — for added nourishment and moisture for your skin.

11. Toss toxins to the curb with Alba Botanica Good & Clean Acne Wash for a deep clean that won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Promising Review: “Not only did I use this on my face. But I’ve also used it to help the acne areas on the backs of my arms. It is a very gentle product and does not have a strong scent. I love how it clears the acne and soothes the red spots that come with it!” —KohlenBlakesMomGet it from Target for $5.39.
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Promising Review: “Not only did I use this on my face. But I’ve also used it to help the acne areas on the backs of my arms. It is a very gentle product and does not have a strong scent. I love how it clears the acne and soothes the red spots that come with it!” —KohlenBlakesMom

Get it from Target for $5.39.

12. Rid your face of impurities in just one minute with Bioré Self-Heating Charcoal Mask — which heats up upon contact with water.

Promising Review: “I love the warming feeling as I massage this on my face! It thoroughly cleans my face, leaving it feeling clean and smooth. And it only takes a minute to use, unlike most masks, which take 10 to 20 minutes.” —Heather Ford Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.82, Jet for $6.84, or Walmart for $5.82.
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Promising Review: “I love the warming feeling as I massage this on my face! It thoroughly cleans my face, leaving it feeling clean and smooth. And it only takes a minute to use, unlike most masks, which take 10 to 20 minutes.” —Heather Ford

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.82, Jet for $6.84, or Walmart for $5.82.

13. Dissolve dirt and purify your pores with a little assistance from Noxzema Anti-Blemish Pads.

Promising Review: “These are great for everyday, as well as on the go. I keep about four of them at any given time so I always have them for daily face cleansing. But I do not use them more than one per day to avoid drying out my face.” —LovinlifeGet a two-pack of 90 pads from Amazon for $10.50, Jet for $4.89, or Walmart for $3.97.
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Promising Review: “These are great for everyday, as well as on the go. I keep about four of them at any given time so I always have them for daily face cleansing. But I do not use them more than one per day to avoid drying out my face.” —Lovinlife

Get a two-pack of 90 pads from Amazon for $10.50, Jet for $4.89, or Walmart for $3.97.

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