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Want To Have Clearer Skin? Try Out One Of These 30 Products

Cleansers, serums, and more skincare treats that’ll help you get a clearer complexion.

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.


Versed Skincare’s Just Breathe Clarifying Serum gets to work on stressed out skin: Willow bark extract, niacinamide, and a zinc blend help minimize inflammation, acne, and clogged pores. Pimples are no match for this soothing formula.

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Promising review: “I was on a hunt for niacinamide serum and this hit a jackpot. Blemishes on my cheeks are fading after constant use (two times a day and it took about a week to notice the changes) and pores are looking smaller than before. This will be my holy grail and will be added to my daily routine for a long time!” —Versed Customer

Get it from Versed Skincare for $19.99.


CeraVe’s Hydrating Face Wash hydrates and cleanses without stripping the protective skin barrier. If you’re over other makeup removers drying or irritating your complexion, look no further: It gets the job done and keeps skin so smooth, thanks to three essential ceramides.

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Promising review: “Coming from someone who always felt like I needed to buy high-end and expensive skin care products, I wish I would have tried this long ago. Truly in my opinion, nothing beats this stuff. My acne-prone skin loves this moisturizing cleanser. My skin has never looked healthier. I suffer from acne breaksouts with very dry surface skin, yet an oily T-zone. My skin looks better than it ever has. And my routine is cheaper than it’s ever been.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


Peter Thomas Roth’s PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment fights skin discoloration, unevenness, and acne with niacinamide, tranexamic acid, and kojic acid. These ingredients will get to work on your face and leave you with buttery soft skin.


Promising review: “It works amazingly! I’ve been using it for two months now and dark spots have faded so quickly. It doesn’t irritate my skin or make it peel. It just brightens and evens my skin tone. That’s all I need! Definitely will be repurchasing!” —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $88.


TruSkin Naturals’ Hyaluronic Acid Serum absorbs fast into your skin and hydrates trouble spots, including clogged pores and irritated breakouts. It’s packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, that help shield your face from environmental stressors and free radicals.

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Promising review: “This is a staple in my skin care routine along with the eye gel. Goes on and doesn’t leave a residue (like a lot of competitors do) and after using continuous has really changed the texture of my skin. When I do have hormonal breakouts, they clear so much quicker now and don’t leave marks. Also in combo with the vitamin C the lines in my forehead and neck have diminished.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in two sizes).


Mighty Patch’s Hydrocolloid Acne Pimple Patch Spot Treatment lifts gross gunk out of whiteheads while you sleep. This overnight treatment will shrink bad pimples and leave you with a clearer complexion in the a.m.

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Promising review: “I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, and pick.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.50.


Belif’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb is like a water fountain for extremely dry skin and helps combat stubborn acne:
This gel cream contains lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), ceramide 3, and glycerin, and absorbs quickly for a glowing, moisture-rich complexion.


Promising review: “I have acne-prone skin and trust me I have tried every other product available for fighting acne in the stores. I started using this cream just two months ago and I am so thankful for this purchase. It gives just the perfect amount of hydration my skin needs and I have seen my acne reduced so much in just one month.” —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $38+ (available in two sizes).


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay goes deep into your pores to remove unwanted gunk and minimizes irritation caused by acne and blemishes. Amazon reviewers swear by this anti-breakout facial, which will leave you with clearer skin in minutes.



Tonymoly’s Sheet Masks want to tackle a bunch of skin concerns, like acne, breakouts, dryness, and irritation. Apply it whenever your face is having a mini freak-out and you’ll be on your way to smoother, hydrated, and blemish-free skin.


Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $26.


Etude House’s Zero Sebum Drying Powder targets pesky oily zones with its mineral oil-based formula, so you can achieve a clearer complexion without unwanted shininess.

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Promising review: “Totally buy this ASAP because nobody likes it when their makeup is shiny and clumpy. This powder does an amazing job at keeping your skin fresh throughout the whole day. I just put it on in the morning and by the time I get home from work my face still looks as fresh as it did in the morning. No more shiny T-zone for me! It also makes makeup feel light, if that makes sense. And it smells good! Win win win.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.50.


FOREO’s Luna Mini 2 elevates your daily skincare routine with a deep-clean that’ll leave your face glowing and very clear. No more makeup residue, acne, or oily zones after using this tiny gadget, which uses gentle pulsations and movements to get the job done.

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One of our BuzzFeed editors tried this skincare gadget and loved how it made her skin clearer and smoother.

Promising review: “If you are looking to step up your skincare routine or are looking to invest in your skin, get this. I’ve had mine for six months now, and it has definitely delivered on so many levels. My skin feels clean and soft after using, I’ve also seen improvements in my skin’s texture, brightness, and less breakouts! I bought one for my brother and he loves it as well!” —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $119 (available in five colors).

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Promising review: “This stuff here is a lifesaver and miracle in a bottle. My face has been loaded with acne bumps, comedones that was in my skin for years, and black marks that wouldn’t go away. But this stuff here has brightened my marks, my acne has dried out, and 90% of my marks are gone. Give it a try.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.


Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C Serum and Seaweed Night Cream Duo minimize your nighttime skincare routine with antioxidants, bladderwrack extract, collagen, elastin. Think of all the time you’ll save when you can clear up *and* moisturize your complexion before the morning.

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Promising review: “This serum makes my skin glow! Whenever I feel like my face looks dull, I apply the serum at night and wake up with healthier-looking skin! It also doesn’t make your face greasy as your skin absorbs the product. I will continue to buy it!” —Urban Outfitters Customer

Get both from Urban Outfitters for $45.

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Promising review: “First? It’s weird. Second. It’s awesome. I use this every few days to keep the dead skin from building up on my face, even with washing, I get a lot of clogged pores and my skin is very dry to begin with. This smooths out my skin texture a bit and takes off a lot of the dead layers. In combination with collagen masks and rosewater spray, this has become a regular part of my skincare routine and my skin is so much happier now.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


Geologie customizes your skincare regimen with soothing, easy-to-use products. Whether your skin is prone to acne or dryness, you’ll be set up with a face wash, face cream, repairing night cream, and eye cream that’ll help you achieve a clearer complexion.


Here’s how it works: Take a quiz about your skincare routine, Geologie will send you products tailored to your regimen needs, and once your 30-day trial is up, you can continue your subscription and get a 90-day supply of your top products or opt out and cancel your subscription. It’s *that* easy.

Get a 30-day trial from Geologie for $37.


Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser gently cleanses dirt, impurities, and makeup from your face and will leave your skin very clear, thanks to its pH-balanced formula. Stubborn foundation, concealer, and blush don’t stand a chance.


Promising review: “I’ve been on the hunt for a new cleanser for a while, and when I found out about this product through an influencer, I immediately bought it! It has a gorgeous texture, thick and milky, and a scent that I wasn’t sure about at first but grew to adore, kind of rosy. After using it for months and nearly at the end of my first bottle, I can confidently say that my skin looks the most even I can remember it looking!” —Glossier Customer

Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).


FolieApothecary’s Prickly Pear Face Serum treats acne and reduces inflammation with antioxidants and Omega 6 and 9. Apply this soothing formula whenever your complexion needs a little TLC.


Promising review: “I can hardly believe how well my skin likes this serum. I’ve used hundreds of products over my life and nothing has ever made my complexion feel the way this serum does. I’ve been using it for three days, but I couldn’t wait to write a review any longer. I have dry skin that’s sensitive and prone to blemishes if the wind blows too hard. This serum made my skin feel alive and healed.” —FolieApothecary Customer

Get it from FolieApothecary on Etsy for $40.


Ancient Greek Remedy’s Moisturizer calms cystic acne, breakouts, and uneven patches while giving your complexion a major hydration boost. Clear and smooth skin is coming your way.

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It can also be used to add a lil’ moisture to your cuticles and scalp!

Promising review: “So I’ve only been using this for six days, and my mind is absolutely blown! I’ve been using it on my face, body, and hair. My hair has been super soft, it’s helped clear up some eczema, rashes, and razor burn, and my acne has started to clear up as well! I would 100% recommend this to everyone! It smells fantastic and absorbs in very quickly so you don’t feel oily all day or night.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Check out more soothing moisturizers in 23 Effective Skincare Products That Might Make You Think, “Why Didn’t I Buy This Sooner?”

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Promising review: “One of the best peel-off masks I have used. My skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant after use and it actually peels off very easily! There is probably enough for about 10 total applications. Will absolutely be purchasing again!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.


Base Butter’s Radiate Face Jelly gets your skin in tip-top shape with aloe vera gel, evening primrose, lavender, and tea tree. This stellar formula moisturizes your face and helps keep sebum overproduction at bay.

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Promising review: “I have very sensitive-combination skin and this has quickly become my skin care must-have. It’s perfect for all seasons, and my skin has become far more balanced since I started using it almost a year ago. It is both light and effective, my skin never feels greasy after use and a little goes a long way, so one jar lasts for several months.” —Base Butter Customer

Get it from Base Butter for $21 (orders will ship the last week of June).


Thayers’ Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Toner doubles up as a cleanser and toner that combats acne, inflammation, and redness. This skincare saver will leave your complexion looking radiant, moisturized, and blemish-free.

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Customers can’t get enough of this effective formula, which has received more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Promising review: “This is the holy grail of skincare for me. I use it twice daily on my face and neck, it considerably cleared up my skin and gives me a great glow. It really seems to have evened out my skin. I rarely post reviews for skin care items because so many don’t live up to their word, this is one everyone should be using. Super affordable and effective.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.


Noble Formula’s 2% ZnP Original Emu Bar Soap exfoliates your skin by removing impurities, oil, and flakes. This moisture-rich bar will give you a deep clean and leave your face feeling super smooth.

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Promising review: “I have been struggling with treating my seborrheic dermatitis for years. I came across this soap on amazon and oh my god, my skin was silky smooth after just one use! I’ve been washing my face with it every day for a week and the scaly skin has not returned! Please never stop making this soap.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

And check out more skincare helpers in 24 Products To Help You Deal With Acne Scars.


Promising review: “I absolutely love this stuff! Within only a few days, I noticed a huge difference in my skin tone, breakouts, and pigmentation. I have acne scars and other unmentionables on my face that drive me crazy. I did not experience burning or tingling, not even on the first use. If you are considering this at all, take my advice. Give it a go. It is saving my skin one day at a time.” —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $85+ (available in two sizes).

Check out more skincare treatments in 38 Totally Investment-Worthy Skincare Products That Your Skin Will Probably Thank You For.


Yes To’s Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Cleanser extracts dirt, gunk, and dirt from your pores with jojoba oil and gives your complexion a nourishing pick-me-up.


Promising review: “I suffered from acne all throughout my teens and now, at the age of 20, I still suffer from hormonal and stress acne. I’ve tried every product known to me, and I’ve been using the Yes To line of products for about the past year. Nothing has ever kept my face clear, clean, and fresh like this facial cleanser. I am obsessed with it, it feels great, smells great, and leaves my face so clear that others notice! I love it!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


Glossier’s Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector sweeps away dead skin cells, so your face can be free from acne and redness. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) get to work on trouble zones and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh.


Promising review: “I bought this based on reviews and I am so glad I did. My skin was uneven, acne prone and just felt rough. After first use there was an improvement straight away and after two weeks, using daily just once, my skin is soft, smooth and clear. So happy!” —Glossier Customer

Get it from Glossier for $24.

Read about why BuzzFeeders swear by this exfoliator in Here’s Why Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.


The BuzzFeed x Birchbox Beauty Box lets you try popular skincare products that’ll give your complexion a hydrating boost *and* combat breakouts.


It comes with a bunch of fan favorite items, including First Aid Beauty’s Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask, Saturday Skin’s Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream, and more full-sized goodies for less than $70.

Get it from Birchbox for $62.


Acure’s Seriously Soothing Cloud Cream rejuvenates your complexion when there’s irritation, redness, and breakouts. This formula won’t clog your pores and will give your cheeks, forehead, and chin area additional moisture.


Promising review: “My skin has never felt so soft! I love the creamy thick texture, a little goes a long way and I love that this cream is in a squeeze tube. I’m quite sensitive but the light scent of this moisturizer is not overpowering and dissipates shortly after application.” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $18.99.


Tend Skin’s Razor Bump Solution reduces the appearance of inflamed ingrown hairs that won’t budge. Apply this solution before shaving or waxing and your underarms will thank you.

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Promising review: “This product has worked great on my armpits where I had painful, gross, inflamed, and embarrassing hair follicles for years! I have noticed less of a difference on razor burn and ingrown hairs in other areas.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.79+ (available in three sizes).


Differin’s Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment ~hits the spot~ for treating clogged pores and pesky blemishes. It helps prevent acne from making a return to your cheeks, chin, and forehead *and* halts breakouts in their tracks, thanks to its non-comedogenic formula.


Promising review: “Don’t give up on it! I started using this product two months ago because I still struggle with breakouts even after most of my acne cleared. But this baby took me to the next level. My skin tone is evening out. My scars are less visible. I will never stop using this product and I love the pump version.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.88.


Promising review: “This mask worked well, and I have very sensitive skin. Very expensive products leave my skin feeling like a new breakout will form and eventually does and not in a good way where people say, ‘it needs to pull out the impurities first.’ This mask is so simple and moisturizing with no adverse side effects for me. My skin feels soft and clean!” —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $1.99.


Peace Out’s Pore Treatment Strips absorb excess oil and reduce the appearance of pores on your face. Dead skin cells, blackheads, and pus don’t stand a chance with these babies.


Promising review: “I could definitely notice the difference after wearing Peace Out’s pore strips for my nose and chin. Typically the nose and chin are hard to decongest from usually clogged or enlarged pores, but it was noticeably smaller the next day! And my skin looked way clearer. I usually have sensitive skin, this product did not break me out.” —Sephora Customer

Get a pack of eight strips from Sephora for $19.

You, after cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your face:

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