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We thoroughly research all the products we feature, and we honestly think they’re great. But just so you know, things you buy from links on this page may earn us a commission. All prices were accurate at publish time.

 

There’s a lot of trial, error and desperation involved in treating acne prone skin. Finding the right concoction of skincare to keep those zits at bay can be a minefield. Fortunately, there are people who have been there, done that and found the magic products that helped them achieve the clear skin of dreams. While we know that skincare isn’t one-size-fits-all, a list of products that have been tried and tested by hundreds (or even thousands) might just be a good head start towards a gorgeous, glowing complexion.

COS RX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCH

These patches are a cult fave for a reason. They suck the gunk out of your acne (whiteheads, to be exact). Stick ’em on a zit overnight and see the evidence of oil being drawn out from the skin by morning. In our experience, the patches work way better when the pimple has come to a head…or (heaven forbid) you’ve already popped one and want to make sure ALL the goop comes out.

WHO IT’S FOR:

People looking for a gentle way to get rid of big, angry zits, without drying the surrounding skin.

HOW MUCH?

$15

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon

BLACK AFRICAN SOAP

This soap, rated 4.5/5 on Amazon, from a whopping 452 reviews (and that’s just on the Canadian listing), is a favourite for oily and acne prone skin types. “I have been using this soap for a few months now and I love it. There was a short adjustment period as there was some irritation when I first started using it but now I will never use anything else. I don’t have my monthly pimple breakouts anymore and my black heads have been sent packing. The pimples that were permanent residents on the back of my shoulders are gone too,” writes one happy reviewer. And at just $20 for a pound of the stuff, it’s a bargain.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Oily and acne prone skin types that want a simple, yet effective face wash.

HOW MUCH?

$20

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon

MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS AND ROSEWATER

Cult favourite beauty brand Mario Badescu is known for their no fuss, targeted skincare. We’ve all heard of their pink Drying Lotion, but for anyone with sensitive skin looking for a makeup setting spray that makes their complexion look glowy, dewy and fresh, look no further. This refreshing facial spray can also double as a toner and apparently helps with redness too.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Sensitive skin types who want a facial spray that helps tone down redness and makes the skin look luminous.

HOW MUCH?

$11

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon

BESTOPE EXTRACTOR KIT

We’re not telling you to pick at your zits, but if you’re someone who is going to pick at your zits, you’re not going to listen to us anyway. For the Dr. Pimple Popper enthusiasts who want to take things into their own hands, Bestope’s got a 4.3/5 rated extractor kit that’ll let you prick, squeeze and extract to your heart’s content. We can’t say your skin will be better off for it, but if you’re sure about extractions, click away.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Anyone who can’t resist the call of a pop.

HOW MUCH?

$12

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon

THEYERS WITCH HAZEL ASTRINGENT

This alcohol-free toner is gentle and meant to be a godsend for blackheads. “This toner is the best thing that has happened to me, it didn’t just get rid of impurities in the skin, it also got rid of ALL of my blackheads, which I didn’t expect to happen. I’ve been living my whole life with blackheads on my nose without knowing the cure was in this amazing toner. 100% recommend,” says one reviewer. Excuse us while we hoard 8 bottles.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Blackhead prone and sensitive skin types who want smoother, clearer and softer skin.

HOW MUCH?

$15

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon

AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY

4.5/5 stars is already an amazing rating. Couple that with having over 3000 reviews and you’ve got yourself a surefire skincare hit. Branding itself as the “world’s most powerful facial,” this mask deep cleanses pores using natural calcium bentonite clay. “I feel as it dries up my skin can get pretty dang itchy but I don’t get any adverse reactions. I saw the effects right from the first time I used it. Skin gets progressively clearer and smoother (especially the face). I can see blackheads vanishing into oblivion.” Vanishing. Into. Oblivion. If that’s not an endorsement, we don’t know what is.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Acne prone skin looking for a deep cleanse.

HOW MUCH?

$16

WHERE TO FIND IT

Amazon