Dealing with acne can feel like a never-ending cycle: As soon as one breakout disappears, a new one seems to pop up in its place. What can be even more disheartening, though, is investing in a fancy (read: $$$) skin-care routine only to come up short — in both results and in change. Because let's be real, for those with acne-prone skin, you already know that the struggle is real.
That's why we've rounded up our favorite Target skin-care buys that'll help heal your worst acne woes, saving you the time and money it takes to get your most efficient routine together. From an alcohol-free toner infused with hydrating rose water to oil-controlling charcoal dots that'll zap zits overnight, here are seven of our favorite acne-fighting beauty buys. Oh, and did we mention that not one of these items is over $14? So while dealing with acne can be a pain (literally), finding a solution doesn't have to be.
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Skip that K-beauty double cleanse (we're looking at you, oil-based formulas), and clear up pores with a gently exfoliating face wash instead, like this citrusy option from Neutrogena. With invigorating grapefruit extracts, pore-penetrating salicylic acid, and complexion-brightening vitamin C, this foaming scrub not only helps wash away dead skin cells and excess sebum, but it also smooths skin's surface without leaving it feeling tight or dry.
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You say tomato, we say anti-inflammatory, free-radical-fighting antioxidant. Pop one of these powerful dots directly onto a pimple overnight, and wake up with a dramatically diminished bump in the a.m. Packed with ingredients like charcoal to vacuum up pores and tomato extract to control oil production and protect against pollutants, these targeted stick-ons are like magical healing bandaids. So while you might look like a work of contemporary art going to bed covered in red and black dots, your skin is in for a total renaissance come morning.
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Anyone with super-sensitive skin will love this ultra-soothing organic toner. Infused with calming rose water and witch hazel extract (a natural astringent), this restorative mist helps reduce redness and clear out impurities, all while leaving your skin feeling (somehow, impossibly) more plump and well nourished afterwards. It's worth mentioning, too, that the spray bottle makes for super hygienic application.
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Leave your blotting papers at home — you won't be needing them after using this weightless, oil-banishing mist in the morning. The water-based, silicone-free primer from e.l.f. contains hydrating cucumber and vitamins B and E to refresh skin and prep pores for an all-day matte finish post makeup.
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What's better than clearing current breakouts while simultaneously preventing future ones? Nothing, TBH. That's why this no-fuss, multipurpose moisturizer from Clean & Clear is one of our top-shelf essentials. Its selling point? It features 0.5% salicylic acid for that satisfying deep cleanse and oil-free hydrators for a baby-soft finish.
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A skin-care conundrum: Can you clear up acne and maintain a natural glow at the same time? The trick is finding an oil-free serum — like this lightweight option from Pacifica — that'll give you a burst of hydration but won't ever cross the line from glowy to greasy. Apply a pea-size amount of the hyaluronic- and pineapple-extract-packed formula before makeup and you'll be able to feel your skin thank you. Another thing to feel good about? It's 100% vegan and cruelty free.
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This restorative gel treatment is a major power player in the acne-fighting arena. Unlike a spot treatment, you apply this topical gel in a thin layer all over your face to banish blemishes and revive skin's overall tone and texture. (You can thank the prescription-strength retinoid for that.) And for a product so powerful, it's still gentle enough to use every day. Add this drugstore gem to your nighttime regimen to KO your skin's toughest (even cystic) components.