There’s nothing more annoying than constant breakouts that don’t seem to go away no matter how hard you try. No matter how any products you use, it just seems like that stubborn acne won’t budge. 

But don’t get too hard on yourself – combating acne requires an entire routine outside of just your skincare. But since we’re starting there, here’s some must-have essentials to add to your routine.

Skinfix Barrier + Foaming Oil Hydrating Cleanser


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This cleanser boasts a 4.6 rating and promises to remove makeup, dirt and oil without stripping the lipids from skin. It features a lightweight, cream consistency and is formulated with a triple-lipid complex to restore the skin’s ceramides, seaweed hyaluronate to hydrate the skin and aloe barbadensis leaf juice which is rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant


This liquid exfoliant is effective for all skin types, and is the brand’s #1 product worldwide. It features salicylic acid which unclogs pores, smoothes wrinkles, brightens and evens out skin tone. Despite its strength, it’s gentle enough for everyday use.

Farmacy Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer


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This moisturizer is what your skin needs to keep it hydrated all day long – remember, good hydration keeps your skin from pumping oil overtime. It’s a rich cream that replenishes the skin and visibility plumps, reducing the look of fine lines. And it is packed with buckwheat honey, fig fruit extract and a ceramide blend which works to replenish the skin’s barrier.

Differin Acne Treatment Gel


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Differin’s Acne Treatment Gel is the OG of all skin products. It clears and prevents acne “with an RX strength retinoid,” it regulates skin cell turnover, reduces inflammation and is said to show results in users in just 12 weeks.

Keihl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask


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This mask by Kiehl’s works to visibly minimize pores and blackheads, while also remaining effective for normal to oily skin types. It utilizes amazonian clay to detoxify the skin and absorb excess oil, as well as aloe to soothe the skin.