Love it or Leave it: The best and worst products for blemish prone skin
In the fight against acne, clear winners and losers emerge (cont.)

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Love it: Holy Zit!

That’s the name of an on-the-spot acne treatment we love from Spa Cadet. There’s also Booty 911, a bump buster for your bum; Busta Grime, a camphor cleanser that keeps skin smooth; Grand-Masta Splash, a toner and exfoliant packed with alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids; and Nuttin But a “B” Thang face cream, rich with Vitamin B, a vitamin essential in fighting blemishes. We were initially put off by the collection’s kitschy packaging, but found the goods inside to be solid gold. Looks may be deceiving, but great looking skin is impossible to mistake. Shop the collection, priced from $26 to $37, online at

Leave it: Clearasil Ultra Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream

The only thing that vanished after using Clearasil’s Ultra Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream was the 10 bucks we dished out for this drugstore product.  The product did not deliver on its promise of “clearer skin in just 3 days.” The active ingredient, 10% Benzoyl Peroxide is, however, sure to suck the moisture out of your skin in 72 hours or less!

Love it: Deglazing Mask from emerginC

When cooking, deglazing involves dissolving the small particles of meat that stick to the bottom of the pan. We can’t help but conjure this apropos image every time we apply emerginC’s Deglazing Mask, a clay-based facial mask that promises to rapidly improve problem skin. Designed for adult breakouts — like the ones we all get at that time of the month-- the mask calls upon ingredients such as calamine and chamomile to remove dead skin cells, absorb excess oil, and reduce redness.  Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and apply up to three times a week; available online for $40 at

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