The Best Products of 2021

Hopefully it goes without saying, but: We take our jobs really seriously over here in the Cosmo beauty department. There isn’t a single beauty product we haven’t tested or a skin problem we haven’t tried to solve. Our annual Holy Grail Beauty Awards—in which we feature all the dopest new products, tools, treatments you need to know about—is a testament to our commitment.

Because we’re downright skin-obsessed, we figured we ought to set our sights on a new target: Public, I mean, *complexion* enemy number one. Yeah, I’m talking about pimples. They’re annoying, relentless, highly inconvenient, and pretty much every single person on Earth has dealt with them at some point or another (if you’re one of the few who hasn’t, please play the lottery—your luck is on another level). Even when we’re doing everything “right” for our skin, breakouts refuse to leave us alone—hence, the Holy Grail Acne Awards was born.

The following products and treatments—from the best face wash to the most effective acne system—were selected as our winners after months and months (and months!!) of testing by the Cosmo beauty team (we happen to get more breakouts than we’d like to admit, tbh). Go ahead, call us the pimple pros.

Tap the categories below and see the products that earned our breakout-busting stamp of approval.


Best Face Wash

Cetaphil Acne Face Wash

“This brand will forever and always be iconic when it comes to kicking acne’s butt! And this newly formulated cleanser is *chef’s kiss* perfect. The trinity of 2% salicylic acid, aloe and white tea is what clear-skin dreams are made of.” —Julee Wilson, beauty director

Best Oil Cleanser

Avene XeraCalm A.D…

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