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'Liquid gold': This CeraVe serum — on sale for $14 — brightens and smooths

What is it?

If post-acne marks, enlarged pores or a dull, uneven skin tone are keeping you from loving your beautiful face, we've found an affordable solution: A serum that's so cherished by over 31,000 five-star fans at Amazon that it's been called "heaven sent," "miracle in a bottle" and "liquid gold." Without further ado, meet CeraVe's Resurfacing Retinol Serum. This stuff is formulated to smooth and brighten your visage while minimizing post-acne marks and pores. Catch it on sale for only $14 (was $22) and see why shoppers are so smitten.

The serum helps to brighten and smooth the complexion. Reviewers also say it helps to fade scars, too.

$14 at Amazon
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$23 at Ulta Beauty$20 at Rite Aid

Why is it a good deal?

Other retinol serums can cost over $20 and don't offer a fraction of the benefits of CeraVe's proven formulas. It helps to reduce scars, signs of aging and dullness. Of course, you can stock your skin-care routine up with products that individually treat these concerns and continue monthly facials to clear your skin for over $70, or you can snag this for just $14 (one of the best prices we've seen in months). The choice is yours!

Why do I need this?

The serum is a multitasking product that has several benefits. Some reviewers are even noticing a reduction in facial wrinkles and body stretch marks. And it's recommended for those with oily, dry and sensitive skin alike. It also erases what you don't want — old acne "scars," oversized pores, even fine lines — to reveal smooth, supple skin. Better yet, the formula is paraben- and fragrance-free. This popular serum fights the good fight while remaining gentle on skin. Plus, it's non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
Amazon shoppers consider CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum to be the gold standard — and it's on sale for $14. (CeraVe)

What reviewers say

One declared: "Must-have; absolutely love! I do not know how I ever lived without this! Makes my appearance flawless and feels super smooth!"

"It works!" agreed a fan. "I am 67 years old with (20s and 30s) acne scarring and lines and wrinkling around my mouth and cheeks. I am also extremely fair and oily and have uneven skin tones and ruddiness. ... My skin now has an even, all-over tone with much less ruddiness. The lines and even deep wrinkles are lessened and softened. My skin has a peachy soft look to it. People have been telling me that I 'look really good' for the last month or so. ... I would liken my results at this point to a series of salon peels."

The thrilled five-star reviewer who deemed it "liquid gold" elaborated: "I am absolutely blown away by this product. I have sensitive oily/combination acne-prone skin with lots of redness. I’m noticing a huge difference in less than two weeks already and even noticed today my forehead wrinkles are starting to disappear! What the heck? I wasn’t even hoping for or expecting that as well. I couldn’t recommend this more; uneven tone and texture, redness, acne and wrinkles have all improved exponentially in a short period of time."

Gentle as can be

"Best retinol I have ever used," stated a fan. "I have spent hundreds of dollars on retinols and none of them have ever worked as well as this product. I have suffered from acne since I was a child, and so I have millions of acne scars. I’ve only been using the serum for about two months now, and my overall complexion has changed as far as [evening out] skin tone. My very dark pigmentation from post-acne scars have all lightened or disappeared. I have very sensitive skin, that’s why I am very cautious about what I put on my face."

"100% recommended!" said another customer. "I swear by anything from CeraVe, but especially this serum. I suffered from terrible acne for my entire adult life, and after undergoing a very harsh treatment with my dermatologist ... I was left with deep scars, dry skin (it was oily before), ultra sensitivity to pretty much anything and dermatitis ... Nothing helped. Most things left me with a pretty nasty rash, even stuff that was designed for sensitive skin. I decided to make the switch to CeraVe, and now I couldn't be happier with the results! I use this serum at night...I made every step of my routine a CeraVe product, and I can really see the results! I was depressed because of my skin, but I finally got my confidence back!"

Like with any retinol, patience is key. "Definitely will need to keep using to see more results," a final user shared.

Treat your skin to this wildly popular serum.

$14 at Amazon
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$23 at Ulta Beauty$20 at Rite Aid

Psst: Did you know retinol isn't just for your face? One Yahoo Life Shopping Writer swears by this affordable (and on-sale!) Gold Bond Age Renew Retinol Overnight Body & Face Lotion, in case you want to round out your collection.

'It contains seven moisturizers, including shea and cocoa butters, to help keep skin hydrated,' she said. 'I'm pretty sure it's because of this that I woke up after the first application with zero redness or itching. But even better? My skin felt noticeably more moisturized and smoother just eight hours after I'd slathered it on, and stayed that way the rest of the day.'

$12 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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