26 Products That Are Just The Thing For That Little Problem You’d Rather Keep Secret

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26 Products That Are Just The Thing For That Little Problem You’d Rather Keep Secret

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1. A saline nasal gel formulated with aloe to help soothe irritated and dry noses. Whether it’s allergies or dryness from the winter that’s got your nose feeling blue, this non-greasy gel will give you some comfort.

the small gel tube in the palm of a reviewer's hand

Promising review: “I don’t like to talk about it, but every year my nose becomes super dry to the point where I sometimes get a bloody nose. I usually use some squeeze saline, but it got so bad this year that I decided to get this gel. A dab on a finger or a swab and my nose is hydrated, moistened, and not dry as a desert. No winter bloody noses! It is very light, is not slimy or like Vaseline, and it does not have any smell.” —Catherine

Get it from Amazon for $3.62.

2. A stainless-steel toenail clipper that are similar to the ones podiatrists use to get rid of stubborn, thick nails (as well as ingrown nails) without pain or discomfort.  

Reviewer holding up the small plier-shaped toenail clippers with pointed edges

Here’s why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague Emma Lord loves this thing: “Hello, my toenails are problem children for two reasons: One is that they’re kinda thick, the other is that I’m a long-distance runner, which doesn’t play nice with toenails. I bought this recently and the difference it made immediately was ENORMOUS. Like I usually dread approaching my big toenails because they are so thick, but these painlessly and seamlessly lobbed the tops right off; I was also able to ~gently correct~ a toenail that was starting to get ingrown and help cut down a dead toenail that needed trimming but would have been painful to approach with a regular clipper.”

Promising review: “We bought this for our teen grandson to use for an ingrown toenail because he was not able to go to a nail salon that he trusted to fix this problem. It worked perfectly. He was so pleased with the result as it took care of his painful problem! Thank you for making a fantastic product. Every household should own one!” —T.S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

3. Paula’s Choice BHA liquid exfoliant if you’re sensitive to scents but want to gently unclog your pores, as well as exfoliate and brighten your skin. This unscented leave-on formula is even gentle enough for daily use (though you may need to work up to it!).”

before and after images of a reviewer with visibly large and clogged pores then becoming clean and pore-free

Promising review: “I bought this in a dark time: My skin texture was garbage, all my pores were massive, I had clogged pores all over my face, and I was just waiting for them to become actual acne. I got this because I just wanted SOMETHING to help with my skin texture while I waited for my oral prescription. Now listen here — THE FIRST time I used it, I saw a difference. My forehead and my cheeks right to the side of my nose were flawless. I don’t know what kind of stuff was in it that provided immediate results. I thought maybe that was just ‘fake’ results, like it has something to gloss over the skin surface to give the appearance of smoothness. But then I used this stuff twice a day for four days, and alllll of the tiny red pimples all over my cheeks and forehead were gone and my pores STAYED small! I am telling you. This product has changed my whole face in under a week. It’s so clear! I expect to have full celebrity skin going forward. You have to try this. You barely need to use any of it, too. It’s a thicker gel liquid, so it smooths on so easily and you don’t have to use a ton like with a toner or micellar water. I’m just shook. I’ll buy this for the rest of my life!!” —K Fied

Get it from Amazon for $13+ (available in three sizes).

4. A bottle of professional-grade callus-removing gel that can remove years’ worth of calluses quickly and easily. Just presoak your feet, apply the gel, let it do its magic, and rinse!

before photo of a reviewer's cracked heel next to an after photo of the same heel with much of the dead skin removed to reveal softer, pinker heels

Promising review: “Best foot callus remover I have ever used! I read a lot of the reviews before purchasing this product. Most callus removers I have purchased in the past were not very effective. So I was encouraged by the reviews. I saw that a lot of reviewers mentioned to be very careful not to leave it on longer than three or four minutes. My feet were the softest they have ever been. Love love love.” —Cheri whisker

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

5. Or a vegan urea foot cream since it can help rehydrate dry, callused, and cracked feet. Get ready to strut your stuff!

reviewer before and after photos of a cracked heel and a much smoother one, taken about a month apart

reviewer photo of the tub of foot cream

Promising review: “I was skeptical about this topical product to heal broken, dry, callused feet and toes. I ignored my foot care for quite a bit while pregnant (couldn’t reach!) and then postpartum a bit. After the winter in the desert, my heels and large toe pads were cracked and parched. I used this product every day for 10 days and the results were amazing! I slathered it on after my shower in the morning, put on socks, and wore that during the day for 10 days. My feet are healed with no trace of dryness. Even my toenails are improved and hydrated. My hands are also healed (constantly washing hands) from applying to my feet and rubbing the rest in. I highly recommend this product for anyone suffering from super dry, cracked feet. It works — it is thick, so cover with socks and let the warmth and barrier marinate your dry feet and toes into soft beautiful skin!” —Natalie

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

6. An anti-bacterial butt acne-clearing lotion made with tea tree oil to help prevent breakouts. You may truly have a bottom as smooth as, well, a baby’s bottom.

a reviewer photo of their skin with many blemishes

a photo of the same reviewer with their skin now clean

Promising review: “This product is gentle on the skin, but strong enough to combat any buttock issues caused by stress, environmental issues, or whatever. Living in the Deep South, we sometimes have a condition called ‘swamp butt.’ Little red bumps like a rash or breakout can form in sensitive areas. Using this product once a day after showering, I’ve had ZERO bumps in over three months. It works. Doesn’t smell the greatest, but it’s tolerable, for sure. Great product.” —Billie B

Get it from Amazon for $24.99

7. A lightweight and sweatproof antifungal tea tree balm formulated with beeswax, eucalyptus, and macadamia oil for nourishing, moisturizing, and protecting against dryness, discomfort, and irritants.

Photo of reviewer's foot after one application

Same reviewer's foot after four weeks of consistent application, which is now completely healed and free of the red rash

Promising review: “I ordered this balm on a whim as a remedy for a skin rash, and was very impressed with its effectiveness! After getting rid of my rash, I decided to try it elsewhere and it worked wonders on dry skin areas like elbows, knees, and feet. I was blown away with how I changed my feet entirely! As a dancer, my feet have always been a war zone: dry skin, callouses, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot (all frequent problems over the course of many years). I was always embarrassed to wear sandals or any type of shoes that would show off parts of my feet because of all the dry skin, but sometimes it couldn’t be avoided. This balm has made my feet the loveliest they have been and now I can choose any type of shoes I want to wear without embarrassment.” —anengstrom

Get it from Amazon for $36.32.

8. Hydrocolloid acne patches if you need help preventing yourself from picking/popping your pimples, which could lead to scarring. These ultra-thin, translucent patches will absorb pimple pus (yuck) to reveal calmer-looking skin (yay).

before and after images of a reviewer with a mighty patch on a pimple that then has pus drawn out of it

Promising review: “I wasn’t sure if this was going to hold up to its promise…but it did! I used this on a massive zit growing on my nose, making me look like Rudolph, and the first night it took down the swelling a bit and lessened the redness. Day two it was significantly smaller in width and circumference! If that doesn’t help you decide to purchase this, nothing will.” —Cassee Colson

Get 36 patches from Amazon for $11.97.

9. And some 6-hour hydrocolloid nose patches designed to target pimples, pores, and oil so you can have clearer-looking skin. Plus, it’ll be weirdly satisfying to peel this off and see all the gunk that was hiding in your pores. 

reviewer photo of their used patch and there are huge white patches to show what the sticker absorbed from their skin

model wearing the patch

Promising review: It’s gross in the most spectacular way. The amount of disgusting gunk that came out of my face was appalling and I instantly gagged. However, my nose has never felt so clean and smooth for consecutive days. If you have oily skin I definitely recommend washing your face first and apply it to the nose before moisturizing the rest of your face. If I could give this 10 stars I would. Everyone is getting this for Christmas…maybe because it’s not cheap.” —Justina

Get 10 patches from Amazon for $16.55.

10. A clinical-strength Secret deodorant because it provides 72 hours of sweat and odor protection. Stress, heat, and activity are no match for this antiperspirant. 

a reviewer holding up the deodorant

Promising review: “I have been trying all kinds of deodorants for months, trying to find one that works! I sweat a lot at work and this stuff works! I don’t have to reapply. This doesn’t leave any staining on my clothes. The smell is nice and light. Finally found something that works!” —Zindarella

Get it from Amazon for $8.

11. A jar of Aquaphor healing ointment for anyone suffering from dry, cracked, and sensitive skin. It locks in moisture and helps promote healing, so you can go back to living your best life.

reviewer before image of a wrist with eczema scars

reviewer image of the same wrist with no scar at all

Promising review: “This stuff is a bit pricey, but you are paying for a quality solution for dry skin. Every time I try to use something cheaper, it doesn’t work and I always come back to this. Nothing works like Aquaphor.” —MCMXCVI

Get it from Amazon for $18.37.

12. A pack of cold sore healing patches containing hydrocolloid to help your skin heal faster. These discreet patches create a moist environment that helps relieve pain, reduce blistering, and prevent scabbing.

image of a patch on a cold sore on a reviewer's lip

Promising review: “I wish I had found these sooner!! These cold sores were probably the worst I’ve had, and wouldn’t clear up or stop itching/hurting. I googled cold sore remedies and these happened to pop up. After reading the reviews, I immediately ordered them. They came right on time and I put them on before bed last night. It’s been less than 36 hours and already these cold sores are healing up beautifully. I plan to order another pack or three so I can keep one at home, one in my purse, and one in my locker at work so if I ever feel the warning tingle/itching of a new breakout, I can slap one of these bad boys on and get rid of it quickly! Highly recommend for my fellow cold sore sufferers.” —Jessica Hill

Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $11.89.

13. Maximum strength antacids if you’ve been having trouble falling asleep because acid reflux keeps you up at night. Each chewable tablet has 1000mg of calcium carbonate to help relieve heartburn, indigestion, and sour stomach. These vegan tablets are also free from talc, dyes, parabens, artificial sweeteners, dairy, and gluten. 

image of a tablet in a reviewer's hand

Learn more about antacids at Cleveland Clinic.

Wonderbelly is a small business! Plus, its packaging is 100% plastic-free!

Promising review: “I discovered this last year and I have not used another antacid since. The strawberry milkshake flavor is phenomenal. It is fast acting and I have never had to take more than one. This has really improved my life with GERD.” —Marissa

Get 60 tablets from Wonderbelly on Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three flavors).

14. A set of silicone Kegel weights because doing pelvic floor exercises can help you better control your bladder and have more pleasurable sex.

Reviewer holding one of the weights, which is similar in size to a tampon

reviewer's hand holding three kegel weights

Read more about kegel exercises at Cleveland Clinic.

Promising review: “Since starting, my bladder control has significantly improved. I am now able to sneeze or cough without peeing myself. Yes, that’s right. I am able to hold my pee longer, which means I can actually make it to the bathroom without dribbling on myself. The best part is that just a few short weeks into the program you will have results you can feel. I think anyone who has ever had kids should try this out. The overall quality of my life has improved. Ditch your panty liners, stop the embarrassing dribbles, no more mad dashes to the rest room because of a weak bladder. Even my sex life has improved; I have control of those pelvic muscles now. Just remember to wash the weights before and after each use with an antibacterial spray, and allow time to air dry before putting them away. I say air dry because if you wipe them dry with a cloth you run the risk of giving yourself a bladder infection or urinary tract infection, and those are no laughing matter. Easy to use, easy to clean, stores away quickly.” —Lady Tauber

Get a set of six weights from Amazon for $49.99 (also available in a two-pack option).

15. A CeraVe body wash with salicylic acid and ceramides to help you deal with any “chicken skin” flareups. This will exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling moisturized!

before and after showing the body wash totally cleared up the reviewer's arm bumps and breakouts

Promising reviews: “Excellent for KP or other dry, rough skin issues. A must for me especially during the winter.” —Abby

“This stuff is AMAZING! I have had bumps on the back of my arms and top of my thighs for as long as I can remember. I’ve used this with an exfoliating sponge TWICE and they are noticeably smaller and my arms actually feel smooth!! I’m sure as I continue to use it they will be gone completely. I rarely write reviews but had to come tell you all how awesome this stuff is if you are dealing with the same problems. NO MORE CHICKEN SKIN!! YAYY.” —Taymcg

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

16. Seamless bra liners made from a breathable cotton and bamboo blend that’ll not only help absorb boob sweat but can also help alleviate discomfort from underwires.

a reviewer smiling while wearing a bra with one of the liners and holding another liner

Promising review: “This is one of those things that I wish I’d found years earlier. I’ve suffered from mortifying stress-induced under-boob sweat for most of my adult life. Also, I’m a lifelong Seattle girl who gets upset when it’s warmer than 65° outside. So when I stumbled upon this product, I was curious enough to buy a small pack. And yes, I’ve come back for MORE! For real, I won’t put on a bra without one of these liners now. It absorbs all the moisture from heat and stress. And because it’s a really soft bamboo/cotton mix, my skin is finally not feeling tortured under there! To the makers of this ingenious life-changing product: thank you thank you thank you! Sincerely, all the grateful ta-tas you’ve helped to care for” —Niko

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in women’s sizes M–XXL and in several color combos). 

17. A pack of two dark spot corrector soap bars formulated with collagen, retinol, and vitamin C to help hydrate and even out your skin. It’s also got turmeric, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and vitamin E to help revitalize and cleanse.

before and after images of a reviewer's dark underarm becoming lighter

Promising review: “I’m big, so my inner thighs have always been darker than the other parts of my legs. I’ve tried other products for it but nothing has worked. I HAVE BEEN USING THIS SOAP FOR THREE DAYS AND OMG!!!! My inner thighs are SMOOTHER, and they are ALMOST THE SAME COLOR AS THE OTHER PARTS OF MY LEGS, I’M SO SO SO HAPPY!!!! I hate that I didn’t take a before picture but trust me!!!! BUY IT!!!! My face also looks brighter and fresher, agghhh!!” —Daff Laff

Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

18. A pack of thin and discreet incontinence pads if your bladder has a mind of its own. These super-absorbent pads will help you stay dry so you can move about your day in complete comfort.

image of reviewer holding up one open pad

Read more about incontinence and treatment at Cleveland Clinic.

Promising review: “I use these for nighttime. They are the best ones for me so far. Regular length, they don’t scrunch up, they stay put, and absorb really great. Plus they are not perfumed. I have tried many other brands, and Poise is the one for me! I also use Poise Light during the day (regular length). You can’t tell you have them on like the old days when wearing period pads.” —Leeloo

Get a box from Amazon for $32.

19. A box of maximum-strength one-step wart-removing pads with extra cushioning so there’s no discomfort while they work their magic.

image of reviewer's hand with a wart on one of their fingers

after image of the same reviewer with no wart on finger

Promising review: “This stuff works! I’d never had a wart in my life! At first I thought it was a small callus but as months went by it was getting larger. I started to google and realized I had a plantar wart on my thumb! So I got the Freeze Off and thought ‘This has to work!’ Nope! I tried the Freeze Off three times and nothing! I then realized the same thing was happening on my other thumb, a small callus but I knew that the wart had spread! Now I was desperate to get rid of them and knew I had waited too long! Bought the invisible strips and it removed my small wart in four days and my big wart in eight!! I couldn’t believe it. I left strips on for two days then pulled back the dead skin with a cuticle clipper and reapplied! My bigger wart was a little tougher to removed and I had irritated my skin trying to cut it out, so I left it alone for few days before reapplying a strip and by the second 48-hour treatment, it was gone! I thought my skin would be damaged but it looks like nothing was ever there!” —Audrey N.

Get 14 pads from Amazon for $7.29.

20. A nose wax kit because tweezing individual nose hairs is just…no. Safely remove nose hairs and know that they’ll stay away longer.

Reviewer with the sticks inside their nostrils

Reviewer's used wax sticks full of nostril hair

The hairs in your nose play an important role in filtering out any harmful debris. But of course it’s your body and if you want to wax your nose hairs you’re more than welcome to — just be careful as plucking nose hairs can lead to infection and ingrown hairs.

This kit includes: 100 grams of nose wax beads, 30 wax applicators, 10 mustache protectors, a measuring cup, and 15 paper cups.

Promising reviews: “This is the easiest to use, and takes care of nose hair. My new favorite beauty aid. 😉” —Jackie Phillips

“The instructions were super easy to follow and it worked perfectly! I was a little nervous to pull the sticks out once the two minutes were up, however it didn’t even hurt.” —Julie J.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

21. A bottle of dandruff shampoo made with ketoconazole to help relieve and control flaking, scaling, and itching caused by dandruff. Clean and clear scalps for all!

before reviewer image of hair and scalp covered in dandruff

after reviewer image of no dandruff on scalp

Promising review: “If I could give this product more than 5 stars then I would!! My husband has suffered from extreme dandruff/Psoriasis for years to the point that he would pick constantly at his scalp. I would be able to visually see large sores and peeling skin chunks constantly no matter what shampoo/treatment he would use. I found this product by chance and told my husband about it, who was willing to give it a chance (he’d more than given up on finding a solution to his problem at this point). After two shampoos he said that he absolutely noticed a difference and did not feel that he had to scratch his scalp. His sores healed within a week and now he has a clean, itch- and flake-free scalp! This stuff worked absolute wonders for us and I would recommend to anyone with slight dandruff issues to extreme psoriasis conditions!” —Tabitha C.

Get it from Amazon for $15.88.

22. A fungal nail renewal formula if you’ve been living with thick, discolored, and brittle nails. This can help improve the look of your nails in as little as two days!

before and after images of a reviewer's toenails with fungus then being removed

Promising review: “I tried EVERYTHING! I tried tree tea oil for years and various different products. Nothing worked. The reviews were so great on this that I decided to try to cure it one more time. But when you have had a condition for 35 years, you aren’t too hopeful! I followed the suggestions of some of the reviewers and cut my toenails (I only had it on my big toes) everywhere that the fungus was present. Even below the quick. I started applying this gel, which is super easy to use. I swear to you that I noticed a difference after one application.” —WIAPilot 

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

23. A box of extra strength Gas-X chewables formulated with 125mg of simethicone because they can help quickly relieve gas and bloating so you don’t have any mishaps in mixed company.

The box

Infographic sharing that the chewables help relieve pressure, bloating, and discomfort


Promising review: “Sometimes you eat something that is too rich on an empty stomach and wham — the pain, the bloating, the weird weird noises start. And then if you have this, within minutes it helps relieve the gas, bloating, and discomfort. Taking this is nothing to be ashamed about; it happens to everyone whether they like to admit it or not.” —MusicLover

Get a pack of 72 chewable tablets from Amazon for $12.20.

24. An ear-washing bottle for easy removal of wax buildup. Reviewers noted that the process was not only easy but comfortable, too.

reviewer image of the bottle

reviewer image of two clumps of earwax next to a nickel for size comparison

Promising review: “My son has earaches all the time. Took him to ear doctor and they basically said he’s got a lot of ear wax buildup and to purchase this item. I was skeptical at first but as soon as I used it on my son, he had so much relief because all of the hardened wax was pumped out. I use it on myself and it’s worth every penny and so much cheaper than going to the ear doctor every other month.” —Tootie

Get it from Amazon for $29.45.

25. A Squatty Potty if you need a little help ~doing the doo~. You’ll be amazed at how much quicker and easier this part of the day becomes.

a reviewer photo of the stool in front of a toilet

a model sitting on a toilet with their feet on the squatty potty

If you want more Squatty Potty content before making the best purchase of your life, check out our Squatty Potty review.

Promising review: “I’ll do you all the courtesy of NOT adding a photo or video (You’re welcome). This works. Whoever invented the toilet had their heart in the right place, but not their knees. This device mimics proper positioning, and you should get one. That is all. Thank you for coming to my TEDTalk.” —P.W.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (get the acrylic version for $79.99).

26. deodorizer shoe spray working to remove AND prevent odors because your gym buddy shouldn’t have to hold their breath while spotting you as you do a million sit-ups. This spray is made using essential oils, so you can even spray directly on your feet.

reviewer image of the spray bottle in a sneaker

Promising review: “Been using this for about a month. I run and go to the gym so there is lots of use my sneakers five to six times a week. I remove the insoles and spray those, then spray inside the sneakers. I like the scent, kind of minty, and it kills any odors immediately. It’s all natural too which I like. I’d recommend.” —Lisa S

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (also available in a two-pack option).

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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