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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Pimple Patches and Bacne Spray

Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top-five products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the tl;dr of the Strategist: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to, too.

We have a brand-new top five — and a new champion of the shopping cart! Ever since we posted Rio Viera-Newton’s story about her 16-product regimen for perfect, glowing skin, it’s eclipsed everything in its wake. (Your Shopping Cart has basically turned into a competition for second place.) The second-most popular item with readers has been the AcneFree spray that eliminated writer Hannah Morrill’s bacne nearly overnight. Readers were also riveted by David Wallace-Wells’s “Uninhabitable Earth story, and bought one book from his reading list in droves. In fourth place is a pair of cotton briefs from our best-women’s-underwear story that a lot of you have been trying (and loving). And rounding out the top five is a Black & Decker cordless vacuum that was one of the best-reviewed Prime Day deals — it’s now just slightly reduced at 10 percent off.

1. The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin

There’s no other way to put it: Rio Viera-Newton’s list of 16 products (which she sends around to friends in the form of a Google doc) has been a runaway success. Technically, the best-selling product has been the Cosrx Pimple Patches, but nearly everything mentioned in the story — from the Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser and Neogen Green Tea Cleanser to the Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid and Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask Pack — has been a top-selling item this installment. (We highly suggest clicking through to see all 16 products.) As she said in the piece: “People started to notice how different I looked and asked what I was using. Tired of responding to texts about moisturizers and serums, I outlined my skin-care favorites in a Google doc and shared it with a few curious friends.”


2. This Derm-Approved Spray Cleared Up My Bacne Practically Overnight

Writer Hannah Morrill never experienced back acne until becoming pregnant. Fed up with trying to use acne face products on her back, she turned to a dermatologist, who let her in on the secret of the AcneFree spray: “My bacne cleared up nearly overnight. After about four days, crimson welts had subsided entirely, faded to a barely there blush, or had started healing. Within a week, I felt comfortable wearing a low-backed tank. I’ve since evangelically recommended the product to my trainer, my boyfriend’s brother, and a 22-year-old I work with.”

3. The 10-Book ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Reading List

David Wallace-Wells’s story on the impending — and current — effects of climate change had readers clamoring for more. Of the ten books on his reading list, The Ends of the World struck a nerve: “For readers especially interested in geohistorical analogs to our present climate change, Peter Brannen’s new book is quite a sharp tour of the planet’s previous mass extinction (it’s also written in a magazine style and quite friendly to lay readers).”

4. What Is the Best Women’s Underwear?

Readers have been taking the advice of our best-women’s-underwear story to heart. The best-selling of the bunch has been the Natori Bliss Cotton Girl Briefs (which, for Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, is nearly 30 percent off). Dolly Frearson looks only for pairs of underwear that “feel comfortable and breathable. I also need them to appear smooth, and not pinch my skin in any place or ride up. And this is the only pair that does all of the above. They will eventually replace almost all of your underwear in your drawer.”

5. The 19 Best Products on Sale for Prime Day, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

A big hit on Prime Day was our list of most well-reviewed items on sale. One cleaning accessory that readers loved was the cordless Black & Decker vacuum with over 12,000 glowing reviews: “Can I express my love for a vacuum? I shall! This vacuum is top-notch! I use it daily! And by using it daily, I mean, I carry it around when I’m bored and suck dust off of random crap. I was a sheltered child; we didn’t have portable vacuums. We had big, clunky, 200-pound Hoover vacuums.”

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Strategist Readers Are Buying Pimple Patches and Bacne Spray