The causes of breakouts have often been a bit murky. While foods like chocolate, French fries, and milk are often blamed; derms say they’ve just gotten a bum rap. But stress? Too much of it can actually trigger a reaction. And since the holidays happen to be one of the more anxiety-inducing times of the year, I’ve kindly provided you with ten ways to combat those pesky spots.
beauty mark: blemish fighters
save face all winter long.
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Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10, $6, walmart.com
This medical strength gel goes to the root of the problem--the pore--and kills pimple-causing bacteria.
When the situation is looking dire, adding a retinol to your regimen can help. Think of it like Drano for your pores--clears them right up.
Exfoliating can give you a deeper clean and this one has salicylic acid to bump up this scrub’s potency and calm angry, red spots.
Kill two birds with one stone, in this case a concealer that will cover that spot while clearing it up with salyicylic acid.
Besides smelling like rotten eggs, sulfur works like gangbusters to kill pimples. This mask contains a lot of it but thankfully doesn’t come with the offensive aroma.
Use one of these do-it-all pads every day to clean out pores, lighten acne scars, and reduce redness.
If you prefer the natural route to attacking your breakouts, this willow bark-based formula will do the trick.
This derm favorite has been around for ages but for a good reason--this cleanser works wonders on spots.
With a combination of benzoyl peroxide to minimize breakouts and something called LHA to smooth any unevenness, this treatment will clear things up.