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Holiday Stress Breaking You Out? These Products Will Rehab Your Skin

Bah humbug, blemishes. 

By Jessie Sardina

Maybe it’s the moisture-sucking temps or the sugar-cookie-for-breakfast-diet; maybe it’s the late-nights spent in front of my laptop frantically filling my shopping carts with last minute presents that will *hopefully* make it under the tree. No matter the cause, my skin hates the holidays. 

Each year, as if to say “I’m here to overshadow your holiday-party-perfect sequin shift dress,” an uninvited tribe of zits moves onto my face and stays until well after Starbucks stops serving eggnog lattes. Nothing says “the most wonderful time of the year” like an especially angry breakout, amiright? So, this holiday season, I’m hoping Santa takes note of the following list of blemish banishing products to get my skin back in business before the new year. 

The Body Shop 

Slather this leave-on breathable mask before bedtime for a boost of salicylic acid and tea tree oil to sop up oil and nix zits. 

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer

Full coverage pigments combine with breakout-busting ingredients like kaolin clay, witch hazel, and sulfur to treat spots while concealing for party-perfect skin. 

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

Bring the dermatologist’s office to your house with this high-tech mask that looks like something straight out of the future. A blue light kills bacteria while red light soothes inflammation for a noticeably clearer complexion in just 10 minutes. 

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox and De-Stress Kit

This trio of cucumber-infused products work together to calm irritated skin while hydrating and detoxifying. 

Pop one of these hydrocolloid stickers on your face to reduce the size and appearance of a blemish overnight.

This cult fave from Drunk Elephant packs a serious punch: 25 percent AHA pairs with 2 percent BHA, plus glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids work to gently slough off dead skin to help you get your glow back. 

If you’re pores are taking the bulk of the punishment this season, take this super cooling treatment for a spin. The mousse-like mask soaks up oil and tightens pores for an airbrushed effect that’s instant. 

Originally designed to heal scarring post-surgery, this powerful gel forms a barrier on the skin so its healing ingredients can work their magic on post-breakout spots below. 

This sphere is composed of a long list of ingredients that work together to calm inflammation, even skin tone, tighten pores and kill bacteria to help get your skin back on track. 

Attack problem areas with this spot treatment inspired by Kiehls’ original formulation from 1964 that’s filled with salicylic acid, ginger root extract and frankincense. 

Treat and prep broken out skin for makeup with this mattifying serum with Alpha-Glucans to clear pores and pro-biotics to speed cell renewal. 

Allies Of Skin 

Treat all day with this leave-on mask that sinks in to work under makeup to fix stressed skin, reduce redness and pump up collagen production. 



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