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Cosmetic Corner: Blemish Banishers

Back-to-school season is great. New classes, new school supplies and a new you! But, as fun as this season of new can be, it can also be stressful, and stress can lead to breakouts. Luckily, acne isn’t a new issue, and the skin care industry seems to be working overtime to help us banish our blemishes permanently. Add some of our personal picks to your back-to-school shopping list and you’ll be ready to take on this school year footloose and pimple-free!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Stop whiteheads dead in their tracks with this miracle worker of a spot treatment from Mario Badescu. Simply apply the product directly to your pimple before bed, and by morning your acne woes will be a thing of the past. With key ingredients like salicylic acid, sulfur and calamine, it powerfully zaps your zits without being too harsh on the rest of your complexion.



Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser

As you’ve probably heard a thousand times, the best defense against acne is to wash your face. While the washing is important, you have to have the right face wash to make it worth your while. This clarifying cleanser from Murad is a game changer. The formula boasts two different types of salicylic acid, one that starts clearing your complexion immediately, and one that continues to work long after you’ve rinsed and gone about your day.



Clarisonic Acne Facial Cleansing Brush Head

While we’re on the topic of washing your face, using a Clarisonic brush can be a game changer in your battle against blemishes. They even have a special brush head, made with extra-plush bristles to cleanse your skin gently. This tool ensures that you’re puffing away every trace of makeup, sunscreen, lotions, and debris from the day to give your face a deeper clean.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

If you’re looking for a prescription strength acne solution without the hassle of going to the doctor, you’re going to want to try this gel from Clinique. With hundreds of rave reviews online, this is clearly a solution that works for people all over the acne spectrum.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Banish Acne Kit

For those of you experiencing acne for the first time, it can be overwhelming to figure out what combination of products will work for you and your skin. Starting with an acne kit, like this one from First Aid Beauty can be the easiest way to start your skin care journey. This kit comes with acne clearing pads, a charcoal cleanser, and a purifying mask to give you all the essentials without any of the harmful artificial colors or other additives that can make your skin even more inflamed.


Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

Clear your pores and your worries with this mask from Sunday Riley. It contains 10% sulfur to reduce excess oil and promote blemish-free skin. You can leave it on for as little as 20 minutes, or overnight, depending on the severity of your skin woes. Either way, it’ll clear your congested pores, leaving you with radiant skin.

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead 2-in-1 Acne Treatment and Hydrator

You’ll have nothing but clear days ahead with this oil-free moisturizer from Philosophy. All the salicylic acid in most products designed to treat acne can seriously dehydrate your skin, and that’s where this Philosophy product comes into play. It still contains salicyclic acid to prevent breakouts but guarantees a matte finish with breathable coverage to give your skin the hydration it needs.


Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto & Mint

Remove oil, reduce the look of your pores, and clear your acne with this one purifying toner for the matte and clear skin of your dreams. The palmetto and mint fragrance gives it a clean feeling, and isn’t that how everyone wants their face to smell and feel after they’ve just cleansed? Side note: toners can be quite drying, so this product may not be best for daily use, but can be great as part of your weekly regimen.

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