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The Guide

4 Must Haves for Banishing Breakouts When You’re An Adult

by Madison Ruggieri on March 21, 2014.

There’s nothing worse than waking up to a giant pimple – especially when you’re not in high school anymore. It’s a sad truth that no one tells you when you’re growing up – breakouts and wrinkles can often be skin concerns at the same time. Whether caused by stress at work or a change in climate, blemishes are always a bummer. So how do you treat those unwanted onsets of acne and keep future breakouts at bay? Here are our go-to products for treating and preventing the pesky problem without over drying or irritating skin.

Fight breakouts while you sleep with medicated treatments

The (Malin+Goetz) Acne Treatment Nighttime formula contains salicylic acid and 10% active sulfur to dry and medicate breakouts while you sleep. Organic camphor fights impurities, while zinc oxide works to prevent scarring. Just apply a dab to blemishes with a cotton swab for clearer skin in the morning. Use the (Malin+Goetz) Acne Treatment Daytime for all day acne–fighting power. Its salicylic and lactic acids with witch hazel heal and minimize breakouts without irritating or drying out skin. Its clear gel formula absorbs into skin quickly and starts working immediately.

Use glycolic and salicylic acid peels

Fight breakouts before they pop up and keep wrinkles at bay all with the same simple product. A few swipes of the Jack Black DIY Power Peel is like a professional peel in the comfort of your home. Glycolic and salicylic acids gently exfoliate away dead skin, unclogging pores and diminishing the appearance of old blemish marks. A complex of glucosamine HCI, algae extract, yeast extract and urea works to smooth skin, increase firmness and fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Plan ahead. Use a clay mask.

Using a clay mask for just ten minutes a few times a week can do wonders for clearing up your skin. We recommend the Urth Skin Solutions for Men Botanical Resurfacing Mask which utilizes mineral clays to detoxify and draw out dirt and impurities from your pores while plant extracts, lactic and salicylic acids gently exfoliate. What sets this mask apart from other clay masks is that it isn’t over drying so it’s suitable for more mature yet congested skin types.

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Madison Ruggieri

Director of Editorial for The Motley. Los Angeles native. A fan of Tolstoy, Tina Fey and the Rolling Stones.