Banish Breakouts for Good

Check out these dermatologist-approved zit-zapping tips in honor of Acne Awareness Month.

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Banish Breakouts for Good


Whether you're fending off the occasional breakout or constantly combating pimples, acne is never fun.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman shares her best tips and tricks for preventing and treating acne.

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Proper Protection


"A recent study showed that 80% of all signs of skin aging are from the environment, including pollution, UVA/UVB rays and more," says Engelman. Look for a sunscreen that forms an invisible protective barrier over skin to help prevent harmful toxins and pollution particles from penetrating.

Try Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50, $68.

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Scrub In


Use a gentle physical exfoliator with salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

Try Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub, $6.

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Swipe Right


Swipe on a toner containing witch hazel to remove excess oil from the skin.

Try Dickinson's Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner, $7.

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Double Duty


Add retinol to your routine without a trip to the doctor. This powerhouse ingredient has both anti-aging and acne-fighting properties, due to its anti-inflammatory nature. While prescription retinoids are top-notch acne treatments (Dr. Engelman recommends Epiduo Forte), you can also find retinol over the counter!

Try RoC Skincare Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream, $23.

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Sleeping Beauty


Upgrade to a silk pillowcase. It isn't as absorbent as cotton and is softer on skin. And be sure to wash frequently!

Try Mē Glow Beauty Boosting Pillowcase, $55 (available beginning in July).