Breakouts happen to all of us. Blemishes show up unannounced and always overstay their welcome. The triggers are numerous: stress, hormones, diet or the time of year (summer, anyone?) These can all wreak havoc on our skin, resulting in the overproduction of oil and clogged pores. No matter what the root cause is, the next steps for getting rid of breakouts is to decongest your pores with the right skincare treatments. Here’s the best anti-breakout routine for banishing blemishes once and for all.

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1. Use a Clarifying Cleanser

Getting your skin squeaky clean is essential for banishing breakouts. You need cleansers that are specifically formulated to decongest pores without over-drying skin. These picks are our secret weapons:

Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming WashKiehls Since 1851 Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face WashSkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser

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2. Choose the Right Treatment

It’s all about the ingredients. Treatments with salicylic acid and tea tree oil work together to clear build-up inside pores and calm inflammation. Take clear of allover breakouts or target specific spots with these:

M-61 PowerSpot PadMario Badescu Buffering LotionReVive Acne Reparatif

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3. Mask 1x a Week

Masking 1x a week with a clarifying formula offers the extra purification your pores need. The high mineral content in clay and mud clears out debris and balances your complexion. Try these:

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black MaskIndie Lee Clearing MaskFlorapy Clear Complexion Sheet Mask