Breakouts are frustrating, especially when this month’s calendar is packed with parties, reunions and lots of holiday selfies. Whether your sister has been complaining about postpartum pimples or your daughter is experiencing teen acne, it’s a great idea to give your loved ones the gift of clearer, brighter skin.
To help you check off your gift list, we’ve rounded up six of the hottest (and most effective) treatments and products for acne-prone skin. Bonus: they are all clean beauty products as well!
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Indie Lee CoQ-10
A true fan favorite, CoQ-10 converts customers who never really felt a need for toner in the past. This hyaluronic acid- and aloe vera-based essence hydrates and rebalances skin, leaving it primed and protected from pollution and environmental aggressors. $34 at indielee.com
HERBIVORE Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask
Formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin, this natural mask gently clarifies with fruit enzymes, white willow bark, aloe, and blue tansy essential oil to soothe skin and reduce redness. Reviewers say it works “like magic” and “makes skin glow.” $48 at herbivorebotanicals.com
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA
Anyone looking to combat acne without emptying her wallet is familiar with The Ordinary products, and this is one of our favorites. Their mild lactic acid peeling formula (they also offer a 10% version) reveals smoother, healthier-looking skin and clears the dead skin cells that can lead to acne. $6.50 at theordinary.com
The Ordinary “Buffet”
If you’ve been searching for a serum to diminish fine lines and wrinkles that’s safe for sensitive skin, look no further. This multi-peptide serum with syn-ake, matrixyl synthe-6, matrixyl 3000, argirelox, hyaluronic acid, amino acids and bio-derivatives targets multiple signs of aging. Note that it’s best not use peptides in the same routine as direct acids, so you wouldn’t want to combine this serum with the Lactic Acid we mentioned above. $14.80 at theordinary.com
FOREO LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin
For that special someone who deserves a splurge, this electronic hypoallergenic device smooths the appearance of fine lines, while also deeply cleansing pores and reducing excess oil. Plus, who doesn’t like a relaxing facial massage that leaves your skin clean and soft? $200 at dermstore.com
A stocking stuffer that will actually be appreciated (and used)? Yes, please! These best-selling acne patches use hydrocolloid to gently draw out pus and gunk from pimples without drying out skin. In a matter of hours, the whitehead is gone … just like that. No popping necessary. $13 at herocosmetics.us
And hey, if you are checking out our gift guide with the intention of treating yourself to some skincare self-care, go for it! Let your best skin shine through in those #nofilter holiday selfies!