11 Expert Tips for avoiding breakouts this holiday season
11 expert tips for avoiding breakouts this holiday season
"People with acne often stay away from moisturizers, but in the winter, a moisturizer is essential because prescription acne treatments are especially drying in the winter. Acne-prone individuals should opt for a noncomedogenic moisturizer."—Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, creator and co-founder of The Specific Beauty
"I would focus on detoxing—drinking a green juice once a day instead of that 4 pm coffee will do wonders to hydrate you from the inside out AND will get your digestive system back in track. Poor digestion means breakouts and the hydration factor of a green juice will mean trading that dull winter skin for a glow!"—Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
"The best pimple is the one you never get. The key to avoiding 'pimple panic' and having a consistently clear complexion is using a medicated skin care program, such as Proactiv Plus, once or twice per day. If in spite of your best efforts, a breakout occurs, use a sulfur-based mask overnight and apply directly on the pimple. It will help it heal faster and remove the telltale redness."—Katie Rodan, M.D., Proactiv/Proactiv+ co-founder and dermatologist
"Many people with acne overuse products. If you're using glycolic acid then don't use salicylic acid, or if you're using night retinol, don't use salicylic acid. Keep it to one—don't use three."—Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesperson
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"You can make a mask out of egg whites to take some of the excess oil out of your skin. Just beat an egg white with a teaspoon of lemon, which makes it more acidic, and place it on your skin for 15 minutes. Let it dry and then wash it off with warm water."—Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) spokesperson
"Apply products downwards on the face to encourage lymphatic drainage. It will open your lymph nodes and make the skin clear up fast."—Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
"Redness is a big problem with acne in the winter. Green tea extract is one of the best antioxidants for reducing imflammation and combatting background redness."—Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, creator and co-founder of The Specific Beauty
Between the festive sweets and the champagne-fueled parties, the holiday season is a recipe for a skin disaster. But while a zit or two may be inevitable, there are precautions you can take to avoid an eruption of breakouts without missing out on the fun.
Above, six top dermatologists and skincare experts to share their best advice for keeping skin clear through New Year's Eve.