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    19 Skincare Products That'll Help You Kick Maskne To The Curb

    "Oh, look. Another zit." — me, every day.

    1. A 2-in-1 scrub and cleanser stick that's packed with coconut and coffee extract. It'll help fight inflammation and give your skin a powerful dose of hydration, too. Reviewers say it foams easily, and leaves their complexions feeling soft and super clean.

    A close up of a person using the scrub on their face
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    Plus, the formula is free of any synthetic ingredients that might aggravate your skin.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    2. These hydrocolloid pore strips that'll help shrink the appearance of pores and help ward off new breakouts in the process. You can even slap one of these on under your mask to take advantage of their oil-absorbing powers.

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    Each set also comes with four blackhead strips, so you can treat your nose to some decongesting action, too.

    "It needs to stay on for four to six hours (longer than other pore strips, I know), but since I'm working from home that isn't a problem. You can also use the strip overnight, but I'm a fussy sleeper to begin with, so I opted not to mess with my bedtime routine. After four hours, I peeled the strip off and was SHOOK at the amount of oil and sebum that it pulled from the pores on my nose. Like, truly amazed at what I saw on the strip in front of me." — Sarah Rohoman

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of Peace Out Pores Oil-Absorbing Pore Treatment Strips (they're #5).

    Get a set of eight strips from Sephora Canada for $25.

    3. This Mario Badescu silver powder that'll act like a plunger for clogged pores. The powdered sugar-like formula is actually a powerful combo of kaolin clay, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate that'll help immediately shrink the appearance of your pores, suck out the gunky build-up, AND mattify your complexion.

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    Because I have reactive skin, I read a TON about this powder before I tested it. Knowing it's made of naturally-derived ingredients is a big bonus! There's a slight tingly sensation as the product dries on the skin, but I didn't notice any irritation or reaction at all. My skin felt velvety soft, and my pores looked almost invisible, not to mention clean as a whistle. Application might be a tiny bit messy (I looked like I was covered in icing sugar about three minutes in), but it's 100% worth it.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Mario Badescu Silver Powder (it's #3).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.97.

    4. This Aztec healing clay mask that's beloved by reviewers and beauty editors alike. Just mix it with apple cider vinegar (you can also use water if you have sensitive skin) to help give your skin a nice, deep clean.

    A before and after where the before shows red, inflamed cystic acne and the after shows a clear complexion
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    It's marketed as "the world's most powerful at-home facial," so be prepared for some ~intensity~. In fact, it's so potent that you shouldn't leave it on for more than ten minutes. Trust me — the results are worth it!

    Still curious? Check out Buzzfeed's full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    5. A roll of silky-soft blotting paper that'll allow you to unfurl however much you need. The neat lil' compact even has a mirror on the back that'll make it easy to target any oily buildup under your mask.

    A flatlay of the blotting paper unravelled next to blotting powder
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    Oh, and you can get a refill roll here!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $22.

    6. A pair of silicone face scrubbies that will amp up the efficacy of your cleanser and help you waste less product in the process. They have silky-soft fronds that won't irritate sensitive skin and feature handy suction cup handles, giving you a firm grip.

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    The tiny silicone bristles are way better at removing makeup and debris than my hands alone, and unlike more expensive face brushes, there are no heads to replace or batteries to recharge.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Silicone Face Scrubbers (it's #8).

    Get a two-pack on Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    7. This cult-favourite acne treatment that will target active breakouts and help heal your skin in the process. A little dab of this sulfur-saturated liquid is enough to banish all manner of zits — even the ones hiding beneath your skin.

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    Reviewers say it's pretty powerful, so make sure to do a patch test first.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $31.

    8. This all-natural Herbivore Blue Tansy clarifying mask that'll dissolve any buildup on your skin, while also ~chilling out~ angry breakouts. The cooling gel is infused with fruit enzymes and white willow bark that'll soothe irritation — perfect for any unwelcome blemishes.

    A flatlay of the face mask surrounded by a facial brush and a natural sponge
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    I normally have pretty good skin, but every once in a while I get a zit that's a real doozy. All I need is 10 minutes with this mask for my pimples to look way less visible! I love the gentle exfoliating action because it speeds up my skin's healing process, so I end up with less discolouration on my face and a smoother complexion.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $63.

    9. These pimple patches with over 5,000 five-star reviews that will help bust any incoming blemishes, and subdue the red, irritated ones that appear seemingly overnight. They'll suck all the gunk right out, so you'll feel like you just hit up the dermatologist.

    A person holds up a package of pimple patches with overlaid text that reads "AMAZING"
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    Bonus: They also help heal and prevent future pimples.

    Read BuzzFeed's full review of the Cosrx pimple patches to see real-life results.

    Get a pack of 24 patches on Amazon Canada for $17.40.

    10. A bottle of balancing Ole Henriksen toner that'll help sop up any excess oil from your skin and keep pimples from making an appearance. It's made of a trio of acids that'll unclog pores, without leaving your skin dry and flaky.

    A person holding the toner in front of a brick wall
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    "It does exactly what it claims to do: control oil. Even around my time of the month (which is when it tends to be at its worst), my skin stays pretty balanced. Other pluses? It doesn't have that alcohol-y smell like a lot of toners do and feels a little more moisturizing. My skin also doesn't have that uncomfortable tight feeling after I use it either, which is great."— Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $38.

    11. A hydrating facial oil that'll purify your skin, without making it feel dry as a desert. It's packed with antiseptic tea tree oil, squalane, and rosemary extract that'll make zits way less visible (and keep dark spots from showing up, too).

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $65.

    12. A pimple extractor kit that'll amp up your pimple-popping game (even from hard-to-reach areas, like nostrils or ears). Using your fingers might be satisfying, but these stainless steel tools won't transfer bacteria and will help keep your blemishes from getting infected.

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    It comes with a double-ended loop tool, needlepoint tweezers and a travel case.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    13. A tube of this creamy mask that works wonders in just ten minutes, making it perfect for when you're short on time. Reviewers say will make even hard, painful cysts disappear overnight.

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    It uses a combo of zinc oxide, camphor, and sulfur to suck up any excess oil, slough off dead skin, and deeply clean your pores.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $34.

    14. This breakout-clearing serum that will help you say goodbye to mask-induced acne for good. You can use it as a targeted treatment to fight existing pimples, or you can slather on a thin layer under your moisturizer to keep new zits from joining the party.

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    The blend of niacamide, salicylic acid, and seaweed extract will work to combat breakout-causing bacteria, while still being gentle on your skin.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $29.

    15. These skin-clearing pads that'll treat the blemishes you already have and stop new ones from forming. They're formulated with salicylic acid and white clay, so even deep-seated cystic acne doesn't stand a chance.

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    Reviewers say they noticed a visible improvement in their skin in as little as two days.

    Get a tub of 60 pads from Sephora Canada for $40.

    16. These microdart patches that'll deliver zit-fighting power right to the source of the problem. Unlike other patches, you can pop one of these on the second you suspect you've got a big ol' carbuncle coming on (and not just when they appear through your skin).

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    Each set also comes with cleaning swabs that'll kill any bacteria, so your skin can focus on healing itself.

    Get an eight-pack on Amazon Canada for $77.38.

    17. This non-stinging facial rescue spray that'll quell redness and irritation in problem areas (aka under your mask). The trick? Let it dry down before layering on other products, so it can work its magic.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $16.

    18. A bottle of this oil-free cleanser that'll dissolve acne-causing bacteria before it gets a chance to cause maskne. Reviewers say it's a holy grail product for combating persistent pimples, and leaves their skin feeling squeaky clean.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $30.

    19. And lastly, a lightweight gel moisturizer that'll help prevent breakouts from happening in the first place. It's designed to regulate your skin's sebum production, so it won't build up and cause sneaky breakouts under your mask.

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    Even though it's gentle enough to use every day, you can swap it in and out of your routine whenever your skin needs a bit of help.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $40.

    Not today, maskne!

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