Save your skin this party season with this SOS beauty trick

It always seems to be just before your party or your graduation or your driving licence picture that you get a breakout. We have a brilliant SOS beauty trick for when you need to get rid of a breakout.

If the dreaded breakout happens in the wake of a big event there is just one thing to turn to - salicylic acid. This is the miracle ingredient that clears breakouts. It's also the answer to getting rid of blackheads without plucking them violently out of your skin but that's for another chat.

Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble acid so it can get deep into your pores and clear the congestion causing spots and blackheads. It is also a brilliant exfoliator and helps to break down the inter-cellular glue in our skin. This allows the skin to shed old skin cells that build up on the surface and give it a dull appearance.

The main thing to take from this is that a product with salicylic acid is a saviour when you have a breakout you need to get rid of quickly. We have picked three of the best quick fix masks with salicylic acid.

Acne out SOS skin

Acne Out Active Cream €23.00 

It's not technically a mask but we use it like one. Apply it before you go to bed as an acne treatment. You can also apply it underneath your makeup to prevent a breakout or congestion forming.


SOS Decleor hydra floral white petal overnight skin perfecting mask


Decleor Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Mask €31.95

This is an ideal treatment if you have dry skin and a breakout at the same time. It is really hydrating but contains salicylic acid to clear breakouts. It will soothe, hydrate and clear your skin all at the same time.


Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Skincare Mask €49


Expensive but worth it. If you buy this baby and use it just twice a month for spot emergencies it will cost you less than €3 a go. Glamglow knows how to do a great mask and this one is excellent for clearing breakouts and blackheads.

Everyone should keep one of these treatments in their beauty cabinet for breakout emergencies. They are the surest way to clear up your skin or at least tame the beast quickly.

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