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Fast-paced jobs and rocky relationships can induce some major anxiety, and while stress can obviously take a toll on your psyche, it also wreaks havoc somewhere totally unexpected: your face.

“Stress causes the body to produce increased cortisol,” explains New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD. “Cortisol increases sebaceous gland production of oil, which can lead to acne breakouts, clogged pores, and patchy, red, itchiness on the cheeks and nasal area.”

And that’s not all. While emotional stress can leave your skin looking red and irritated on its own, a few too many cocktails, overexposure to the sun or a dip in an over-chlorinated pool can be a total complexion killer, as well. Luckily, we found the ten best serums, creams, lotions, and masks to calm stressed out skin — no matter what the cause.

Whether you’re stressed out over starting a new job, or you’re so busy your daily fluid intake is made up entirely of coffee and wine, you’re going to need products that are a bit more intense than your usual regimen to battle stressed out skin. Skyn Iceland Detox Kit for Stressed Skin, $35, is a complete kit that contains a face wash, night cream, eye pen and daily lotion made from a blend of antioxidants, Icelandic Glacial Water and cranberry seed oils. This vitamin-rich detox kit will bring your skin back into balance.

If the combination of sunshine and stress has left your skin ultra red and flakier than a French pastry, slather on thisSkinCeuticals Phyo Corrective Masque, $55, to reduce irritation and minimize dry patches. Whether you’re fighting a post workout flush or severe windburn, the mixture of cucumber, thyme, and hyaluronic acid make this formula the perfect fast-acting relief for red skin. Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge for an ultra-cooling, after-sun soothing effect.