Acne-prone skin requires routines and products specifically formulated to combat oil, tame shine, and treat stubborn acne and adding a weekly mask can be a great way to give your skin a helping hand. When you’re looking for a mask, be sure to choose one that is water-based, not oil-based. You also want to look for ingredients like beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid is common), which remove excess oil and exfoliate dead skin cells that clog pores, as well as alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic and lactic acid. So if you’re looking for a mask to add to your routine, follow along as we round up the 5 best face masks for acne-prone skin.
This purifying mask deep cleans and visibly reduces the look of pores using bamboo charcoal to flush out dirt, oil, and environmental debris. Additionally, white China clay absorbs toxins while lecithin dissolves impurities. Using this one to two times per week keeps oily skin clear and refreshed, but it can also be used as a spot treatment on pimples to draw out dirt and tame those red, angry, clogged pores!
Known as the 10-minute pore-minimizing mask, Caudalie’s Instant Detox clears out and shrinks congested pores. Natural pink clay draws out impurities, Papaya enzymes brighten the skin, and lavender and sage essential oils fight off bacteria, reducing future breakouts. In fact, 98% of the formula comes from natural ingredients so you can feel really good about what you’re putting on your skin! Use up to twice a week to treat and prevent acne and improve the overall look of skin.
This peel-off mask has a cult following and rightly so! Skin is left looking luminous, pore-less, and oil-free after activated charcoal and montmorillonite clay clear out congested pores. Boscia’s products use willowherb, a calming botanical that alleviates inflammation and redness – in this case, irritation commonly associated with acne and blemishes. It’s been dermatologist tested and the brand’s research states that 100% of users reported their skin felt cleaner and less oily after use. Bottom line: If you have acne-prone or oily skin, you need this mask.
Kate Somerville’s foaming mask is specifically formulated for acne-prone skin using ingredients like Colloidal Sulfur to reduce and prevent blemishes. A patented botanical complex blended with honey and rice bran extract calms and soothes skin to ensure that skin isn’t left overdried after being deep cleaned. It can be applied AM or PM and the self-foaming technology eradicates impurities and reduces acne with only a slight tingly feeling, in 10 minutes or less!
This ultra-fine sheet mask is the ultimate solution for acne, blemishes, and large pores! Glutathione evens out skin tone and reduces hyperpigmentation while salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide reduce oil for a noticeably clearer complexion post-mask – all done in less than 30 minutes. As a bonus, it’s both hypoallergenic and suitable for those with super sensitive skin.