Put Your Mask On! (We're Not Talking About Corona Masks Either)



We're not talking about Corona face masks, we're talking skin face masks!! These masks

can be enjoyed by everyone, even those with acne-prone skin. They can help zap current breakouts, prevent new pimples from developing, and remove excess oil from the skin.

I can hear you say "But with so many masks out there which one should I pick?" Well, let's start with what kind of masks are out there.

Peel-off masks are perfect for oily or acne-riddled skin. Not only is there something super satisfying about lifting the mask from one side of your face and slowly peeling it off so you can feel each pore being unclogged, but they also work especially well to exfoliate as they pull away from your skin. Be careful to be off any Retin-A (retinoic acid) 10 days prior to this type of mask. Ask me how I know?? OUCH!!

Sheet masks are great for hydrating dry skin (and for allowing ingredients to really soak in), but they're not ideal for those with acne. These kinds of masks can actually worsen breakouts thanks to their pore-blocking tendencies.

Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin, alleviate oil buildup and clogged pores, and prevent acne. Activated charcoal masks work like magnets to draw out and trap dirt and oil. Other powerful ingredients to look for: Benzoyl peroxide works to lower levels of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, while alpha hydroxy acids remove oil and exfoliate dead cells to keep pores clearer.

Because face masks have much longer contact with your skin than face washes do, it's important to choose carefully since some can cause irritation. Avoid masks with added fragrances and those with comedogenic ingredients, such as coconut oil.

ZO Medical SULFUR MASQUE

Natural, clay-based formula that treats and prevents acne. Formula purifies pores and absorbs excess oil that can lead to future breakouts, while hydrating the skin to combat dryness. Also can be used as a spot treatment

$45

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

This mask helps to get rid of environmental toxins and dirt that clog pores and dull skin. The bamboo charcoal eliminates excess oil that could lead to blackheads and acne, while China clay absorbs toxins and lecithin dissolves impurities. The result? Gorgeous, glowing skin.

$13

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask


This Acne mask boasts benzoyl peroxide to treat breakouts and prevent new ones from cropping up. Unlike other masks, this formula vanishes instantly into skin, which allows the acne-fighting ingredients to absorb deep into pores, killing acne-causing bacteria. It's so low maintenance, you can even apply your moisturizer or makeup directly on top of the mask.

$11

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque


Packed with kaolin and bentonite clay, aloe, and fruit extracts, this soothing mask is perfect for acne-prone skin. It unclogs pores, removes impurities, and balances oil production. It's a little on the expensive side, but "OH BABY" your skin feels so smooth after using it.

$52

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