If you have oily or acne-prone skin, masks are essential to keeping your complexion healthy and blemish-free. With so many products on the market, it can be tough to decipher which products work and which don’t. One thing to keep in mind is that just because a mask is more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s more effective. That is an important rule to follow with all skincare products. Everyone’s skin is unique and reacts differently, so it’s best to go with what actually works on your skin, not what is fancy or trendy.
Having said that, here are our top 5 skin-clarifying masks. Whether you want to freshen up your complexion or clear a breakout, these are our favorite masks for deeply cleaning pores and giving our complexions an instant boost.
TreeActiv Anti Acne & Rosacea Treatment Sulfur Mask Plus Rhassoul
This double duty scrub/mask uses the power of sulfur and rhassoul to clear pores and deeply exfoliate. It also uses honey powder, lemon peel powder, aloe vera juice to soothe skin and lighten dark marks. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use on both acne and rosacea.
Aztec Secret Indian Clay Healing Mask
This mask is widely unknown, but those who do use it are diehard fans! This natural, 100% bentonite clay mask goes deep into the pores to pull out impurities. The clay is extracted from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in up to 134 degrees. The best part is that there are no added chemicals or fragrances. You can also use it on insect bites, rashes and other skin irritations. At under $8 this multi-purpose mask is one product you should always have in your medicine cabinet!
Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask
We were really sad when Boots discontinued their amazing Tomato Peel mask, but this new formula makes up for it! This clarifying mask uses ocean clay and sea salt to draw impurities without drying out the skin. The mineral rich formula has a negative charge that acts like a magnet to purge clogged pores and refine the complexion.
Mychelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel Mask
This super exfoliating enzyme rich mask will instantly brighten your complexion and slough off dull, dead skin cells. Its antioxidant and Vitamin A rich formula gives your skin a noticeable boost after just 3-5 minutes. Excellent for post acne hyperpigmentation and lightening sun spots.
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel,$23
Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask
This incredible mask instantly soothes acne and redness with anti-inflammatory azulene, chamomile and Balsam Peru. In addition to calming skin, it contains kaolin clay to purge impurities. This one-two punch mask is fantastic for post-extraction redness and purification.
Yes to Tomatoes Skin Clearing Facial Mask
This effective, yet gentle mask soothes, brightens the complexion and clears clogged pores with kaolin clay, dead sea mud, algae lycopene, aloe vera, and chamomile. This mask is perfect for sensitive yet acne-prone skin types that are easily irritated and dried out.