I’ve got stubborn adulty breakout skin, and I work very hard to keep my flare-ups at bay. This means bi-monthly chemical peels and at least once a week I treat myself to a mask night. Okay, maybe more than once a week, probably at least twice a week. Usually when my husband is playing baseball or hockey. I call it “Masking Up” and it is my main source of at-home pampering. It’s important for your skin that you get your mask on, once in awhile. Don’t think that I do this when the hubs is out because I’m embarrassed or don’t want him to see me. I totally send him mask-up selfies so he knows what he’s missing, lol. Masks are a great way to compliment your regular skincare routine, or for some emergency spot treatment. Here are top 3 store-bought masks for acne-prone skin, in no particular order.
Top 3 Masks for Acne-Prone Skin
This multitasking product can be used as an exfoliant, a creme cleanser or a mask! I like to leave it on for 10-15 minutes as a mask and then exfoliate it off in the shower. Also amazing for spot treatments. Active ingredients include Glycolic and Salicylic Acid, Clay and a skin soother. Use this once a week or for spots.
Best for: Acne-prone skin, annoying things that pop up on your face the night before an event.
Main Use: exfoliant, spot treatment, mask, cleanser
Cost: Retails for $19.99
Active Ingredients: Glycolic and Salicylic Acid *this product can dry out your face if you are overzealous with it. You may also look like the wicked witch.
One of my fave products in my beauty arsenal, the Miracle 10 mask is amazing for spot treatments and soothing after a peel or exfoliation. Its mousse-like texture is so lovely when applied to your skin, and it has calming ingredients like Witch Hazel and Collagen, Elastin and Vitamins A, E, C, D3, K & B Complex. Awesome for reducing redness and minimizing pores. I use this twice a week because I love it so much, but it’s pricey so I have to be careful how much I use each time.
Best for: All skin types, the feeling of having little clouds spread across your face.
Main Use: spot treatment, face magic, calming
Cost: Retails for $65.99 * worth it
Active Ingredients: Witchazel, Collagen, more vitamins than your multi-vitamin. *not really
Activated charcoal is fantastic for targeting whiteheads and blackheads and other skin congestion issues. This mask helps to draw to draw junk out of your pores, which is nothing short of amazing. Contains Vitamin C, Dragonfruit and Cinnamon. I use it once every 2 weeks or whenever I’ve worn a lot of makeup for an event. This is a UK brand, but I got mine at Marshalls/Winners.
Best for: Acne-prone skin, feeling like you have the Gingham Instagram filter permanently on your face *meaning it’s dull and lifeless
Main Use: Congested skin *that’s a nice way of saying you break out or have blackheads
Cost: Retails for $8.99
Active Ingredients: Vitamin C *this is to make you bright and shiny
Not to be forgotten are the amazing masks from Lush. These are my two favorites of their large lineup. The Cosmetic Warrior is pretttty amazing for all sorts of facial woes. It’s a solid bet for breakout prone skin. It’s also won heaps of awards. Definitely the most affordable choice of the lot, however, because they are made with fresh ingredients the shelf life is around 2 weeks. Make sure you don’t let it go to waste!