The Best Face Masks For Acne Prone Skin

If your skin is prone to acne flare-ups, one product you totally need in your skincare arsenal is a quick fix to target breakouts ASAP. Whether a solo spot or a full-on hormonal flare-up, blemishes always pop up at inconvenient times, so having a mask on hand to deal with this common skincare crisis is always our immediate course of action.  

We rounded up our favourite tried-and-tested face masks for dealing with acne-prone skin.

NIOD Flavanone Mud

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Congested skin? You need NIOD Flavanone Mask in your life ASAP. Don’t let the peculiar smell put you off – this creamy clay mask is a miracle worker for those stubborn under-the-skin blemishes that lurk on your chin and jawline, and really helps to refine bumpy skin texture – all while giving pores a seriously deep clean. Trust us, it works. 

Alpha-H Balancing & Pore Refining Mask

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If you’re worried your breakouts could leave behind red marks or acne scars, use Alpha-H Balancing & Pore Refining Mask twice a week for a dual-pronged approach that efficiently resurfaces the skin’s surface. Glycolic acid and bentonite clay work together – the acid breaks away dead skin cells, leaving pores open so the clay can draw out the impurities. 

Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask

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It’s easy to go in too hard and heavy when you want a breakout out of the way fast, but it’s important to remember that acne-prone skin is super sensitive and needs to be calmed and soothed (especially if you’re dealing with angry red blemishes). Mario Badescu’s Healing & Soothing Mask does exactly what it says on the skin, treating broken skin by reducing pain, swelling, and redness. 

It's Skin The Fresh Sheet Mask Tea Tree

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Tea tree is a key ingredient to look out for if you have acne pronse skin, since it’s anti-bacterial. Bacteria can play a big role in triggering acne – especially if your skin is also dry and dehydrated (a compromised moisture barrier lets bacteria in easily). It’s Skin’s The Fresh Sheet Mask is soaked in a tea tree serum which also helps to control excess oil production and hydrate skin at the same time. 

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Clay Mask

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Thanks to the pink clay, Sand & Sky’s Brilliant Skin Purifying Clay Mask has the ability to literally suck the gunk out of your pores. It reduces congestion and blackheads after a single use – impressively, it leaves skin with a blurred effect that makes enlarged pores invisible. What’s more, if you find clay masks too drying, this is one of the gentlest out there.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal SnapMask

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Masking made easy – Yes To Tomatoes’ Detoxifying Charcoal SnapMask is perfect for throwing into your bag ahead of a trip away. The charcoal in this mask acts like a magnet, drawing impurities out of pores by binding onto dead skin and oil. Meanwhile, salicylic acid and niacinamide work together to create an anti-bacterial defense that prevents future breakouts.