When it comes an especially bad breakout, sometimes your go-to acne-fighting product just doesn't cut it. If your skin is in need of extra reinforcement, a face mask with highly concentrated blemish-zapping ingredients may just be the ticket to a clearer complexion. Infused with potent ingredients like charcoal, clay, and sulfur, these treatments shrink and calm existing pimples while sopping up excess oil and dirt to prevent future ones from forming. They only need to be applied once or twice a week to see results and can be done in 30 minutes. In other words, masking is the perfect excuse to make a little dent in your DVR queue. Read on for seven of our favorite acne-killing face masks.
1. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
Clogged pores are a common culprit behind breakouts. This peel-off mask deep cleans skin by extracting dirt and oil to prevent future blemishes, plus it calms current redness and irritation.
Boscia | $34
2. Kate Somerville Eradikate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment
If you find many acne treatments to be drying, try this foaming gel version. It's infused with a calming and soothing botancial complex and also sloughs away dead skin cells and impurities.
Kate Somerville | $54
3. SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
Clay-based masks are great at soaking up excess oil that can lead to breakouts—but if you let them dry completely they might also suck the moisture out of skin. SkinCeuticals' mask is formulated to never dry completely, so you get the same acne-fighting benefits of clay, while keeping your complexion hydrated.
Skinceuticals | $51
4. Origins Clear Imrpovement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Charcoal isn't just for grilling. In the beauty world, the substance has quickly become a trendy ingredient. Since it's highly absorbing, it can draw dirt and oil from deeply clogged pores. Apply Origins' mask to rid skin of impurities that can lead to pesky pimples.
Origins | $17
5. GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
This powerful product works like a vacuum to suck impurities from skin's surface, ridding your complexion of blackheads, whiteheads, and redness from breakouts. If you're the kind of person who finds satisfaction in examining the gunk that pore strips pull out, this mask is for you. As it dries, the color lightens and leaves dark spots that pinpoint clogged pores.
Glamglow | $69
6. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask
This mask goes above and beyond the average spot treatment by killing blemishes deep under skin's surface before they even form. As for current breakouts, it also minimizes redness and shrinks existing pimples. What really sets the formula apart, though, is that you don't rinse it off. It simply absorbs into the skin and continues to work around the clock.
Neutrogena | $9
7. Murad Clarifying Mask
Treat acne-prone skin to this mask by Murad once a week to rid your complexion of excess oil and dry up any exisiting blemishes.
Murad | $38