Face mask for acne


8 Easy Home Remedies for Acne

Cucumber Face Mask

“Make a paste by blending one small cucumber and 1 cup of oatmeal,” says Cook-Bolden. Mix 1 teaspoon of this paste with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse.

Cucumber Face Pack

This cooling, soothing mask will help smooth your skin, which can often feel rough from acne. “Mash one whole cucumber, strain the water, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and mix well,” says Cook-Bolden. “Apply to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes; then wash with cold water.”

Simple Honey Mask

Before applying this mask, rinse your face with warm water to open up pores, says Cook-Bolden. Then apply honey and leave it on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse the honey off with warm water; then rinse again with cold water to close the pores.

Yeast and Yogurt Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin is prone to acne, and this home remedy can reduce excess oil and help clear acne. To make the mask, combine 1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast with a little plain yogurt to create a thin mixture. Cook-Bolden says, “Apply it thoroughly to all the oily areas and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water; then use cold water to close the pores.”

Oatmeal Facial

Oatmeal is naturally soothing, and this simple oatmeal mask can also help clear acne. Mix together 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and enough water to form a paste. Smooth the paste all over your face and gently rub it in. Rinse thoroughly afterward.

Lemon-Egg Face Mask

This is a great all-purpose acne home remedy that can boost any skin type. “Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white,” recommends Cook-Bolden. Apply to the face, and leave the mask on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, wash your face with warm water. Be sure to keep the raw-egg mixture out of your mouth and eyes.

Turmeric Facial Mask

For beautiful skin, brides in India traditionally use a turmeric mask before their wedding, says Cook-Bolden. Ingredients for this acne remedy are available at spice markets and ethnic food stores. Mix together 1/2 cup of chickpea flour and 2 teaspoons each turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, and ghee (clarified butter) or almond oil, and then combine them with enough water to make a paste. “Apply and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes,” says Cook-Bolden. “Rub with pressure with both palms and fingers to remove all the paste.” Rinse well with water.

Homemade facial masks can rejuvenate your skin and help clear acne — and all of these recipes use common ingredients found in your pantry and refrigerator. Try one or more of the acne remedies to treat pimple-prone skin and see how your skin responds.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Skin and Beauty Center.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by breakouts. Significantly, the American Academy of Dermatology says that acne affects up to 50 million Americans. With this in mind, we asked top estheticians to share their favorite homemade face masks for acne. Whip up one of these and say bye-bye to blemishes and clogged pores.

The best part? The ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.

1. Honey and Cinnamon Steam Mask

Jodi Shays, LE is a celeb-favorite esthetician extraordinaire and founder of Queen Bee Salon & Spa. She recommends this oh-so-easy mask to all her clients with acne. Why? To start, honey is antimicrobial. In other words, it helps kill acne-causing bacteria. Meanwhile, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.


2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

How To:

First, wash your face with your favorite cleanser. Afterward, gently pat the area dry. Then, mix the honey and cinnamon together into a paste. Apply the mixture to affected areas. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Finally, rinse off completely with warm water. For extra credit, Shays recommends steaming your face while you have the mask on. This helps the ingredients to really get into your skin.

Additionally, Shays recommends mixing one part vinegar with three parts fresh, cool water. Use this combination for a toner a few times a week. “The vinegar balances the pH of your skin so bacteria can’t thrive,” she explains.

2. Aloe and Almond Exfoliating Mask

Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas‘s clients include Emma Stone. To beat acne, Vargas recommends whipping up this soothing and exfoliating mask. “Yogurt and aloe are both antibacterial and have skin-soothing benefits,” she says. “The yogurt has lactic acid which helps exfoliate skin and dry out breakouts.” Then, coconut oil contains lauric acid – also antibacterial. Lastly, almond meal gently exfoliates. “All of these ingredients together will help to combat acne and also leave your skin super hydrated,” she says.


1/4 cup yogurt
3 tablespoons aloe
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon almond meal

Start by mixing the ingredients together in a bowl. Then, apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth.

3. Strawberry Lime Skin Refreshing Mask

This acne-fighting mask comes from esthetician Clara Williams. It uses strawberries and lime juice to unclog pores. “Strawberries are one of the best fruits for inflammatory skin. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which helps heal skin and reduce inflammation.” Vitamin C also helps promote collagen production for glowing skin. Finally, the citric acid in lime juice helps whisk away dead skin while reducing bacteria and excess oil.


2 large strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice

First, mash the ingredients together. Then, apply the mixture to your face and neck. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

4. Yogurt and Strawberry Acne Mask

Ildi Pekar perfects the skin of models like Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk. Her DIY recipe for acne-free skin contains only two ingredients: strawberries and yogurt. “First, the lactic acid in yogurt helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores,” she shares. Furthermore, it also has soothing, hydrating properties. Lastly, strawberries also happen to be high in salicylic acid which you may recognize as an active ingredient in your favorite acne-fighting cleansers.

2 mashed strawberries
2 teaspoons plain yogurt

How To:

Mash the strawberries well in a bowl. Then, mix in the yogurt. Afterward, apply over your entire face. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with lukewarm water.

5. Baking Soda and Honey Exfoliating Mask

Rebecca Lee, RN, founder of RemediesForMe.com, recommends this simple homemade face mask for acne. The key ingredient is baking soda which is antimicrobial and antifungal. Equally important, baking soda also helps absorb excess oil while gently exfoliating. Combine it with moisturizing coconut oil and antimicrobial honey for a very effective acne fighter.

1 tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coconut oil

First, mix all the ingredients together until they form a paste. Afterward, apply it over your face, avoiding your eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Then, rub the paste in for one to two minutes in slow, circular motions. Leave it on for an additional 10-15 minutes. Finally, rinse the mask away with lukewarm water.

Did you know that the largest organ of the body is your skin?

Your epidermis (skin) your first line of protection against bacteria and viruses. Your skin keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold temperatures.

Your skin is also the first to let you know when something is not going right on the inside. The usual signs are acne, rashes, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, sores, bruising, moles.

By using natural DIY facial masks at home, you can minimize daily pollutants, bacteria, and other infections that may settle on your delicate skin.

Homemade Face Mask Ingredients

  • Aloe Vera (plant or juice) is an anti-inflammatory agent that is full of anti-oxidants.
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. It dries up excess oil, while gently exfoliating.
  • Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial agent.
  • Coconut Oil and Olive Oil have anti-microbial and moisturizing effects.
  • Green Tea Powder is an antioxidant powerhouse. It also acts as an anti-microbial agent and decreases inflammation.
  • Honey is nature’s powerful antibiotic.
  • Lemon Juice acts as an astringent and dries out excess oil.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is alkalizing, which balances out the pH levels of the body.
  • Papaya removes dead skin cells and decreases inflammation.
  • Greek Yogurt (or Raw Milk — do not use skim products) contains acid and fat. The acid is antibacterial, while the fats are moisturizing.
  • Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that gets rid of dead skin cell buildup and unclogs pores.
  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Higher quality turmeric can stain clothes, but does not stain the face.

Before Applying Masks

Before you apply a mask, make sure your skin is thoroughly clean and your pores are open. The best ways of doing this is to take a shower or use steam to clean and open pores.

  1. Boil a pot of filtered water.
  2. Transfer the water to a large bowl and let it cool down for 1-2 minutes.
  3. When the water is not too hot, place your face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel for 5-10 minutes.

Naturally Clean Your Skin With Homemade Face Masks

1. Green Tea, Honey, Lemon, Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of green tea (tea bag or Matcha green tea)
  • 1 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar (preferably brown)

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1-2 minutes in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


  • Matcha Green Tea Powder- Organic
  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Sugar – Raw, Unrefined

2. Baking Soda, Honey, Coconut/Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut/olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1-2 minutes in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


  • Baking Soda
  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – Organic

3. Turmeric, Raw Milk/Greek Yogurt, Honey

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons of raw milk/greek yogurt (full fat, unflavored)
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Use a makeup brush or cotton balls to apply the paste and to avoid staining your fingers. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Make sure to lay paper towels around the sink to catch any spills.

Remove with a cotton ball or washcloth. If there is a yellow tint remaining, you can remove with diluted apple cider vinegar mixed with water, or a gentle toner.


  • Turmeric Powder
  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered

4. Cinnamon, Honey, Aloe Vera

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (preferably ceylon)
  • 3 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 1 inch of fresh aloe vera plant (only the inside gel) or 2 teaspoon of aloe vera juice

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1 minute, in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10 minutes.

This mask is good for removing blackheads. Do not use this mask if you have sensitive skin. If you feel an intolerable burning sensation, wash it off right away.


  • Aloe Vera – Liquid
  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Cinnamon (Ceylon) – Organic

5. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Baking Soda

  • 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Organic, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Baking Soda

6. Papaya, Honey, Lemon, Coconut/Olive Oil

  • 2 tablespoons of mashed up fresh papaya (no seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut/olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


  • Honey – Pure, Raw, Unfiltered
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- Organic

How to Clean Your Skin From the Inside

1. Drink Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries for various disinfectant and antimicrobial purposes.

Some of the uses of this vinegar are: anti-microbial, anti-fungal, increases immunity and fights cancer, stimulates weight loss, decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers cholesterol, maintains blood sugar, and clears up acne.

ACV also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus in the digestive tract. This is important because 80% of our immune system is in our GI system.

Method: Mix in 1 teaspoons of ACV into a cup of warm water. You can squeeze in a wedge of lemon (vitamin C). Add a dash of ceylon cinnamon powder (antiseptic) and raw organic honey (antimicrobial).

Drink up to 3 times a day for smoother and clearer skin.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Organic, Raw, Unfiltered

2. Take Probiotics

When we do not have enough “good bacteria” or probiotics, in our system, pathogens take over and leave us susceptible to disease, cancers, and illnesses.

Live beneficial microbes in the digestive tract makes up our immune system. These good bacterias prevent the invasion of pathogens that make us sick.

They also improve digestion, prevent constipation, synthesize Vitamin K, and keep a balanced pH level (a plus for acne sufferers).

A lot of times, our healthy bacterias are accidentally wiped out by procedures that are intended to get rid of bad bacteria. These include: antibiotics (pill form, in our milk, meat, poultry, fish), recent surgeries, diarrhea (flushes out good and bad bacteria altogether), colon cleanses, too much fiber (destroys bacterial membranes), protein deficiency (protein creates mucin which is needed to create intestinal mucous — where bacterial flora thrive).

Method: Make sure to take probiotic-containing foods all-year-round. Naturally occurring foods can be found in: water or milk Kefir, Kombucha drinks, non-commercial unflavored yogurt, fermented foods, sauerkraut.

Quality probiotic capsules can also be found at your local health food store or online.


  • Probiotic 40 Billion CFU with Prebiotics
  • Probiotic plus Prebiotic (Patented)

Other Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Watch What You Eat. What you put into your body is just as important as what you on your body. Try to stay away from foods that are processed, contain chemicals, toxins, GMO (genetically modified), MSG (monosodium glutamate) and gluten (if you have sensitivities). Whatever is put on your skin is absorbed directly into the body.
  2. Clean Your Pillowcase And Sheets. Daily pollutants, dead skin cells, and oils can gather on your bedding. Constant contact with dirty bedding can irritate your gentle skin and cause clogged pores.
  3. Don’t Pick At Your Face. Picking can spread the infections from your pimples to other parts of your face. It can also lead to scarring and dark spots.

Final Word

Find a mask that works best for you. For different effects, you can alternate between masks every couple of days. With continued use, you should start seeing improvements from acne, dry or oily skin, and dark spots.

Remember to treat your outsides as well as you would your insides, and you should be having naturally glowing skin in no time!

15 Easy Homemade Face Packs For Oily And Acne-Free Skin Ramona Sinha Hyderabd040-395603080 October 14, 2019

Taking care of oily skin is a tough task. It’s because you are trying to manage multiple issues – excess sebum, open pores, greasiness, and acne – all at once! While you cannot get rid of these issues overnight, you can manage them with the help of a few ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen. In this article, we have put together a few effective face mask recipes for oily and acne-prone skin. Check them out.

Best Face Packs And Masks For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin

1. Honey And Lemon Juice

Honey has antimicrobial properties that help to minimize acne (1). Lemon has an astringent effect on your skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted lemon juice


  1. Mix both the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spread the mixture all over the face, focusing on the problem areas.
  3. Leave it on for 15-minutes
  4. Wash off and pat your skin dry.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

Caution: Always use diluted lemon juice on the skin and apply sunscreen after using this pack as lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive.

2. Aloe Vera And Turmeric Face Pack

Both aloe vera and turmeric have anti-inflammatory effects, and both help in reducing acne and keeping the skin healthy (2), (3).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera pulp
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric


  1. Blend the aloe vera pulp in a blender.
  2. Pour it in a bowl and mix it with turmeric.
  3. Apply the face pack and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off and pat your skin dry.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

3. Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) And Rose Water Face Pack

Fuller’s earth has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps to remove excess dirt and oil (4). This keeps the skin clean and acne-free. Rosewater has a calming effect on the skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of Multani mitti
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water (adjust the quantity according to your need)


  1. Mix the Multani mitti and rose water in a bowl.
  2. Adjust the consistency and spread it all over your face.
  3. Wait until it dries and then wash off.
  4. Repeat 2 times a week.

4. Turmeric And Honey Face Pack

Both turmeric and honey have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects on the skin. These ingredients are widely used in Ayurveda for their healing effects.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder


  1. Mix the honey and turmeric in a bowl to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face or just the problem areas.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
  4. Repeat this 3 times a week.

5. Oatmeal And Honey Face Mask

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory effects, is rich in antioxidants, and helps in relieving many dermatological conditions (5). Honey has an antimicrobial effect, and it prevents acne and keeps your skin healthy and moisturized.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of oats (powdered)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon of water, rose water, or milk (for mixing the ingredients)


  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply it on your face and neck.
  3. Leave it for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with warm water.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

6. Yogurt And Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) Face Pack

Yogurt contains lactic acid that helps improve skin texture and make it smooth (6). Both the ingredients help to keep the skin clean and healthy.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of Fuller’s earth
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt


  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Adjust the quantities (if required) until you get a paste-like consistency
  3. Apply it on your face or the problem areas. Let it dry
  4. Wash it off.
  5. Repeat 2 times a week.

7. Cinnamon And Honey Face Mask

Cinnamon (both oil and other extracts) has antibacterial compounds and is effective on Staphylococcus aureus, the acne-causing bacteria (7). Together with honey, it helps to keep the skin clear and reduce inflammation.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder or 1 drop of cinnamon oil


  1. Mix both the ingredients.
  2. Apply it as a spot treatment for acne and pimples.
  3. Let it stay for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wash it off.
  5. Repeat once a day until the pimples are gone.

Caution: Cinnamon might cause skin irritation and redness. Do not use if you have sensitive skin or if you feel discomfort.

8. Tea Tree Oil And Clay Face Mask

Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (8). Along with the clay, it helps control excess sebum production and reduces acne.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of clay (Multani mitti, Bentonite clay, or any other clay)
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water or rose water (for mixing purpose)


  1. Mix the clay and water or rosewater in a bowl. Adjust the consistency as per your convenience.
  2. Add the tea tree oil to the paste and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture on your face or just the problem areas. Let it dry.
  4. Wash it off.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

9. Witch Hazel And Clay Mask

Witch hazel has astringent properties and exhibits anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects (9). This face mask helps to keep your skin clean and reduce oiliness and acne.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of clay (use any clay of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of water or rosewater


  1. Mix the clay with witch hazel and add water or rosewater until you get a paste-like consistency.
  2. Spread it all over your face and leave it to dry.
  3. Wash off once it dries.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

10. Egg White, Lemon, And Tea Tree Oil Face Mask

Tea tree oil has antibacterial effects and helps to reduce acne. Egg white has a tightening effect on the skin as it dries. Proponents of this face mask claim that applying egg white and lemon on the face can help remove excess oil.

You Will Need

  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted lemon juice
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Using a brush, apply a thin layer on your face.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Wash it off with warm water.
  5. Repeat this 2 times a week.

11. Gram Flour And Yogurt Face Mask

Gram flour helps to reduce oiliness and pimples. Along with yogurt, it can brighten the skin tone.

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of gram flour or besan
  • 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt


  1. Mix the gram flour with yogurt in a bowl.
  2. Once you get a smooth paste, apply it all over your face.
  3. Let it dry and then wash it off.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times a day.

12. Bentonite Clay And Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask

Bentonite clay is often used as a part of traditional remedies. It has a detoxifying effect and protects the skin from damage (10). ACV is said to have an astringent effect on the skin and helps to kill acne-causing bacteria (11).

You Will Need

  • 1-2 tablespoons of Bentonite clay
  • 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water (optional)


  1. Mix the clay with ACV and make a smooth paste.
  2. Mix water if the consistency is not smooth.
  3. Spread the pack evenly on the face.
  4. Let it dry and then wash off.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

13. Garlic And Honey Face Pack

Although the effect of topical garlic is not studied much, its antioxidant properties can help prevent a lot of skin issues (12). Together with honey, it prevents acne-causing bacteria and keeps the skin clear.

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


  1. Mix the garlic paste and honey in a bowl.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash it off.
  4. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

14. Neem And Turmeric Face Pack

Both neem and turmeric have medicinal properties. Neem has antibacterial and antifungal properties and helps to reduce acne (13). This face pack will give you clear, acne-free, and blemish-free skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of neem leaves paste
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of water (if needed)


  1. Mix all the ingredients and make a paste. You may add water if the paste is too thick.
  2. Spread the mixture on your face.
  3. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or until it dries.
  4. Wash off with water.
  5. Repeat 3 times a week.

15. Activated Charcoal And Aloe Vera Face Mask

Those who use activated charcoal think that it removes all the dirt and excess sebum from the skin and leaves it squeaky clean. This face mask can help you manage excess oil and prevent acne.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
  • 1-2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel


  1. Mix both the ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture all over your face.
  3. Leave it for not more than 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off.
  5. Use this once every two weeks. (Regular use of activated charcoal on the face may harm the natural barrier of your skin.)

DIY face masks may take time to give results, but these are natural and free of harmful chemicals. If you prefer the natural way to skin care, try these face masks today and share your experience in the comments section below.

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15 Best Face Masks for Acne-Prone Skin

Sometimes a DIY mixture just doesn’t cut it. For products with more potency, an over-the-counter fix may deliver extra acne-fighting oomph:

1. Aztec Secret

Pure calcium bentonite clay, this product is the basis of many DIY acne face masks. What we love is that you can mix and add your own ingredients (tea tree oil, rose water, apple cider vinegar). Research has shown bentonite clay to be an effective detoxifying agent and skin protector.

Cost: $10.95

Good for: oily but sensitive skin that results in chronic acne

Where to buy: Amazon

2. Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask Acne Treatment Mask

The product contains 10 percent sulfur, a natural antimicrobial agent that’s been shown to effectively treat acne. “Sulfur is a great anti-inflammatory,” Robinson says. “It can be particularly helpful for torso acne.”

Cost: $47

Good for: oily and blemish-prone skin

Where to buy: Sephora

Bonus: sulfate- and phthalate-free

3. Dermalogica Medibac Sebum Clearing Masque

This treatment contains both salicylic acid, a common acne fighter, and zinc, an anti-inflammatory mineral that may help relieve redness and irritation. The clay works to draw out the oils while the other ingredients encourage your skin to exfoliate without being irritated.

Cost: $38.83

Good for: chronic acne and inflamed skin

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: fragrance- and coloring-free

4. Activated Charcoal & French Clay Powder for DIY Masks & Skin Treatments

The green clay and charcoal in this product may help eliminate excess oil, while the zinc fights redness and inflammation. Additional vitamin C and spirulina will help deliver antioxidants and soothe your skin into a nice glow. As a dry product, this mask can also be mixed with yogurt, aloe, or rose water for extra benefits.

Cost: $14.99

Good for: sensitive, oily, to dehydrated skin that’s prone to whiteheads

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: paraben- and cruelty-free, vegan, and hypoallergenic

5. Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Night Mask with Arbutin and Niacinamide

This overnight mask contains niacinamide, which has been found to be an effective acne-reducing treatment. “Niacinamide is a B vitamin which is a great anti-inflammatory and can help reduce redness or erythema of the skin,” Robinson says. “This can be particularly helpful for patients who are experiencing post-inflammatory erythema or redness of the skin as their acne is clearing.”

Cost: $36.00

Good for: dry, dull, dehydrated, and sensitive skin

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: fragrance-free

6. De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment Acne Medication

Sulfur is again the magic bullet here, and this straightforward, no-frills treatment offers maximum strength power.

Cost: $6.29

Good for: oily skin and spot treating

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: free of preservatives, fragrances, and coloring

7. Ebanel Korean Facial Face Bubble Mask Sheet

Dry or irritated skin may feel revived with this detoxifying sheet mask that combines volcanic ash and bentonite, along with ingredients like vitamin C and peptides to hydrate and repair skin with antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid, collagen, and fruit extracts will also help soften your skin to the touch.

Cost: $13.25

Good for: dehydrated, dull, and acne-prone skin

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: cruelty-free and without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and alcohol

8. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD® Activated Charcoal Treatment Mask

This cult classic mask includes an array of acids that help promote cell turnover and clear congested pores. The active ingredients include kaolin (a soft white clay), mandelic acid (a gentle exfoliator), and eucalyptus, which may help promote healing and decrease inflammation.

Cost: $59.00

Good for: dehydrated, dull, and acne-prone skin

Where to buy: Sephora

Bonus: free ofparabens, sulfates, and phthalates

9. Origins’ Out of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask

If excess oil is at the root of your breakout, this product may help fix the issue with active ingredients like zinc and sulfur.

Cost: $26.00

Good for: combination and oily skin

Where to buy: Sephora

Bonus: certified clean with no sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, mineral oil, and more

10. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Oily complexions may also benefit from this clay mask, which can even be used as a spot treatment. The active ingredients include volcanic ash, kaolin, bentonite clays, and lactic acid, an effective natural exfoliant.

Cost: $14.88

Good for: combination and oily skin with clogged pores

Where to buy: Amazon

Bonus: certified clean with no sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, mineral oil, and more

These Are The Best Face Packs for Pimples For Everyone Struggling With Acne Prone Skin

If you have acne prone skin, you already know how difficult it is to wake up with skin that is clear and not irritated. Worrying about breaking out in a pimple is a constant in your life, and we don’t blame you. Acne is a pretty serious issue, because it can lead to severely irritated or damaged skin. But even for those of us for whom it is not that bad, there is still a need for special care. nd you can get that with the best face packs for pimples. These are designed especially to benefit oily skin, and to take care of acne and breakouts.

The very first thing to know about acne and pimples is that, pimples are only ONE of the effects of acne. Acne itself is a skin condition caused by your pores being blocked by excessive sebum (skin oil) secretion, along with dead skin cells, and pollution and dust. This leads to blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and pimples. Pimples, which are a result of this skin condition, are the red, inflamed and infected plugged oil glands, sometimes filled with pus. While taking of acne-prone skin requires regular care and a proper regimen, pimples need specific products to clear them away, face packs being on of them.

So let’s find out which face packs for pimples work the best:

1. Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Pack

The neem pack from Himalaya is one of the best products to use for anyone with oily skin, and especially good if you have acne and breakouts. The pack eliminates pimples, works to prevents recurrence of acne, and cleanses the face. You can use it two-three times a week. The fact that is it also herbal is a bonus.

Price: Rs 135

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2. Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask

This face mask applies as a rich creamy pack, which might throw off people with oily skin in the first look, but it is actually perfect for those with combination, oily, and acne prone skin. The natural clay in it combats excess oil and grease, making the skin look clear and giving it a glow. The creamy formula filled with antioxidant ingredients make sure the pack does not make your skin too dry.

Price: Rs 299

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3. Forest Essentials Mysore Sandalwood and Nagkesar Facial Treatment Masque

This is nourishing facial pack from Forest Essentials is made of pure sandalwood, rosewater, black Himalayan clay and enriched with Ayurvedic herbs Nagkesar and Gotkula, which go deep in your skin to work on the pores. It cleanses and refines the pores, and the herbs treat the irritated skin to soothe it.

Price: Rs 1,277

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4. Biotique Bio Myristica Spot Correcting Anti Acne Face Pack

This intensive face pack from Biotique is a spot correcting anti-acne product, made especially for oily acne prone skin. The pack helps control the bacteria that causes breakouts, reduces inflammation, and soothes the skin by working on other skin irritations. Make sure to apply it only on the areas affected, up to twice a day, until the skin is clear again.

Price: Rs 149

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5. Jovees Ayurveda Tea Tree and Clove Anti Acne Antiseptic Face Pack

This Ayurvedic face pack is anti-septic and anti-acne, and works to deeply cleanse the skin. It has tea tree which helps clear away the pimples thanks to its therapeutic properties which reduces the size of the pores and prevents excessive oil formation.

Price: Rs 210

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6. Vaadi Herbals Anti Acne Neem Face Pack with Clove and Turmeric

This face pack from Vaadi has neem, which kills the acne and pimple causing bacteria trapped in clogged pores, by unclogging the pores and deep cleansing it. The turmeric in it reduces the skin’s blemishes and pigmentation marks. It also has tea tree oil, which is extremely effective in treating pimples.

Price: Rs 205

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7. Khadi Natural Neem and Tulsi Face Pack

This face pack from Khadi is one of the most affordable solutions to treat pimple and acne. It contains neem and tulsi, both of which are anti-bacterial, and neem which is especially good for inflammation. The pack targets the skin to soothe it, and kills the bacterias causing the pimples.

Price: Rs 87

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8. VLCC Mud Face Pack

This VLCC mud face pack gives you the goodness that many traditional face packs tend to contain. The mud (or mitti) cleanses, tightens and brightens the skin over long term usage. Every use cleanses deep seated impurities and improves blood circulation immediately.

Price: Rs 138

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9. MCaffeine Choco Caffeine Glow Face Mask for Oily/Normal Skin

This face pack is from a brand that is cruelty-free, Ayush certified, and is 100% vegan. It is great for oily to normal skin. The cocoa mask gently exfoliates the skin, repairs and rejuvenates the skin to give it a natural glow. It also hydrates and protects your face against UV damage.

Price: Rs 569

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10. Mamaearth Charcoal, Coffee and Clay Face Mask

This charcoal, coffee and clay face mask from Mamaearth exfoliates the skin, and lightens your dark spots. The papaya, mulberry, and cucumber fruit extracts have antioxidant properties which help remove the toxins, unclog pores, evens skin tone, and provides moisturisation. It also works to brighten your skin overall, and tighten your pores.

Price: Rs 538

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Pro Tip:

Anti-acne packs don’t always work existing acne scars, so you can always pair with one that also works on blemishes and getting rid of the scars. If your pimples are severe, please consult a doctor, as you may need medicated ointments, a change in diet and lifestyle, or other medication.

Fifteen home remedies for acne

Some of the most popular home remedies for acne involve the use of natural herbal extracts, many of which traditional medicine practitioners have used for hundreds of years.

Below, we discuss the best home remedies for acne, what the research says, and lifestyle changes that can help.

1. Tea tree oil

Share on PinterestApplying tea tree oil to the skin can help reduce swelling and redness.

Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means that it might kill P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.

Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it can also reduce the swelling and redness of pimples.

A 2015 review study looked at the existing evidence for tea tree oil and acne. The researchers found that tea tree oil products can reduce the number of acne sores in people with mild to moderate acne.

This study suggested that tea tree oil may work as well as 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, which is a common over-the-counter (OTC) acne medication.

How to use tea tree oil

People can apply tea tree extract to their acne in creams, gels, or essential oils. If people use essential oils, always dilute them in a carrier oil first.

A range of tea tree oil products is available online.

2. Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is a natural, waxy substance extracted from the seeds of the jojoba shrub.

The waxy substances in jojoba oil may help to repair damaged skin, which means it may also help speed up wound healing, including acne lesions.

Some of the compounds in jojoba oil might help to reduce skin inflammation, which means it may reduce redness and swelling around pimples, whiteheads, and other inflamed lesions.

In a 2012 study, researchers gave 133 people clay face masks that contained jojoba oil. After 6 weeks of using the masks 2 to 3 times per week, people reported a 54 percent improvement in their acne.

How to use jojoba oil

Try mixing jojoba essential oil with a gel, cream, or clay face mask and applying it to acne. Otherwise, place a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton pad and rub this gently over acne sores.

People can buy jojoba oil at health stores or online.

3. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning it may reduce the appearance of acne and prevent acne breakouts.

Aloe vera contains lots of water and is an excellent moisturizer, so it is especially suitable for people who get dry skin from other anti-acne products.

In a 2014 study, researchers gave people with mild to moderate acne aloe vera gel and tretinoin cream, which is a common OTC acne remedy, to use for 8 weeks.

The participants reported a significant improvement in both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne compared to people who used just tretinoin gel.

How to use aloe vera gel

Try cleaning the acne sores and then applying a thin layer of cream or gel with at least 10 percent aloe vera content.

Otherwise, people can moisturize with gels or creams that contain aloe vera. These are available to buy from health stores or online.

4. Honey

Honey has been used to treat skin conditions, such as acne, for thousands of years. It contains many antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores.

Doctors use honey in wound dressings because of its antibacterial and wound-healing properties.

How to use honey

Using a clean finger or cotton pad, rub a little honey into pimples. Otherwise, add honey to a face or body mask.

5. Garlic

Many traditional medicine practitioners use garlic to treat infections and boost the body’s ability to fight germs and infections.

Garlic contains organosulfur compounds, which have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Organosulfur compounds can also help to boost the immune system, which helps the body fight infections.

How to use garlic

To fight the inflammation and infections caused by acne, people can add more garlic to their diet. Some people chew whole garlic cloves, rub it on toast, or make it into a hot drink.

People can also buy garlic powders or capsules from most grocery stores and natural health stores.

Although many online sources recommend that people apply garlic directly to pimples, this may cause further skin irritation. Garlic can burn the skin, so always use it carefully.

6. Green tea

Share on PinterestGreen tea is high in antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation in the skin.

Green tea contains high concentrations of a group of polyphenol antioxidants called catechins.

Most people with acne have too much sebum, or natural body oils, in their pores and not enough antioxidants.

Antioxidants help the body break down chemicals and waste products that can damage healthy cells. Green tea may help clear out some of the debris and waste that has built up in open acne sores.

Green tea also contains compounds that may help to:

  • reduce the skin’s sebum production
  • reduce P. acnes
  • reduce inflammation

How to use green tea

Green tea might help either when people drink it or use green tea extract on their skin, though researchers say that the current evidence is limited.

However, one study found a 79 and 89 percent reduction in whiteheads and blackheads after 8 weeks of using polyphenol green tea extract.

People can find green tea in most high street stores. Green tea extract is harder to find, but it is available from some health stores or online.

7. Echinacea

Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea, also known as the purple coneflower, may contain compounds that help destroy viruses and bacteria, including P. acnes.

Many people believe that Echinacea can boost the immune system and reduce inflammation and use it to fight off or prevent infections, including colds and flus.

How to use Echinacea

People can apply creams containing Echinacea to areas where they have acne lesions or take Echinacea supplements.

Echinacea products are available from health stores or online as creams or supplements.

8. Rosemary

Rosemary extract, or Rosmarinus officinalis, contains chemicals and compounds that have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Few studies have looked at the effect of rosemary extract on acne, but a 2013 study on mice models and human cells suggested that rosemary extract can reduce inflammation from the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes.

9. Purified bee venom

Purified bee venom has been shown to contain antibacterial properties.

In a 2013 study, researchers found that purified bee venom can destroy P. acnes bacteria. People who used cosmetics with purified bee venom for 2 weeks had improvements in the number of acne lesions.

In a 2016 study, people who applied a gel containing purified bee venom to their face for 6 weeks saw a reduction in mild to moderate acne lesions.

Purified bee venom may be a useful future ingredient in acne medication, though more research is needed.

10. Coconut oil

Like other natural remedies, coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds.

These properties mean that coconut oil may destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and swelling of pimples. Coconut oil may also speed up healing in open acne sores.

How to use coconut oil

Try rubbing pure, virgin coconut oil directly to the area with acne. Look for coconut oil in the natural foods section of grocery stores or online.

One of the most annoying things about pimples is that they pop out of nowhere but they take so long to go away. And the worst part? They seem to know exactly when you’re about to go on a date or a job interview.

If you woke up today with a really angry spot on your face, don’t worry. we bring you a comprehensive list of acne remedies that can help calm your skin.

Note: Your skin is sensitive. If this is the first time you’re trying out a remedy from this list, we highly recommend that you test them on another part of your skin, like your inside wrist or inside elbow, just to check for allergic reactions.

Overnight Acne Remedies

Acne Patches

Acne patches generally come as semi-transparent stickers. You put them on your acne and if you want to heal it as soon as possible.

How does it work?

These patches are made of hydrocolloid dressing. It’s like a type of wound bandage that works by drawing out moisture from your pores without leaving the surrounding areas dry.

The patches absorb the excess fluid so your skin can heal faster. They also prevent you from getting your pricking tool and popping your pimple.

You see, picking your pimple isn’t an effective overnight remedy. In fact, it’s the other way around. Popping your pimple can actually increase your risk of infection, scarring, and discoloration.

Now, here’s one thing to keep in mind:

While acne patches work, you have to make sure you are using them on the right type of acne.

In general, acne patches work better on superficial pimples, like pustules and small whiteheads. However, if you have congested pores, blackheads, and cystic acne, they will take time to work and definitely won’t be an overnight solution.

Acne Gels and Spot Treatments

Acne spot treatments contain a varying percentage of either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Here’s how the two active ingredients differ from each other.

Salicylic acid works as a powerful chemical exfoliator. It dissolves the “glue” that holds the skin cells together. This is why it’s super great in treating acne due to clogged pores.

Benzoyl peroxide, on the other hand, kills acne-causing bacteria. This property makes it effective in treating inflammatory acne.

To make acne spot treatments more effective, you need to apply them after washing your face and right before you apply the other products in your skincare routine. This is one way to make sure that you don’t dilute the formula.

Take note that spot treatments may leave you with dry and flaky skin. With that, try to add a cleanser and moisturizer that have soothing and calming ingredients.

Home Remedies for Acne

These home remedies won’t make your spots magically disappear overnight but they certainly have a long history of being effective against breakouts. Find out which home remedy works best for you.


Turmeric doesn’t just make food extra tasty but it also happens to have great benefits for the body, particularly the skin. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant properties to effectively treat the underlying cause of your skin breakouts.

And while your skin is still healing, using turmeric can increase your skin’s defenses so that it’s less likely to break out in the future.

There are a couple of ways to use turmeric for acne. you can drink it as tea or take turmeric supplements daily.

For topical applications, here are a few options for you:

Option #1: Mix one-half teaspoon of your turmeric powder with 2 to 3 teaspoons of plain yogurt (Greek). Add a small amount of honey. After mixing all the ingredients together, apply the mixture to your skin. Wait for about half an hour before washing off with cool water.

Option #2: Mix one part lemon juice with one-half part of your turmeric powder. Stir the mixture well until you get a smooth paste. Using a piece of cotton ball, apply it to your problem areas. Wait for about 15 minutes before washing away.


Turmeric can leave a yellow stain on your skin and clothes.


Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that can fight off bacteria invading your skin. In addition to that, it also contains natural components like sulfur known to quickly heal acne.

To use it as an acne home remedy, slice a garlic clove into two. Then, rub the garlic and its juice directly to your pimples. Leave it on for five minutes before washing with lukewarm water. Repeat as desired or when the skin shows no signs of sensitivity.


Cucumber has long been known as a natural remedy to soothe skin. It is also a rich source of different nutrients that can help in acne healing and prevention. These include vitamins A, C, and E. When used regularly, cucumber can prevent the development of oily skin and eventually, acne breakouts.

There are three different ways to use cucumber as an acne home remedy:

Option # 1: Apply grated or sliced cucumber to the affected area and let it sit for 20 minutes before washing.

Option # 2: Cut the cucumber into pieces. Let them soak in a bowl of clean water for at least one hour. During this process, the nutrients from the cucumber including chlorophyll will slowly transfer to the water. Strain the solution and use the water either as a drink or as a facial wash.

Option # 3: To make a facial mask, mix grated cucumber with one cup of oatmeal. You can then combine this mixture with some amount of plain yogurt to give a smoother consistency. Apply the mask for about 30 minutes before rinsing with a lukewarm water.


Toothpaste basically works like your ordinary facial mask. If applied directly to the affected area, the toothpaste will help in drying up the pimples and absorbing excess oil. This is a very effective acne home remedy for people suffering from mild forms of acne, like whiteheads or blackheads.

However, toothpastes made from gel or those containing whitening properties should be avoided at all cost. These products contain hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals that can harm sensitive skin.

Before applying toothpaste on your skin, apply an ice pack to the affected area just to soothe your pores. You can then apply small amounts of toothpaste to the pimples and let it stay for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.


Honey may be sweet for your taste buds but for your skin, it can act as an amazing antimicrobial and wound-healing remedy. Manuka honey, for instance, has been a popular acne remedy in New Zealand where the Manuka bush is indigenous.

To use as an acne home remedy, dip a cotton swab in the honey and apply it to the affected area. Leave it for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.

Lemon Juice

Lemon contains Vitamin C and has acidic properties to fight off acne-causing bacteria. But in using it as an acne home remedy, it’s best to use natural fresh lemon juice. Those that are commercially sold in bottles often contain preservatives that may bring more harm to the skin than good.

There are two ways to use lemon juice as an overnight acne home remedy:

Option # 1: Dip a clean cotton swab in lemon juice. Apply it to the affected area and let it stay overnight. Wash it with a lukewarm water the following morning.

Option # 2: Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to create a mask. Apply it to the affected area and leave it overnight. Wash it with a lukewarm water the following morning. Note: This may not be recommended for people with sensitive skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar can also help tone down your breakouts. It works as a natural astringent that can make your skin feel smoother and your zits less inflamed and obvious.

ACV can absorb excess oil to make sure that it doesn’t end up clogging your pores. It can restore your skin’s pH level, too. This ensures healing and prevents further damage.

Apple cider vinegar is best used for spot treating acne. Simply dab a few drops of diluted ACV on your pimples overnight and you’ll be able to see a huge difference the morning after.

Aside from pimples, this remedy works great on age spots and acne scars as well.

Tea Tree Oil

With its ability to reduce redness and dry out pimples, tea tree oil is one of the most effective natural remedies you can use. It has antibacterial properties which help eliminate acne-causing bacteria from your skin. It also works well in eliminating blackheads and whiteheads so you can get the clear skin you’ve always wanted.

Using tea tree is pretty simple. You just need to dip a piece of cotton ball in your choice of tea tree essential oil. Dab the cotton ball on the affected area and wait for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Another way you can try is mixing the oil with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your blemishes and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Don’t forget to rinse it off.

Green Tea

Green tea isn’t just well-known for its health benefits; it’s also famous for its ability to fight acne. With a potent antimicrobial property, this tea can help heal your acne in no time. It even has antioxidant compounds to slow down premature skin aging and free radical damage.

To use green tea as an acne remedy, simply lay a cooled bag on the affected area. You can also use a cooled cup of green tea as your face wash.


One of the most common causes of acne is clogged pores. This is where mint can help you.

It contains a great amount of salicylic acid which is the same active ingredient you can find in most skin care products for acne. The acid helps loosen dead skin cells to make them easier to shed.

In addition to that, mint also has vitamins A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It’s loaded with antioxidants, too.

As a remedy for acne, you can combine crushed mint leaves with just the right amount of honey to create a paste. Apply the mixture on the affected areas on your face and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and don’t forget to moisturize after.


What makes aspirin effective as an acne remedy is its salicylic acid content. It can dry up pimples and tone down inflammation quickly, making it a really effective overnight acne treatment.

To get its full benefits, you need to mash the aspirin and mix it with a small amount of water. Mix the two until you’re able to create a paste. Apply the mixture on your acne spots and leave it on overnight. If your skin is sensitive, you can rinse off after a few minutes.

Preventing Acne: 10-Step Skincare Routine

Once you get rid of your acne, the next step is PREVENTION. Our Nursebuff editor swears by the Korean 10-step skin regimen which she’s been doing for over a year. She swears that pimples and blackheads (and even her dermatitis) have become a thing of the past since she started this routine.

Ten steps sounds like a lot but when you’re actually doing it, it only takes 5 minutes every night.

Night-Time Skin Regimen

Step 1: Oil-based cleanser

If you haven’t tried double cleansing, you’re missing a critical step in your skincare routine. You see, double cleansing removes so much more dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your skin than just using your cleanser.

For double cleansing, you’ll need to use an oil-based cleanser. It works on the surface of your skin so you don’t really need to worry about it clogging your pores. Plus, most oil-based cleansers have ingredients that are safe to use on any skin types.

Apply the oil cleanser onto your dry face. Yes, you can apply it directly over your makeup. Gently massage the product on your skin and then rinse.

Step 2: Foaming cleanser

On wet skin, gently massage the cleanser using small circular motions. Take your time in reaching all areas of your face. After completely cleansing your face, you can rinse with clean water and pat the skin dry.

Step 3: Toner

Toner primarily restores the balance of your skin’s pH while gently removing the extra dead skin cells that can clog your pores. It’s an important step in your skincare routine because it prepares your skin for the other products you’ll apply.

For acne-prone skin, it’s a good idea to avoid toners with alcohol. This ingredient can leave your skin super dry and that can easily aggravate your acne problem.

Step 4: Essence

Your toner creates a better surface for your products. Your essence, on the other hand, allows your skin to accept the products easier.

Essences can be applied in different ways. You can use a cotton pad for application or you can just pat the product on your skin with clean hands.

Step 5: Serum

Serums contain super small molecules that are able to penetrate the outer layer of the skin easily. There, the products deliver really intensive doses of ingredients to target specific skin issues.

For acne-prone skin, look out for serums that contain vitamin B3 as it’s effective in easing inflammation and balancing sebum production. Serums with vitamin C are also great for your skin type since they can help eliminate the obvious skin imperfections that result from acne.

Step 6: Eye Cream

Applying eye creams may not help ease your acne but since you’re putting together a skincare routine, might as well use one. It can help minimize dark circles and lessen the signs of aging.

Eye creams should be applied with your ring fingers with a patting motion. Massaging or rubbing the skin under your eyes is a big no-no as that can oly cause fine lines and irritation.

To get the best results, apply eye creams in the morning and at night.

For Day Time Or Relaxation Days


Instead of essence and serums, use a simple moisturizer for daytime.

When you have acne-prone skin, it’s easy to think that your skin doesn’t need moisturizer. In reality, however, skipping this step is probably one of the reasons why your skin is breaking out.

You see, when you’re skin is dry and dehydrated, such as after washing your face, your skin feels vulnerable. So, as a way to compensate, it produces more oil to restore its balance and protection.

Now, with too much oil, it becomes easier for your pores to get clogged and you get acne.

For your skin type, choose a water-based moisturizer. Try to avoid products with a heavy formula as that can leave your skin congested.


Make sure to apply sunscreen every day whether you are staying in or going out.

If you are worried about acne, you need to be extra careful about the other ingredients in your sunscreen. Fragrances, emollients, and preservatives can definitely cause skin breakouts.


To keep your skin healthy and intact, try to limit exfoliation to one to three times a week.

Only use a dime sized amount of your exfoliator and gently massage it over your face. Be careful in using it over the sensitive areas of your face as well as the areas you often overlook, such as the area around your nose and jawline.

Don’t apply too much pressure in exfoliating your skin. If you scrub aggressively, it can cause irritation which can lead to more problems.

For acne-prone skin, stay away from coarse scrubs and exfoliators with harsh ingredients. Your skin will benefit more from chemical exfoliants which generally use enzymes or acids to dissolve the glue that binds skin cells together.

Sheet mask

Our personal favorites! For deep relief and hydration, put on a sheet mask. Depending on the ingredients, it should soothe and reset your skin. It can also help fight inflammation and calm your irritated and inflamed skin.

Sheet masks come in different variants like tea tree, strawberry, aloe, and honey. Pamper yourself with one or two a week or when you need a pick-me-upper.

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Acne is one of the most confusing (and not to mention distressing) skin conditions out there, as is figuring out the best acne treatment to address it. Take it from someone who’s been there, what works for one person can turn a minor breakout into a full-blown situation for another.

But not all hope is lost. While it can feel like you’re the only one dealing with acne, 90% of Americans experience it at some point in their life (around 20% of them being women 26 and older). And while not all skin reacts the same, there are some key similarities in both why you’re experiencing breakouts, as well as the products you should look for to calm them. Before you even try to find the best acne treatment, it’s important to know exactly what type of acne you’re dealing with so you can target your treatment accordingly.

What Causes Acne?

According to New York City dermatologist Shari Marchbein, M.D., all acne can be traced back to four main causes: Clogged pores thanks to “sticky” cells, bacteria, oil production, and hormones. All of these factors combine to cause a different type of acne, but some cause certain types more than others.

When trying to treat acne, Marchbein notes that it’s just as important to keep the intensity of your acne in mind, not just the type. For anything above mild acne (meaning, occasional breakouts that aren’t inflamed), you should make an appointment with a dermatologist sooner rather than later. “I never think it can be too early to go see a dermatologist,” she says. “If you’re getting hyperpigmentation—darkening of the skin from the inflammation left from the acne—you want to seek care immediately.” Another way to know it’s time to make a trip to the derm? You’ve tried over-the-counter products, and they don’t seem to be making a change. “Most acne treatments will clear your skin in three months, so if by two months you’re not seeing good results, you need to see your dermatologist,” says Marchbein.

Ahead, we break down the most common types of acne you might be dealing with, as well as how to treat it at home, and when to see the derm.


Bella Geraci

The most mild form of acne are comedones, which are caused mainly by those “sticky” cells Marchbein was referring to. Comedones can be open, like blackheads, or closed, like whiteheads. “Comedone refers to plugging of the follicular opening,” says NYC dermatologist Elizabeth Hale, M.D., referring to hair follicles that technically cover your entire face and body. So a blackhead is the mixture of dead cells, bacteria, and grime that builds up and hardens in the follicular opening—but it’s open to the world, which is why you may be tempted to squeeze them.

If you struggle with acne, a spot treatment is likely a mainstay in your nightly routine. While they’re a great way to target pesky spots, congested skin can also benefit from a pre-bed face mask once or twice a week. Not only do masks make for a super-cute selfie (just look at celebs like Demi Lovato, Vanessa Hudgens and the Kardashians for Insta inspo), but they can help minimize and prevent breakouts, too.

That’s because the best face masks for acne deliver and seal in active breakout-fighting ingredients, so they stay in place and clear up your skin. Look for beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid, which help remove excess oil and exfoliate dead skin cells that clog pores, says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and lactic acid can also help acne- or blackhead-prone skin, with less irritation than salicylic acid, says Dr. Levin. (Bonus: Glycolic acid is totally safe to use during pregnancy. Topical salicylic acid is generally considered okay in small doses, but it’s best to check with your doctor before using anything stronger, like a professional peel.)

Oh, and two quick PSAs about masking: First, you should wash or peel your mask off after 10 to 15 minutes. You might think keeping it on longer would be a good thing, but it can suffocate the pores and worsen acne, says Dr. Levin. The second thing to avoid? Over-doing it with active ingredients. I see patients who are using salicylic acid, witch hazel, tea tree, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and glycolic acid all at once because there is a “panic” feeling that can overtake someone struggling with acne, she continues. Your best bet: Sticking with one tried and true ingredient, so you skin can acclimate before introducing it to another product.

Below, find 18 of the best zit-zappers on the market:

1. Best For Blackheads: Baxter of California Clay Mask AHA

baxterofcalifornia.com Baxter of California Clay Mask AHA baxterofcalifornia.com $24.00

Dead skin cells can clog your pores, leading to both whiteheads and blackheads. Enter alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). This powerhouse loosens up the stuff that holds cells together, so the dead ones can be easily rinsed away. This mask also contains caffeine, which helps reduce redness.

2. Best For Your Microbiome: Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask

algenist.com Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask ulta.com $26.60

Ever heard of your skin’s microbiome? It’s the ecosystem of more than a billion live bacteria that live on top of your skin. When there’s a balance of good and bad bacteria, your skin is better able to protect itself from a ton of different issues, including acne. But when that balance is off, your skin is unprotected. This mask contains both prebiotics (food for the good bacteria) and probiotics (actual bacteria) to ensure you microbiome is happy and healthy.

3. Best Clay Mask: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask

amazon.com L’Oréal Paris Skincare Pure-Clay Face Mask with Yuzu Lemon for Rough Skin to Clarify & Smooth amazon.com $6.25

Clay is an OG acne-fighting hero. It absorbs impurities and oil that lead to breakouts. This mask is packed with three different kinds of clay for max benefit: kaolin, montmorillonit, and moroccan lava. It also contains yuzu lemon extract, which helps to clarify and smooth your complexion.

4. Best Peel: Caudalie Glycolic Peel

us.caudalie.com Caudalie sephora.com $39.00

This mask-peel combo contains glycolic acid to gently dissolve dead skin, diminish excess oiliness, and reduce enlarged pores. It also has papaya enzymes, which help lighten dark spots, telltale marks of pimples past.

5. Best Charcoal Formulation: Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish Mask

amazon.com Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish ulta.com $34.00

Old school pimple-fighting face masks used to leave skin feeling dry and tight, but brands are now incorporating nourishing ingredients into masks to counteract any moisture-sucking side effects. This charcoal mask (the charcoal sucks out pore-clogging impurities and sebum) also contains wildflower and fermented honey. The sticky stuff (don’t worry, the mask isn’t actually sticky) is incredibly moisturizing. Plus, it’s naturally antibacterial.

6. Best Skin Brightener: REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

amazon.com REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask amazon.com $55.00 $20.89 (62% off)

Four fruit-derived AHA acids—glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid—join forces to clear dead skin, while a papaya enzyme called papain exfoliates. The finishing touch comes from omega 3 and omega 7 fatty acids that both renew and rejuvenate your skin.

7. Best Resurfacing Treatment: Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

nordstrom.com Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask nordstrom.com $48.00

This mask, which won a Women’s Health beauty award in 2017, combines AHAs with salicylic acid in the form of white willow bark extract to clear away the dead cells stopping up your pores. Blue tansy oil reduces inflammation for a clear complexion.

8. Best Sheet Mask: Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution

amazon.com Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution sephora.com $9.00

Place the microfiber sheet mask over your skin (so what if you look like something out of a horror movie) and let the salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide reduce excess oil. The antioxidant glutathione and a-Bisabolol (a derivative of chamomile) help boost brightness.

9. Best Mattifier: Murad InstaMatte Oil-control Mask

nordstrom.com Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask nordstrom.com $38.00

Three minutes a week is all it takes with this treatment. Salicylic acid helps control breakouts, while grapefruit extract reduces large pores. Or use it as a cleanser to treat greasy skin.

10. Best Acne Patches: MEDca Universal Acne Patch

MEDca Universal Acne Patch amazon.com $7.99

Forget disguising a zit as a beauty mark — turn it into a cute tattoo instead! These fun patches are saturated in blemish-correcting mushroom extract, so you can spot treat in style. Choose between a dice, heart, lightning bolt, skull, diamond, and rose then get ready to post your new body art to Insta stories.

11. Best Foaming Formula: Kate Somerville EradiKate Foam Mask

Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment sephora.com $54.00

Throw a foam party on your face, literally, by applying this bubbly mask. It has colloidal sulfur in it to exfoliate and remove acne-causing debris from pores, a soothing botanical extract and natural oat extract to balance out your face’s oil-levels.

12. Best Hydrogel Mask: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Prone Skin 100% Hydrogel Mask

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit 100% Hydrogel Face Mask – 4 pack walmart.com $9.95

This gel mask comfortably fits over the contours of your face, so your skin can seep up all its blemish-busting benefits. Its star ingredient is pink grapefruit, known for is gentle astringent and exfoliating properties, which makes it ideal for pimply complexions.

13. Best Peel-Off: Aveeno Clear Complexion Purely Matte Peel-Off Mask

Aveeno Clear Complexion Pure Matte Peel Off Face Mask amazon.com $5.08

Love the satisfying feeling of a pore strip? Then you’ll be equally obsessed this mattifying peel-off mask. Apply its blend of alpha hydroxy acids, soy and pomegranate all over skin for fifteen to twenty minutes and then lift it — and all the grime and oil from your pores — off your face for a shine-free finish.

14. Best Fancy Infusion: Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour

Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour Mask 50ml amazon.com $89.99

Just because you’re dealing with a breakout, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. This luxe mask relies on colloidal silver (an ingredient that’s known for its powerful antibacterial properties) along with niacinamide, salicylic and glycolic acid to heal zit-ridden skin.

15. Best Detoxifier: Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Detox Clay Mask

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Detox Clay Mask amazon.com $19.59 $12.81 (35% off)

Two types of mineral clay, bentonite and kaolin, are in this deep cleansing pore mask. Not only does it remove unwanted impurities from the skin, but it also leaves behind a relaxing scent, making it an ideal way to unwind both your mind and your complexion before bed.

16. Best Warming Formula: Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask

Bioré Blue Agave Instant Warming Clay Mask amazon.com $7.99

Feel the heat with this water-activated clay mask. It warms upon application to open up pores and suck out any breakout-causing grime that could be lurking in them. The best part: It won’t harden up or feel uncomfortably tight on skin.

17. Best Sulfur Mask: Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque walmart.com $43.60

Made with the highest percent of sulfur you can get OTC, this medicated formula is designed to dry out and clear up breakouts. You don’t have to worry about it leaving your face flaky either since it has calming aloe vera in it too.

18. Best Retinol Mask: Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask nordstrom.com $70.00

According to Dr. Levin, a retinoid is the backbone of a good acne treatment and aids with blackheads, white heads, cysts along with moderate and severe acne. That’s why a retinol-soaked sheet mask like this one can assist in clearing your complexion. Plus, it brightens, hydrates and improves your overall texture.

Jessica Migala Jessica Migala is a health writer specializing in general wellness, fitness, nutrition, and skincare, with work published in Women’s Health, Glamour, Health, Men’s Health, and more. Maddie Aberman Beauty Editor Maddie Aberman is the beauty editor at Women’s Health and has been covering skincare, makeup, hair, and wellness for more than five years. Maddy Zollo Rusbosin Maddy Zollo Rusbosin is a freelance writer living in sunny Orlando, Florida.

It’s hard to keep up with the number of products that promise to solve our skin care worries. From toners to tinctures, serums to scrubs, most of our vanities are filled with products whose usage we little understand.

While a solid book deserves to be written on the intents and purposes of all skin care products, here we focus our scope on that time-tested, go-to solution: face masks. The topic of face masks conjures images of relaxation and cucumber eye covers, but are they more than a luxury indulgence? Yes! Face masks can be used to treat acne while also providing a healthy dose of pampering. Read on to learn the various types of face masks and how they might be able to solve your skincare woes.

Face Masks: What Are They?

Face masks a much-loved skin care solution due to their wide range of benefits, but at their core, they’re used to protect, replenish, and improve skin. Generally speaking, the masks sits on your face for 10 to 15 minutes as it works its magic on your complexion.

There are an endless variety of masks, but they usually contain restorative ingredients such as clay, mud, aloe vera, essential oils, and herbs. You can purchase the product of your choice over-the-counter (OTC) to add to your at-home beauty routine, or you can have a professional-grade mask applied by an esthetician during a facial. Depending on their ingredients, face masks can fight acne, heal blemishes, remove impurities, reduce pore size, or tone, nourish, and hydrate the skin.

Different Types of Face Masks

If you’re wondering, “Are face masks good for acne?” you might be fearing the rumors that circle their pore-clogging properties. Just like any other cosmetic product, the benefits – and consequences – of face masks depend on the quality of its ingredients. With so many variations in formula and texture, choosing a face mask can be overwhelming. Some different options include:

• Clay masks: These include clay, kaolin, and/or bentonite for their tightening and sebum-absorbing effects. Such masks, such as our Clarifying Masque, are designed to draw oil and dirt to the surface of the skin.

• Cream masks or gel masks: Such masks are usually designed to deliver a surge of moisture to dry and dehydrated skin, while repairing free radical damage and improving collagen production.

• Exfoliating masks: Exfoliation is a critical step in your skin care routine, and these soothing masks are designed to reduce redness when sloughing off dead skin cells. Many of these masks use glycolic acid as their main exfoliator.

• Enzyme masks: Natural fruit enzymes are great at treating dull or inflammatory skin without creating irritation.

• Peel-off masks: Sometimes called rubber masks, these putty-like mixtures harden after application and are peeled off when removed.

• Sheet masks: Sheet masks, or cloth masks, come from the Asian beauty market and deliver large amounts of active ingredients to the skin, pushing said ingredients deeper into the dermis for even better results.

• Overnight masks: Leave-on masks are usually found in the form of gel or cream. They work while you sleep and allow you to wake up to luminous skin in the morning.

• Natural masks: The internet has plenty of recipes for you to make your own DIY face mask using natural ingredients such as sugar, oats, and honey.

Using a Face Mask to Get Rid of Acne

Finding the right face mask to clear acne depends on your individual skin type:

• For dry or dehydrated skin, use a moisturizing mask that’s rich in hydration, and avoid products containing mud or clay.

• If your skin is oily and congested, find a face mask that removes acne by drawing out impurities. Clay masks are best for oily and acne-prone skin.

• Those with sensitive skin which appears red or inflamed should find a mask that calms and soothes. Look for a nourishing product that contains rose hips to speed up your skin’s healing process.

• Normal skin types can use a variety of face masks depending on its intended usage, but they stand to benefit the most from brightening peel-off masks.

Face masks can (and should!) be used by everybody. If you pick the right product that’s formulated to your unique skin type, you shouldn’t have to worry about any of the pore-clogging drawbacks you might have heard or read about.

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Acne-Reducing Face Mask Ingredients

We weren’t kidding when we said that finding the right face mask can be a bit complicated. If you’re getting a professional facial, your esthetician will be able to recommend a product for you after analyzing your skin – and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to purchase it and take it home. Such is not the luxury in most cases, so when you’re shopping for face masks at the store or online, keep an eye open for these acne-fighting face mask ingredients:

• Tea: Tea-based masks infuse your skin with vitamin C and E to rejuvenate the cells and remove free radicals that are accumulated throughout the day.

• Coffee: Coffee kick starts your skin’s regeneration and can bring a lack-luster complexion back to life.

• Charcoal: Like a magnet, charcoal removes dirt from the deepest depths of your pores.

• Kaolin or Bentonite: Found in clay masks, these detoxifying ingredients do a fantastic job at expelling toxins and reducing redness.

• Glycolic Acid: This exfoliator is great at removing dead skin, promoting the growth of new cells, and treating acne-prone types by clearing pores.

• Salicylic Acid: One of acne’s biggest enemies, salicylic acid is used to clear and prevent pimples with visible success.

• Benzoyl Peroxide or Collodial Sulfur: These ingredients can serve as anti-bacterial agents in face masks to attack the P. acnes bacteria.

Are Face Masks Good for Acne?

Face masks can help clear dirt, oils, and impurities to lessen the appearance of current breakouts and prevent acne in the future. While acne face masks can help reduce pimples, they are most effective when combined with the right skincare routine.

If you’re using a face mask to get rid of acne, be sure you’re applying it in the right way. Follow these five steps to get the most out of your face mask application:

1. Wash your face first. Cleanse and exfoliate before applying your product, as putting a mask on a dirty face can trap impurities. Use warm water to rinse during this step to open your pores and create a perfect canvas for your mask.

2. Apply carefully. Make sure your hands are clean when you apply your mask, especially if you’re using your fingers and not a brush. Evenly spread the product using upward motions and avoid tugging on the skin.

3. Be mindful of how long it’s on. While some masks are safe to be left on for an extended period of time, not all have such a long-wear formula. Clay masks, for example, can dehydrate the skin if left on for too long, while moisturizing masks can wind up clogging pores. Be sure to read the instructions on your specific packaging.

4. Pat your skin dry. After removing your mask, be sure not to rub. Instead, gently pat your skin with a soft towel to because your skin will likely be a bit sensitive from so much pulling or absorbing action.

5. Follow up. Use cosmetics such as toners or moisturizers designed for your skin type to continue your acne treatment. The skin will be more absorbent following a face mask, and you’ll experience better results from your acne-fighting products.

Make a routine out of your face mask application. Pick one or two days a week to set aside an extra 10-15 minutes for your mask, and try to keep those days consistent as you plan out your beauty regimen (you may be able to use a face mask more often depending on your routine and skin care concerns). We recommend using the time you wear the mask to sit back, unwind, and destress. Add a candle or glass of wine to the equation to give yourself a sense of spa-like luxury from the comfort of your own home.

Face Masks: Good for Acne

Acne-reducing face masks can be remarkably effective at clearing up your complexion. Applying a good face mask will make your skin feel tightened and toned after a single use. Moreover, face masks for acne help remove excess oil, reduce the size of pores, and draw out impurities within the skin.

They’re easy to apply, fun to use, and great at delivering results. Take your choice between gels and creams, imported sheets and overnight offerings, to find a product that gives your complexion the nourishment it needs. Remember that the effectiveness of your mask depends not only on its texture, but the ingredients it contains. Use a face mask to reduce acne the next time you want to give your skin a little TLC – they feel great, and can help you look great, too!

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Abby Vinas has long been an active member of the holistic health community, advocating in favor of its benefits to both our physical and emotional well-being. Her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle has made her an authority on self-care practices. Abby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and proper skincare, and is also an avid lover of avocado toast and dog-petting.

6 Dermatologist-Approved Face Masks to Keep Acne in Check

Indulging in a face mask and a glass of wine simultanously is one of our favorite pastimes. And no matter your skin type—oily, dry, sensitive—masks can be enjoyed by everyone, even those with acne-prone skin. Face masks can help zap current breakouts, prevent new pimples from developing, and remove excess oil from the skin, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

But with so many masks out there, which ones are best for those of us with breakouts, redness, and acne?

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, says New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD.

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, Dr. Jaliman says.

RELATED: The Best Acne Spot Treatments, According to Dermatologists

On the other hand, clay masks (think: kaolin and bentonite) draw out impurities from the skin, alleviate oil buildup and clogged pores, and prevent acne, says Dr. Jaliman. Another game changer? 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, explains Dr. Zeichner.

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, warns Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Avoid masks with added fragrances and those with comedogenic ingredients, such as coconut oil, which have a higher potential to cause more acne, she says.

We’ve done the homework for you: Here are the top dermatologist picks for the best face masks for acne.

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