7 purifying face masks for acne-prone skin
Add these to your weekly routine for a blemish-free complexion
By Team BEAUTYcrew
February 02 2022
A good face mask can be a game-changer for acne-prone skin. While a solid skin care routine focused on cleansing, nurturing and calming skin will go a long way towards keeping your complexion free from pimples, an acne mask can save you when you feel a few breakouts brewing below the skin’s surface, or as a weekly preventative measure.
But unlike traditional face masks that aim to hydrate and replenish skin, the best mask for acne is one that soaks up excess oil, draws out impurities from deep within pores and rebalances skin so it looks glowy rather than greasy.
To help you find 'the oil-controlling one' that meets your blemish-prone skin needs, we’ve pulled together all of our favourite face masks for acne...
Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask
Clay is a great ingredient for helping clear acne-prone skin because it absorbs excess oil and impurities. This mask contains pink kaolin clay to rid skin of pollutants, toxins and a build-up of grime to leave skin clean and clear. The addition of antioxidants in the formula also help tighten pores, which we definitely appreciate.
$49.95 at Alya Skin
Oskia Renaissance Mask
The combination of fruit and lactic acids in this mask helps to remove stubborn dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, while the balm-like texture is pampering (but not pore-clogging) on the complexion. The prebiotics in the formula create a healthy environment on the skin that’s free from acne-causing bacteria, and the scent of rose, passionfruit and chamomile is divine.
$134.64 at Cult Beauty
Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask
Besides oil-absorbing kaolin clay, your skin is going to love the antibacterial manuka honey and pimple-fighting salicylic acid in this mask mix. It soothes, hydrates and controls oil (while still leaving skin radiant; yes, we swear it's possible), plus 98.76 per cent of the ingredients in this drugstore face mask are naturally-derived, which is always a bonus.
$18.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Packed with pumpkin enzymes and a few other AHAs, this chemical exfoliant mask sweeps away dead skin while also increasing cell turnover and boosting collagen production (hint: two top qualities for fading acne scars). It's also got a little physical exfoliant action packed in, thanks to aluminum oxide crystals, so get ready for some serious smoothness.
$92 at Sephora
Sukin Oil Balancing Plus Charcoal Anti-Pollution Facial Masque
Acne and charcoal are a match made in concern-and-cure heaven. The charcoal draws out toxins and impurities to leave skin purified and cleansed, so it's definitely the star of the show, but the blend also contains aloe vera to calm inflamed acne and pomegranate extract to rebalance your skin's natural oil production levels. What more could you want?
$19.95 at Sukin
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
No, sheet masks aren't off-limits for acne-prone skin types; in fact, this one was designed specifically for them. It's especially great if you're dealing with a complexion that's both oily, blemish-prone and dehydrated, as it won't be as drying as a traditional mud mask (but does contain a few clay forms to make sure grease and bacteria is banished with each wear).
$15.74 at Revolve
Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH Clarifying Mask
An intensive sulfur clay mask that allows you to rid your skin of excess surface oil in just ten minutes, it's ace for getting acne-prone skin control in a flash. Not only does it aim to visibly relieve breakouts and blotchiness, but it also helps to unclog pores and dry out existing acne flare-ups. Sounds like a great quick fix to us!
$83 at Rodan + Fields