8 Dermatologist-Recommended Face Masks for Beating Acne




There’s a perfect mask for everything: Hydration, brightening, and even Instagram. But, what about a mask that can solve all your acne problems? Dr. Anna Guanche, a Los Angeles-based celebrity dermatologist, knows exactly what to look for. “If you have a lot of blackheads, dry on-peel off rubbery masks are the best,” she says. “They pull off dead skin cells and pull out blackheads.” For more severe cases, Guanche recommends a colloidal sulfur mask since it’s antibacterial. She also recommends avoiding “active masks” with ingredients like enzymes and salicylic or glycolic acids as they can leave the skin feeling raw. “If you want to use an acid-based mask, only do so once a week or less,” says Guanche. Over-exfoliation can be a problem so always make sure you are balancing extraction and hydration. Ahead, find eight derm-approved face masks for acne.

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The Dermatologist’s Top Choice

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask


This mask is Dr. Guanche’s number one pick. The complexion-clearing product uses salicylic acid from white willow bark, wintergreen extract, and meadowsweet to provide an all-natural cleanse that reduces the appearance of blemishes and redness.


For Every Part of The Body

GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment


Glamglow’s Supermud mask was designed to fight it all: acne, blemishes, razor bumps, scars, redness, and even ingrown hairs. Activated charcoal lifts dirt from the skin to reveal a healthier-looking complexion.


For Total Exfoliation

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask


Pumpkin enzyme exfoliates while alpha hydroxy acid rejuvenates to increase the skin’s cell turnover. Both also work to reduce fine lines and smooth wrinkles. You’ll have visibly smoother skin after only a few uses.


For A Solution While You Sleep

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask


Dr. Dennis Gross’ overnight mask draws out impurities like bacteria, dirt, and oil overnight. It also smooths the look of wrinkles and pores. Expect clearer and balanced skin by morning.


For All Types of Acne

Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask


Sunday Riley’s Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask works to treat multiple symptoms of acne including blocked pores, inflamed acne, hormonal acne, and rosacea. The sulfur works to penetrate pores and clear up facial acne while preventing new blemishes from appearing.


For a Medicated Formula

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask Acne Treatment Mask


Peter Thomas Roth’s Therapeutic Sulfur Mask Acne Treatment Mask has a medicated formula with maximum-strength 10 percent sulfur that clears acne and absorbs dirt and oil. Beyond exfoliation, aloe vera works to calm the skin.


For A Cooling Effect

Dr. Jart+ Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask


Dr. Jart’s  two-step rubber mask has algae to calm breakouts and reduce redness. The rubber mask also works to soothe troubled skin and wraps around the face to prevent active ingredients from diminishing, providing the best results possible. 


For the K-Beauty Lover

Peach & Lily Premium Modeling Mask


Peach and Lily’s Shangpree Modeling Mask cleans and hydrates the skin to remove impurities and reveal healthier and hydrated skin. The botanical mask can be a bit difficult to apply, but quick tutorials are available. Bonus: The gold color mask makes for a great selfie.

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