Blackheads, pimples, oily T-zones and scars: Ladies with acne-prone skin don’t always have it easy. Luckily, there’s a sheet mask for each of these issues. Here, the five we always keep on hand.
BEST FOR CLEARING EXCESS OIL: SHANGPREE SPARKLING MASK
A little sebum is fine—good, even, for maintaining the health of your skin. Too much of it, however, can clog your pores. This effervescent mask combines charcoal with carbonated bubbles to draw out any extra oil while gently sloughing off dead skin cells so you’re left with a smooth, clean complexion.
BEST FOR PREVENTING BREAKOUTS: DR. JART+ DERMASK MICRO JET CLEARING SOLUTION
While many blemish treatments are known to be drying on skin, this multitasker balances acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and tea-tree oil with soothing antioxidants like glutathione. Used weekly, this complementary combo prevents new breakouts and speeds up the healing process for existing ones.
BEST FOR BLACKHEADS: ULTRU I’M SORRY FOR MY SKIN BLACK MUD MASK TIGHTENING
Made with bentonite clay and volcanic ash, this mud mask draws out all of the dirt and oil from your pores like a magnet. Plus, it comes in a neatly packaged sheet that’s preportioned to Peter Panister just the right amount of product so you don’t have to deal with any of the messy aftermath.
BEST FOR CALMING REDNESS: MAKE P:REM SOOTHING LAYERING DOUBLE MASK
For those pesky under-the-skin spots that brew beneath the surface, you need more TLC than exfoliation. This two-layer mask is drenched in soothing ingredients like centella-asiatica extract and aloe vera to bring down inflammation and reduce redness (two common side effects of cystic acne) within minutes.
BEST FOR DARK SPOTS: INNISFREE IT’S REAL SQUEEZE MASK STRAWBERRY
Those of us who struggle with acne know that the scars they leave behind are just as annoying. Once a spot has come to a head and has been (ahem) excavated, follow up with this brightening mask every week. With niacinamide and vitamin C, it will help to fade any remaining scars and even out your overall complexion over time.