When you have adult acne, trying to find the right skincare products (such as face masks for acne, or spot creams) can make you feel a bit like Goldilocks. Too harsh and your skin will feel stripped, too gentle and using it feels completely pointless. But all the experimentation needed to find the one that's just right can play havoc on your already-stressed skin, and that's not to mention the cost and waste involved.
Luckily, just like Goldilocks and her porridge, the just-right product is out there—a perfectly formed face mask that will settle your acne without aggravating the skin. And, in even better news, you don't have to hunt for it on your own, as our friends over at Rank & Style have done the hard work for you.
Using a clever algorithm that draws on user reviews, articles and recommendations, Rank & Style compiles the ultimate unbiased ranking of fashion and beauty products. And they've shared a list with us that reveals the top five masks that people with acne really rate.
Wei Beauty's single-use pods contain a mixture of china clay (to soak up excess sebum and clear out clogged pores) as well as anti-inflammatory jujube extract to calm down skin that's "having a moment."
Utilizing fruit acids (there's lactic, glycolic, tartaric and citric) as well as papaya fruit enzymes, this mask makes for a super-effective nonabrasive exfoliant that won't just help break down the buildup of dead skin cells and sebum inside pores, but it'll also improve the clarity and texture of skin overall. It's great if your skin is made of stern stuff, but we'd avoid if it's particularly sensitive.
Another clay-texture mask, Ahava's works like a super-strength cleanser to clear skin of excess oils and peel away the layers of harmful bacteria. And you can also use it as a targeted treatment for when those pesky lone spots appear.
Nothing in Clinique's mask will irritate your already-upset skin, but it will instead mop up overactive sebaceous glands in a matter of minutes. Used regularly, you'll really start to notice a difference.
We're fans of pretty much every product this brand creates, but it's the clarifying mask that has impressed Rank & Style reviewers. As well as kaolin clay to absorb oil, it contains sulfur—a stinky but brilliant product that will zap away any underlying blemishes. It's a great one to use every now and then, but it might leave skin a little dry if you use it more than weekly.
We've compiled loads of expert advice to deal with acne over here, but these masks are undoubtedly a great first port of call.