When it comes an especially bad breakout, sometimes your go-to blemish-fighting product just doesn't cut it. If your skin is in need of extra reinforcement, a face mask with highly concentrated blemish-zapping ingredients may just be the ticket to a clearer complexion.
Infused with potent ingredients like charcoal, clay, and sulfur, these treatments shrink and calm existing pimples while sopping up excess oil and dirt to prevent future ones from forming. They only need to be applied once or twice a week to see results, and can be done in 30 minutes. In other words, masking is the perfect excuse to make a little dent in your DVR queue.
Read on for seven of our favorite acne-killing face masks.
1. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
$48 | sephora.com.au
Clogged pores are a common culprit behind breakouts. This peel-off mask deep cleans skin by extracting dirt and oil to prevent future blemishes, plus it calms current redness and irritation.
2. Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask
$79 | mecca.com.au
If you find most acne treatments to be drying, try this foaming gel version. It's infused with a calming and soothing botancial complex, and also sloughs away dead skin cells and impurities.
3. GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment 50g
$98 | mecca.com.au
This powerful product works like a vacuum to suck impurities from skin's surface, ridding your complexion of blackheads, whiteheads, and redness from breakouts. If you're the kind of person who finds satisfaction in examining the gunk that pore strips pull out, this mask is for you. As it dries, the color lightens and leaves dark spots that pinpoint clogged pores.
4. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Mask
$37 | mecca.com.au
Charcoal isn't just for grilling. In the beauty world, the substance has quickly become a trendy ingredient. Since it's highly absorbing, it can draw dirt and oil from deeply clogged pores. Apply Origins' mask to rid skin of impurities that can lead to pesky pimples.
5. Mario Badescu Drying Mask
$26 | mecca.com.au
When you're dealing with a full-blown acne invasion, reach for Mario Badescu's drying mask. Sulfur heals multiple forms of blemishes, while preventing new ones from landing.
6. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
$80 USD | drunkelephant.com
Left with dark spots from past breakouts? This potent blend of acids exfoliates and promotes skin cell regeneration so that with time complexions appear more even and bright. A mix of antioxidants keep the mask from drying out and irritating skin.
7. Murad Clarifying Mask
$68 | sephora.com.au
This natural clay-based mask draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil, while delivering powerful acne medication to your skin.
A version of this article previously appeared on InStyle US.