A 2018 google trends study found that lots of people are searching for acne masks. Can these prevent and treat breakouts, or are they just fun? Here’s what we think.
Acne-fighting masks come in different shapes and forms. The most popular mask ingredients are charcoal, clay, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide. These masks are meant to “dry” current pimples and absorb excess of oil and dirt from your skin. Some masks are peel off, which extracts some of your blackheads. To prevent overdrying of the skin and irritation, the use of any mask should be limited to once a week.
Which mask is best depends on your needs.
Peel-off masks are best if you have plenty of blackheads and clogged pores. Peel-off masks stick to the “black plugs” clogging your pores and extract them when peel off the mask. These method is actually better and safer to your skin than manual extraction of blackheads and comedones. To be effective, you need to repeat the procedure every week.
Clay-based masks are made to absorb the excess oil from your skin. The disadvantage is that they can over-dry the skin and cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. Use moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Active charcoal is one of the oldest medicines out there. In 2018, charcoal is officially back — it’s one of the trendiest acne mask ingredients. Charcoal absorbs excess oil and toxins from the skin. The bad news? It can cause some little pimples in sensitive skin.
Aloe Vera is a commonly used plant leaf. It has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect that may be useful to reduce itching and redness in people with acne-prone skin. Aloe vera masks can be cool and pleasant, but don’t expect them to help with clogged pores or absorb your sebum.
Many dermatologists call benzoyl peroxide masks the best. They’re a clear mask you apply all face in the evening and wash it off in the morning. It’s the only one that can eliminate acne bacteria that reside deep in your pores and absorb some of the oil. Disadvantages of BP masks? BP masks can bleach your pillowcase and dry your skin. Again, make sure to use moisturizer! This is the best mask you can get.