When it comes to congested skin, or skin with large pores which easily become blocked, a face mask should be at the forefront of your skincare arsenal, along with a foaming cleanser and a serum which helps to balance oil production.
As for the mask itself, there are a number of effective ingredients that can help to draw out impurities from deep within the pores, as well as buff away dead skin cells and help to ward off future blemishes.
“I love ingredients like salicylic acid when it comes to clarifying skincare,” says Dr Dendy Engleman, New York Dermatologist, Cosmetic Skin Cancer Surgeon, and Consulting Dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden. “It’s naturally-derived from willow bark and will help to reduce inflammation as well as decrease the congestion within the pores.”
There’s nothing more restorative or indulgent than a face mask. In fact, we are of the belief that a face mask should be an integral part of everyone’s self care regime. Not only do they provide a much-needed moment of pampering, but they are also the most effective at-home treatment for a whole host of skin conditions.
From sensitive skin, to dry and cracked skin, to skin with hyperpigmentation and dark spots, to oily skin that is prone to breakouts, there’s bound to be a face mask formulated to target your specific concern and containing a number of active ingredients.
Other popular ingredients with clarifying face masks are natural clays, which help to draw out debris and oil from the skin, as well as other exfoliating acids, like glycolic acid, and soothing and calming ingredients like aloe vera and green tea extract.
Keep scrolling to see our ultimate round up of the best clarifying face masks available…