Masks have always been a vital part of my pampering days and regular weekly skin routine that I make sure to never skip. Now I’ve got to admit… I’m a little bit of a mask junkie! I can’t help but buy new masks even though I have so many sitting in my drawers.
As someone who wears base makeup most days of the week, I generally like to regularly deep cleanse my skin with a mask 1 to 3 times a week to prevent a build-up of dead skin cells, makeup, and grime in the pores. I then put on a hydrating mask or use a combination of a hydration serum and a thick moisturizer after to replenish the moisture in my skin.
With the regular use of these masks, I’ve found that my skin has become more even-toned and brighter with more clarity. The blackheads on my nose and whiteheads around my chin area have also greatly decreased.
And now without further ado, here are the 7 deep cleansing masks that I’ve been loving lately. I’ve categorized them into 2 categories: budget finds and higher-end products.
Budget Cleansing Masks
Let’s first start off with some of the cheaper brands that I love. These brands are affordable and inexpensive for the quality of product that you get, which shows that you don’t need expensive products to get results. I always reach for these cleansing masks without any hesitation and generously apply them to my face.
1. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask
The first mask I absolutely love is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask. This is a wonderful budget find. It gently but effectively removes any blackheads or whiteheads when my pores start feeling a little congested from wearing makeup all day. It isn’t harsh at all for my sensitive skin and there’s no stinging when I apply this. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling extremely parched or dry after washing it off.
2. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask
The Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask is another great mask from Freeman but it’s a little less sensitive-skin friendly compared to the Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask.
I really enjoy the calming and anti-stress effects it brings to my skin especially if I have any unsightly active breakouts so I tend to reach for this more when I need quick redness relief from zits.
3. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is an oldie but a goodie and was probably one of the first masks that I got when I started dealing with acne-prone skin in my teenage years. One thing that I really like about this mask is the refreshing, minty feel that it brings to the skin.
Not only is this product super affordable, it also works wonders to clear up congestion in your skin. I love using this product in my problem areas (blackheads and whiteheads mostly) and it helps to clear these areas up when my makeup clogs my skin.
Since buying this more than a decade ago, they have revamped their packaging and it now looks much more attractive and appealing.
Luxury Cleansing Masks
Although I love using my budget cleansing masks, I still enjoy treating myself to more expensive cleansing masks from time to time! Here are my favorites.
4. Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay
The Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay is my new all-time favorite mask for clearing up my pores that I discovered recently. I prefer this so much more compared to the Origins Black Charcoal Mask, which was one of my previous favorites (more about this mask below).
The Retexturizing Mask refines my pores like no tomorrow, easily extracts the dirt and gunk out of my skin, and leaves my skin bright and glowy. The mask also has small jojoba oil balls that gently exfoliate the skin without bothering my sensitive skin, and it doesn’t leave me feeling dry and dehydrated.
I haven’t used such an effective yet gentle mask so far and I’ve tried a lot! This mask is best for pore refinement as opposed to calming down actual acne breakouts.
5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores is another great mask from Origins that works well on my sensitive skin to calm down active breakouts and purge dirt and excess oil from the pores. I usually apply this to my t-zone area and focus on my nose and chin where I feel my pores are more congested. It dries nicely without sucking out too much moisture and my face doesn’t sting when I apply it.
6. Lush Mask of Magnaminty
If you’re more into natural products with fewer preservatives, Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty may be a wonderful option to try. The main ingredient in this is kaolin clay.
In comparison to the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, I would describe the feel of this product as a more expensive but natural version with extra added exfoliating flakes. I like how it soothes my breakouts and also leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean.
7. Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
I can’t end this list of deep cleansing masks without mentioning the infamous Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment! Although I know that many other mask junkies really like this one, this mask is one product that I won’t be repurchasing because I’ve had bad experiences with it.
Comparing to the other cheaper masks on my list, it didn’t perform that much better in terms of clearing up blocked pores and congestion in my skin. This sharply stung my skin the minute I put it on until I hastily washed it off 10 unbearable minutes later. My eyes were also very irritated and watery from the fragrance of the mask. I’d beware of this product especially if your skin is sensitive!
Ensuring that you include deep cleansing face masks regularly in your skin care regimen to keep your pores clear and congestion-free is important for maintaining healthy-looking skin. If you wear a lot of makeup, this step in your skin care is even more crucial to ensure that your pores don’t get increasingly clogged.
Masks range in price from very low to very high, depending on the brand you choose. Although I love to treat myself to luxury clay masks once in a blue moon, I find that many of the cheaper masks found in drugstores work just as well as the more expensive ones.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of my acne series here:
- How To Effectively Cure Back Acne
- Affordable & Effective Acne Products That Won’t Break The Bank
- Over-The-Counter Acne Products You Need To Avoid That Just Don’t Work
- My Experience With Prescription Acne Medication And How They Didn’t Work For Me
- How To Cure Your Acne With Natural Remedies
Now that I’ve talked about some of my favorite deep cleansing masks for acne-prone skin, what are some of your favorites? Feel free to share!