Pur Opulence Approved: Acne Masks

To put it simply, acne sucks. I always manage to break out at the most inconvenient moments (like a massive pimple right between my eyebrows on Thanksgiving) so I like to think I’ve mastered the art of handling my breakouts quickly and without scarring. Here are my favorite acne treatments that I always have stocked in my arsenal of skincare products!

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Karuna Clarifying Sheet Mask

Helps with: hormonal acne/ irritated skin.

Material: Cotton mask

Price: $10 CAD

In the past I used to think that acne-fighting sheet masks were a hoax and that you would get nowhere without using clay-based masks for pimples. Nonetheless, I tried this mask out and I’m a believer. This clarifying sheet mask is so good at detoxifying your skin and fighting pimples, but it doesn’t dry out my skin or irritate it the way that some clay-based acne masks do. The Karuna Clarifying Mask features a blend of Shiso (Japanese Green Leaf), ginger, honey, and peptides that really work overtime to get your skin to where it needs to be. Ginger is a natural antiseptic and I love using it in my skincare to prevent acne infections. As an oily-skin girl, honey is great at providing a boost of hydration for your skin without oil or grease. This mask is a much gentler alternative to more irritating and drying acne treatments, and is a great option for those who are sensitive to clay-based masks. I would definitely recommend using this mask to combat acne, or as a weekly treatment to prevent future breakouts.

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Soo AE Donkey Milk Healing Sheet Mask

Helps with: rough skin texture and acne

 Material: cotton/hydrogel blend

Price: $25 CAD/10 masks 

Back in high school I had to analyze the 1963 rendition of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor for an English project. I will never forget sitting through that five-hour movie multiple times to take notes. Anyway, from that moment on I always found Cleopatra so interesting. It is said that Cleopatra took baths in donkey milk to prevent aging and maintain youthful skin. This is what drew me to the Freeset Donkey Milk Healing Sheet Mask … that and the holographic packaging. If your skin is dealing with a lot of texture or uneven skin tone, this sheet mask will be your best friend. The Donkey Milk Healing Mask is packed with soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients like witch hazel, licorice, rosemary, and, of course, donkey milk to place emphasis on the mask’s promise to heal rather than simply moisturize. The sheet mask is very saturated, and the size of the sheet mask hugs the contours of my face effortlessly. I love how cooling this mask feels, and immediately after using this mask my skin looks calmed, and soothed. I will continue to purchase this sheet mask until I manifest into Cleopatra herself and live my best life.

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Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Helps with: clogged pores, dull skin

Clay mask

Price: $47 CAD/ 2.5 oz

Not a lot of people know about this mask, and I’m honestly so surprised because it is by far one of the best purifying masks available, in my opinion. This mask has a nice, thin consistency and is very similar to the uber-expensive Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. I think it’s a great option for oily/combo skin because it helps clear my pores without drying out my skin or irritating any dry patches on my cheeks. Whenever I use this masks the pores on my nose practically disappear and everything is right in the world. Also as an added bonus, the mask is pink so it compliments my millennial aesthetic.

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Pixi Glow Mud Mask

Helps with: acne, discoloration, dull skin

Clay mask

Price: $30 CAD/ 1 oz

Pixi Glow Tonic is my ride-or-die toner, so when I saw that they had a Glow Mud Mask I knew I had to try it, and I’m so glad I did. This mask is your perfect one-step treatment for acne-free, healthy, radiant skin. Just like the Caudalie mask, this mask has a thin consistency and features the same pore-vacuum formula as the Glamglow Supermud, but it isn’t as harsh and doesn’t suck the life out of my skin. I love how bright and even my skin looks whenever I use this mask. Unfortunately, this mask is pretty expensive for us Canadians, but I think it’s available at a cheaper price in the USA.