What Are the Different Types of Facial Masks for Acne?

Kaiser Castro

There are a number of facial masks for acne that can be made and used at home, with more comprehensive masks readily available at a dermatologist's office. From aspirin masks to baking soda masks, and even whitening facial masks to combat the hyper pigmentation that is usually associated with acne, there is a mask for all types of acne. Selecting the right facial masks for acne will depend on the severity of the acne lesions.

A woman removing a peel-off facial mask.
A woman removing a peel-off facial mask.

Facial masks for acne that use the power of salicylic acid can result in bright, clear skin. Aspirin pills are formulated with salicylic acid, allowing the chemical to slough off dead skin cells that can clog up the pores. Pouring some water into finely crushed aspirin pills will create a gritty paste. When applying the paste to the skin, the eye area should be avoided. The mixture should be rubbed into the skin, lightly massaging the paste into active lesions. After a few minutes, the mask should then be rinsed off of the skin with lukewarm water.

A close up of acne.
A close up of acne.

Baking soda powder is another ingredient with exfoliating properties that can be used in facial masks for acne. Simply mixing a small amount of water into the baking soda will create a paste. It should then be applied onto the skin while slowly massaging it in. Afterwards, it should be rinsed off with cool water.

If these chemicals are too harsh on sensitive skin, then carrots full of antioxidants and collagen-stimulating vitamin C are a viable option. Grinding carrots in a blender until the carrot's consistency is reminiscent of that of paste is the first step to creating this homemade mask. The ground carrots can then be thickened up with a bit of organic flour. Washing the face with a gentle cleanser first will help the carrot mask to further penetrate the skin. The mask should be allowed to sit on the skin until dry, and then be removed with warm water.

Robust skin lesions can be alleviated at a dermatologist's office with medicated facial masks for acne. The masks can be formulated with natural enzymes coupled with the exfoliating power of alpha and beta hydroxy acid. Beta hydroxy acids are more reliable in removing current acne lesions by zapping up the enclosed sebum inside of pimples. Alpha hydroxy acid masks will work to remove hyperpigmentation spots that tend to manifest after an acne breakout. They do usually require a week or more days of recovery and down time after the treatment.

A mask made of crushed aspirin pills and water can be used to treat acne.
A mask made of crushed aspirin pills and water can be used to treat acne.

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I used to make homemade aspirin facial masks for acne. But they I became lazy and it seemed like too much work.

But I've actually found a facial mask at the store that has salycilic acid. It's even called an aspirin mask! I think that's awesome!

Along with lemon masks, salicylic acid masks are my favorite. I've noticed that if I use a salicylic acid mask as soon as I feel pimples developing, I can prevent them.


@donasmrs-- Yes, I have acne prone skin and I use a clay mask regularly. Clay masks are very beneficial for oily skin and problem skin because clay absorbs oil. It also dries out pimples and makes pores smaller. It's one of the best facial masks out there.

I use my clay mask twice a week, but if it's a gentle one, you can use it even more frequently. My skin looks and feels very good after I wash it off. I like to use it at the end of the day when my face is super oily.


I've heard that clay based masks are the best facial masks for acne prone skin. Has anyone here tried clay masks before?

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