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Say Goodbye to Maskne with These 10 Skincare Products

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As the fight against COVID-19 continues, a lot of us are experiencing major breakouts from wearing face masks on the daily — AKA maskne. It’s a small side effect to protecting ourselves and the health of others, but the breakouts can still be bothersome. You may not know how to treat the new blemishes, but we’re here to help! Here are the best skincare products to help fight off maskne.  

Star Face Hydro Stars Pimple Patch

Star Face’s Hydro Stars are pimple patches that are cute and effective. They work to eliminate breakouts in a fun, decorative way but still provide a clear complexion you can’t get anywhere else. Not to mention, the patches are vegan, cruelty-free and are housed in recyclable packaging.

Promising review: Areli says, “These are the cutest pimple patches ever! I’ve been having breakouts from wearing a face mask, and these have been a life saver.

Yes To Tomatoes Paper Sheet Mask

Yes To’s Tomato Acne Fighting Paper Mask is a sheet mask that not only fights off existing acne, but it prevents future blemishes from developing as well. Plus, they’re made with 96% natural ingredients and will have your skin looking flawless after just one use.

Promising review: May says, “I highly recommend this mask! It’s like a spot treatment but for your entire face. It’s very refreshing and not messy. I love it and use it all the time now.”

Kate Somerville Eradikate Acne Treatment

Any product from Kate Somerville will leave your skin looking it’s best, but especially the Eradikate Acne Treatment. Great for most skin types, the spot treatment fights blemishes, unclogs pores and prevents redness every time.

Promising review: Tori says, “Such an amazing product. I’ve been looking for a spot treatment, and this stuff works GREAT! Blemishes I couldn’t get rid of forever were gone overnight.”

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser

Another product that will help fight off maskne is the Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment from Kiehl’s. It’s a high foaming cleanser that focuses on treating acne and purifying pores. Just use the cleanser in the morning and at night, and your skin will look clearer than ever.

Promising review: Alison says, “My skin is very acne prone, and I used to never have a day where my skin was completely clear until I started using this. It changed my skin completely!!!”

First Aid Beauty White Clay Treatment Pads

First Aid Beauty’s White Clay Acne Treatment Pads are the skin saving products you need! They use Salicylic Acid, Kaolin Clay and other ingredients to target breakouts, absorb impurities and minimize pores. Plus, they won’t dry out the skin, instead leaving it smooth and blemish-free.

Promising review: Lisa says, “Acne wipes usually dry me out, but these keep my face feeling cool and moisturized. I especially like that they’re subtly raised to lift the dirt and oil off my skin without scratching.”

GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Mask

Another mask that fights breakouts is GlamGlow’s Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask. It’s formulated with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal to target clogged pores and prevent blemishes. Just use 1-3 times a week for clear, poreless-looking skin.

Promising review: Madison says, “This is probably my favorite product that I have ever purchased. It helps with evening skin tone, acne and smoothing. It’s a miracle product.”

Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Toner

The entire Clear Start collection from Dermalogica is perfect for acne-prone skin. However, the Breakout Clearing All Over Toner is the real star of the line. It’s an all over mist that cleanses and soothes blemishes to reveal a hydrated, fresh complexion.

Promising review: Haley says, “This is a great toner for acne prone skin! I spritz it on my face after cleansing, and it helps keep my hormonal breakouts at bay. Plus, it’s super refreshing!”

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion

Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion helps eliminate dead skin, clears pores and reduces oils that may lead to breakouts. It’s lightweight, non-irritating and will completely transform your skin. You can use it with other products in the Acne Solutions line or by itself.

Promising review: Jess says, “This really works! I saw the difference the first night. I’ve had the product for only two weeks, and my skin is clear with no acne! I totally recommend it!!”

Versed Keep the Peace Cream Cleanser

Another cleanser that will keep your skin on point is Versed’s Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser. It soothes breakouts, gently exfoliates and moisturizes without stripping the skin. Not to mention, it also contains antioxidants to fight off inflammation and irritation.

Promising review: Kelly says, “I bought this face wash about a month ago, and it is fantastic!! It’s creamy but it still makes my face feel clean. Plus, it washes off nicely!”

Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment

Last but not least, the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment from Murad is a fast-acting gel that reduces blemishes and treats acne in as little as four hours. It’s great for most skin types, gently exfoliates, clears and smooths the skin.

Promising review: Hannah says, “I love this product!! If I put this on at night, the spot is visibly smaller in the morning and practically gone the next day!”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

How are you treating your maskne? Sound off in the comments!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.