These Face Masks for Acne Just About Guarantee a Clear Complexion

To say acne can ruin your day, week, or even your month is an understatement when you feel like you're fighting (and losing) an uphill battle with those pesky blemishes. But that's where some of the best face masks for acne come in—and you can even pick up some at your local drugstore. "Many women with acne struggle with picking and the vicious cycle it creates," says Elyse Shelger RN, director of medical operations at Skin Laundry. "Soothing and healing masks can help calm redness and irritation."

And the usage of face masks is nothing new—thousands of years ago, clays, muds, and herbs were used to create natural, healing, rejuvenating masks, according to Jamé Heskett, MD, author of The Well Path and founder of The Well Path Clinic in New York City). Now, Heskett says we have science to back up the usage of some of these ancient practices and topicals to heal problem skin. And the best way to apply them? "Your skin is an organ—it is all connected—so if you have blemishes, it's best to treat the whole face." Below, find the best face masks for acne recommended by top dermatologists, aestheticians, and skin experts.

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