When I was a teenager, I was covered in acne. My family would try to assure me that it would get better and they’d always say things like, “Don’t worry, they’ll disappear by the time you're 21”. How wrong they were. Getting into my late twenties, my daily skin care routine is now up to seven steps. Even the tablets prescribed to me by my doctor can’t stop me from a bad break out.
To prevent me from spending hours in front of the mirror squeezing all the blackheads from my nose (however satisfying it is), I’ve invested in different masks to stop inflammation of my acne. No longer will my face resemble the left overs of a Saturday night pizza. I’m determined to look after my skin better and the first step is removing my blackheads.
A common misconception around blackheads is that the black bumps are dirt. This isn’t the case, in fact it’s simply where the opening of a hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin or oil. Now that’s covered, you’ll need to find the right face mask for you. It’s important to note that this will heavily depend on your skin type. Although many contain natural ingredients, choosing the wrong one might irritate you.
To stop you from getting blotchy patches on top of your spots, we’ve pulled together a list of the best masks for removing blackheads. So that once a month (at least), you can treat yourself to a self-care Sunday session and pull out all the stops to have a bit of ‘me time’.
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Best masks for removing blackheads
1. Natural Charcoal Mask
Pamper yourself with this completely safe and natural charcoal mask, which guarantees to unclog pores and remove pesky blackheads. The budget-friendly mask contains tea tree oil, a skincare staple that'll simultaneously brighten and smoothen your skin. Take this relaxing treat to the next level and slice two cucumbers for your eyes. amazon.co.uk
2. Sand & Sky Australian Face Mask
This sensational mask has broken the internet (well, almost) as influencers claim it's one of the best masks ever. It's 100% vegan and made from natural ingredients, making it a fantastic option for all skin types. The pink clay renews skin, zapping out toxins and blackheads before visibly tightening your pores.amazon.co.uk
3. Skin Rescue Purifying Mask
Packed with red clay, this peel-off mask draws out excess oils and replenishes skin. After 20 minutes, you'll be left feeling fresh faced, with visibly less clogged pores – even on the first use. This is because the liquorice root extract works wonders on hyperpigmented skin. The only way to make your home pamper day better is by lighting a candle.amazon.co.uk
4. Peel Off Facial Mask
Do you have dry or damaged skin? This extracting treatment is rich in organic Aloe Vera extract, that'll encourage healing and regeneration in affected areas. But this isn't the only benefit, the multipurpose mask boasts detoxifying qualities, leaving you with a clean and hydrated complexion. amazon.co.uk
5. Origins Active Charcoal Mask
Splash out on an Origins favourite and watch your face transform before your eyes. The main ingredient, bamboo charcoal digs deep into pores drawing out bacteria, while the detoxifying clay leaves your skin smoother, brighter and cleaner. If you have an oily skin type, this is the best buy for you.amazon.co.uk
6. Clay Mud Face Mask
Have you always wanted to experience a mud bath? You can now from the comfort of your own home. On a much smaller scale, watch the bentonite clay powder at work. Properties range from extracting grease to reducing pigmentation. Once mixed with a little water or cider vinegar, this calming mask can be applied for up to 20 minutes, leaving you with revitalised and tighter skin. amazon.co.uk
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