6 Acne Fighting Face Masks to Keep Pimples at Bay

Let's face it, pimples suck—and sometimes keeping them away can feel like a fulltime job.

In addition to thoroughly cleaning your face morning and night, an acne-fighting face mask is useful to add into your routine to calm current breakouts and prevent future ones. The key is to find products with blemish-banning ingredients like charcoal, clay and salicylic acid that don't dry out your skin.

Below, we're sharing our six fave pimple-reducing face masks that will have you with clearer, brighter skin in no time.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: $26

This has been a tried and true acne-fighting mask for decades. Think of this as nature's cleanup crew, sloughing away all grime and dirt to reveal smooth skin. Charcoal helps flush out toxins and dry up pesky pimples, while bamboo removes excess oil.

Origins Clear Improvements mask

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Clay Cleanser Mask: $9.49

We're always a sucker for a 2-for-1, and this mask can also be used as a cleanser! It claims to sweep away 100% of impurities and can be left on for a deeper clean, or rinsed off like a normal face wash.

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The Inkey List Kaolin Mask: $6.99

This white clay mask helps draw out impurities and controls excess oil production, and is gentle enough to use as often as you'd like. Plus, you can't beat the price tag.

The Inkey List Kaolin Mask

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Caudalie Purifying Mask: $39

If you struggle with clogged pores and all over congestion, Caudalie's Purifying Mask is the detox your skin needs. It purges your skin of blemishes and breakouts without over-drying, and can be used as an all-over mask or even just as a spot treatment.

Caudalie Face Mask

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Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask: $15.99

This rich and creamy treatment is a great natural option that helps keep acne at bay and heal existing blemishes. It also has salicylic acid that clears up acne, and a botanical blend to calm skin.

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Mario Badescu Flower and Tonic Mask: $18

Mario Badescu makes some of our fave masks out there, and this Flower and Tonic mask is perfect for gently purifying the skin with antioxidant-rich gardenia extract.

Mario Badescu mask

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Another great way to help with breakouts is to let your skin breathe. HERE's what happened when I didn't wear makeup for a week.