My Favorite Face Masks for Oily Skin and Acne

Calling all oily girls! If you’ve been around these rosy parts for a hot sec, chances are, you’ve caught a post or two talking about my own skin struggle bus. Oftentimes, if/when my skin is freaking the freak out, the oil can be to blame. Whether it’s a breakout battle, pore the size of Jupiter or just greasier than a Big Mac, somehow somewhere, excess oil is behind-the-scenes with a devilish grin. Because I’ve been on a kick lately with masking (cos summer skin can be particularly greaseball-ish), I figured I’d share my favorite face masks for oily skin.

I try to mask at least twice a week – one to be a solid detox, and one to be a bit more hydrating to replenish anything unnecessarily stripped or lacking. It’s one of my favorite things to do for me-time, since my skin always feel so much more bombdotcom when it’s all masked and done (see what I did there? HA. Go home, E, your jokes aren’t funny.) My personal general rule o’ thumb is to leave a mask on for 10-15 minutes max – although I’m 100% guilty of forgetting I had a mask on until I tried to talk and couldn’t actually move my face, so there’s that. Once all done, I either hop in the shower to take it off, or wash at the sink – either way, I like removing with my Dew Puff (which I talk more about here), cos it’s a super gentle yet effective cleanse. SO. Let’s dive in – my favorite face masks for oily skin that’s acne-prone and extra AF. I’m breaking the best general masks/practices down by main ingredient, explaining each, then featuring masks that I have + use personally for each. Cool? Cool. Let’s begin.

THE BEST FACE MASKS FOR OILY SKIN

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

MUD vs. CLAY

Mud is more of a “healing” agent, used as a hydrator (since mud is water-based). On the flip side, clay is more of a drying agent – hence why it’s better for us oily gals who need a lil’ detox. Didja know all that???? I didn’t. I found that on Mr. Google and geeked out cos it was such a fun lil’ fact. #SCIENCE!

Clay Benefits:

  • Draws oil from pores, preventing them from becoming clogged
  • Has vitamins + nutrients
  • Draws out toxins, especially from the environment!
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Tightens lines + promotes elasticity
  • Can be anti-inflammatory

Mud Benefits:

  • Can be made with a clay base, so even if mud is typically more hydrating, it can still detox/unclog!
  • Helps get rid of excess facial oil, cos it’s great for cleansing! Drying mud traps bacteria + dead skin cells, so they’re sloughed off when the mask is removed.
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Tightens lines

Featured Masks: Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask (phew, what a mouthful), Pure Clay Detox & Brighten, Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine, Pure Clay Purify & MattifyPores be Pure Skin-Clearing Mud Mask, Clarisonic Deep Pure Clay Mask, Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask & Exfoliant

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Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Charcoal Benefits

  • Charcoal (along with pure clay) acts like a magnet to literally draw out deeper impurities – oil, dirt, and anything stemming from pollution in the air (cos there’s a lot).
  • Makes pores look smaller (since dirt in there is what makes them look large)
  • Can be used to treat some poisonous bites + disinfect some wounds (when it’s activated), cos it’s not metabolized or absorbed by the body and has been shown to neutralize some infection-causing pathogens.

Featured Masks: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask,  Pure Clay Detox & Brighten (has charcoal in it), Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

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Strawberry Benefits:

  • Strawberry (+ rosemary) eliminate impurities
  • Rich in Vitamin C! Good to revitalize, cleanse out, + nourish.
  • Acidic by nature, which helps remove any excess sebum (read: oil)
  • Strawberry juice effectively lightens skin, which is great for lightening blemishes and any scarring from past breakouts.
  • They have alpha-hydroxylic acid, which helps get rid of dead skin cells
  • Easy homemade concoction: Strawberry puree, either fresh cream (dry skin) or yogurt (oily skin), + one tablespoon of honey. Apply errrr’where, leave for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Meant to reduce acne! Can be frozen + stored, too.

Featured Mask: Pores be Pure Skin-Clearing Mud Mask

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Probiotic Benefits:

Probiotics have live microbes (think bacteria/yeast) in ’em that promote a ~balanced~ ecosystem, whether that’s on yo’ face or in yo’ gut. Here’s some science for ya. (The short version: probiotics have lactic acid in ’em, which combats a whole slue of stuff).

  • Restores balance in skin! Skin goes through a lot, fighting pollutants, dirt, etc. Bring back balance!
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • They’re antimicrobials, meaning they help fight acne, rosacea, + more
  • Exfoliant properties via the lactic acid – great for cell turnover!

Featured Mask: Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask (also available here)

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin by popular Philadelphia beauty blogger Coming Up Roses

In terms of probiotic skincare, I swear by Tula – I’ve been using a bunch of their products for awhile now, and I always see a good difference with more consistent use. I’m the worst at sticking to just one product/brand (BAD, since it’s a lot harder to see if something works then), but that’s mostly since I’m sent products by PR companies to test for y’all! BUT, when I DO stick to something, I see the difference. Sticking to Tula def makes that difference! Some other Tula faves of mine:

I’ve been *hooked* on the pH Resurfacing gel lately for getting rid of random texture, I use the purifying cleanser daily (#WorthIt – here’s the size I travel with!), + I lovelovelove the hydrating creamyes, even as an oily gal! – especially in fall/winter. This hydrating mist is bombdotcom right about now in Philadelphia, and my mama + I both have the hand cream.

Q: Would y’all want a whole post on probiotic skincare solely? Let me know in a comment below, wouldja?

If you’re interested in picking anything up from Tula, use code COMINGUPROSES for 20% off + free shipping! Nope, not sponsored at all – I just grabbed a code from them to share with y’all, since the products can get pricier but they’re *so* worth having + trying. I’m lookin’ out. 😉

What are your favorite face masks for oily skin?

Also, not all of us have oily skin (le duh). If you’re more on the dry side or combination/normal – WHATEVER SKIN YOU’VE GOT – what’s your favorite mask?
Do you do mask mixing? (Is that what the kid’s call it nowadays?)

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