The 6 Best Face Masks for Oily Skin


Must-Have Face Masks for Oily Skin

As someone who has battled my oily and acne-prone skin my entire life, I have tried my fair share of face masks claiming to do wonders for mattifying my skin and cutting down on oil. After jars and pots and tubes, I’ve finally got my face mask dossier down to what I firmly believe are the six best face masks for oily skin:

1. Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

One of your best bets if you’re trying to keep your skin as matte as possible is a clay mask. While some from the drugstore work well, my favorite is this one from Origins. Not only does it have the clarifying and oil-extracting benefits of oil, but it also has physical exfoliating properties. The full size of this mask isn’t as pricey as some of my other picks, but a mini version is available that’s much easier on the wallet (and the mini version will last you a couple of months).

2. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

If you’re going to get any mask, get this budget-friendly one from Britain’s Deciem, parent company to The Ordinary. This mask is full of chemical exfoliating properties that will help your skin cells turn over a new leaf with continued use. This mask is strong, so if you have sensitive skin, take it easy and use this mask sparingly. I find chemical exfoliants such as AHA and BHA keep my skin fresh and free of clogged pores.


3. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of attempting to cut down on the amount of oil my skin produces, it’s that hydration is my friend. By incorporating hydrating masks into my routine, it’s given my skin a break from feeling like it needs to produce oil to hydrate my skin. This mask is one of those that adds moisture back into my skin overnight and makes for a really good skin day when I wake up. I wrote more about my love for this mask last summer.

4. Facetory Sheet Masks

The only subscription box I currently have delivered is Facetory; every month, four sheet masks are delivered to my mailbox, and I have to keep myself accountable to one per week. I love the variety of sheet masks I receive, and they are ultra hydrating, which again lends itself to moisturized skin that doesn’t feel the need to overproduce oil. (I’m also a big fan of my dogs’ reactions when I wear these.)


5. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask

If clogged pores and blackheads plague you, this mask is going to be your best friend. I had some pretty stubborn blackheads and tried every method I could think of to extract them. This mask cleared them in one go, and I’ve used it ever since as a preventative measure to keep my pores as clear as possible.

6. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask

This is the priciest mask by far I recommend. It’s very similar to The Ordinary mask, but it’s much more user-friendly due to its cream formulation. Again, this is pretty powerful and occasionally causes a burning or tingling sensation, so for those of you with sensitive skin, use this mask only once or twice a month.

Now that summer is firmly upon us, I hope you’ll find some of these mask recommendations useful for keeping your oily skin free and clear. What’s your favorite mask to use in the summer?