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masks for cystic acne

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for masks for cystic acne.

Acne is a common skin condition that can affect anyone. It's usually caused by excess oil and bacteria in the pores of the skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that you can use to alleviate the symptoms. One such option is facial masks. Facial masks can help clean and moisturize your face to keep them healthy to prevent breakouts.


I don't use this often but it's my saving grace on the rare occasions I breakout. I just layer it on top of any horrible, red cystic acne before bed and leave it on while I sleep. ...I had couple of painful cystic hormonal acne around my chin and neck. It was kind of embarrassing to have these gigantic zits because it was so noticeable.

What it is: A mask with maximum-strength sulfur, visibly purifying kaolin clay, and bentonite clay that clears the look of blemishes and helps prevent their return.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur 10%: Maximum, over-the-counter grade visibly clears skin and helps address future blemishes and blackheads.
- Kaolin and Bentonite Clays: Absorb excess oil and purify the look of clogged pores.
- Aloe Vera: Calms and hydrates skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.


Good for break outs...I like this mask when I feel an area on my face is starting to break out. ...Use it when I feel break outs coming on and even when I get cystic pimples my face looks and feels noticeably calmer and less red/inflamed.

What it is:
A multi-action mask that rescues troubled skin.

What it is formulated to do:
When skin is too slick or when more pressing problems start to pop up, it's Origins to the rescue. Formulated with natural troubleshooters, including super-absorbent zinc oxide and sulfur plus calming camphor, this mask rapidly responds to problem skin with a three-part plan: sop up oily-shine, slough off sticky, dead cells, and sweep away irksome debris.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Best for combination to oily skin.

The INKEY ListKaolin Mask

ITEM: 2211555

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

220 Reviews


Fantastic mask!...Fantastic mask that totally eliminates acne/ pimples!...Perfect to Stop Breakouts!...This mask will clear out any deep acne! I have very oily skin & acne that is deep in my skin.

What it is: A natural, deep-cleaning face mask using high-grade clay to help absorb excess oil.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Oiliness, Pores, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Kaolin Clay: Helps remove impurities.
- Smectite Clay: Absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also cruelty-free.


ITEM: 2231967

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

1.8K Reviews


bad breakouts after using this...I was excited to use this product after recieving it in voxbox from influenster but very disappointed after using it. it made my skin feel clean and hydrated but it also made my skin break out quite a lot. I would not recommend this for acne prone skin....Cystic acne: no go...I was really bummed to find out that this product does not work with my skin type (oily, cystic acne). It leaves my face smooth and float but causes me breakouts.

What it is: An age-fighting face mask that works like a facial, with potent PHAs and Nordic birch sap to exfoliate, illuminate, and brighten skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine lines and Wrinkles, Pores, and Dryness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs): A gentler alternative to AHAs that help even skin tone and texture through chemical exfoliation.
- Nordic Birch Sap: Helps hydrate and nourish skin.
- Pink Bentonite Clay: Helps clarify and renew.


The whole line of first aid beauty is just magic. I was completely broken out cystic acne just patches all over my cheeks and as soon as I received it I tried it every day for weeks and let me just say this stuff is better than any expensive cream or wipes. ...This has been amazing for my dry acne prone skin. It has been especially soothing to my cystic acne too!

What it is: A creamy, calming, and soothing leave-on mask that helps nurture stressed, dry, and irritated skin.

Skin Type: Normal and Dry

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Redness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Arnica Flower: A botanical extract said to help accelerate skin’s natural healing process.
- Calendula: A flower extract derived from the English marigold helps calm and soothe signs of distress.
- Centella Asiatica: A healing herb rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and rich in active compounds, including madecassoside and amino acids, helps soothe distressed, compromised skin.


Lol it definitely smells like sulfur but this is AMAZING as a spot treatment on my cystic acne. When I feel a cystic pimple coming on, I pat some of this on it and poof, overnight it shrinks! ...Miracle for cystic acne. I have had no luck in my search for an answer to my painful, large facial cystic acne.

What it is: A spot treatment containing sulfur, niacinamide, tea tree oil, and manuka oil to diminish the appearance of breakouts and cleanse skin for a smooth, visibly clear complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur: Diminishes the appearance of blemishes and addresses the formation of new ones.
- Bentonite: Absorbs excess oil, removes impurities, and diminishes the appearance of pores.
- Niacinamide 4%: Reduces the appearance of blemishes and surface redness and visibly improves congested skin.


BAD Breakouts...Unfortunately, it made me break out like no other product ever has before. I rarely ever break out— just the occasional pimple here and there, so I was really surprised that this product resulted in so many. ...makes me breakout !!!!...I love everything about this cream EXCEPT that it makes me break out !!! :((( I can’t put it on because I can’t afford another breakout; I mean, who can?

What it is: An overnight mask that thoroughly hydrates, plumps, and brightens with THD ascorbate (vitamin C), antioxidant-rich superberries, squalane, and hyaluronic acid.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Fine lines and wrinkles

Formulation: Rich Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin C (THD Ascorbate): The latest clinically-proven form of stable, potent vitamin C works to firm and brighten the look of skin.
- Squalane and Hyaluronic Acid: Mimic your skin’s natural oils to boost skin hydration without the risk of clogged pores.
- Proprietary Superberry Blend: Antioxidant-rich, rare superberries hydrate and help combat free radicals.


Great Mask!...I rarely break out but when I do, I will have one or two pimples that are hard to get rid of. ...Best Mask Ever!...I suffer from acne and a lot of products make me break out instantly.

What it is: A powerful clarifying treatment with niacinamide that actively clears the complexion, visibly reduces pores, and helps even skin tone.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Volcanic, White, and French-Green Clays: Absorb excess oil while diminishing the look of impurities on the skin.
- 2% Niacinamide: Improves skin clarity and visibly tightens pores while supporting skin’s moisture barrier.
- BHA: Helps visibly unclog and keep pores clear.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


Overall pretty good mask and I would recommend for an acne prone individual. ...It really soothes blemishes and just seems to "know" what to do for every type of breakout I have whether it be a whitehead or occasional cystic pimple.

What it is: A mattifying mask for oily skin that visibly eliminates the appearance of certain imperfections and impurities, balances the skin, and deeply cleanses to leave skin mattified and clear of imperfections.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Uneven Texture, Acne/Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 100% Natural Green Clay: Absorbs excess oil.
- 100% Natural Zinc: Purifies and mattifies.
- Grape Water: Antioxidant and naturally prebiotic; hydrates and soothes.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

Hyper SkinFade and Glow AHA Mask

ITEM: 2529667

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

58 Reviews


Let’s start with how fun and playful this packaging/design is. The mask contains great ingredients and does not make my skin break out/ rash as I have very very sensitive skin. ...This HYPER AHA mask is perfect for my skin. I use it in conjunction with my period breakouts when the pimple might leave a mark.

What it is: An exfoliating mask with mandelic acid that visibly brightens the complexion, smooths texture, and fades stubborn dark spots.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Mandelic Acid: Gently lifts dull surface cells to visibly smooth skin’s texture.
- Glycolic Acid: Is a chemical exfoliator that removes dead skin cells.
- Niacinamide: Minimizes the appearance of blemishes and other signs of congestion.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Put dull-looking skin in the past with this visible-radiance-boosting mask.

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