Quick Fix Facial Purifying Charcoal Mask (£4.99)
This Quick Fix Charcoal Mask is different to the others. It's charcoal in colour as the name suggests, and has a somewhat of a fine scrub consistency. It's not uncomfortable at all, just feels like you're mildly exfoliating as you apply it. It dries like other masks but doesn't feel tight on your skin. You can almost visibly see the oil it extracts from your pores especially around my nose area. So if you suffer from blackheads, this'd be great for you.
I usually leave it until it's dry and take it off with a damp face cloth. My skin feels clean afterwards but a little dry too. I'd recommend that you don't leave it on your skin too long as it can really dry your skin out. I suppose that's the effect you want from a deep cleansing mask - to dry out excess oil. Just don't leave it on too long! It's a good, effective face mask, especially at 50p per use!
Masque Bar Anti-Blemish Mud Mask (£9.99)
This Masque Bar mask has a thick cream consistency and smells pleasant. I apply it quite thickly and wait for it to dry. It's quite similar to traditional mud masks except it doesn't feel too tight on the skin as it dries. I've left this on as long as an hour and it didn't feel too uncomfortable. It's easy to take off too, using a damp face cloth.
The Masque Bar Anti-Blemish Mud Mask is good for using every week to deep clean your face and just maintaining the oil balance. I've found it to be more effective this way. I've found that I get less blemishes when I use this. I haven't seen massive improvements in blemishes that are already there, but it helps to calm them down. You get 3 masks in the pack, making each mask £3.33. It's a little bit on the pricey side, but Boots often has offers on them.
Quick Fix Facial Anti-Blemish Mud Mask (£4.99)
Another one from Quick Fix, an Anti-Blemish Mud Mask that is targeted at oily blemish prone skin. The consistency is quite light and feels light on the skin. It doesn't feel uncomfortable on the skin as it dries, but it does dry and like the charcoal mask, you can see the oil 'drawn out' by the mask when it's dry. The mask contains salicylic acid and tea tree which will help to fight the blemish breakout and act as antibaterial on your skin.
As soon as I see the first sign of a breakout or feel like I am about to get a blemish, I slap this on. This Anti-Blemish Mud Mask helps to reduce the sizes of any blemish already there and dries out blemishes that are just surfacing. If you have oily skin, and want something purse friendly to use weekly, you need this in your stash.
I'd say this works very much like the Quick Fix Anti-Blemish Mud Mask, except doesn't feel as nice on the skin. The consistency is creamy and light, I apply and get on with my other work. You're advised to wash it off after 15 minutes, but I've left it on for longer. The longer you leave it, the tighter it feels on your skin, and it can get painful. I'd say stick to the instructions! It's really really effective to deep cleanse your skin and leaves my face feeling super clean. It can feel a little dry after. I usually go in with a couple of layer of hydrating serum and cream which sorts the problem. A great blemish/acne fighting mask from Superdrug I'd recommend to anyone with oily skin and regular breakouts.
Superfacialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Mask (£8.99)
Last but not least, the blogger favourite Superfacialist Anti Blemish Mask. The mask has a nice creamy consistency, but quite a strong scent of tea tree oil. It's quite strong, so if you're sensitive to scents in skincare - give it a sniff before buying!
The salicylic acid in the mask helps to get rid of blemishes and the dead sea mud helps to dry them out. I've found this to be good at reducing big blemishes. It is a great one to bring out when your skin is just behaving badly, or if you know you haven't been nice to your skin and it will now punish you! It's also good at better controlling oil. I find that after using this my skin doesn't produce as much oil and seems 'calmer' over all.
These masks all work great for oily blemish prone skin. They work to reduce oil production, fight the bacteria and dry out the blemishes already there.
Have you tried any of the above masks? What is your holy grail mask for troubled skin? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.