8 Types Of Face Masks That Handle The Most Common Skincare Issues

The mask market can be a bit overwhelming. With so many kinds available, how do you know which one to choose? We asked Suneel Chilukuri, M.D., of Refresh Dermatology in Houston, to break down the different varieties to help you select what’s best for you.

The first step? Hone in on your skin issue, then look for a product with ingredients that target it. “Salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps improve blackheads and whiteheads. Dry or sensitive skin types should use masks with ingredients like lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, cucumber and papaya,” says the cosmetic and dermatologic surgeon.

“If you’re looking for general skin health and antiaging benefits, find masks that contain alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid and vitamins C and E.” Next determine the right mask formula. We’ve picked eight types and got the scoop on how they work.

This feature originally appeared in the May 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

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