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19 Best Acne Masks to Banish Breakouts

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Turns out that while breaking up is hard to do, breaking out is not. Whether you're battling chronic acne, blackheads or the occasional pimple, sometimes your usual spot treatments and cleansers don't cut it. That's when you need to reach for the big guns -- acne masks with heavy-duty zit-zapping ingredients to wipe out pimples and, just as importantly, prevent new ones. Whether you have three minutes or 20, these acne face masks will clean out your pores and help you achieve clearer skin.

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Best Acne Mask for Binge-Watching 'OITNB'
Willa Peel Away Charcoal Mask, $14

This 20-minute peel-off mask gives you a chance to sit back, turn on your most recent binge obsession via Netflix and let it work its magic. Made with natural ingredients like charcoal and kaolin clay, this thick, clear acne mask draws out impurities and refines pores for smoother, brighter skin.

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Best Acne Mask for Stubborn Cases
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $40

If you feel like you've tried just about everything to get rid of acne, this game-changing at-home light therapy device may just be your clear-skin savior. Blue light eradicates the bacteria that cause acne, while red light reduces inflammation. Sure, you'll look like a horror flick antihero while wearing it, but give it a week, and you'll be rewarded with a clearer complexion when you're not.

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Best if Your Skin Is Congested
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $69

Between makeup, sunscreen, sweaty workouts and pollution, we throw a lot at our skin on a daily basis. Which is why pores might be screaming for some exfoliation by the time you get home from happy hour. Clay, charcoal and a blend of AHA and BHA acids vacuum out congested pores, leaving skin clear and radiant. Bonus: if you have a problem area that's giving you a clue it's about to sprout, you can also use this bad boy as an acne spot treatment.

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Best If You Break Out on Your T-Zone
Skin Authority Calming Mask, $52

We all have problematic patches of skin. For some, that pesky t-zone is more acne-prone than other areas and needs a touch more TLC. Consider this acne mask, which contains 10 percent sulfur and targets oily spots, protecting your skin from future breakouts. And if your skin is sensitive? It's even better, since it doesn't include parabens, dyes or fragrances.

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