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7 Face Masks You Need To Keep Your Face From Looking Like An Oil Slick In 2017

"New pores, who dis?"

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Hi! My name is Barbara and I am a self-professed face mask hoarder. As someone with large pores, an oily t-zone and a shopping addiction, I'm always on the hunt for the next best mask. Here are a few affordable products that I have tried, fully committed to and have helped me maintain a healthy glow like this one.

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No, I do not wake up like this. Yes, I did fill in my eyebrows just to take this selfie. #noshame

1. Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Lasting Cleansing Mask is a must-have for lazy days.

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I picked up the Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Lasting Cleansing Mask up at the drugstore out of curiosity. As I was reading the back of the package, I saw that it doubles as a face wash and a 4 minute intensive mask. ONLY FOUR MINUTES?! Don’t get me wrong. I love making my face mask time a full-on experience. I sit down with a glass of wine, watch YouTube beauty vlogs and count down the minutes until I can shed my facial cocoon and emerge as a sleek, poreless butterfly. However, as a modern working woman in New York City who always feels like she has somewhere to be, I take short cuts when I can.

I feel a slight cold, tingly sensation when the mask is sitting on my face, just enough to know it's working. When I wash it off, my face instantly feels refreshed and ready for whatever I throw at it — which is usually some moisturizer and a full face of makeup, in my case.

There is really no going wrong with this cleansing mask. You get two products in one, it clears your pores like a dream without drying them out, it's time-efficient, and it's super affordable. There isn't a single thing I would change about it.

Price: $7.79

2. When in doubt, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque always comes in clutch.

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If you're new to the face mask game, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque will do you no wrong. When I first started struggling with acne in college, this affordable mask was my holy grail.

You start to feel the minty, cool feeling as soon as you apply it to your face and a little definitely goes a long way. I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes until it's completely dry and then just wash it off.


It was easy to pick up at my local drug store, super cheap, and dries up all my zits and excess oils.

Price: $4.99

3. I never imagined a face mask could be gross and satisfying — until I met the Dr. Dennis Gross Color Changing Mask.

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This isn't my first time using Dr. Dennis Gross products. I've used the Alpha Beta Daily Peel Pads before and they've worked fairly well for my acne scars. So when I saw the Color Smart Cleanser and Mask, I was more than willing to give it a shot.

Another two in one product, my inner-five year old was equal parts intrigued and disgusted at the fact that this product changes from a milky white consistency to a sickly yellow-orange gunk as it picks up dirt and oil. This is as a result of the touch-activated citrus enzyme bead complex the cleanser contains. When used as a mask, the citrus components, glycolic acid, and rose clay in the formula detoxify, brighten, and firm the skin. I love the fact that this is another quick mask — you only have to leave it on for 3-4 minutes for it to do the job.

After washing it off, my face literally feels squeaky clean to the touch without feeling over-drying. It definitely helps fade any scarring or dark spots on my face left over from blemishes. The price point is kinda sorta steep. But in my opinion with all of it's benefits, it's totally worth the investment.

Price: $28

4. The Sephora Rose Sheet Mask helps me get my "J. Lo 'On the 6'" type of glow.

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So you're probably thinking, "This girl is insane using a moisturizing sheet mask on her oily AF skin." To which I will respond, "Nah, let me put you on to something real quick." The Sephora Rose Sheet Mask is my favorite sheet mask of all-time for a couple reasons. First of all, I'm a 79-year-old abuela named Barbarita on the inside so I love anything rose-scented. Second of all, oily skin needs love in the moisturizing department too. If your body doesn't feel like it's getting the moisture it needs, that's when it produces excess oil to supplement it. This is how we end up with zits, my friend.

A lot of sheet masks tend to be too sticky or too wet, but this mask is the perfect consistency to adhere to your skin and distribute the moisture. Plus, the brightening element of this mask will make your skin sleek, dewy, and lighten any dark spots. It's fairly low maintenance — just plop it on for 15 minutes and then peel it off.

I'm never disappointed by this mask. It gives my face a healthy glow and leaves my skin feeling supple and smooth. Also have I mentioned how good the rose scent is though? Cause these roses though. For $6, it's a great woosah/glow-up mask.

Price: $6

5. Sephora Mud Mask is Bae. End of Story.

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I first heard praises for the Sephora Mud Mask from one of my favorite YouTube beauty vloggers, Diana Saldana. From what I've learned, Diana and I have pretty similar skin issues — large pores, acne prone and oily t-zone. The formula contains zinc and copper, which can help give your skin the detox it needs after a long week.

The mask is fairly straight forward. I apply it on my face, I let it sit, and I typically wash it off after 20 minutes when it's dry. This mask completely strips me of all types of oils and impurities. It dries up any zits I may have had before and completely mattifies my face for the next couple days. Admittedly, this does leave my face a little bit dry afterwards, but certainly nothing my daily moisturizer can't fix.

While the price point is a little bit on the higher side, the functionality of it totally pays off. I use it once a week and it'll last me for about 4 months, making the price tag a little easier to swallow. Case and point: I will keep running to this mask over and over again.

Price: $20

6. There are few things in this world that are as equally frightening and functional as the Milky Carbonated Piggy Bubble Clay Mask.

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Fine, I admit it: I gave into the hype of the Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. But let me tell you: this ridiculous product that made YouTube vloggers and skincare addicts go nuts for weeks is actually pretty legit.

This mask comes with its own little plastic spatula to evenly distribute the thick and sticky formula. As soon as the product makes contact with the skin, I start to hear a fizzing sound. Don't panic, the product isn't ruining your skin. It might start to feel weird (e.g. tickling, itchy sensations), but this is the fun part. Within about 15 minutes the carbonic acid from this mask turns me into a grey smurf-like creature. Yes, it makes it a little bit harder to breathe (the foam gets in my nose) and yes, I look ridiculous. But it's also funny as all hell. * Breaks out snapchat to send 3-second selfies to everyone *

Once I clear the mask off, the results are actually decent. My skin is glowing, my pores are a little bit visibly tighter and I'm impressed with how well this smurf mask has done my face some good. Fun and functional for a decent price. I'm about it.

Price: $11.30

7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is a must-have for when your skin has betrayed you in the worst way.

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If your face has completely broken out into white heads, black heads, cystic acne, etc., it is officially time to bring out the big guns. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is some of the most powerful stuff on the market and it most definitely packs a punch.

This mask comes with some assembly required. The package contains 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay, a thick powdery substance. For a gentler cleanse, you can mix in some water. But for a heavy duty mask that's not afraid to play dirty, I mix in a couple spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar-infused mask digs deep into my pores to get all the gunk out and dry it up. While many people claim to feel a throbbing sensation when they put this mask on, I've personally never experienced it. It stings my face slightly more than a normal clay mask, but it's never been super uncomfortable. The scent isn't pleasant — it definitely smells all sorts of funky, but I always know the results are worth it. I leave it on for about 30-40 minutes until it's completely dry and then I wash it off with water and a wash cloth.

After I take it off, my face is definitely slightly red and blotchy. This will last for up to 30 minutes after removing the mask. I alleviate this by following it up with a moisturizer, but once my face calms down the glow is undeniable. This mask will literally dry out the most stubborn acne out there. The product is a miracle worker and for $10.45 a pound, the price is incredible too.

Price: $10.45

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