REVIEW: My Favourite Face Masks for Acne Prone/Blemished & Sensitive Skin.

I’ve recently gone a little face mask crazy – I’m practically obsessed.  Recently I’ve really seen the benefits of using them weekly so I’ve made it into a little pamper routine which I do on Sunday nights with Andrew.  Yes, you heard it, even the boy’s been loving them too!

I thought I’d run through my current favourites today.  These are ideal if you have blemished or acne prone skin and I’ve also thrown in a couple of moisturising ones if you find your skin is feeling dry or sensitive after acne treatments.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask – Origins are so well known and popular for their great, high quality skincare products and so I really wanted to get my hands on one of their face masks. I chose out the Out of Trouble to help with my blemishes.  It contains amazing ingredients known to combat oily, blemished skin such as salicylic acid, zinc oxide and sulfur which work together to clear the skin which have great results (although be aware you may get a few pesky blemishes at first as it draws the toxins out).  Just FYI, I wouldn’t use this if your skin is sensitive though.

Dr Murad Clarifying Mask – I mentioned this in a previous favourites video last year as it always really helps clear my skin when it’s congested and blemished.  It’s a lovely thick white cream which dries to a clay.  Once washed off my skin feels soft and clearer.  I need to get a full size of this because it’s really great (also because of the sulphur ingredients, it does leave you smelling like rotten egg if you don’t wash off properly)!

Jurlique Purifying Mask – This is my newest face mask and one I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks.  It’s a dark grey slimy liquid which sets in place once you leave it on your skin.  I like to apply this before I get in the bath, wash my hair, shave and by then it’s usually dry, so I rinse off.  Again, this really helps to clear my skin and my face is currently blemish free.  It has quite a strong fragrance, almost spa like, but it contains incredible ingredients such as natural clay, green tea and sesame seed oil which all help to clear oil and impurities and calm the skin.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask
– This is one I always make Andrew do; he suffers from dry skin and often gets flaky skin on his cheeks (especially in the winter) and so I put a thick layer on his skin and wait until it’s soaked in completely.  You can then either rub in the excess products or towel off.   It’s featured ingredient is clary sage which is incredible at retaining moisture, leaving your skin hydrated and supple!  It’
s also great for calming skin after acne treatments.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask
– I worked in The Body shop for years and loved this product.  It’s a thick pink jelly-like cream which you can smooth on and rub in or wash off.  It has the usual Vitamin E TBS scent which smells like soft roses!

I really hope this has helped someone out there!  I know how crappy bad skin can make you feel but I’ve found these have really helped to clear some congestion in my skin over the past months!

What’s your favourite face mask and how often do you do them?




  1. August 15, 2014 / 11:56 am

    Love this post, I've been dying to try the Origins out of Trouble mask! Have you tried the Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask? It works well for me to use after using a harsher mask (like glamglow or mask of magna minty). I also "force" my boyfriend to do a mask with me once a week. He secretly loves it!

  2. August 15, 2014 / 11:59 am

    I've forgotten to use face masks in the lead up to my wedding, so disappointed in myself! Thankfully I've had a good skin care routine so, other than a couple of small blemishes, I've got the clearest skin I've ever had, so so lucky

    I'll keep an eye out for these, I love face masks and once I've run out of my wedding skincare I'll need more spot fighting products

    Laura – – PetitMoi-BigWorld

  3. August 15, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    Such lovely products! I love all the Origins face masks x


  4. August 15, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Great choices! Love Origins masks, you can always rely on them. The Jurlique one sounds like the next on my wishlist, thanks! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  5. August 15, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    What do you think would be the best mask for acne treatment that is also good for sensitive skin? I really want something with acne fighting ingredients, but a lot of those types of masks sting my face.

  6. August 15, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Need to try all these, my skin has gone so bad recently.

  7. August 15, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Great post! I have oily skin too and it's such a nuisance, sounds like I need to stock up on face masks!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  8. August 15, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I've always wanted to try the Origins Out of Trouble Mask, I've used the Clear Improvement from them and absolutely loved it ! You should try the Glamglow masks, they do wonders for the skin 🙂

    Andrea x

  9. August 15, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I really want to try the Jurlique one – it sounds amazing! My skin is so blemish-prone and although say I have acne, my complexion is never clear despite spending quite a lot of time and money on it. I've heard great things about The Body Shop's clay mask, so I think I'll be picking that up soon! 🙂

    Meg at Meg Says

  10. August 15, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    I never knew Burt's Bees did a proper skincare range, the face mask looks great! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  11. August 15, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    I really need to try Jurlique. And I have acne prone skin (woe 🙁 ) so I guess this is basically the ideal post for me- thank you!
    Stunningly Inept

  12. August 15, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    I love the Origins Out of Trouble Mask & The Body Shop Vitamin E one. These both work well for me & I find the Vitamin E one is so soothing and hydrating.

  13. August 15, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    I love the Murad range, I also have the mini sized clarifying mask, need to get the full sized! xx


  14. Anonymous
    August 15, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    The best face mask I have ever tried is neem powder, I just mix it with water to make a paste.. I have combination to dry skin and for me it is fantastic.. My friend has oily skin with acne and she said that this is a miracle for her skin.. Greeting from Croatia

  15. Pammy
    August 15, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    I used to use the Body Shop Vitamin E mask, which I loved! I'm interested in trying the Burts Bees mask. I haven't seen it in any store, but I'll hunt it down!

  16. August 15, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    This couldn't have came at a better time for me, my skin has gone crazy at the minute!

  17. August 16, 2014 / 3:08 am

    I love using face masks! However I have sensitive skin so I use the Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Mask. xx

  18. August 16, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Oh I'm so desperate to try Origins Out of Trouble! Heard so many great things!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  19. August 16, 2014 / 11:14 am

    The Jurlique and Burt's Bees products sound so good, I love switching my masks between a cleansing de-congester and a hydrating mask for soft clear skin 🙂
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  20. August 16, 2014 / 11:45 am

    I love the look of Origins and haven't actually tried out any of their products before so this face mask looks like a great one to try. I really like the Lush face masks because I feel like the mostly natural ingredients are so beneficial for my skin! I try to apply a face mask weekly, but I usually forget or will just do it when I feel like my skin needs a treat! Great post! 🙂

  21. August 16, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    My boyfriend sometimes gets dry skin too and I've been looking for something to get him to use, I might give the Burt's bees one a go :). Thanks for the recommendations. Meg x

    A Scholar Life

  22. August 16, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    I have pimple-prone skin and I'd like to try these products out. Thank you for this, Katie. 🙂

  23. August 16, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    I lovvee the LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask – which I have bought 4 times.. It is also fabulous for blemishes, so if you can get past the smell of wet dog then my face thanks me for it.. lol 🙂

    You can read my whole review on the LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask on my blog – Rachel Jayne Beauty

  24. August 16, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    I love Asian skincare masks! Missha's raspberry especially! Also the ultra-hyped Queen Helene Mint Julep!

  25. August 16, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    I'm really loving Glamglow Supermud Clearing Mask! It works so great.

  26. August 17, 2014 / 9:55 am

    This is such a great post I'm always in need of trying new masks x

  27. August 17, 2014 / 10:19 am

    I stopped using face masks as I noticed that they were often more problems than solving them. They seemed to confuse my skin… But when I still used masks one of my favorite ones was Lush's Cosmetic Warrior mask.

  28. August 18, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Purification from Temple Spa is amazing, I had chin acne for years which cleared up in a matter of weeks after using it, it's gets called the vacuum cleaner for the skin! 🙂

  29. August 24, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love this post!! I love trying different face masks but I haven't actually tried any of these so I will definitely have to be making a few purchases

    Lizzie ♥ |

  30. October 16, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Oh Katie, so glad I've found this post!

    I've followed your blog for ages and always sought comfort in your skin posts as not only do we have the same skin tone, we also suffer from similar conditions. I find it really difficult to find products that work for my hyper-sensitive, acne prone skin and makeup that agrees with me too, but your posts never fail to help me out!

    Thanks again, and hope you're well.

    Sarah XO

  31. December 5, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    I adore natural fruit masks, and so does my skin 🙂

  32. December 22, 2014 / 2:42 am

    I use It Works! deep hydration mask, you do have to leave it on for about 45 minutes though. They are a little creepy looking cause it's an actual piece of cloth that you put on your face that is infused with the botanical cream. It freaks my daughter out so I have to wait and do it after she goes to bed! It is also all natural/botanical ingredients which I love. And it's only about $15 per mask.
    Check it out at

  33. Anonymous
    December 28, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I have tried dozens of masks over the years, and I have spent a small fortune. Each one promised the world. Some were good, but most did NOT help my acne. I tried this one you recommended, but the Citrus Clear Extracting Mask is a miracle for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. I have the beginnings of wrinkles, especially around my eyes. My pores are so huge that I am sure you can seem them from the Space Shuttle.
    This Citrus Clear mask has worked wonders on evening out my skin tone. I find myself petting my face afterwards because it is so smooth, too!

    Even on my sensitive skin, I haven't had any major irritation.

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