When something is off with your skin, a good face mask can put you back on the right track in a matter of minutes. The bigger headache comes with finding the best one for whatever it is that ails you — be it a stress pimple with its own zip code, redness around your nose, a constellation of whiteheads on your cheek, or some combination thereof.
Walk into any store that calls itself a beauty supplier, and you're met with a full aisle of options, from single-use sheets to a jar filled with charcoal that promises to "vacuum pores" and even masking sticks, whatever those are. Click over to Ulta, Sephora, Target, or Amazon, and it's the same deal — just with a lot of scrolling, as opposed to physically picking things up (and, more often than not, putting them back on the shelf again when you realize they're just not quite right).
To make life easier, we're giving you a complete guide to the best, most effective face masks that hit the market this year. There were a lot: Our R29 editors tested almost every single one (with gusto) for this year's Beauty Innovator Awards and came to a unanimous decision on the favorite, which received perfect scores across our varying skin concerns. Catch all the candid reviews, and shop the top four with confidence, ahead.
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