7 Facial Masks To Help With Dark Marks, Texture, and Dullness

The road to clear skin is not a smooth one, to say the least. It’s full of bumps and potholes and craters—no pun intended! It’s probably one of the only times in your life when you should be taking the road most traveled. Because in this case, when it comes to your skin, you want to exhaust every option imaginable before taking any extreme routes like Accutane, Birth Control, Acid Peels, or Acne Chemical Peels.

I have tried everything plausible to help my skin. You name it and I’ve tried it. (Everything except those really scary peels I mentioned and Accutane.) But that’s what I’m here for- to be your test dummy so you won’t experience excessive breakouts or spend unnecessary money like I do!

My go-to skincare product is always going to be a facial mask. I do them at least three times a week. With facial masks, you almost always see immediate results after just one use, which is why I prefer them and recommend them to anyone. Of course, the continuous use of them over time will show greater results, but unlike the first-time application of most skincare products, you should see results right away. In my opinion, facial masks should give you a clear indication of how well they work and the type of results you should look forward to seeing just after one use.

 


 

 

This mask is the definition of a decongestant mask as it’s made from 100% natural calcium bentonite clay. You will literally feel your skin pulsate as the clay deep cleans your pores and balances out your skin’s natural oils. This mask also helps reduce the appearance of acne scars and improves skin texture.


 

 

 

Need more proof that grapefruit is a skin-saving solution? Try this grapefruit vitamin C-based mud mask to brighten your skin and enhance your glow. It gently exfoliates to minimize pores and shine in just 5 to 10 minutes. And if the mud application isn’t your thing, try the paper mask or sleeping mask versions which offer the same benefits!


 

 

This Chinese-inspired exfoliating face mask is an intense treatment to remove dullness and unevenness in skin tone. The Nicaraguan and Chinese-sourced ingredients illuminate, even and revitalizes skin with its mix of ginseng, rice extract, and sesame seed oil. It can be used 2-3 times a week to reveal an improved and brighter-looking complexion.


 

 

This hydrating facial mask is jammed packed with natural nutrients that will get your skin looking better than ever. The Kojic Acid, extracts of Licorice Root, Mulberry, and Grapeseed will help reduce the appearance of old acne scars and even out any skin discoloration, while the Olive Leaf Extract and Vitamin E hydrate and brighten your skin.


 

 

Boasted as a fan favorite from Tacha’s signature collection, this mask will give your skin an immediate glow. With two types of Vitamin C and AHA’S from 7 different fruits, the natural nutrients and vitamins gently remove dirt and oil buildup from your skin, which will help improve skin texture and promote the production of new skin cells.


 

 

Pumpkin is great for all skin types because it’s rich in Vitamin A, C, E, & T! Vitamin A soothes and softens the skin, vitamin C helps heal the skin, and vitamins E & T are acne fighting vitamins. So, pumpkin masks are especially great for anyone battling acne. This hydrating masks decongests the skin and rids it of excess oil and in doing so it shrinks your pores and reduces inflammation and future breakouts. This masks also makes a great exfoliator.


 

 

 

Touted as a green juice cleanse for your face, this mask works to help your skin in four ways: removing dead skin cells; fighting dullness; improving skin texture, and balancing skin tone. It does all this with ingredients like kale, lime pearls, and papaya, and is suitable for all skin tones. Plus Pacifica products are known to smell great, so this is a win-win solution!


 

 

 

 

**All of the products on this page are vegan cruelty-free with the exception of a few products containing beeswax!

What Is Hyperpigmentation & How To Treat It

Do you ever get a pimple, pray for it to go away, and even after the acne gods have answered your prayers you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of the pimple? You know, the brown, purple, red, pink-ish dark marks that your pimples leave behind? That’s called hyperpigmentation, it occurs when an excess of melanin, the pigment that produces the color of your skin, forms little spots on your skin. But why does this happen to some people and not others? Well, if you’re young and healthy, not pregnant, or experiencing any hormonal changes from pregnancy, birth control or any diagnosed hormonal imbalances, it simply means your body produces more melanin than the average person. It’s fairly common in most people. I’ve actually been suffering from it since I was in high school! I never quite understood why my friends didn’t have the same reaction to pimples like I did. I wouldn’t mind breakouts so much if I didn’t have a ton of inflamed red marks on my face afterward, you know? Even when I’m not broken out, I still look broken out because of all the marks! What’s so bad about one pimple? Not much, but combine that one pimple with a face full of hyperpigmentation, and now you’ve got a problem. But don’t worry, there are various preventatives and methods to help reduce the appearance of your dark marks!

Your skin absorbs 60% of what it touches. So, let’s think about how many times a day you touch your face. Now, let’s think about how many times a day you pick at your blemishes. Do you know how much dirt and bacteria is underneath your nails? I’ll spare you the gruesome details. But, girl, it’s a lot!  Stop picking at your face because it’s not only causing you to breakout, it’s also causing you to develop more hyperpigmentation. The more pimples you get, the more marks you will get too. I know it’s hard but try to resist the urge!

Whether you exfoliate with a toner, scrub, or peel it’s one of the most important steps in your beauty routine and should not be skipped- even if you have clear skin. Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from building up and clogging your pores which not only produces more oil, it causes more breakouts. And again, the more breakouts, the more hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating also stimulates collagen production, which causes new cell turnover. This will leave your skin looking healthy, bright, and smooth.

 

Vitamin C is a magical antioxidant that reduces skin inflammation, promotes collagen production, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. In addition to all that, the new cells help smooth uneven texture. Thus, giving your skin a bright, fresh, and healthy glow. Don’t worry about breaking out. Vitamin C aids in repairing the skin’s barrier. Once it’s healed and working properly, you will notice the oil production on your face has balanced out. This will then result in properly hydrated skin, soothing any itchy, flaky, or dry patches.

Moisturizer and SPF should always go hand in hand. Although, if you could only choose one, it should definitely be SPF. Moisturizer softens and hydrates the skin while SPF protects it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can cause skin cancer and premature aging. It also darkens your hyperpigmentation causing it to appear brighter and more irritated.

 

For persistent hyperpigmentation there are chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling that can help renew healthy skin cells faster and more effectively than at home treatments can. Before deciding on any procedure, check with your dermatologist to see whats best for your skin.

 

**All of the products on this page are vegan cruelty-free with the exception of a few products containing beeswax!