If you're having issues with inflammation and acne, Garrette recommends steering clear of face masks rich in essential oils and citrus extracts. Both of these, he explains, can lead to irritation and inflammation, which can both trigger and/or exacerbate breakouts.
On the other hand, some of the very best ingredients for acne include sulfur, salicylic acid, and zinc. "These three ingredients are incredible for treating acne-prone skin," says Garrette. "Salicylic acid is the gold standard for treating non-inflamed acne (think blackheads and whiteheads), and sulfur has powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties." Additionally, he says zinc will also help ease inflammation and relieve the telltale redness and irritation that can come with acne.
Last but not least, famed ingredients like hyaluronic acid, arnica, aloe vera, sodium PCA, and niacinamide won't necessarily fight acne, but they'll treat your skin to a helpful dose of soothing and healing TLC, which will help to simultaneously calm inflammation and keep your skin hydrated and happy.