6 Face Masks Top Dermatologists Actually Use

Face masks have always been a staple in any good skin care regimen, but they’ve absolutely taken the main stage within the last year. From a variety of formulations and textures—think bubbling masks and clay masks to sheets masks and overnight offerings—choosing just one can be overwhelming. To make the decision process a little bit easier, we reached out to some of the best dermatologists in the country and asked what their must-have is, which in our book, is the ultimate seal of approval. Happy masking!

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“My favorite face mask is the Nuvesse Revelations RX Deep Hydrating Face Mask ($60), which features technology that comes from wound-healing science. Apply for 40 minutes to absorb 30-ccs of hyaluronic acid plus active ingredients for nongreasy moisture. These masks are easy to apply and keep on while reading, drinking coffee, etc.—I can even put my glasses on over it without mess! I love these for long flights to avoid dryness and arrive glowing. As for eye masks, it’s Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30), which infuses hydropeptides to help relax muscles. The soothing properties make them great for pre-event prep or photos and even if you have a sinus headache.” 

–New York dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD


“It sounds pretty gross, but I love the glow I get from using a snail mucin mask, particularly the Intense Care Snail Hydro Gel Mask from Tony Moly ($8). Snail mucin has exploded onto the scene in Asia and is a popular ingredient in the K-beauty sheet mask craze. The goop provides intense hydration and is soothing—I test a lot of skin care products and lasers, and will throw a snail sheet mask on my face when I need a break. I usually get a lot of compliments on my glowing skin the next day!”

–Willowbrook, IL, dermatologist Jessie Cheung, MD


“I like the Garnier SkinActive Clean + Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser Mask ($9). One of the at-home tips I give to my patients with oily skin is to use a cleanser with salicylic acid, which this cleanser contains, as a mask twice a week. This cleanser is formulated exactly for that. It also delivers very effectively on the claims in its name. Another one of my current favorites is the June Jacobs Redness Diffusing Masque ($56). It calms the skin, especially after in-office treatments that leaves the skin a little sensitive.”

–Miami dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD 


HydroPeptide Purifying Mask ($46). It’s one easy, luxurious, and relatively inexpensive way you can get smaller-looking pores. At-home treatments as such work with consistent long-term use. Masks containing clay, like this one, work by absorbing oil out of pores.”

–Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, Norwell, MA, dermatologist and director of cosmetic dermatology at South Shore Medical Center


“I seriously can’t live without a new product from Italy called Fillarina ($75–$175). It’s a ‘topical filler’ that I use as a mask under my eyes every night. The formulation is unique because it contains a variation of small molecular hyaluronic gel particles and large ones, so it can penetrate the top layers of skin and form a seal over the skin to lock in the moisture overnight. We have Fillarina Grade 3 ($140) here in the office because I think it’s the perfect ratio of small to large molecular weight hyaluronic gel.”

Washington, DC dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD


“I love the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque ($54). It has hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, which are both excellent for hydration and healing of the skin. This is an especially outstanding formulation that feels great from the moment I apply it to my skin and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and well hydrated. It gives me confidence that the products I apply afterward will be better absorbed and more effective. I use it once a week.”

–New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD

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