The Mother of All Acne Masks Without The Mother of All Price Tags

With sheet masks being the latest trend, it seems the almighty clay masks have taken a back seat in the beauty and skincare realms lately. Perhaps it is just me, but it seems the latest masks are all about brightness and being glowy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a glow, but acne still exists and millions of people suffer with it every single day. I know because I’ve been there.

Even though I have come out of the worst of my acne years (here is my story), I still get a hormonal breakout here, a blackhead there, and sometimes my addiction to cheese causes a plethora of spots. When those days arise, I am still in need of a strong and effective acne treatment that will clear up any skin issue I’m struggling with.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Photo via  Glamglow

Photo via Glamglow

That product for me maybe the same it is for you, The GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment. This pricey mask was formulated to clear up any complexion concern from acne to scars and even ingrown hairs. It has a refreshing minty scent, and is one of the most effective products on the market. Although the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment is technically a face mask, I prefer to use it as a spot treatment. That way you won’t overdry any areas that tend to get flakey, and you can keep it on overnight for an extra zap of skin clearing ingredients. But with all that being said, it costs over $50 for less than 2oz of product, and if you don’t need it often, it can dry out rather quickly. Also, GLAMGLOW is not a cruelty-free brand, which makes using the mask a form of guilt for me, and I’m sure many others in need of it. So as I began to run out of this magic acne mask, I dove into the interwebs to find a cheaper and hopefully cruelty-free alternative. And I sure did find it. Actually, I found a handful of more affordable alternatives.

The main ingredient in GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment is charcoal. That handy ingredient is paired with multiple clays, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and other natural extracts. So although I didn’t find an identical ingredient list, I did find many that are eerily similar from their ingredients to their benefits and even their reviews.

Origins Clear Improvement

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Photo via Origins

The Origins Clear Improvement mask is very similar. Now, this is still a high-end product, but for the largest size it is $28 rather than $79. This not only has similar ingredients, but it smells almost identical to the GLAMGLOW, plus they are both rated more than 4 out of 5 stars. It also comes in a squeezy tube rather than a jar, so it will last longer. Plus, if you only want to test it out, you can spend just $10 on a pack of four individual use pouches. From experience, I know this can be a touch more drying than the GLAMGLOW, so be sure to only use it on the areas of your face where you need clarifying the most, and you will be good to go.

Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask

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Photo via Tree Hut

Next, we have a $15 dollar mask, Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask. Here you are getting a large jar free from parabens, formaldehyde donors, petroleum, phthalates, sulfates, DEA, and mineral oil. Plus, Tree Hut is a cruelty-free brand that is made in the USA. Out of all the masks on this list, this has the fewest number of ingredients which is always nice to see, but you are still getting the natural clays and charcoal, plus black sand which aids in exfoliation. So although the consistency is not identical to the mother of all acne masks, AKA GLAMGLOW, it has that extra benefit of exfoliation upon removal.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

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Photo via Yes To

Another cruelty-free mask that is under $20 is the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. Another well-rated black mask with 97% natural ingredients has joined the party. This mask has all the benefits of charcoal, and also multiple calming benefits like chamomile to soothe the skin while purifying it. It is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin looking for the effectiveness of GLAMGLOW. You can even buy a single use pack if you aren’t regularly into masking. And Yes To also makes a peel-off version of this mask if clay isn’t your thing.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

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Photo via Shea Moisture

One of the most versatile brands in the affordable skincare market also has a hand in the acne mask game and that is the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask. This baby is cruelty-free, comes in a 6 fl oz tub, and contains tea tree oil for those with oily skin as well as blemishes. But don’t worry if you have drier skin, because Shea Moisture also added raw shea butter to help balance the skin overall. If that isn’t enough for you, Shea Moisture has an entire African Black Soap line to tickle your fancy and clear your skin.

Freeman Beauty Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask

Photo via    Freeman Beauty

Photo via Freeman Beauty

Freeman Beauty, the brand we all know and love for their affordable face masks that are ideal for slumber parties has two charcoal masks to dive into. And they are both under $10, SCORE! First, the cheaper of the two is the Freeman Beauty Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask. This is a part of their original line of masks. It is velvety soft and helps to smooth out any roughness or uneven texture on the skin. This mask is, however, a bit thinner in consistency than a few others on this list, but is just as effective and known for being gentle rather than irritating.

Freeman Beauty Infusion Charcoal + Probiotics Cleansing Clay Mask

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Photo via Freeman Beauty

If you want a cruelty-free mask from the drugstore that costs a couple more bucks with fewer ounces, but is nearly identical to the GLAMGLOW, the Freeman Beauty Infusion Charcoal & Probiotics Cleansing Clay Mask is what you want. This mask is serum-infused, enhances hydration, smooths textures, and expels toxins from the skin. Nearly everyone who has reviewed this mask says they would repurchase it in a heartbeat. In fact, multiple reviewers mentioned the GLAMGLOW, and said this one works just as well.

So where is your money going? Will you invest in the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment, or save a few bucks and pick up one of these lower cost alternatives? I say, try the mother of all acne masks without the mother of all price tags.

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