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Face Masks: Worth The Extra Step?

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I’ve never been much into masks, but I’ve recently been reading about a lot of models and celebrities who swear by them. Are they worth the trouble?


I like masks for my patients because they really help with oiliness and keeping sebum levels in equilibrium. Are they absolutely necessary? No. But they can be helpful. All masks have different components in them. If you have acne, you want something that’s drying—like a little bit of salicylic acid or sulfur. If you have dry skin, you want something with hydrating agents—like lanolin. As far as frequency is concerned, I like patients masking three to five times a week if they’re oily. If you’re dry you can mask every day. I actually helped develop Dior’s new Hydralife Mask, which has Aquaporine technology that keeps moisture circulating intracellularly for 24 hours. At the office, we recommend Prosana’s Caviar Collagen mask for moisture and Skinceuticals Biomedic mask or La Roche-Posay Effaclar for clarifying.


New York-based Dr. Neil SadickDr. Neil Sadick, MD, FAAD, FAACS, FACP, FACPh, is a clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, the President of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, as well as the Global Medical Adviser for Christian Dior Beauty, specializing in dermatology, cosmetic surgery, internal medicine, and hair transplantation. His newly launched skincare collection, Park Avenue Prescription, will make its nationwide debut at Sephora in July.

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  1. Citygirlinred says:

    There all types of masks and they are all important to add to a weekly skincare routine. Great information!

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