The Best Face Masks for Clearing Out Your Pores
Unclogging my pores used to been a painful, frustrating experience. Pore strips didn't pack enough power to suck the junk out, and I've been shamed for taking the matter into my own hands (literally). The only thing that has worked, besides a pricey facialist appointment? Masks.
Packed with cleansing, exfoliating, and clarifying ingredients like charcoal and clay, these masks are designed to clear out and break down the dirt, debris, and oil sitting inside your pores—all within a half hour or less. And because they're balanced with moisturizing and soothing factors, your skin won't feel dry and tight once you wash them off.
There are a ton of mask options, so I narrowed the selection to seven of my all-time favorites at various price points. Keep scrolling to check them out.
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THIS WORKS Evening Detox Clay Mask
The fruit acids in this green mask work to exfoliate dead skin cells, while the kaolin clay soaks up excess oil. Add two cucumber slices over your eyes, and you've got yourself a prime mask selfie.
REN CLEAN SKINCARE Invisible Pores Detox Mask
You can't really shrink your pores, but unclogging them does help to make them appear smaller—hence the name of this pore detoxifying mask. French clay absorbs oil, while a trio of botanicals, including lavender, blue cypress and bergamot, cleanse the skin.
DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more Vacuum Cleaner Pore Purifying Mask
As the name suggests, this little blue tube acts like vacuum for your pores. It's made with a combo of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, zinc, and vitamin A to exfoliate and break up the dirt and oil. It leaves you with smoother, clearer-looking skin in just 10 minutes.
BOSCIA Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask
The charcoal in this formula draws out impurities, but I love it because it's also made with vitamin C to boost brightness. The best part is that it's a peel-off formula, which is oddly satisfying.
Garnier SKINACTIVE Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask
For only $6, you get a charcoal mask that is also gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser when you're dealing with more clogged pores than usual.
L'Oreal Paris Exfoliate & Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask
This pure clay mask works to suck unwanted gunk from your pores in 10 minutes. As you wash it away, volcanic rock sloughs off dead skin cells.