The 8 Best Face Masks For Clogged Pores

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If you're prone to breakouts, the most effective thing you can do for your skin is to start looking into the best face masks for clogged pores. Because, at the end of the day, all of your skin care products can only do their jobs if there isn't any dirt or debris blocking them from getting deep down into your skin.

When it comes to choosing a face mask that clears your pores, it's important to look for ingredients that can draw out oil and dirt from your skin. For example, many of the best face masks for clogged pores are made from clay, which soaks up excess sebum that could be clogging and stretching your pores. Charcoal face masks, in turn, can bind to impurities and remove the debris clogging your pores as you rinse or peel the mask away. And still other pore-clearing face masks use chemical exfoliators, like salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which dissolve the buildup of dirt and oil.

Whether you're searching for a charcoal mask that is satisfying to peel off or a sugar scrub that exfoliates and clears your pores, you'll find what you're looking for in this roundup of the best face masks for your clogged pores.


The Best Peel-Off Mask: A Charcoal Mask Infused With Skin-Soothing Aloe

Although peel-off charcoal masks are known for being one of the most effective masks for unclogging pores, they're also one of the most painful. That being said, unlike similar masks on the market, this one is formulated with aloe vera to help soothe the skin irritation and redness associated with charcoal peel-off masks. Reviewers praise the easy application of this mask as well, saying, "It drys perfect and peels off easily."

Glowing review: "I purchased this mask about 1 year ago before writing this review. I have to say that this mask is by far the best mask I have EVER tried. This was my FIRST experience with a charcoal peel and I have tried other charcoal peels after. I have not been able to find anything quite like this peel."


The Best Sheet Mask: A Charcoal Sheet Mask That Gently Draws Out Impurities

A much less abrasive alternative to the peel-off charcoal mask and the most low-maintenance mask on the list, this charcoal sheet mask is formulated with charcoal extract to purify pores, green tea to soothe skin, and an amino acid complex to keep your complexion looking healthy and bright. There's no mixing, peeling, or elbow grease required. To use, simply unfold the serum-soaked mask and lay it across your face for 15 to 20 minutes.

Glowing review: "I noticed significant reducing in size of pores."


The Best Clay Mask: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask

This 100% natural bentonite clay requires a little effort (and some apple cider vinegar) to mix it into mask, but over 27,000 Amazon users swear that it's well worth it. Free of additives, fragrances, and animal products, this powerful clay mask works hard to remove the blackheads settled in your pores. One thing to note: Since the face mask is all natural, the bentonite clay has a tendency to dry quickly, which can cause irritation to delicate skin types if left on for longer than 10 minutes. If you have ultra-sensitive skin, you may want to opt for a different option on this list.

Glowing review: "This stuff is incredible. I have sensitive skin and stuff like this usually breaks me out, but this magic powder, mixed with ACV, no less, just made me red for a little bit, and left me feeling smooth like butter."


The Best For Sensitive Skin: Pure Biology Clay Face Mask

This multi-tasking face mask is formulated with bentonite clay and NaturePep Pea, a proprietary extract known for its correcting abilities, to not only unclog pores, but smooth skin and effectively brighten it, too. This GMO-, paraben-, and cruelty-free face mask is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, and so effective at unclogging pores that it has over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, garnering a gleaming 4.8-star rating across the board. For best use, spread the mask on your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then gently wash it off.

Glowing review: "This totally does everything it says it does. I ordered this mask by accident a year ago, and it was the best evens out my skin tone and minimized my dark spots (for me, it’s new acne scars that I’ve created from picking). Great stuff. I’ll order again when I run out."


The Best For Acne-Prone Skin: Laikou Matcha Mud Mask

Yup, your favorite Instagrammable beverage is actually great for your skin, too. Renowned for its antibacterial properties, matcha green tea is an ideal ingredient for anyone with reactive, acne-prone skin. The anti-inflammatory ingredient in this green face mask works by detoxing pores and cleansing them to the core, effectively combatting acne-causing bacteria and preventing against future breakouts.

Glowing review: "The container looks like it is a very high quality mask, feels and looks very nice. The mask itself does not have a strong harsh smell, smells nice. It feels nice going on like very refreshing and it is very easy to apply. I love that it isn't harsh, it does not dry up my skin and makes it feels super soft and brighter. It is a lot better than other masks I have tried before. I did feel like I have less oil in my skin after using the mask and my face has been less oily ever since."


The Best For Brightening: Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

This vitamin C-infused face mask is an ideal option for normal skin types looking to not only unclog their pores but also brighten dark spots and even out their skin tone. The pineapple and papaya fruit extracts in this mask buff away the build-up of makeup, dirt, and impurities, while the vitamin C works to brighten and tighten your skin for a glowing complexion. It also uses hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump your skin.

Glowing review: "Skin clinic recommended to try this once a week as I have large pores and dry and oily skin, this helps alot! Help minimize my pores and exfoliate my whole face. In love with the scent of this as well."


The Best Exfoliating Mask: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

When you think of sugar in skin care, you may automatically imagine a physical exfoliator, but did you know that the ingredient is a natural source of glycolic acid, making it a chemical exfoliator at the same time? For that reason, this sweet, granulated sugar face mask works double time to deeply cleanse pores, eliminate blackheads, and refine overall texture with every rinse. With more than 1,700 4.5-star reviews, this mask is a fan favorite that many reviewers agree makes pores noticeably smaller while removing dry skin and redness in their complexions.

Glowing review: "It has a lemon scent-which is my favorite-and it is a great scrub! I use it twice a week and it really does the job of getting rid of a dull, top layer of skin, and the flaky skin I perpetually have on my nose."


The Instagram-Friendly (But Still Effective) Mask: Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

While clay is one of the most common ingredients in pore-clearing face masks, clay masks that bubble are few and far between. This K-beauty bubble mask combines carbonation and mud to quickly absorb excess sebum on your skin and then fizzle away. In fact, one reviewer of this mask says, "The bubbling clay is so unique that I actually apply the mask regularly as a fun activity." Formulated with raw clay, charcoal, green tea, collagen, and carbonic acid, this unique clay mask absorbs dirt and impurities, and calms your skin all in as little as 10 minutes.

Glowing review: "I love this mask. I have combination skin, oily in spots and dry in others. To use it correctly put a thin even layer on quickly. I prefer to use my fingers because the scooper it comes with is kind of awkward. It starts to bubble quickly. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rub it around your face."

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