The Best Face Masks for Blackheads
Blackheads are one of the most frustrating (and persistent) skin concerns out there. One commonly reached for skin-care product to help manage blackheads are pore strips, but unfortunately, those only offer temporary relief. One of the best ways to get rid of blackheads in the long run is to cleanse twice per day, exfoliate as needed, and reach for a purifying mask regularly. As for the latter, we have a few suggestions. Read on for 11 of our favorite deep-cleansing face masks to help keep your pores clean.
SKINCEUTICALS CLARIFYING CLAY MASQUE
Formulated with earth clays and a hydroxy acid blend, SkinCeuticals Purifying Clay Masque helps lift impurities and oils from skin’s surface, and exfoliates the skin to help decongest pores. Optimal for all skin types. Weekly usage leaves skin purified. Simply apply a thin layer to the face, neck, and chest and let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, $52.00 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE CLEAN+ PORE PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CLAY CLEANSER/MASK
For a cleanser that doubles as a detox mask, try Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask. This double-duty product acts as a daily cleanser and helps remove surface impurities, or as a detox mask and helps draw out deep impurities like a magnet. Immediately after use as a cleanser, skin feels fresher and clean. With continued use as a mask, impurities are diminished and the skin boasts a healthy-looking glow.
KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASQUE
Formulated for normal to oily skin types, Deep Pore Cleansing Masque helps eliminate debris and dead surface skin cell accumulation that can clog pores and leave skin looking dull. This formula rich in minerals helps eliminate surface toxins from the skin and leaves the appearance of pores minimized and the skin refined.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $30.00 MSRP
L’OREAL PARIS PURE-CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN MASK
Powered by kaolin clay, montmorillonite clay, and Moroccan lava clay, L’Oreal Paris’ Pure-Clay masks are a great addition to any skin care routine. For a deep clean, give Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten a try. It’s formulated with the line’s three clays and charcoal to help draw out built-up impurities and dirt, and to help reduce the appearance of dull skin and increase luminosity. Immediately after use, skin looks brighter with a healthy-looking glow, and dirt, dust, and pollution are removed from the skin.
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, $12.99 MSRP
VICHY PORE PURIFYING CLAY MASK
Got oily or combination skin? We’re got a mask for you. Formulated with two ultrafine mineral clays—Kaolin and Bentonite—and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask helps eliminate excess sebum and impurities from skin’s surface. After use, the skin feels purified and soft to the touch, and over time, pores appear less visible and skin is more balanced.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask, $20.00 MSRP
ACNEFREE KAOLIN CLAY DETOX MASK
This charcoal-infused clay mask is the ultimate blemish fighter thanks to its powerful formula. Formulated with kaolin clay, charcoal, vitamin E, and zinc, this creamy mask deeply cleanses pores and refines skin while drawing out impurities for a fresh-faced finish. Bonus: when you’re in a hurry, you can also use this mask as a refreshing, detoxifying cleanser!
AcneFree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask, $7.99 MSRP
GARNIER SKINACTIVE ULTRA CLEAN 3-IN-1 WITH CHARCOAL
This 3-in-1 cleanser is all you need to battle blackheads. Its fusion of white clay and charcoal gets to work to deeply cleanse skin, making it the perfect fit for congested to oily skin. And it’s not just a mask: you can use it as a scrub, and a face wash (which saves up a lot of room in your bathroom cabinet).
LANCÔME MASQUE PURE EMPREINTE
To purify your skin, reach for this white clay face mask. This 5-minute mask removes dirt and excess oil sitting on your skin’s surface, delivering a more matted look with a minimized appearance of pores.
Lancôme Masque Pure Empreinte, $36.00 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR SHINE CONTROL CLAY MASK
This anti-shine face mask not only targets excess oil, but also helps unclog your pores of dirt and debris. It assists in eliminating invisible impurities like dust and pollution as well to give your skin a smoother, more radiant appearance.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Skin Control Clay Mask, $19.99 MSRP
BIOTHERM SKIN BEST WONDER MUD
What if we told you that you can detoxify your skin in just three minutes? You’d probably think we’re lying, but we’re not—simply reach for Biotherm’s Skin Best Wonder Mud mask. In just 90 seconds, this mineral clay mask will deeply cleanse your skin while unclogging your pores. The results: a radiant finish with a healthier-looking complexion.
Biotherm Skin Best Wonder Mud, $54.00 MSRP
L’ORÉAL PURE-CLAY PURIFY & MATTIFY FACE MASK
With a formula of three pure clays and eucalyptus, this super-charged mask works to unclog your pores while purifying and mattifying your skin — all in just 10 minutes. This mask will reveal a clarified and refreshed finish, giving your skin a purified and healthier-looking glow.
L’Oréal Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, $12.99 MSRP