The 23 Best Pore Masks For Flawless, Smooth Skin

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 Best pore masks for flawless skin

When we put on our makeup, we're sometimes doing it to brighten up our look or feel bolder or sexier. But sometimes, we're just trying to cover up our acne-prone skin, breakouts, and irritation. Inevitably, it's just a lot easier to have clean, clear skin in the first place.

If you have clogged or congested pores, that means unclogging them with choices for the best pore mask. But while some people use pore strips, that doesn't always have enough power to get the job done. Masks, however, can dig deep and have long lasting results.

Luckily, these options for the best face mask for pores will do the trick by helping you unclog, cleanse, and exfoliate. With great ingredients like charcoal and clay, they will leave skin feeling hydrated, fresh, and ready to start that makeup routine with a clean slate.

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Under $40

1. Gabriel Cosmetics Sea Clay Purifying Mud Mask

When it comes to skincare, look to the sea! This mineral-rich clay mask, formulated with all-natural, gluten-free and vegan ingredients, cleanses and purifies the skin by absorbing surface impurities and excess sebum. Seaweed helps to smooth and soothe, while sea kelp and aloe vera provide humectants and anti-irritants to moisturize and heal skin.


2. Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask

This is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. The formula contains charcoal, which acts as a magnet to gently draw out deep dwelling dirt, green tea and Witch Hazel, which help to unclog pores a purify skin, cucumber and Chamomile to condition and soothe skin, aloe Vera and Vitamin E to moisturize skin, and vitamin C to brighten skin.


3. Shir-Organic Cherry Clay Mask

Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant which guards against collagen breakdown. This provides refined pores and even skin tone, minimizes oily skin, and helps with fine lines as well. Vitamin C helps combat free radicals and keeps the skin hydrated.

(Shira Esthetics, $38)

4. Savor Beauty Truffle Face Cake Mask

Transform your skin with Savor Beauty’s Truffle Face Cake Mask, a creamy, silky, detoxifying clay mask mix that refines pores while infusing skin with radiance and luminosity for buttery-soft texture. This spa-inspired treatment is filled with luscious layers of antioxidant flavonoids from Dutch Cocoa for glow-boosting hydration.

(Savor Beauty, $35)

5. Shir-Organic Red Lava Mineral Mask

Purify and balance acne-prone skin with this oil absorbing treatment mask. Salicylic Acid combats bacteria and blackheads while Vitamins A and C provide nutrients to the skin.

(Shira Esthetics, $38)

6. Dermalogica Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask

This mask targets blackheads before they turn into breakouts. The formula activates upon application, helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitate blackhead clearing. Sulfur provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear. Kaolin Clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin while Apple Fruit Extract helps hydrate.


7. PureHeals Volcanic Pore Tightening Mask

This mask softens the pores and removes skin impurities using the detoxifying power of volcanic lava powder from Korea’s Jeju Island. It helps minimize the appearance of large pores while controlling sebum production for shine-free skin.

(Ulta, $28)

8. JJ Young Pore Charcoal Mud Sheet Mask

The mask tightly adheres to the face through the benefits of mud from South Korea’s Taean area to cleanse and tighten skin. This has charcoal to remove impurities from the skin, volcanic ash used as a natural exfoliant to unclog pores, kaolin clay to absorb excess oil, bentonite clay to remove toxins and reduce inflammation, and betaine as a skin conditioner.


9. JJ Young All In One Pore Dual Mask Pack

A multi-functional mask formulated for various skin concerns with a separate T-zone mask to remove blackheads, control sebum and tighten pores and U-zone mask to hydrate and calm skin. The T-Zone mask has Kaolin clay to absorb excess oil and soothe skin, sunflower seed oil to help with cell regeneration, and Alkanna Tinctoria root extract to treat skin. The U-Zone has olive oil for hydration, Ginkgo Biloba extract to protect the health of skin cells, and anise fruit extract to reduce dark spots and treat acne.


10. JJ Young Pore Cool Mask

The Pore Cool Mask rejuvenates skin with a cooling effect that tightens pores while calming and firming the skin. Contains natural buffing grains and volcanic ash to exfoliate when rinsing. Grapeseed oil nourishes and evens skin tone, bentonite clay is used to prevent or treat acne, charcoal powder removes impurities, and kaolin clay absorbs excess oil. 


11. JJ Young Pore Glow Mask

This mask brightens the skin with pomegranate, fig, ginkgo and mulberry for a glowing complexion, with Kaolin clay to help clear impurities in the pores. Menthol provides a cooling effect on pores and panthenol keeps pores tight.


12. Belle Jar 'Bollywood' Charcoal Deep Detox Face Mask

Charcoal absorbs the excessive oil along with the dirt from the skin. It has the amazing ability to control facial oil and draw away the impurities that build up in the pores. Activated charcoal is also known to be highly beneficial in the treatment of acne. It not only aids the removal of toxins but also removes skin impurities, thus helping in the treatment of acne and creating flawless skin.

(Belle Bar Organic, starts at $25)

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Over $40

13. Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask

The Silica Mud Mask is composed of the Blue Lagoon’s iconic white wonder, which deep cleanses and strengthens your skin, reduces the visibility of pores, and leaves your skin fresh and clear.


14. SkinOwl Beauty Whip 

One application reveals the look of intense moisture, evens texture and tone, and a visibly brighter complexion. This gentle, creamy skin-drenching mask is boosted with fierce hydrators like Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Olive and Jojoba Oils, plus antioxidant-rich Patagonian Maqui Berry, Organic Rooibos, toning DMAE, and smoothing MSM.

(Skin Owl, $68)

15. Circcell Skincare's Fruition Brightening & Polishing Mask

A high-performing and skin-brightening at-home mask inspired by a tropical fruit smoothie, this 45 percent real fruit puree mask harnesses powerful actives and pioneering technology to effectively resurface and rejuvenate the skin without irritation. Formulated with uplifting super fruits of real orange, mango, passion fruit, papaya, pink grapefruit and lemon purées and essential oils, this gently exfoliating and brightening mask targets dullness and lack of luster.

(Circell, $70)

16. Ildi Pekar Hungarian Thermal Mud Mask

This mask delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects derived from Hungarian Thermal Baths, where potent blends of luxurious minerals such as sulfurs delivers everything your skin is craving. Minimizing pores, breakouts, maximizing hydration and a invigorating natural stimulation ensures your skin's natural health and appearance.

(Ildi Pekar, $98)

17. AHAVA Dunaliella Algae Peel-Off Mask

The mask's skin-friendly ingredients, smooth texture and citrus scent make it a pleasure to apply, and its citrus scent leaves skin smelling as great as it feels. After applying the mask, wait 30-40 minutes to let it dry. Smile to loosen the mask, and it will peel off easily in one piece. There's no residue — just tight, supple, smooth, perfectly hydrated skin beneath.

(Ahava, $45)

18. Algenist Perfect Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask 

This Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask with advanced pore-minimizing technology helps absorb excess oil, reduce the appearance of pores, and leaves skin feeling moisturized and soft. This professional-grade mask combines Alguronic Acid and sulfur to offer a unique sensory experience while improving the skin’s overall texture, brightness, and clarity.


19. Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care Cacao Antioxidant Mask

This Cacao Antioxidant Mask is a powerful skin brightening and rejuvenating product that detoxifies, tones, tightens and softens the skin. Cacao is extremely high in flavanols — powerful antioxidants that help to activate circulation in the skin by stimulating blood flow to micro-circulatory areas. This potent mask works to detoxify your skin by clearing bacteria that can cause blemishes and block nutrients from being delivered.

(Aillea, $65)

20. Kypris Cerulean Soothing Hydration Recovery Mask

Cerulean is a uniquely revitalizing hydration mask designed to replenish hydration and softness and to boost the appearance of an oxygenated, plump, calm complexion. The soothing blend of botanicals and actives evolved from nature's intelligent design deeply hydrate, quench free radicals, and soothe sun overexposure, pollution, irritations, and stress.

(Aillea, $210)

21. Suki Skincare Resurfacing Enzyme Peel

This mask gently resurfaces and lifts away layers of dead skin, helps to eliminate dullness and the appearance of blemishes and premature aging, and provides oxidation from free radicals to smooth, rejuvenate and clarify skin tone.

(Aillea, $72.55)

22. Kypris Deep Forest Clay Detoxifying Mask & Exfoliant

Forest, earth, and sea combine to detoxify, brighten, soften, smooth, exfoliate, and gently dissolve congestions. Deep Forest Clay detoxifies skin with nature’s renewing treasures: cleansing clay, mineral-rich oceanic salt, soothing algae, botanical exfoliants, medicinal trees, roots, leaves, and flowers.

(Aillea, $88)

23. Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask

This is a pro-level wash-off mask that effectively and gently exfoliates, resurfaces and retexturizes skin. Consider this a unique deep-cleansing, purifying, and resurfacing facial where dead skin cells are unglued, impurities deep within pores are "de-gunked," and fresh skin is revealed. 

(Ulta, $43)

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