Is it just us, or is the T-zone composed of magnets that draw in dirt, debris, and other zit-causing junk? For so many of us, this spot, which consists of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, and the surface of the chin, is the prime problem area for clogged pores. While booking an extraction session with an esthetician will certainly help flush them out, face masks infused with powerful cleansing and detoxing ingredients is your convenient and effective at-home alternative. Here, we rounded up seven you can count on to get the job done.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing
Aztec Secret, if you’ve never heard of it, is always rated somewhere between first- and sixth-most popular on Amazon’s beauty bestseller page. It has a whopping 11,500 customer reviews, over 10,000 of which are 4- or 5-star glowing reviews. This dwarfs the next most-reviewed item, a Crest teeth whitening kit, by more than 3,600 responses.
According to the company’s website… — which looks like it hails from the same era as that kid’s printer — the clay comes from Death Valley, “where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees.” Bentonite clay is derived from volcanic ash, and the long list of substances it contains reads like the periodic table of elements: potassium, cesium, ytterbium, and on and on.
Although it’s commonly found in commercial clay mask preparations, the uses for bentonite clay go far beyond cleaning out your pores: It’s used in calamine lotion, to remove impurities from food oils, as a fabric softener in laundry detergent, to form animal feed pellets, and — my favorite — it’s the ingredient that causes cat litter to clump.
DETOXIFYING ANTI-BLEMISH MASK by nieuw beauty
Detoxifying Facial Mask is a face mask that works to purify, detox and hydrate the skin. The formula contains charcoal, manuka honey and kaolin clay. It is ideal for combination, congested and blemish prone skin.
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face
As both an incessant skeptic of all things, all the time, and a Korean American, my relationship with the Korean beauty product craze has been complicated.
In an effort to gain more clarity… on the subject (and to obtain a complexion as glow-y and supple as a K pop star,) I set out to try as many different varieties of Korean sheet masks as I could. Thus, figuring out which ones put in the most work.
Sixteen days after kicking things off with some snail mucus all up on my pores, I am happy to report that my skin feels super duper supple. And beyond that, the ritual of applying the mask every night was a wholly pleasant experience, aside from looking like Jason Voorhees if he never made it out of seventh-grade art class.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
For starters: the name. It’s adorable — the “Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask” — but it also makes no sense. Then there’s what the stuff actually does to your face. It’s supposed to billow up like a bubble bath, covering your every pore with a thick layer of grey, soapy suds that seemingly arise from nowhere.
But the instructions… on the side of the box were entirely in Korean, and my tried-and-true translation methods (exasperated squinting, turning the container upside down, shaking it a little) proved unsuccessful.
But what about the bubbles? Lamb “wouldn’t necessarily say that they’re a gimmick.” Instead, she pointed out that it’s a matter of preference since, from a cosmetic view of the product, it’s important to factor in how the application feels.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask
The newest drugstore solution to your acne is…a Stormtrooper–esque mask studded with blue and red lights. It sounds improbable — and Instagram-worthy — to say the least. But the science behind the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is entirely legit. “Blue light excites chemicals within acne-causing bacteria to the point of death,” says Brian Zelickson, a Minneapolis dermatologist.
And it’s far from a fad.… The technology has been used by dermatologists for decades, and at-home devices have been available for years. Though at-home devices can never match the power of the LED lights used by doctors (some, like the Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light, come close), they can deliver similar results because they make it easy to be consistent, explains Anne Chapas, a New York City dermatologist.
Still, the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask isn’t without limitations: If you have hormonal acne (typically signaled by breakouts concentrated on the lower face), it can only help with the redness and inflammation from your acne, not clear it. And even if bacteria is the cause, you’ll need to pair the mask with your regular acne creams (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinol) to really see zits disappear.
Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling Gel
Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling Cream is a deep cleanse peeling cream that helps with the signs of aging. As we grow older, we all start to show our age – whether it’s wrinkles, fine lines, or dark spots and thinner skin. There are so many products to choose from to help with getting rid of the effects of aging and Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling Cream is one of them. This is a product from the manufacturer of the same name, Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals. They have a variety of products and offer them for sale on their site as well as outside sites and even mall kiosks.
Given the ingredients… in this product and the reviews from customers for Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling Cream, it should help cleanse and clear the skin. The ingredients include those that are especially moisturizing and exfoliation as well. Since the ingredients are known to help, this is a product that should work as well as many other similar products – maybe even better.
Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling Cream claims to be a non-irritant and safe for sensitive skin so it should be safe to use. It does not list any irritants and the ingredients shown are all natural components so this exfoliation cream should be fine but as with any new product, make sure you test it on your skin first and stop using it if you do in fact experience irritation.
Majestic Pure Activated Charcoal Mud Mask
Not much to peel here. You actually use warm water to dissolve the hardened mask, which you then wash off. Peel off masks do more harm than good; try to avoid them. They peel off more than just blackheads and impurities – like hair follicles and sebaceous filaments for example.
While this mask has a longer… ingredient list than the Aztec clay, it is also all natural. It contains a plethora of natural oils and extracts that invigorate and hydrate your skin.
Most masks and peels don’t really remove the entire blackhead – they just treat the symptoms. Which is why most face masks aren’t ideal after a steam facial. The Majestic Pure mud mask utilizes bentonite clay, and activated charcoal to completely remove and treat blackheads.
Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion
Give your skin a complete makeover with Olay Regenerist Specialty Treatment MicroDermabrasion & Peel System, a two step microdermabrasion and peel kit that resurfaces old, tired skin and encourages the growth of new, younger-looking skin. Olay’s Amino-Peptide + B3 Complex is so gentle it can be used twice a week.
This microdemabrasion… and peel system resurfaces skin and improves circulation. This two-step system diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and visibly improves skin tone. Contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids. For best results use twice a week. Kit includes 8 weeks of treatments.