clarifying face masks

12 Face Masks to Give Your Pores a Spring Cleaning

A new season, a glowy new complexion.

By: Isabella Sarlija

As we continue to work from home and practice social distancing, we are slowly learning to accept this time indoors as our new normal. Within that, copious amounts of homemade bread have been made, many kitchen cabinets have been adorned with new hardware, and we’ve all but perfected our living-room yoga routines. However, we’ve still been existing inside of our apartments with dry, stale air for weeks on end. So what does this mean for our skin?

Think of the air in your apartment like the air on a plane—it lives within a closed space and recycles itself over and over, with little filtration. Couple that with the transition to spring (during which the warmer air means more sebum and sweat to cool and hydrate your skin), and you have some pretty drastic changes to the health and appearance of your complexion. For most of us, this combination of stressors means additional blemishes and irritation. Fun stuff!

Weekly clarification masks are a crucial step to maintaining clear and healthy-looking skin, especially during this time. You can equate it to the way you’ve also been deep-cleaning your apartment these days. You should show your skin the same love you do to your bathroom, right? Clarifying masks work to penetrate deep into your skin to remove all the extra sebum, grime, makeup, or whatever else has taken refuge in your pores. They also work hard to keep your skin calm via anti-inflammatory properties. This means you’ll be able to clear the blemishes you have while preventing new ones from popping up.

Shop some of our favorite clarifying masks below. 




Lesse Bioactive Face Masque, $60

This is certainly a desert-island product. With purifying charcoal and calming aloe leaf juice, this mask is great for recalibrating skin after sun, travel, or walking through a polluted city. Oh, did we mention it smells like the most delicious cocktail you’ve ever had?

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $59

Filled with a blend of cucumber, thyme, and olive, the Phyto Corrective Masque works to soothe red and inflamed skin.

Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask, $38

Think of your skin’s microbiome as a place that craves balance in order to thrive. This mask introduces all the good bacteria to help decongest skin for a glowing complexion.

Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque, $39

This clay-based masque is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It gently extracts impurities while working to tighten pores. Less blackheads plus taught skin equals happiness.

Caudalie Purifying Mask, $39

Skin care made from wine, anyone? This clay-based mask helps to draw out impurities while reducing redness in skin all at once. Hydrating grape seed oil and calming lavender transport us to the French countryside, Gamay and all, within seconds.

Tammy Fender Purifying Luculent Masque, $215

When the queen of holistic skin care speaks, you listen. This mask is our go-to for reducing texture in congested skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Mask, $145

Leave it to Dr. Barbara Sturm to create one of the best masks for clarification. Filled with a plant called balloon vine (yes, you read that right), it works to calm any rashes or aggravations on the skin.

Indie Lee Clearing Mask, $60

With both salicylic and glycolic acids, Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask works to dissolve blemish-causing dead skin cells before they attack.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48

Blue Tansy, AHAs, and BHAs? Get ready for some amazingly fresh and dewy skin.

Osmia Detox Exfoliating Mask, $50

You know that saying about bringing out the big guns? Well, this is our version of that. After use, blemishes are reduced significantly, and texture in the skin is smoothed, but not stripped. To top it off, it comes in powder form (to be mixed with water), making it travel-friendly.

Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask, $38

Not only does this mask do the deed of detoxifying your skin, but the antioxidants from cacao also help skin to produce collagen. It’s a win-win.

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, $72

Listen up, blemish-prone people! The salicylic acid in this mask gently exfoliates distressed skin to reveal a clear complexion every time.

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