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The Best Clay Masks For Your Clogged Pores

From gently exfoliating your skin to mattifying your complexion, these are the luxurious clay masks to try out for size now.

If you have oily, blemished skin or just experience pimples from time to time, these clay masks can help wick away excess shine. Clay masks do a good job at absorbing excess sebum and drawing them out from the pores while gently exfoliating the surface of the skin at the same time. Word of caution, though, in case you get addicted to how fresh and matte the skin feels after a clay mask: don’t use more than twice a week or you will end up drying the skin out. We recommend alternating between a clay mask and a hydrating mask for your bi-weekly mask routine so that skin is properly nourished.

This article first appeared on Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

Kaolin Clay Face Mask,$12, The Inkey List
Suitable for use on oilier skin types or on the oilier T-zone, this clay mask absorbs excess serum so skin is less prone to shine. Clarifying Clay Masque, $89, SkinCeuticals
Besides kaolin and bentonite, two types of clay that help absorb excess shine, the Clarifying Clay Masque is also formulated with a gentle hydroxy acid blend to exfoliate the skin. Aloe and camomile extract help to calm and soothe redness. Hungarian Thermal Water - Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, $110, Peter Thomas Roth
Don’t be alarmed by the heat when you apply the Hungarian Thermal Water – Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask from Peter Thomas Roth. The mask activates with water, so apply on dry skin first before wetting your fingers and massaging onto skin. The heat temporarily expands pores so that impurities are easily wicked away. The mineral-rich Hungarian thermal water helps to nourish and hydrate skin. Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask, $68, KORA Organics
Containing  Rosehip Seeds and Quartz as physical exfoliators and papaya enzymes as a natural chemical exfoliator, this clay mask helps to renew and brighten skin. Curcumin, an active ingredient found in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help reduce redness and neutralise free radical damage. Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $88, Fresh
This mineral-rich clay mask also functions as a facial cleanser and a spot treatment. Simply leave it on for three to five minutes before wetting face, massaging gently and rinsing off. To use as a spot treatment, dab the mask on affected areas and wait for the mask to dry completely before rinsing it off. SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask, $62 for 75ml, Clarins
The SOS Pure Rebalancing Clay Mask helps to absorb excess sebum so that skin feels more refreshed after use. Alpine Willow Herb extracts minimises shine by controlling excess sebum production. Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, $53 for 30ml, Aesop
While most clay masks have the tendency to be drying on skin, the Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque contains nourishing botanical oils to replenish skin hydration as well. Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, $49, Kiehl's
Made with white clay that’s only soured from the mouth of the Amazonian river, this clay mask helps to clarify pores and gently exfoliate away dry surface skin.