What Are The Best Clay Masks For Oily Skin?

by Gio
best clay masks for oily skin

What are the best clay masks for oily skin?

You want something that soaks up all excess oil and turns your complexion matte WITHOUT drying it out to boot.

Sebum is your skin’s natural moisturiser after all. Remove the excess and you’ve fixed all your troubles. Remove too much and you have to deal with oiliness AND dehydration. Ugh.

It’s a balancing act. Here are the best clay mask for oily skin that strike just the right balance between oil removal and hydration:

Best Clay Mask For Very Oily Skin: Clinique Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($28.00/£25.00)

Struggling to find a clay mask that doesn’t leave too much excess sebum behind? Give Clinique Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask a go. This baby contains every type of clay out there. Literally. It has kaolin, bentonite, montmorillonite… Even a sprinkle of charcoal. That makes it super absorbent. It soaks up ALL traces of excess oil without drying out your skin. Less oil = fewer blackheads and pimples. Plus, it has a sprinkle of antioxidants to help you fight premature aging. Sure, antioxidants work better when left on the skin for hours but hey… every little bit helps.

Available at: Asos, Blue Mercury, Feel Unique, Nordstrom and Ulta

Related: How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Best Clay Mask For Oily And Sensitive Skin: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask ($22.00)

Clays have a dark side: when they absorb TOO much oil, they can dry out and irritate sensitive skin. That doesn’t happen with Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask. While Kaolin and bentonite clays soak up excess oil, colloidal oatmeal (yes, that’s oats!) and bisabobol soothe irritations. Plus, Paula also added glycerin and other moisture magnets to add moisture to the skin. The result? A matte, soft complexion.

Available at: Paula’s Choice

Related: 9 Ways To Soothe Sensitive Skin

Best Mess-Free Clay Mask: Niod Flavanone Mud (£29.00)

If I could only use one class mask for the rest of my life, it’d be Niod Flavanone Mud. It’s totally mess-free. I’m not kidding. Usually when I use a clay mask, my sink gets all my muddy. After I’ve done with my skincare, I have to clean that mess up. Ugh. This does NOT happen with this clay mask. It uses a new dispersion mechanism that allows you to apply way less product. Translation: it’s easier to remove and feels more comfortable on the skin. While it’s on, it doesn’t feel like it’s cracking up and you can’t move your face. But what the heck does it contain? Clays to absorb excess oils, antioxidants to fight premature aging and soothing ingredients to calm down irritations. Niod has thought of everything!

Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: Niod Flavanone Mask Full Review

Best Natural Clay Mask: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask ($22.00)

If you think that clay masks are a pain to use, wait until you try Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask. Rather than a traditional liquid, the mask comes in powder form. You have to mix it with water until you get the desired consistency. Let me tell you, there’s a lot of trial and error involved here. If you can put up with it, the mask is worth every cent. It uses kaolin clay and pink French clay to absorb excess oil from the skin and chamomile to soothe it. Plus, did I mention it’s pink?

Available at: Dermstore and Nordstrom

Related: What Are The Best Organic Skincare Products?

Best Clay Mask For Fun: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (£20.00)

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Clay Mask is SO gimmicky. That’s why I like it. I know, I know, a sciencey skincare blogger shouldn’t fall for gimmicks but hear me out here. This mask reacts to oxygen to form tiny little bubbles all over your face. It’s like you’re wearing a cloud. Isn’t that cool? It also does a great job at absorbing excess oil. It’s not the gentlest mask out there, so if you have sensitive skin, I’d avoid it. But if you want to have fun with your skincare and still see results, why not try it at least once?

Available at: Selfridges and Yes Style

Related: Are Bubble Masks More Than Just A Gimmick?

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What do you think are the best clay masks for oily skin? Share them in the comments below.

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Andrew James (The Skincare Saviour) February 20, 2019 - 10:47 pm

Flavanone Mud is a fantastic product but holy hell it doesn’t half sting when you use it as soon as you remove it you’re hit with this sudden intense sting its insane

Andrew James – theskincaresaviour.com

Gio February 28, 2019 - 6:44 pm

Andrew, I’ve hard a few people complain about the sting, but for me it was very mild and lasted only a few seconds. Sorry to hear it was much worse for you.

Geo February 23, 2019 - 4:32 am

I like the Paula’s Choice one you mentioned…been using it for years. I also like Miracle Revival Mud Mask from Miracle Skin Transformer and Clinique’ s Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask with Salicylic Acid. I sorta kinda feel like they don’t actually do that much for my skin, but I use them anyway. Do you think they are effective and worth the effort and price or better to spend time and money on for products you leave on for half the day?

Gio February 28, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Geo, clay masks can certainly help absorb excess oil a little, but they’re not miracle workers. If budget is a concern, you can leave them out or get the cheapest option available. Money is always better spent on leave on products.

Melissa May 1, 2019 - 10:09 am

Gio, what’s the benefit of using a mud mask versus, say, just washing your face to remove oil? Thanks!

Gio June 4, 2019 - 9:11 pm

Melissa, a good cleanser will remove excess oil. A mud mask is for when your skin’s so oily, it needs the extra help.


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