When Our Skin Is Crying for a Detox, No Other Face Masks Can Compare to These

Guaranteed there will be moments in your skincare life when it’s going to need a total reset. You might be familiar with the detox-needing feeling—your pores are clogged, your skin is oily, it might feel bumpy or you might notice breakouts… it’s just not feeling its best. Your skin just needs a clean slate, which means it’s probably due for exfoliation, deep cleansing, and then plenty of hydration.

Luckily, there are face masks that can get you that clean-slate-feeling overnight (and for some, after a few minutes). Many of these work to clarify, resurface, exfoliate, unclog pores, brighten, and even moisturize the skin. You don’t exactly want to use them every day since they can have powerful active ingredients, but they’re helpful if you need a boost or pick-me-up if your skin has been on the fritz. And for those who have sensitive skin or might be easily irritated by new products, test it out on a small patch of your skin before going all-in with the mask.

Take a look at some of the best detox masks we recommend below.

The Who What Wear beauty team tried this TikTok-viral detox mask and we really liked it—even the editors with dry skin who were afraid to dry out their skin even more. It does a good job of unclogging pores, sloughing off dead skin, and leaving the skin brighter.

In addition to containing bentonite and kaolin clays which draw out impurities, Tula’s face mask also has probiotic extracts to maintain the skin’s balance.

This gentle mask is formulated with bamboo charcoal to unclog pores and cleanse the skin. But it won’t leave the skin completely stripped bare, it’s also enriched with golden wildflower and fermented honey to leave the skin nourished.

Honest Beauty’s detox mask is a multitasking formula since it removes impurities, softens and smoothes, and conditions the skin. It contains detoxifying ingredients like Jeju volcanic ash and activated charcoal, plus conditioning manuka honey.

This charcoal detox mask is gentle enough for all skin types. Argan oil and shea butter are added to the formula to replenish and rejuvenate the skin.

If you’re dealing with hormonal acne, you need to pay attention to this detox mask. It works as an acne treatment, clearing the pores of oil and bacteria, while also calming redness and irritation. 

Containing oxygenating cleansing agents, Malin + Goetz’s face mask deeply cleanses pores. It’s enriched with stabilized vitamin C and soy protein to firm and brighten, along with sweet almond oil to hydrate.

The natural charcoal in this five-minute mask works as a powerful agent to lift away dirt and oil.

Kinship’s mud mask is also formulated with lactic acid and jojoba beads to provide both chemical and physical exfoliation. And the minty mask leaves a cooling, tingly sensation that will make your skin feel so refreshed.

This creamy clay face mask features yuzu lemon to smooth rough skin; seaweed to reduce imperfections; eucalyptus to absorb oil; red algae to unclog pores; and charcoal to brighten dull skin. It’s recommended to use the product twice a week.

Designed for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin, Goldfaden MD’s clarifying mask features natural ingredients like zinc oxide, sulfur, and camphor to deep clean the skin. You’ll notice a brighter, more even complexion.

Mara’s detox mask is infused with three kinds of clay: Mediterranean sea clay, kaolin clay, and bentonite. They all work to unclog pores and clarify the skin. The formula is still gentle, though, thanks to soothing green tea, ashwagandha, and honey.

This intensely cleansing face mask always seems to be a bestseller with our readers. You can even use the product for body wraps, foot soaks, and to treat insect bites.

You don’t have to worry about this clay mask sucking all the moisture out of your skin. It’s infused with botanicals to rebalance the skin’s moisture levels.

There are a lot of face masks on this list, but here’s an option for the whole body. Kayo’s product is an exfoliating body mask that’s formulated with charcoal, kaolin clay, Volcanic pumice, and a blend of coconut oil, avocado oil, and shea butter.

This daily detox cleanser works to absorb oil, rid the skin of dirt and impurities, and exfoliate the skin. It’s formulated with natural ingredients like broccoli extract, a purple clay complex, and papaya enzymes.

Put this cream on and let it work its detoxing magic overnight. It’s a hydrating product that targets the signs of premature aging and minimizes irritation.

This fast-absorbing formula deals with and minimizes breakouts by exfoliating the skin and unclogging pores. It also contains a complex which is designed to firm, lift, and brighten.

Skinfix’s foaming cleanser features two clays: Brazilian kaolin volcanic and Canadian glacial to control oil and detoxify. It’s also powerful enough to remove makeup, but it won’t dry out the skin since it has coconut-derived cleansers.

This at-home chemical peel contains the enzyme papain for the peeling benefits, plus apple and pomegranate extracts for cell renewal, vitamin C to boost collagen, and lemon peel oil to brighten the skin.

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