Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

Bye, bye problem skin. This mask absorbs oil, uproots blackheads, and reduces irritation. Smooth, clear skin becomes you.
Item #: 275
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Smooths rough, uneven skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores, reveals younger looking skin

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Customer Ratings:

90 out of 100
(Based on 34 Reviews)
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  1. Michele
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 29, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love the improved formula
    • I was satisfied (not thrilled) with the old formula mask, but am loving the updated version. No stinging, applies smoothly thanks to a creamy texture, and rinses easily. Recommended!

  2. Elizabeth
    Reviewed on Monday, November 26, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great improvement!
    • This is a great mask. My skin emmediately felt the difference. No stinging with this one. It went on smooth and silky. It actually looked like it had removed clogged pores and my skin looked smooth and soft. This is definitely a keeper.

  3. Chastity
    Reviewed on Monday, November 26, 2012
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    New vs. Old
    • I tried this mask last night. I still had a little stinging on my t-zone area and a overly dry feeling but it wasn't as bad as the older version. It was easier to wash off too. The one thing that I really liked was I noticed less blackheads on areas that I have had a hard time getting rid of. In my opinion this mask an improvement over the older version.

  4. A
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Still Stings
    • The old formula made my face burn, but I saw reviews saying that people who had the same issue with the old formula didn't have any stinging with the new version. I requested some samples and gave it a try, but immediately after applying I experienced intense stinging. I guess whatever ingredient bothered my skin is still included in this new formula . I wouldn't recommend this product for those with sensitive skin. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear the product did not produce favorable results for you. The truth is that skin care is tricky. Each person will potentially respond different to products and ingredients. Feel free to check out other options at and please contact customer care with any questions.

  5. Erik
    Reviewed on Monday, November 12, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great new formula!
    • This new formula is great,no stinging like the last and leaves the skin polished and matte!

  6. Katie
    Reviewed on Friday, November 09, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • I am in love with this reformulation. It is amazing in so many ways. First, there is no stinging, it feels creamy and pleasant to apply, and it works. My skin feels soft, smooth and clean after I use this! I love Paula's products. They are so much better than the rest!!!

  7. Tim
    Reviewed on Monday, November 05, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressive reformulation
    • Companies often reformulate their products, sometimes due to legitimate customer feedback and sometimes, I suspect just to be able to slap NEW IMPROVED FORMULA on the front. With the old Skin Balancing Mask there were enough customers experiencing stinging to warrant a complete reformulation. I used the old formula occasionally and was appreciative of its oil absorbing, pore refining effect, but the stinging was enough to put me off regular use. In comparison, I am tempted to use this new formula every day! While I found the old formula difficult to apply evenly, this glides on effortlessly. It seems to dry quicker, and I can see a dark spots where the oil has been leeched from the pores in my T-zone. I have not experienced any stinging at all, and after rinsing my complexion is calmed and radiant, with noticeably shrunk pores. When used in the morning, my skin requires less blotting during the day. There are so few absorbent masks on the market that are not full of irritating ingredients - the new Skin Balancing Mask is now head-and-shoulders above the rest!

  8. Sandy
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 04, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great reformulation
    • I used to use the charcoal mask, and although it didn't irritate my skin, I was not crazy about the texture (kind of slimey) . But this new reformulation, however, is great! The ingredient list is loaded with antioxidants. The texture is richer and thicker and I feel I can use less but still apply a nice layer to my face. There is no fragrance. It goes on smooth and feels refreshing and no stinging whatsoever. It goes on white and then dries to a grey color. It rinses off easily and my face and doesn't leave my face dry or irritated at all. My face just feels clean and smooth. Will definitely repurchase!

  9. Y.K
    Reviewed on Friday, October 26, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    great product
    • I cannot live without a deep cleansing mask. This new formula is much better than the old one. This formula is now a lot less stingy - it is still stingy but very mild. It also spread more easily on skin. Its colour will change when it is dried up. I see oil being drawn out from my pore. Furthermore, just look at the anti-oxidants loaded in this mask. I looks refreshed and younger after just one application!

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What makes this product unique?
This mask's unique formula beautifully balances skin by absorbing excess oil without over-drying or making it feel tight. It also doesn't include irritating, skin-damaging ingredients such as menthol, peppermint, or alcohol. The clay’s drawing action helps dislodge blackheads and cellular debris, while the soothing blend of anti-inflammatory agents reduce redness and irritation. The product rinses away completely leaving skin remarkably soft, matte, and beautifully smooth.

This product is 100% fragrance-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask is recommended for those with normal to oily/combination skin. Excellent for breakout- and blackhead-prone skin, too.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Balancing Mask

British Journal of Dermatology, August 2007, pages 295–300; Clinical Experiments in Dermatology, January 2007, pages 88-90; Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, February 2002, pages 840–845; Journal of Cosmetic Science, January-February 2002, pages 1–9; Journal of Natural Products, January 2001, pages 100–102; and Life Sciences, May 22, 1998, pages 401–407.

Key Ingredients: sea whip extract, phospholipid, ascorbyl palmitate, kaolin, Salix alba extract, bentonite, bisabolol, glycerin, colloidal oatmeal

Product Ingredients:

Water, Kaolin (clay/absorbent), Bentonite (white clay/absorbent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract (anti-inflammatory), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (water-binding/soothing agent), Sea Whip Extract (anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent), Colloidal Oatmeal, Bisabolol (anti-irritants), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant), Stearic Acid, Steareth-2 (thickeners), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Use on cleansed skin. Apply a thin layer all over the face and (if needed) neck and let dry for 10–15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with tepid to warm water. Follow with the appropriate Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting exfoliant, CLEAR Acne-Fighting Treatment, moisturizer, and/or specialty product. May be used as often as needed. Those with oily to very oily skin can use this mask several times per week, while those with normal to slightly oily skin can use it less frequently (once or twice per week, for example).

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skin-Care Routine article.

I thought Paula didn't like clay masks or, at best, finds them unnecessary skin-care products. Did she change her mind?

Paula is not a big fan of most masks and she doesn't believe most facial masks are an essential step in a person's skin-care routine. However, for women who want to incorporate them into their routines Paula developed masks that meet her standard of excellence. Many of our customers report excellent results form regular use of Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask.

Is Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask OK for those with rosacea and oily skin?

Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask should be effective and suitable for someone with rosacea. However, those with rosacea always need to be careful about any skin-care product they use because even the gentlest formulas may cause a reaction. Paula's Choice products are guaranteed to be effective or we will refund your money.

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