SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
Based on 98 reviews

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SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
A mix of mineral clays work together to noticeably refine pore size and promote a healthy-looking, shine-free complexion.

SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask

Based on 98 reviews

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A mix of mineral clays work together to noticeably refine pore size and promote a healthy-looking, shine-free complexion.
  • Leaves skin looking refreshed and smooth
  • Sea whip and oatmeal soothe skin
  • Natural clays absorb excess oil
  • Use after cleansing at least once per week
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores

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    4 oz
    $22.00
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    $0.80

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask contains an exclusive mix of natural clays plus skin-restoring and soothing ingredients to balance and revitalize combination, oily skin.

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What does it do?
Balances skin by visibly absorbing excess oil without over-drying or making skin feel tight. The clay’s gentle drawing action helps dislodge debris from congested pores while soothing plant extracts help visibly calm skin. Rinses easily, leaving skin soft, matte, and smooth. Best of all, it is free of stress-causing ingredients, such as menthol, peppermint, or alcohol, which can make oily skin worse.
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How to use

Use on clean skin. Apply a generous layer all over the face and neck (if needed). Let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with tepid-to-warm water. 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).

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Research

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, August 2012, issue 5, pages 227-235

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2015, issue 5, pages 856-863

Indian Journal of Dermatology, 2008, issue 4, pages 163-166

Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Indian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology, March-April 2012, issue 2, pages 142-145

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

Journal of Cosmetic Science, July-August 2011, volume 62, issue 4, pages 361-370

Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, December 2006, issue 4, pages 327-348

Marine Drugs, 2004, volume 2, issue 2, pages 73-82

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Kaolin (clay absorbent), Bentonite (white clay/absorbent), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Salix Alba Extract (willow bark extract/skin-soothing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Steareth-2 (texture-enhancing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (hydration/skin-soothing), Sea Whip Extract (skin-soothing), Colloidal Oatmeal (skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (hydration/skin replenishing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

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Paula's Choice SkincareSKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz
 
4.2

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Softens skin (16)
  • Soothes skin (11)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Non-greasy (5)
  • Smells great (5)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (6)

Best Uses

  • Enlarged pores (16)
  • Sensitive skin (4)
  • Uneven skin tone (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (13), Survivalist / minimalist (5), Beauty expert (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (12), Oily (8)

Reviewed by 98 customers

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No never!

By Barba

from Montenegro

Pros

    Cons

    • Irritates skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

      This face mask is horrible when I put on my face I had a feeling that my face burning. And when I wash my face with a warm water it was all red and a very paintful!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this mask!

      By Ames

      from Brooklyn, NY

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enlarged Pores
        • Redness/Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

        I have combination skin that's rosacea- and acne-prone. I tried this product as a sample and immediately ordered the full-size. When I applied the mask, I had several pimples that were red and inflamed because I'd been poking at them (my bad). My skin looked blotchy and I was looking for a quick way to calm it down. This mask was just the ticket! After I rinsed it off, my skin looked noticeably cleaner, smoother, and more even-toned. My pimples were less red and less noticeable. I put my moisturizer and makeup on, and my skin was glowing for the rest of the day. Definitely adding this to my repertoire.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        improves blackheads

        By Annie

        from winnipeg, MB

        Pros

        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enlarged Pores

          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

          I use this twice weekly. I haven't felt any irritating, stinging or redness at all with this mask, and I have very sensitive skin.
          I definitely notice a difference in my skin after using this mask. My pores look smaller and my blackheads are way less noticeable.
          I love this product.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good clay mask, not irritating

          By Nathalie

          from Dallas, TX

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Softens Skin
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Enlarged Pores
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

            buy it all the time, normally use twice a week for deeper cleansing of my pores

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My next buy!

            By Rachel

            from North MS

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                I ordered two samples based off reviews here from others. I needed to make sure this mask wouldn't aggravate my sensitive/combination skin. It's advisable to order a sample if you fear your skin might have issues with the tingling action on this.

                I use a mask once a week to help alleviate oiliness in my T-zone.

                While I did experience the tingling effect many reviewers noted, it wasn't unpleasant and didn't continue past a few moments. I left the mask on 10 minutes and rinsed it off. It rises off more easily than my usual mask does. It left my skin soft and supple. This will be my next purchase!

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Clay Mask

                By AR

                from Texas

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Smells Great
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarged Pores

                  Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                  I use this product once a week on my oily skin. It's the best clay mask I've ever used. I have sensitive skin but don't experience any irritation. This is great for anyone dealing with excess oil and enlarged pores.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Oily
                  • Age:
                  • 30-44

                  (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Order a Sample First

                  By Jess

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Minimalist

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Non-Greasy

                  Cons

                  • Irritates Skin

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                    If you are considering purchasing this product, please order a sample first before you pay for the full size and test it on a small area.

                    Before getting this product, I read all the reviews including the 1 stars about it being irritating and figured that the reviewers probably just had sensitive skin. I have the opposite of sensitive skin. I used just every drying, irritating acne product on the market as a teenager and my face never even so much as got red so I wasn't concerned about this mask. I put it on this evening and immediately noticed the burning. At first, I didn't think much of it and decided to leave it on for awhile to see if it would subside. I waited 2 minutes and the burning just got worse. The best way I can describe it is that it felt like a bad sunburn so i washed it off with cool water. Thankfully, other than some mild burning i didn't have any residual effects.

                    I'm not writing this review to say this is a bad product or that you shouldn't try it. It has good ingredients and a nice texture and i think that on the right person it would work very well. But try a sample first and put it on a small area of your face or even on the underside of your arm and make sure you don't feel any burning before introducing it to your whole face even if you think you don't have sensitive skin. I love all my other PC products and I'm not bashing the product by any means. I just wanted to share my experience and give others a heads up.

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Oily
                    • Age:
                    • 18-29

                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    OUCH

                    By BeanieJ

                    from St Louis, MO

                    About Me Beauty Expert

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Irritates Skin

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                        This is my 3rd tube of this mask but I'm not sure if I'm willing to try a 4th. Progressively as I've used this mask throughout the years it has stung my face more and more upon application. Oddly enough although it burns and stings badly while it dries it has never left my skin red once I wash it off. Still, why does it sting so bad? It can't be the clay since I've never had a reaction to it in the past. I'm suspicious of the high amount of willow bark extract in this and think that may be the culprit.
                        Because of the painful sensation I would not recommend this mask. The only reason I tried it out for so long was because I'm a big Paula's Choice fan and most of her products are fantastic so I was stubborn with making this work.

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Normal
                        • Age:
                        • 18-29

                        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        100% perfection

                        By CaraD

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Beauty Conscious

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Non-Greasy
                        • Softens Skin
                        • Soothes Skin

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Use
                          • Enlarged Pores

                          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                          If you have oily skin, you need this mask in your life! I have placed 3 orders with PC in the last couple weeks and I got this mask as my free sample in every order. I loved it so much that after I tried it the first time I immediately placed an order for the full size. I'm not going to lie, this mask has a burning sensation when I first put it on, and for about 10-15 min after. I leave it on a little longer than directed because it seems like it takes more time for it to dry. The first time I tried it and the burning started, I thought oh no my skin is going to be so red, but it wasn't at all and after I washed it off my face was so smooth and matte, I was hooked. I've been using it daily without any dryness, redness or peeling. I've even been using it overnight on any stubborn acne spots that I have. I seriously can't recommend this enough for oily skin people, I just wish I could get a bigger tube.

                          • Skin Type:
                          • Oily
                          • Age:
                          • 30-44

                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          GREAT HELP FOR SEBACEOUS FILAMENTS

                          By HK

                          from Pittsburgh,PA

                          About Me Beauty Conscious

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Softens Skin

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Enlarged Pores
                            • Sebaceous Filaments

                            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:

                            I only use the mask every 4 to 5 days on my T-zone and on the sides of the nose where I have enlarged pores. (but I know someone with very oily skin who can use it daily ) I apply a very very generous amount of it, and I can tell as soon as I rinse it that my sebaceous filaments on my nose aren't as visible, I know I can't get rid of them but this mask does help to make my nose look cleaner and feel smoother.
                            I have very dry skin on my jawline and normal cheeks , so I absolutely STAY CLEAR from these areas. I have never had a problem from it but I started using it only after using exclusively PC products for my whole routine.
                            I can't say it is THE product that helped me, but I can , by experience, say that it is a GREAT product for occasional use and to complete my routine.
                            Yes it could cause a little "stinging" sensation but it isn't terrible or even unpleasant, and that saying that my skin is very finicky and will let me know if something is too much for me. Although I didn't notice this sensation the first time I applied it, but the most recent time that probably it was too soon after the previous application.

                            I did notice that my skin was red after rinsing it one time that I used a wash cloth to remove it, so word of advice: BE PATIENT/GENTLE WHILE RINSING IT because it does get completely dry, so if you see "irritation or redness" it might be the way you were rubbing your skin to remove it, not the mask itself.

                            I just purchase the full size, I am very pleased with the price and size of the tube.
                            Another home run !

                            • Skin Type:
                            • Combination
                            • Age:
                            • 30-44

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