SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
Based on 107 reviews
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 107 reviews
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
Large Pores


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    4 oz
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.

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.
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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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

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

One mask to rule them all


I got a free sample of this mask that I took with me on a business trip. The hotel bathroom mirror was ringed with the kind of fluorescent light that shows every clogged pore and wayward eyebrow hair. I have oily, acne prone skin, so of course the light illuminated it in all its glory. Immediately after rinsing this mask off, almost all of the clogged pores were gone! My skin was smooth, pores refined, etc. It was really noticeable. And my skin felt refreshed and balanced for the next couple of days. Now, it's possible that other masks would have the same effect in the freaky fluorescent light — I haven't tried other masks with light like that, so I don't know for sure. But I doubt it. Also — fair warning — this mask does sting, and my skin is NOT sensitive. It's more of a slow burn than an immediate ouch. But for me it was bearable and worth it. Despite the burn, my skin emerged calm and happy. Now I use it 2-3 times a week and it helps to keep my skin clear.




Excellent mask


Even though my t-zone is not nearly as oily as it once was, I still struggle with pore size. Since one can only exfoliate so much, there are few choices for helping with pore size. Thankfully this is one of them. My skin can tolerate this probably every other day but I usually only take the time to use it once or twice weekly--t-zone only. My cheeks can blush with vitamin C but since I don't apply this product there, I do not have a reaction to this. And since it only stays on the skin for a few minutes, I'm not sure what benefit it would have anyway. Also works great for controlling oil on my back. And when i'm diligent about taking the time to use this, pretty sure I have fewer t-zone breakouts.


Hyde Park NY


great mask for combination/oily skin


I have a ridiculously oily t-zone and normal skin on other area of my face. I use this on a weekly basis as an optional treatment to even out my skin texture, specially my oily zones. It's a really great product, my skin is not sensitive, therefore it doesn't burn or irritate when I put it on and leave it in. I always protect my skin from sun exposure during the day, so my skin has stayed pretty tough and clear due to sunscreen layering. I wash and exfoliate my face before using this mask, and then rinse and re exfoliate to get the extra bits off my skin, it works fine without any issues. Overall a great product.

Mahtab Nejad

London, UK


Love this mask!


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.


Brooklyn, NY


improves blackheads


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.


winnipeg, MB


good clay mask, not irritating


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


Dallas, TX


My next buy!


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!


North MS


Great Clay Mask


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.




100% perfection


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.






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 !





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