SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
Based on 111 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 111 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
    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).

Show details

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

Still the absolute BEST Mask on the market!


I have used almost every mask I could find on the market for Combo, Acne Prone, Patchy skin, hydrating, etc. There were only a few that I couldn't use due to allergies and a few more I found out I was allergic to after trying. Out of 100+ masks my top spot has been awarded to this Oil Balancing Mask by Paula's Choice ever since I got it. It's ghat good. I legit recommend this to everyone!


Mesa, Az


Drastic difference after just one use


I have oily, dry, and sensitive skin. My skin tends to feel dry and bumpy but I also have an oily t-zone. This mask seems to take all the dead skin cells away and make my skin feel fresh and glowy! I follow it with a moisturiser and feel good as new. Highly recommend!


The Netherlands


A balancing clay mask


The SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask is not a necessary or impressive product; making my own mask with clay gives similar results and it's cheaper. But it's just a good product that does the job in a convenient way; I bought several bottles along the years and I'm always coming back to it. The texture of the mask is quite elegant, almost silicony. I have combination skin and I use clay masks twice a week to absorb the extra oil and dirt. While I never saw an improvement in pore size with clay masks, I do agree with the statements that it promotes a healthy-looking, shine-free complexion. For a clay mask it's non-drying, leaving a clean but balanced skin after rinsing. The mask glides easily on the skin. I really need to apply a thick layer, as thinner layer almost `absorb` into the skin without doing nothing. The mask doesn't dry out to an uncomfortable feeling even if I let it on my face 15-20 minutes; I never noticed any tingling. The mask rinses easily, leaving my skin smooth and soothed. The mask is quite thick so it's quite hard to squeeze it from the tube; I simply unscrew the lid and squeeze directly from the tube hole, this works perfectly.

Ana, P.

Santa Clara, CA

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



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