SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
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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 107 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
    Sample
    $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

Didn't love

3

I have a favorite go-to mask from Clinique, but decided to give this a shot since my entire skin care routine is PC products. I usually wash my masks off with soaking wet cotton rounds (gently!) because using just water and my hands takes a very long time and it just seems to smear the mask around instead of wiping it off. However, every time I did that with this mask, it would irritate the hell out of my skin, especially around the nose crease area, and I would end up with some generalized redness. Besides that, the results from this mask just kinda felt okay-ish. I didn't notice any dramatic results, especially in regards to my pores, which is what I look for in a mask for oily skin. It's not the kind of life-reaffirming mask that makes you feel like a glowing princess 15 minutes after you wash it off. It was just okay.

Tatiana

USA

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One mask to rule them all

5

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.

Larkbark

Indiana

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Skin is irritated while mask is on

2

I have been using Paula's choice for over 10 years and I rarely never review unless it's an issue. However I've used this mask two to three times over the past year and every time I have felt a burning and irritation on the sides of my face- not in areas that you would think would be sensitive. The 1st time I thought I was just a fluke so that I kept using at and I've never left it on more than 15 minutes but the burning sensation starts after 2 to 3 minutes. Also I am not one for sensitive skin. Things rarely bother me that's why I had to leave a review. Please reformulate! Thank you

alb1185

Providence, RI

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Excellent mask

5

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.

Mark

Hyde Park NY

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COULD BE GREATLY IMPROVED

2

I'VE USED THIS MASK OFF AND ON FOR A FEW YEARS NOW WITH MIXED FEELING. FIRST, I NEVER LEAVE IT ON FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES MAX. WHEN I'M READY TO RINSE IT OFF I RINSE IT THOROUGHLY I IMMEDIATELY USE A MOISTURIZER WHEN I TAKE OFF THIS MASK. I DEFINITELY FEEL THI S MASK CAN DEFINITELY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO IRRITATE THE SKIN, IF IT'S LEFT ON TOO LONG, IS NOT RINSED THOROUGLY AND NOT MOISTURIZED IMMEDIATELY. I REALLY WISH PAULA WOULD REFORMULATE THIS MASK, AS THERE ARE OTHER MASKS ON THE MARKET THAT CLEAN THE SKIN WITHOUT STRIPPING THE SKIN. THE PERFECT BALANCE WOULD BE TO UNCLOG THE PORES WITHOUT IRRITATING THE SKIN.

RICHARD THE SECOND

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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It burns!!

1

I absolutely love Paula's Choice and some of her products are my holy grails, but this one is absolutely not. I received a sample of it recently and decided to give it a try. I don't have sensitive skin but this mask made it so irritated. I almost immediately felt a burning sensation when I applied it and it started to get worse. I washed it off and the burning lingered for a bit before going away. I love clay masks and this brand, so I hope it can be reformulated into one that doesn't hurt.

Blair

Charleston, SC

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Hmmm?!

3

I have super thick skin that is usually slathered with prescription retinol day night or Drunk Elephants TLC aha/bha serum... I've recently been getting into Paula's Choice because I love everything it stands for. For some reason my not so sensitive skin is tingling and kinda burning with this mask on... to put some of the blame on myself, I was picking last night due to stress and had put a lot of AHA's on my face... I'm not going to really grade this until I give it a fair shot. I love the ingredients! My skin is oily with huge pores due to past picking and popping:( I think the only thing left to do for them is TCA cross or Fraxel :( If pores are my biggest concern I guess I'm lucky...

KayTee

NYC

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Burns!

1

This mask goes on without any tingling sensation to start (which made me think it was going to be gentler than other masks I've tried), but once washed off (in the time outlined in the instructions) it actually made my face burn and feel incredibly raw! I was floored that a Paula's Choice product could produce such a sensation to my skin - I usually love PC products and buy several exclusively. This mask was incredibly disappointing, however, and I will never use this product again.

BatforLash

USA

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great mask for combination/oily skin

5

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

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No never!

1

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!

Barba

Montenegro

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