Is there anything more unsightly than when your pores are looking particularly large and clogged? When I was about fourteen, I had my first batch of stubborn and highly visible blackheads sprout up all over my nose. Back then, I used cheap drugstore pore strips to harmfully rip them out. Now, I shudder at the thought of the damage that does to skin.
The best way to gently clean out your pores is with a face mask and I’ve recently become a bit of a face mask junkie. Between Glossier and Lush, I always have one on hand to slap on my face for a relaxing night in (#stayathomeclub).
The newest addition to my growing collection is the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores ($26). It’s totally a mouthful to say, but it’s worth every syllable. Of all the face masks I’ve tried, this is my favorite for cleaning out and minimizing pores.
Let’s break down the sticky, tar-colored formula: star ingredient Bamboo Charcoal cleans out clogged pores by pulling all the bad gunk out, White China Clay works to absorb environmental toxins and Lecithin dissolves impurities. It’s a careful combination that leaves skin feeling clean and clear.
The instructions tell you to put a hot towel over your face to open up pores before use, but I just use it right after a hot shower where the steam does the same thing. I apply all over my face, wait until it dries and then rinse with warm water. Any imperfections I had were noticeably smaller afterwards and those pesky clogged pores were clean as could be.
My skin did feel sensitive from the hardcore cleaning, so I followed it up with a heavy moisturizer and let my skin breathe the rest of the night. If you have oily, acne-prone skin like me, I highly recommend using this product once a week to prevent breakouts.