The 7 Best Blackhead Peel-Off Masks of 2019

Find out why they’re so ah-peeling!

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Peel-off face masks are oddly satisfying. After slathering these on and letting them dry you peel them off much like dry glue and watch them pull out all of your blackheads—much like the pore strips of your youth. If you are prone to acne and like to do a face mask while you watch Netflix—these are the best blackhead peel-off masks for you.  

Best Overall: boscia Black Luminizing Mask


This charcoal-based peel-off mask has a cult-like following—and for good reason. It’s a do-it-all formula. The charcoal in the mask absorbs excess oil, exfoliates dead skin, and attracts dirt and debris like a magnet. Calcium montmorillonite clay is mineral-rich and also draws out pore-clogging impurities.

In addition to the deep-cleaning ingredients, you get a dose of potent antioxidants, which protect skin from free radical damage (molecules from the environment that can damage skin cells), including skin-brightening vitamin C, firming maritime ​pink bark extract, and antibacterial rosemary leaf extract. Plus, it contains the brands proprietary botanical blend jojoba leaf and willowherb to protect and calm.

Once or twice a week, leave the mask on dry skin for 25 minutes. Then peel it off, starting at the outer edges. Rinse any remaining film with warm water. 

Best Drugstore: Aveeno Clear Complexion Purely Matte Peel Off Mask


Peel-off masks don’t have to break the bank. There are great options at your local drugstore, including this standout from Aveeno’s best-selling, blemish-fighting line Clear Complexion. It contains moisturizing soy, exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and soothing pomegranate to clear pores and mattify oily skin.

Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s dry when it starts to look transparent. Then peel away. 

Best for Sensitive Skin: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask

First Aid Beauty

Typically, peel off masks aren’t ideal for delicate skin types. Their peel-away nature combined with powerful deep-cleaning ingredients such as charcoal can be too harsh for a sensitive complexion. But this formula contains a handful of soothing ingredients alongside the oil and dirt zappers to calm as it clears.

It’s made with gentle red clay to sop up oil and draw out debris without irritation, as well as calming feverfew and licorice root. The formula is also made with glycerin to moisturize, so sensitive skin isn’t left feeling stripped and dry post peel.

Let it sit for 20 minutes. Then remove the mask in one sheet. 

Best Budget: 7th Heaven Charcoal + Black Sugar Peel Off

7th Heaven

Get cleaner, smaller-looking pores for less than the cost of your morning coffee. This one-dose mask is super budget friendly. It contains the same deep-cleaning activated charcoal that you’ll find in pricier versions. Plus, the addition of black sugar helps smooth skin, leaving it looking fresh and glowy.

Use one whole packet on your skin. Let it dry and then start peeling. 

Best K-Beauty: Innisfree Peel Off Mask With Super Volcanic Clusters


You’ve probably heard of K-Beauty—that is, Korean beauty. Over the past few years, K-beauty products have made their way stateside and created quite the buzz. The focus tends to be on skincare—with innovative formulas, eye-catching packaging, and 10-step routines—delivering both instant gratification and long-term benefits.

This peel-off mask has become a K-beauty fan favorite. It contains clay, but also volcanic clusters and spheres from Jeju Island in Korea. The brand’s research shows that due the porous nature of these hardened black lava fragments, they absorb an impressive amount of oil and impurities—twice as much as other Innisfree clay masks.

Best for Selfies: e.l.f. Pore Refining Peel Off Mask


Yes, peel-off masks make for cool pics. But they’re even cooler when your mask is a bold shade of black with chunks of sparkly glitter. But it’s not all fun and games. This creamy mask also contains charcoal and witch hazel to soak up oil and clear pores, plus, skin-soothing lavender.

Best Clean Beauty: Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh


Clean beauty gets a lot of buzz these days. What does it mean? It’s a growing cosmetic practice in which brands are committed to formulating products without any potentially harmful ingredients, as well as being transparent about what exactly is in their products.

This peel-off mask meets Sephora’s criteria for a clean product. That means it’s made without sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes (and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients), phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. Plus, products with Sephora’s Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrance.

So, what is in this mask? Coffee beans, panax gingseng, and a fruit acid complex that remove dull, dead skin and dirt and makeup lodged in your pores, leaving skin looking radiant and pores appearing smaller.

This one dries in just minutes. The brand recommends smiling to loosen the film. Then peel away. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular blackhead peel-off masks on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 16 different masks overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 10 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 8 of the masks themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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