The 10 Best Face Masks for Making Skin Look Virtually Poreless

Updated 01/03/19
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Pores: can't live without them. We all have them, as they're part of our skin's natural makeup. Pores tend to have a negative connotation, but there isn't anything wrong with them. However, you have every right to want to minimize the look of enlarged or congested pores due to excess oil, dead skin cells, environmental stressors, dirt and debris buildup, and more. Clogged pores can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. An effective way to tend to your pores is masking.

One of the most-praised self-care rituals, masking a few times a week is something we encourage. It give your pores some much-needed TLC and a good deep clean. When it comes to the best masks for pores, they're not all created equal. Look for clay-based masks made with acids to make your pores feel brand-new. Afterward, your stressed-out skin will feel revitalized and super-smooth. Sometimes, these masks can feel a bit intense, but at least you know they're working. Keep scrolling for the best face masks for pores when your skin needs a re-up.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment $69
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This mud mask takes a no-bullshit approach when it comes to completely clearing congested skin to make way for a clearer, brighter complexion. Equipped with six acids, this powerful blend deep-cleans your pores and makes them look noticeably smaller. 

Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask $60
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The thing about pore-fighting masks is they can feel incredibly harsh and uncomfortable on the skin. With the mission of moisturizing and detoxifying the skin at the same time, this gel-based mask was dreamed up to rid the skin of buildup while adding ample hydration thanks to its mineral-rich black silt.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Pore Purifying Mask
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Pore Purifying Mask $42
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A pore vacuum? Um, yes, please. This mask was made to clean every crease and crevice of your skin's pores while stopping shine and overproduction of oil. Those who love instant gratification will appreciate the makeover this will give your pores. 

Kiehl's 1851 Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Kiehl's 1851 Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque $33
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You can find bentonite in this whipped clay formula, which controls shine; along with aloe vera, known to soothe skin; and Amazonian white clay, which lifts dead skin cells and unclogs pores. Afterward, your skin will feel deeply cleansed and refreshed. 

Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix $190
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Highly praised by Byrdie's senior editor, Hallie, who relies on this creamy mask to save her hungover skin, the brand created this to give you "baby skin" that provides a "second birth." It envelops your skin in hydration using emollients to retexturize the surface of your skin and minimize pores. 

Elemis Peptide 4 Thousand Flower Face Mask $45
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This comforting mask has a velvety texture that feels so good on the skin. Using a combination of peptides and Nordic Peat, which the brand describes as "organic matter from thousands of flowers rich in humic and fulvic acid," this will break up excess oil in your pores and bring on glowing, radiant skin. 

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment $8
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The internet absolutely loves this best-selling clay mask on Amazon, which consistently flies off the shelves. It's an intense one, that's for sure (speaking from experience here), but if you want your pores to feel brand-new, this is it. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay zaps acne and blemishes in the most natural, effective way possible. 

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud $90
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A Team Byrdie favorite, this luxe mask will give your skin a spa-like experience. It's an intelligent blend of raw honey, white halloysite clay, and aromatic pure plant oils, which protect the skin against environmental stressors and add enzymes for nourishment. 

Olga Lorencin Deep Detox Facial in a Box
Olga Lorencin Deep Detox Facial in a Box $98
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The name says it all: a deep detox facial in a box. Keep congestion and clogged pores from pollution at bay with this mask of active ingredients that will target oil imbalances while providing gentle exfoliation.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay $28
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This rose clay mask stays front and center in my medicine cabinet on the nights I've had way too much fun and forget to take my makeup off (not proud about this, but it's the truth). It's a restorative mask that makes your pores disappear with Mediterranean rose clay, Canadian willowherb, and exfoliating jojoba beads. 

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