The Best Foam Masks, According to Byrdie Editors

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Leandro Crespi

We're here to dispel the myth that foam masks only make for a good Insta. Yes, it's admittedly super fun to watch and document bubbles and foam appearing on your face like magic, but some of these masks actually do work wonders for the skin. A lot of them have hydrating, pore-cleaning, and skin-smoothing abilities that you might even be obsessed with.

From all-natural botanical ingredients to powerful skin saviors, we can't get enough of these fun masks. When they begin to foam and fizz up, they're doing their job—like removing dirt and debris buildup and exfoliating the surface of your skin to reveal a softer canvas.

"Bubbles are carbonation often used in Korean masks and cleansers because they are able to break down dead skin cells and remove excess sebum from your skin without stripping your skin," explains Charlotte Cho, skincare expert and co-founder of Soko Glam. "Bubbling masks were created after the popular trend of Korean women using sake to cleanse their skin from time to time to increase clarity in their skin and reduce pore size."

So why should you try one versus one of the many other products on the market? "Foam masks are unique because they are beneficial for combination to oily skin types," explains Cho. "Most masks are meant for hydration and elasticity, but foam masks cater to those dealing with skin concerns such as excess sebum and blackheads."

Scroll through for Cho's favorite foam masks and a few of our faves that'll do the job (and make for a fun photo, of course).

Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser 4.2 oz/ 120 g
Neogen Dermalogy Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser $27

"This is an innovative cleansing mask because it transforms from a lightweight clay into a bubbling mask after it is applied onto the skin," says Cho. "It is also an effective cleanser because it can remove makeup, along with other impurities that are sitting on the surface of the skin, without stripping the skin of its natural moisture."

Goodal Black Charcoal Carbonated Bubble Mask $5

"This is a charcoal sheet mask designed to remove impurities from the bottom half of your face using sparkling water from Cheonggyecheon, a region in South Korea," explains Cho. "After applying the sheet mask on your skin for 10 minutes, remove the mask. Using the bubbles that remain on your face, massage with your fingertips to deep cleanse your skin. This is a helpful treatment product that is targeted for large pores and hormonal acne along the chin and jawline."

bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, 3.4 fl oz
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask $22

Offering a quick skin reboot, this mask is infused with grape seed extract and vitamins C and E to bring life back to your skin. If you're looking for a gentle way to refresh your pores with instantly smoothing results, grab this guy. Its raving reviews prove it's a definite winner.

Space. nk. apothecary Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask $44

It's kind of scary to think about all the dirt and pollution our skin carries on a daily basis. This deep-cleaning product works to relieve our pores from toxins. It's also made with vitamin C, soy protein, and almond oil, which is deeply hydrating and will bring a noticeably brighter glow to your skin.

EradiKate(TM) Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment 2 oz
Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment $54

This penetrating foam mask incorporates a botanical blend of Indian frankincense, honey extracts, and rice bran to remove your skin's dead skin cells. It's meant to flush out your pores, making this a preventative treatment for acne.

E.L.F. Hydrating Bubble Mask $14

You've probably seen this budget buy while scrolling down your Instagram timeline, but it actually works. Made to give your pores a deep cleanse, this refreshing fizzy mask will remove impurities and reveal a softer surface of your skin. Made for dry skin, in particular, this is one of those moisturizing masks you need to keep front and center during colder months.

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