Paula's Choice Skincare Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask
3.00 fl. oz. for $ 30.00
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Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask is a good option for anyone struggling with oily skin and congested pores. The absorbent formula not only keeps oily shine at bay, it also helps dislodge pore-clogging substances, so they can be easily rinsed away.

From an aesthetic standpoint, this gel mask has a refreshing feel on skin. Its lightweight formula rinses completely clean (which is not always the case with charcoal masks). Skin is left shine-free but not overly dried out—a nice balance for oily skin or oily areas of combination skin (hello, T-zone!).

The blend of charcoal, clays (kaolin and bentonite), and tapioca starch are the power players of the formula that soak up skin's surface oil. They also help draw out debris from pores, which can, to a certain extent, help make pores look smaller.

As is always the case with Paula's Choice Skincare, this mask is fragrance free and includes soothing agents to make it extra gentle on skin. Whether you use this in the AM as a fresh start or at night as pampering step to "de-gunk" pores, the Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask earns our praise for working exactly as it claims and being easy to use.

  • Absorbent blend helps dislodge pore-clogging debris so it's easily rinsed away.
  • Soaks up surface oil on contact and helps keep shine at bay.
  • Refreshing gel contains soothing agents for an extra gentle touch.
  • Temporarily minimizes enlarged pores.
  • Fragrance free.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Balance oily skin and decongest pores with charcoal and natural clays suspended in a soothing gel mask for a refreshed, shine-free complexion.
Water, Tapioca Starch, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Butylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Bentonite, Kaolin, Charcoal Powder, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Bisabolol, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance


Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.

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