Choosing a clay-based face mask to banish blackheads

How to choose a clay mask to fight blackheads

When it comes to a good beauty routine, there are some steps that should not be missed – and one of them is applying a face mask regularly. It goes without saying that a face mask should suit your skin type, meet your skin’s needs, and make it look much better! Clay-based face masks are very popular, especially if you’re looking for a mask to clear blackheads. But it’s important to choose the right one.

What are blackheads and how can you get rid of them?

We’ve all had to deal with blackheads at one time or another. These pesky little skin blemishes often occur in areas of the face where there are more sebaceous glands, such as the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). They form when impurities, dead cells and sebum build up in a sebaceous gland, which then becomes clogged with excess sebum. On contact with the air, the sebum oxidizes and turns black, resulting in an open comedone – better known as a blackhead. Combination and oily skin types are particularly prone to this type of blemish.

When a blackhead appears, it can be really tempting to squeeze out the sebum inside, but it’s best not to. Why? Because the bacteria on your fingers may get into the blackhead and cause an infection. So try to resist the temptation! A better way to get rid of blackheads is to adopt a good skincare routine with natural, high-quality products enriched with gentle purifying ingredients. We recommend incorporating Le Nettoyant Pureté, our gentle facial cleanser, and Le Booster PURETÉ, our concentrated serum, into your daily routine.

Clay masks: a formidable weapon to fight blackheads

If you want to tackle blackheads, it’s essential that you find gentle solutions that are kind to your skin. Cleanse thoroughly every day to get rid of all impurities and encourage cell renewal. You can also use a gentle face scrub once a week to slough away dead cells that could build up in pores.

La Crème Gommante

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Gentle face and neck scrub
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Another – particularly effective – way to keep blackheads at bay is the regular use of a clay-based face mask. Clay is a natural, multi-purpose ingredient that absorbs excess sebum, purifies the skin, and tightens pores. Green, pink, red, yellow, white… There are different types of clay, for different skin types.


When looking for a face mask to get rid of blackheads, you’ll find lots that are made with green clay, but be aware that green clay is very drying, and unfortunately many of us don’t use it correctly. In fact, clay should never dry out the skin. A clay mask should never be left on for more than 10 minutes, and you should spray the face regularly with a thermal water or hydrosol while it’s on.


To avoid drying out your skin and triggering excess sebum production, we recommend opting for a clay that’s more gentle than green clay but just as effective: white clay. You’ll find it under the name of Kaolin in cosmetic ingredients lists.

This gentle clay is one of the key ingredients in Absolution’s detoxifying purifying mask, Le Masque Pureté Détoxifiant, which is perfect for clearing blemishes without drying the skin. We’ve combined White Clay with Birch SapYerba MatéZincBurdock, and eight other botanical active ingredients, to fight blackheads and gently detoxify the skin. The green color of this mask comes from Spirulina – a natural remineralizing alga that’s often used to care for blemish-prone skin.

Use this purifying mask once a week, applying a thick layer to clean skin. You could even alternate between Le Masque Pureté Détoxifiant and a blackhead-busting mask with green tea!

Le Masque Pureté Détoxifiant

35 €
Purifying and detoxifying face mask
4.8 141 reviews

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