ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores


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What It Is:
Nature's complexion clean-up crew clears the way for skin to act its best. Bamboo Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin looks clear, feels perfectly pure.

We Formulate Without:
Parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, petrolatum, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde & animal ingredients*
*except cruelty-free honey & beeswax

How to Use

On makeup-free skin, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry and rinse. Use once a week or as often as needed.


Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau; Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water , Kaolin , Bentonite , Butylene Glycol , Montmorillonite , Polysorbate 20 , Peg-100 Stearate , Charcoal Powder , Xanthan Gum , Lecithin , Peg-150 Distearate , Propylene Glycol Stearate , Sorbitan Laurate , Glycerin , Propylene Glycol Laurate , Simethicone , Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin , Hexylene Glycol , Trisodium Edta , Dehydroacetic Acid , Phenoxyethanol Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients. <ILN33435> Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

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ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
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  • "I have used this to help with trouble spots and enlarged pores. It always helps after using each week. It makes my skin/face nice and soft. I have sensitive skin at times and it has never irritated me or caused my skin to become inflamed. It does wonders! I recommend it to others!" in 669 reviews
Racquel S.
Riviera Beach, FL
185 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Purchased at: Sephora
So I got this as a sample first and I’ve never been so happy with a mask as I am with this one. Some charcoal mask you can tell doesn’t work very effective At all but their active formula you will see a difference. I actually purchased a full bottle for my mom and myself because it does work well with our skin. The application is pretty easy you can use a foundation flat Brush or even your fingers. It does start getting tight on the skin but you’ll be happy with the mask after. Ensure you double check your face though after washing off because it does take a little extra time to wash off. I use this on my pimples as well like a spot treatment and I feel like it makes a difference. I love this mask
Jessy G.
7 reviews
I have sensitive skin so I prefer to do my own facials.  I use either the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal mask or the First Aid Beauty Purifying red clay mask as part of my at home facial routine.  I have oily combination skin and large pores.  My pores tend to get clogged often with sebaceous filaments (dead skin, build up which ends up looking like tiny white hairs). . .I know, ugghh, 😩😖 yuck!

Anyway, I have received both in the past as free samples from Sephora and liked both.  I use both masks interchangeably and find that they are both effective at resolving my sebaceous filaments problem.  However, I will focus on the Origins charcoal mask since that's what I'm reviewing.  I apply a thin layer on my forehead, nose/outer nostril area and around my mouth and chin area.  I avoid my cheeks because I have sensitive skin and mild rosacea ☺️ and this mask irritates my cheeks by causing redness (which is why I deducted a ⭐️).  However, the mask does not irritate the rest of my face so I use it on the rest of my face and avoid my cheeks.  This works for me because my sebaceous filaments problem is most noticeable around my👃🏽,👄and chin anyway.

When I do my at home facials, I always do them at night since they make the skin vulnerable to sunlight.  That way, my skin has a chance to rest overnight before exposing it to ☀️ again. 

I do the following at home facial steps:

1.  I wash my face with warm water and use a warm wash cloth or a bowl of hot water to steam my face for about 5 minutes to open up pores.

2.  I mix baking soda with a little water until it's pasty and gently massage onto my face for 3 minutes to loosen up dead skin.

3.  I rinse it off with warm water and quickly massage face with Josie Moran Argan oil for 10 minutes to calm skin  and continue loosening everything up. 

4.  Then I wipe my skin gently with a warm cloth and apply the Origins charcoal mask.  I leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes or until it is dry.  You'll notice because it looks wet when you first apply it and it gradually dries up.

5.  Then I rinse it off and gently remove with a warm wash cloth.  I follow up by using an oval or square cotton swab to wipe my skin with Origins Age-Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea.

6. I finish up by applying a thick layer of Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber gel mask and leave it on overnight.  It's very soothing so it calms the skin and restores moisture.  By morning, my skin looks great and the sebaceous filaments are gone as if I had a professional facial!!

Some of these products are pricey, including the Origins charcoal mask.  However, for me it is worth it because it's still cheaper than a professional facial and the mask really does work at clearing pores.  Also, I only do this every couple of weeks so the mask lasts me a long time.  If you have skin issues similar to mine, then I recommend you try the Origins charcoal mask.  
Demetria J.
Sugar Land, TX
23 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This was actually my first time using ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores or an Origins product period....and so far so good! I have oily/combination skin, so my pores can get clogged easily. This product has Charcoal which draws out impurities from the pores. Perfect for oily and acne prone skin. I didn’t notice a difference immediately and still saw a few clogged pores around my nose area, but to be fair, I also didn’t open my pores with a warm towel first like directions say. But the next morning......holy moly my skin was sooooo smooth and definitely had a glow! I was impressed! I will definitely use this again and incorporate it into my skincare regime. You can use once a week or as needed. I will probably try to use it twice a week. It contains NO PARABENS, SULFATES or PHTHALATES!!! It has a very mild, natural smell which I love. When skincare products have heavy fragrance added, they are most like to break me out.
TIP: The warm towel is easy and convenient for most, but I find steaming my face opens my pores more. I just put a Tupperware bowl in microwave for 5 mins, the carefully put the bowl on table and hold my face over it, but not too close, with a large bath towel draped over my head to keep steam in. I steam for 5-10mins. This also helps to loosen dead skin, which is then easily remove when you rinse the mask off!
Yammy W.
6 reviews
Purchased at: Sephora
You can tell from the picture how much I love this mask! This masks works wonders for me like every Origins masks. I’m on the second tube of this particular mask and will probably repurchase because it’s so effective. I have oily skin and this mask would clean my pores without drying it making my skin soft and bright. Totally recommend this mask to everyone!
Kelsey M.
Saint Louis, MO
1 review
This is the best activated charcoal mask I've ever used. It went on smoothly and could be easily layered, which, if you use masks often, you'll know can be kind of a problem with others depending on their consistency. Aside from it being an absolute dream to apply, it wasn't sticky! I didn't feel like I had to use anything other than my fingers to apply if I was in a rush and I wasn't constantly going back to rinse off my hands before slathering more on. Once the mask was applied it had a cooling sensation as it dried and didn't itch OR crack! I was left with a very light and clean feeling throughout the entire process and I couldn't have been more pleased.

The only downside to this mask was that it was a little harder to get off than other masks that I've tried in the past, but I chalk that up to it being of better quality. It really got in there and cleared out my pores! I just had to spend a little extra time in front of the sink with a warm cloth and basin of water to remove it. Once it was removed I felt like a new woman. My face was so smooth, I actually walked around my apartment and had both of my roommates and my boyfriend feel it because I was so impressed with how my skin had been transformed. It was so light and fresh feeling. I did mine right before bed so I slept like a baby. Even the next day after doing the mask at night I feel like my skin is retaining so much more moisture and I don't look as tired, puffy, or red as I usually am in the morning.

I'd recommend this charcoal mask over any drugstore brand. It's worth the investment. I wasn't compensated for this review, however I did receive this product free for testing. I plan on purchasing a full-size bottle.
Rania H.
New Carrolltn, MD
78 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Best face wash and mask.. period.

I use this face wash with my clarisonic after oil cleansing and removing makeup. Just a pea sized amount will get you a nice lather, so even the trial size lasted me a good 2 weeks. Its a gentle cream wash, not a gel, and it produces a really luxurious lather that will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. I have oily skin so i didnt experience immediate dryness after washing, but if you have normal/dry skin, I imagine it might.

The mask is another holy grail. It is extremely thick, and can tingle or even feel like burning so i dont recommend you apply this to raw/sensitive skin. I do not recommend you use this on exfoliation day.

Before I started using it, I would suffer bad breakouts of cystic acne around my cycle (and im one of the unlucky girls whose cycle comes every 3 weeks instead of 4). The first night i used it it left my face feeling baby soft, but I woke up the next morning with a few new pimples. However, the ones I had on my face before were much smaller, calmer and halfway healed. 2 days later, the pimples werent even noticeable.

5 days later, I used it again. I didn't suffer any breakouts the next day, and my tone looked a lot more even. I bought the full sized products at this point.

A few weeks later, I reduced my use to once a week (sundays). I still broke out about the same amount around my cycle, but the pimples would heal and be GONE in 3 days. About 3 months after continued use, i noticed I was barely breaking out at all - just one or 2 pimples on my chin around my cycle, and they'd be gone in 2-3 days. I didnt change up my routine to address the breakouts - stuck to using the foam cleanser after oil cleansing and the mask 1x a week.
Devin U.
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Sephora
Oh man this mask is intense. It worked wonders on your pores and help clear up your face, but be warn if you have sensitive skin like myself do not use it for more than 10 minutes or on your whole face. It left my skin pretty red and irritated for about an hour after use. After the first time I used it and learn I was sensitive to this product I only use it on my chin and nose, but it works!
Ashley V.
Houston, TX
25 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
At first, I couldn’t tell much of a difference in my skin’s after using this product.. Until I purchased a face steamer and this changes everything! Basically I steam my face for about 3-5 minutes to open my pores and while the steamer is on, I apply this mask evenly throughout my face. Once I’m done applying the mask, I continue steaming my face for about another 5 minutes and let it dry & sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water, NOT HOT. Once I get all the excess off my face, I then wash my face with COLDDD water or melt ice cubes on my fave to close my pores! Since I’ve added the face steamer into my routine, this mask has been great to me! Anytime I get breakouts, I apply this mask along with my steamer and I notice my blemishes getting smaller overnight! I’d definitely recommend using this 2-3 times a week as an exfoliator in order to notice the difference.  ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
Valerie M.
430 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I tried this for the first time the other night and liked it (not loved it). It did a great job clearing my pores everywhere but my nose. For some reason the pores on my nose didn't change in the slightest, and I left it on for over 10 minutes. I jumped in the shower for a pre-bed rinse and also for the hot water to open up my pores and then slathered on a thick coating Origins Clear Improvement. After about 12 minutes it was completely dry and ready to be washed off. I used warm but not hot water and didn't scrub it off but somehow still ended up with flaming red skin. I know its temporary but the feel of the tight, dry mask and the resulting flush/mild irritation left me feeling uncomfortable rather than clean. I also noticed three small pimples in different locations that weren't present before the mask. All in all, I know we all have different skin and different reactions. Mine wasn't terrible, and I'm sure for others its a great products, but just not for me. 
Noelle W.
Santa Monica, CA
122 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I have many charcoal and mud masks and this is one is tried and true.  It's a smooth quick-drying formula that, upon checking in a super magnifying mirror, really does seem to clean out my pores! There's no stinging or staining (though these things are never that easy to totally remove) and it doesn't dry out my skin. Can't ask for more than that.  
Nicolette A.
Miami, FL
45 reviews
Where can I buy this product?
Jill H.
Winnipeg, WY
42 reviews
How many people experience breakouts after their first use? Were you scared to try it again? That's my only concern! I don't typically break out and I don't want to start, but I do want to try this masque.
Vilma Judith C.
Doral, FL
42 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Does this work well with sensitive skin?
Leslie F.
Boston, MA
110 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
It's amazing, I need it. Is it a good product?
Heledd H.
12 reviews
How easily removed is this product? Seen a lot of charcoal activated masks that irritate the skin when removed

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