Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard about the miracle-working Aztec Healing Clay Mask. This highly coveted bentonite clay is apparently the clay mask to end all clay masks. The only problem? It’s perpetually out of stock. But fret not! The BeautyMNL team has heard your requests and it’ll be landing on our pages sooner than you think.
In the meantime, sit tight and try these 5 pore-clearing alternatives. Sure, they won’t make your face pulsate like the Aztec mask will. But they do apply less pressure on the skin—so, you can use ‘em on days when pumping out your pores just seems too intense. Peep the recos, below!

1. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, now on sale at P560 (limited time only) With 22 Global Beauty Awards under its belt, this Korean fave needs no introduction. It combines two powerful detoxifying ingredients: Jeju volcanic clay and AHA. Together, they purify your skin both internally and externally. While the clay works to draw out impurities from deep within pores, the AHA melts away dead skin cells and other surface grime. It makes for a thorough cleanse that leaves your face feeling brand new. A staple in our very own bathroom shelves, this is one formula that never disappoints.

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2. Wildleaf 100% Natural Healing Clay Mask, P390 Made of 100% pure natural calcium bentonite clay powder (the same stuff that powers the Aztec clay), this unassuming tub proves that our local beauty scene does not come to play. It ticks off every box: it draws out toxins, absorbs excess oil, tightens the skin, and even delivers oxygen to your cells. According to reviews on their websites, real-life customers have seen results after just one use. Need we say more?

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3. Origins Original Skin Mask with Rose Clay (100ml), P1,500 Can’t get enough of facial scrubs? This 2-in-1 clay and scrub mask is by far one of our favorite exfoliants to date. Not only does it clear out congested pores with rose clay, it also smoothens out rough texture using natural jojoba beads. You can use it in 2 ways—leave it on to dry like a regular clay mask or simply massage it over your face if you’re in a hurry. Either way, this millenial pink tube will leave your complexion looking instantly supple and more luminous. It’s not marked a 5-star product for nothing!

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4. Philippine Pure Philippine Bentonite Clay (200g), P300 Here’s another bentonite-loaded superstar! Featuring 100% sodium bentonite clay imported from India, this vegan blend is a godsend for irritated skin. Its healing properties calm common skin infections, such as acne and contact dermatitis. Used in many industries as a waterproofing sealant, it contains potent absorbing properties that allow it to mop up excess oil and dead skin cells. (And, yes, it’s perfectly safe to use topically on the skin.) Support local!

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5. The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack, P695 If you’re a frequent commuter, then this anti-pollution mask was made for you. Made with Urban Defense Complex, it fortifies the skin against environmental aggressors. This allows your skin to stay naturally protected in the long-term. But besides that, one user on their website claims it minimized their pores immediately after use. You know what that means? Less oil, less bacteria, less breakouts. Bye, pimples!

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Which clay mask will you be copping?

Credits:
Video and photos by Kathy Austria.

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