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ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, 3.4 Fluid Ounce

Origins clear improvement(tm) active charcoal mask to clear pores 3.4 oz

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  • Origins clear improvement(tm) active charcoal mask to clear pores 3.4 oz
  • Origins clear improvement(tm) active charcoal mask to clear pores 3.4 oz
  • Origins clear improvement(tm) active charcoal mask to clear pores 3.4 oz

Honest reviews


Tighter, slighter brighter

This mask dries very quickly, and can be a little difficult to remove. It does remove dead or flakey skin, about as well as a decent exfoliator and leaves my skin feeling tight while also absorbing oil. Many products promise a radiant “glow” and this is the only product that vaguely delivers it. My big complaint is these effects are VERY short lived on my oily complexion, and fade with in a half hour of removing the mask. I also thought this might fight acne because of its promise to “clean pores” but this was not the case.After lots of research I have yet to find any reputable blog or online journal entry that has solid research on the benefits of Charcoal. I purchased this because I was looking for an inexpensive mask, and I work in the energy industry and figured it might be a fun thing to try-but I won’t be buying it again.

Edith Davidson, OK


My skin feels soft after every each mask, but I guess this alone wont treat my white heads and black heads totally. There’s a tingly feeling if you use for the first time, but the next uses it will feel cmfortable.

Jenifer Culver, OR

My favorite mask

This mask really surprised me. I actually use a face wash that contains charcoal, and I’m aware that charcoal is really effective at getting rid of oil and clearing out pores, so when I read the great reviews about this mask I knew I had to give it a try.I’m in my early thirties and my skin has been giving me lots of problems: oily, congested pores, and never-ending breakouts. I’ve tried a lot of different masks, but this is by far the most effective. The first time I used it I was shocked at how much brighter and clearer my skin looked. Also, my skin felt incredibly smooth.I’ve begun using the mask every other night for nearly 3 weeks. I wash and clean my skin and then apply the mask, leaving it on for 15 to 25 minutes and then use a washcloth with warm water to remove it (since the mask can take a while to wash off on its own). The longer I’ve been using the mask better my skin looks. My pores are clearer, less congested, and my skin tone is more even. If I do get minor breakouts I also use the mask as a spot treatment. I’m also shocked at how often I can use the mask and it still doesn’t aggravate my skin. Most masks are just too harsh to use that frequently.I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has problems with acne and wants to improve the overall appearance of their skin.

Lena Fairfield, IL

Caused Breakouts

The only thing good about this mask is that it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin (compared to Ahava and Biore, etc). The bad was that it caused a number of new breakouts but didn’t do anything for the couple of active breakouts I had before the mask. Further, it ruptured the breakouts it caused, which led to dark marks!I honestly don’t know if it actually brought impurities beneath the skin to the surface or it simply caused me to break out. I know it certainly didn’t clear my pores. I didn’t turn red or end up with hives or burns or anything, so I suppose that’s the upside. Otherwise, for the price, I’m pretty disappointed. Sulfur masks seem to do a better job, by drying out active breakouts instead of making them larger. After the first use of this mask my face was worse than it was before I used it. By the 4th I was no better off.I used this with warm compresses and also with steaming, and neither method made a difference in the end result. While there is no research out there to support charcoal’s ability to draw impurities from the pores, I took a chance on this product based on the rave reviews. In the end, I had to go back to my sulfur mask to undo what this had done to my face.

Elsie Neskowin, OR

AMAZING product ~ Origins Clear Improvement Mask

I have tried MANY, MANY products in my lifetime. I am in my late 40’s and have, in the last few years, started dealing with some large pores. I cannot find anything to keep these large pores clean, and this product does the trick. I read rave review after rave review, and so I bought the product. I use a little every day, and I know that this will be a product I will use from now on. Give it a try.

Lynda Alexandria, MN

Magical Potion

I love this stuff! Using it as a traditional mask is incredibly refreshing, and I also add a dot here and there as overnight spot treatment to dry out growing pimples. It makes your skin feel soft and squeaky clean, and even a little bit tight (which I like). To be clear: this treatment is not a one-stop shop – you still need to use some sort of facial cleanser beforehand, and follow the same rules as you would without it (don’t touch your face, pick scabs etc) but overall it’s a great little tool. The bottle has lasted me six months of nightly spot treatments and weekly full-facials.

Sheena Johnson, NE

Origins Clear Improvement(TM) Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores 3.4 oz

Origins Clear Improvement(TM) Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores 3.4 oz is one product that does what it says, REDUCE PORE size. I have used this for six months with cystic acne, and it reduces redness and helps keep them away. It dries up very oily skin such as myself. If you have acne or oily skin please try this. It smells great, it does not peel off – but a warm water hot towel takes it rite off.

Aline Winigan, MO

Effective and affordable

I’m quite pleased with this product. It’s one of the more reasonably priced clay masks on the market, and it delivers results quickly. I have oily skin and some blackheads, especially around my nose. This mask made a dramatic difference after just one use. As other reviewers stated, make sure to steam treat your face before applying this.

Madeleine Jamaica, VT

Five Stars

great mask for clear skin

Kay Warren, ID


I had never tried this type of mask before, but the reviews convinced me. Certainly, walking around with this mask on makes for great photographic opportunities for our fun-loving spouses, but my face has never felt as clean, nor looked so healthy. I use this twice a week, and wonder if I should use it more often! I am a fan!

Hilda Palmyra, IN

Improvements Aren’t Clear Enough

I try to set aside some time once a week for a facial mask. It’s usually considered “gross” by my kids, which results in 15 minutes of quiet time for mommy. I’m thrilled if the mask provides additional benefits like smoother, clearer skin. Unfortunately, Origins Clear Improvement is not the mask for meI have combination skin, oily in the T-zone and normal on my cheeks. The mask is a very unappetizing color, not that I’m eating the mask, but in the fluffy, frilly world of cosmetics the black color is somewhat unappealing. That said, the color is exactly what I would expect from a Charcoal Mask.Origins instructions are to use this once a week or as often as needed, by opening your pores with warm, moist towel and layering the mask on. This is what I did, although instead of rinsing the mask, I wiped it away with a wet washcloth after allowing it to dry for 15 minutes–at which point my face has been shrink-wrapped by the product. My skin feels really tightI really can’t comment on the removal of toxins, but the deep dwelling pore-cloggers? Let me address that My expectation was that blackheads would magically disappear and, with any luck, large pores might shrink. Note, these are my words, not Origins’, and this was just part of my interpretation of the benefits of the mask But here’s what really happened…after I used the mask once, I found a rather large clogged pore on my cheek. This may not have been due to the mask, but it was something I’d never experienced before, but I wasn’t ready to give up—yet The next week, I gave my face an up close and thorough examination before and after using the mask. This time, after the mask, I noticed a very large blackhead on my cheek that wasn’t there before the mask.At this point, any sane person would have said, “this just isn’t the mask for me”. But I’m not sane. I pressed on and haven’t had any more clogged pores, but weeks later, I’m still battling that first clogged pore. I do believe that some of the “deep-dwelling pore-cloggers” are being drawn to the surface, but in my case they aren’t being “drawn out”. The mask has done nothing for the blackheads around my nose My pores don’t look any smaller I do like smoother feel to my skin after the maskI really want to love this product, but I can’t. I realize that the clogged pores and new blackheads may not have been due to the mask, but I didn’t have these rather large problems prior to using the mask. It’s just not for me.

Tisha Daytona Beach, FL

Helps to clear pores, but not an overnight miracle treatment

Origins charcoal mask is pretty effective for clearing the crud right out of your pores. It works best, IMO, after it has been used a couple of times. I didn’t notice a big difference until about a month of using it 1-2X per week.The texture is a little different than what it appeared in the tube. I thought it would be heavy so I was surprised when I used it and it wasn’t. I apply it with my fingers and it feels a little thin, but I do put it on liberally. I don’t notice any sensations on my skin unless I have an open pimple or sore. Then it tingles a little.My skin is pretty oily and my face is dotted with, mostly, little black heads all over. I have noticed that there are less blackheads and my pores are smaller since I started using this in January (about 3 months ago.) I use it in combination with the Origins Zero Oil moisturizer, and Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser.I am very satisfied with the results and will continue to use include it in my skin regimen. I did not use it once and wake up with a fabulous face, but I have noticed a good improvement over time, so I am sticking with it.

Sierra Alderpoint, CA

A must have

This is one of my favorite masks. It is perfect for windy weather and overall cold climate. It is excellent in cleaning pores and giving your face an overall glow.

Michaela San Marcos, CA