Your favorite face mask for 2015 is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, which defeated Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask by three measly votes to win the favor of 25.8% of readers.


For those who seek perennially flawless skin, look no further than Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This old-school masks promises to be the “world’s most powerful facial” and, with 3,600 positive reviews on Amazon, it might just live up to its name. Made up of extremely fine, dry calcium bentonite clay that, when mixed with either distilled water or apple cider vinegar, dries on your face to remove excess oil and momentarily shrink your pores. According to a very dubious rumor, the Ancient Aztecs would get pampered by engaging in a body-wrapping ritual with this stuff.

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The only drawback? It’s your responsibility to buy, mix, and tailor the ingredients to your specific skin needs. It’s a blessing and a curse. However, we’ve assembled a bit of a shopping list for you: Throw in some oatmeal for a scrub, honey if you want something a bit more luxurious, apple cider vinegar helps with just about everything, lemon and cucumber for a zing, tea tree oil if you suffer from acne, and green tea for oodles of antioxidants.

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It’s a cheap, high quality bentonite clay that comprises the base of most expensive clay masks, but you can add anything you want to it. Most effective for me: apple cider vinegar, honey and a little water. Also great with essential oils or carrier oils. Really, the possibilities are endless. It’s fun to mix it up, too. Comes in 1lb and 4lb tubs. - Woundup_Penguin

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According to one user, it might actually be too strong.

I bought the Aztec clay mask a few weeks ago & I love it! I was using it a bunch that first week and it was great. My pores were tighter than Superman’s ass cheeks & i noticed a decrease in left over acne marks & new zits. but now that I haven’t used it in about a week and a half its like my skin is going apeshit. Breakouts, and a massive over-production of oil :( I assume it’s my skins reaction to being ‘detoxified’ repeatedly in such a short period of time. My skin is super oily to begin with, but I look like the creature from the black lagoon rn. Just... Dripping. I’m gonna do another mask tonight & then get on a 1x a week schedule, so I don’t overload my face but still get regular exposure to the pH of the mask. Also, this shit will clog your drain immediately, no joke. Don’t take it off in the shower or in your sink; the safest option I’ve found is to scrunch up your face and scrape off as much dried clay into the garbage as possible, then wet a washcloth with warm water to get the rest. Pls tell me if you know/find a better method. When my apartment’s maintenance dude unclogged the pipes from my previous mask uses I had to be all *slow blink* “ewww what is that stuff? Why is there mud in my sink? Is that old toothpaste from the last tenant? Omg... Wow...” U know to throw off suspicion. Good mask though. - littlest babie

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Since the mask is so overpowering, it’s best to show some restraint.

I usually do the mask once or twice a week so my skin won’t freak. Also, after each mask, I use a sheet mask for about half an hour! The serum in the sheet mask puts moisture back into my face so I don’t get super disgusting greasy since the Aztec clay sucks everything out and my face tries to overcompensate for the dryness. Works great! - charcharbinx

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