It’s been well established that exfoliation is an important part of ANY skincare routine. Whether you struggle with acne, dry or oily skin, even dark spots, exfoliation helps your skin get rid of excess skin cells that can leave your complexion looking dull. With that being said, if you don’t already incorporate an exfoliant into your skincare routine, a good exfoliating mask is a necessity! Check out these exfoliating face masks you HAVE to try: 

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel, $34


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This peel gel is a godsend. With more than 30,000 "loves" on Sephora.com, this product is a cult favorite. You apply the gel to a dry face, and then WATCH the dead skin wash away. Even though this isn’t a mask, the best thing about this gel is that it’s gentle enough for everyday use.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48


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This mask is a personal favorite of mine. Although $48 seems like a lot, I’m still using a sample jar I received in my Sephora Play! Box late last year. It gently exfoliates your skin and makes your face feel cool and tingly. It’s gentle enough that you can use this mask every other day.

Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, $27 


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This mask is perfect for once a week use. Leave it on for 10 minutes, give your face a massage and then rinse to reveal glowing skin. 

L’Oreal Paris Exfoliate & Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask, $10

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This is a great budget-friendly option if you’re looking for a mask but don’t want to spend a ton of money. You can use this mask a few times a week to keep your skin looking smooth and healthy. 

Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask, $6


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Biore answered our prayers and brought us a mask that will exfoliate and refine your pores in a MINUTE. This is budget-friendly, but keep in mind it only comes with four single-use packets. Use this mask a few times a week to keep your pores minimized and your skin glowing. 

Nugg Exfoliating Face Mask, $4

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I love these face masks! They come in individual packages, which makes application less messy. They’re supposed to be single-use, but I’ve gotten up to three applications out of these due to the generous amount in the container. This is a great option if you need a quick fix and don’t want to purchase an entire bottle of product. 

Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub, $15

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This face scrub is perfect if you want to exfoliate but don’t want to go through the process of putting on a mask. You can use this a few times a week to keep your skin smooth and bright. 

Yes To Blueberries 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub, & Cleanser, $16


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This 3-in-1 mask from Yes To is formulated for stressed skin. The blueberries and greek yogurt work to recharge and refresh your skin, leaving your face looking younger and healthier.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Healing Body Mask, $8

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This face mask has more than 13,000 reviews on Amazon. This deep pore cleansing mask will gently exfoliate your skin while deeply cleansing your pores. It's most definitely a cult favorite, and the best part is you can nab it for less than ten bucks. 

Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel-Off Mask, $7.99


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With pomegranate and peptides, this mask will refine your pores and give you a radiant glow. it's also budget-friendly, and peel-off masks are so much fun!

GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mini, $24


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This mask has GLOWING reviews on Sephora (pun intended). It will treat fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture. Even though it’s a tad pricey, this miracle mask is worth it. 

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask, $9.99

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This mask works to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil, leaving you with skin that feels clean and refreshed. African black soap is a natural remedy for blemished and troubled skin, while tamarind extract is a natural exfoliant. This mask is a great exfoliant if you struggle with acne and/or oily skin.

Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Bright Exfoliating Mud Mask, $7 


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This mask contains green coffee beans to gently exfoliate your skin, while antioxidant ingredients like goji berries work to brighten your complexion. The best part is that this mask is a 3-in-1, meaning you can use it as a cleanser, a scrub or a mask! 

Bonus: If your lips are having a hard time staying smooth and moisturized, check out our article on lip scrubs that you have to try

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