Chances are that if you are reading this post you have already adopted a holistic skincare regimen and are looking for options to make your skin just a little bit better.

I get it, even if you cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize on a regular basis, an occasional breakout of acne or a blackhead can be deflating.

After all, what is the point of the effort if your skin is still not to your standards?

Enter the face mask.

Facial masks are a terrific addition to any man’s skincare regimen by taking it to the next level.

Essentially a reset for your face, masks provide all sorts of great benefits for your skin.

But here’s the big question:

Which face mask will be the best for your skin?  From solutions that are heavily dependent on clay to a volcanic mud-based compound, it can be hard to decide which option to invest in.

To help make sense of these starkly different options on the market, we review some of the most popular masks currently available and provide some recommendations:

1. Rugged & Dapper – Face Mask For Men

Like The Gentlemen’s face mask, this effective product also uses Kaolin clay to purify and detox your skin, though it is lacking the addition of activated charcoal in the mix.

To make up for this, Rugged & Dapper has added purified smectite clay, spirulina, kelp, and grapeseed oil to help cleanse, moisturize, and protect the skin after the mask is off.

This product has a considerably longer application time. It is recommended that you leave this solution on for 10-20 minutes to gain the full benefits of this product, but you only need to apply this mask once or twice a week to keep acne and blackheads at bay.

This is considerably more effective than some of the other competing products that need to be applied every night, as it means that your container of mask is going to last longer, meaning you’re spending less in the long run.

Reviewers of this product say it’s ideal for men with oily, bearded skin as it helps prevent ingrown hairs as well.

Oily skin becomes a non-issue, and the application process is smooth and easy. When the mask comes off, your face is left feeling smooth, soft, and refreshed.

2. The Gentlemen’s Facial Mask by Beau Brummell for Men

Men have much different skin from women and need their own set of products to accurately target their needs.

Oils, blackheads, acne, and more can cause a man’s skin to become unpleasant, and in some cases, incredibly painful. This mask helps eliminate oils and toxins present in the skin, especially in areas where it is most prominent and will leave your face feeling fresher and cleaner than just soap and water alone.

This product doesn’t use volcanic mud to clear away dirt and grime. Instead, it uses activated charcoal and Kaolin clay, ingredients that are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. Activated charcoal is especially effective at deep cleaning, exfoliating, and protecting the skin from future breakouts. This product tightens the pores, preventing dirt from getting back in, which also goes a long way to helping control aggressive breakouts.

After using this product, your face won’t be so oily; it specifically targets the areas of the face that produce the most oil, such as around the nose and forehead.

Apply, and wait for about 7-10 minutes for the ingredients to work, then wash off and moisturize.

3. Lab Series Skincare For Men Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask

Urban Blue only needs to be applied once or twice a week to reap the benefits of this handsome blue clay.

The blue coloration is important, as it helps to even out the skin tone. Like many other masks in this list, this mask also contains kaolin clay to help draw out deep-seated impurities, toxins, and dirt from your pores.

Other ingredients in this product include blue agave, caffeine, charcoal powder, and glycerin.

Activated charcoal is used as a purifier and cleanser, and is found in numerous skincare products. It also acts as a mild exfoliator as well to help rid your skin of dead cells, ultimately freshening your skin to its fullest potential.

This is not a natural product like Kiehl’s, but it is incredibly effective, and the need to only apply once a week is great for limiting your skin’s exposure to silicone and other chemicals.

4. Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque

It’s no secret – chamomile is an incredible cleansing product.

This powerful, anti-oxidant-rich ingredient refreshes and rejuvenates your skin for a healthy, clean glow. It also utilizes melaleuca (tea tree) oil to thoroughly cleanse out the pores, and prevent future breakouts of blackheads and acne due to its anti-bacterial properties.

For other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this mask utilizes the properties of rosemary, lemon, sage, and primrose as well as a base of Kaolin clay to draw out the dirt and muck embedded in your skin.

This mask is for men with problematic skin, or if you only have a couple of blemishes to take care of. You will appreciate the way that this mask feels; not too tight, but really does feel like it’s working.

The mask works with all different skin types, including normal, dry, oily, or combination.

The best part is that you don’t need to apply more than a thin layer around your problem areas to get the full effect of this mask; leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off for best results.

5. Alitura Anti-Aging Professional Clay Facial Mask

The first thing that many people notice about this mask is not the ingredients list, but the price.

This is by far one of the most expensive clay mask treatments on the market.

But behind the price, there are some great things going on with this face mask from Alitrua.

This clay mask utilizes carefully selected and cultivated ingredients to ensure that quality stuff goes into the tub and onto your face for a full and complete clean that leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

These ingredients include Vitamin C, freshwater pearl powder, colostrum, ginseng (to help purify your pores and leave them nice and tingly), three different types of clay (including Kaolin, a standard choice among clay mask manufacturers because of its deep cleaning capabilities), and kelp powder.

This creates a completely natural and organic experience for your face, putting in minerals that may be lost due to skin damage, sweat, or oils.

Using this product is also a little more difficult than others, as you have to prepare your face, and then do some simple mixing between the compound and water to get the mask ready.

However, once all is done, you are all but guaranteed to be pleased with the finished results.

6. Best Deep Cleansing Mud Face Mask For Men

If you aren’t a big fan of the stuff you find in tubs, or worse yet, mixing your own from powder, this mud mask is worth a look.

It’s inexpensive, contains loads of healthy, natural ingredients for your face, and it comes in a tube. Just squeeze a little out into your hand, rub it on your face, and let it sit for a while before washing it off.


This concoction includes Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, all of which are ideal for putting in moisture and vitamins that your skin craves to look younger and feel more firm.

The ingredients found within this mud mask are all naturally derived and contain no silicone or parabens to clog up your pores. Instead, mud from the Dead Sea clears out your skin, and the host of plant extracts and vitamin supplements sink into your skin, revitalizing your look.

After washing this mud mask off, you will find that your skin is tighter, but not unpleasant, and your pores look visibly smaller than they had before. This means fewer breakouts, fewer blackheads, and an overall nicer complexion.

7. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

“Thick, but effective”.

This is what customers are saying about this fantastic clay mask by Kiehl’s.

Wearing this mask is advertised to put moisture back into your skin overnight, and in the morning, you’ll have fresh, smooth skin perfect for the day.

Unlike other masks, Kiehl’s should be applied just before bed.

Plus, at night, you aren’t out in the sun, so damage can be repaired more easily at night when you aren’t active.

This mask contains no silicones or parabens, both of which may irritate the skin. This lack of ingredients makes this product more natural, and safer for use over extended periods of time.

8. Kyoku For Men Lava Masque Acne Treatment For Men

Face masks are a popular choice amongst men and women who suffer from acne or other facial maladies.

They are full of vitamins and minerals for your skin, can clear out your pores, and generally leave you feeling better.

Kyoku features volcanic mud that is designed to draw out dirt and toxins from your skin, leaving you fresh and clean.

Men love the way this product works; not only does it smell great, but it really penetrates the inner layers of the skin, getting rid of dirt and bacteria with only one application. They also say that the way the mask feels is nice and smooth, almost like clay.

There are also reviews that say this product helps taming ingrown hairs, and also prevents them from coming back to a degree.

Overall, this is a great product if you suffer from blackheads or acne, as the product is safe, easy to use, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after only one application.

Shawn Burns

Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn's expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.

Published: July 27, 2021

Last Updated: October 12, 2021