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sebum clearing masque

breakout preventing clay

Soothing clay masque helps clear breakouts and minimize premature signs of skin aging. Oil-absorbing clays help detoxify skin as Salicylic Acid clears pore congestion.Learn More

Soothing clay masque helps clear breakouts and minimize premature signs of skin aging.Learn More

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sebum clearing masque

Soothing clay masque helps clear breakouts and minimize premature signs of skin aging. Oil-absorbing clays help detoxify skin as Salicylic Acid clears pore congestion. Calming botanicals such as Oat and Bisabolol help soothe aggravation brought on by breakouts. Safflower Oil helps counter fine dehydration lines. This masque, which contains Licorice and Niacinamide, also helps even skin tone.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Imparts a cooling sensation on skin to help soothe breakout irritation.
  • Absorbs excess oils and refines skin texture.
  • Helps purify and manage the four main factors that contribute to acne development.

how to use

Apply a smooth layer to cleansed face and throat (avoiding the eye area) 3 times per week. May also be used exclusively on the T-zone. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with Skin Purifying Wipes, Oil Control Lotion and prescribed MediBac Clearing regimen.

quick tip

Use as a spot treatment masque to help target and clear breakouts.


Active ingredients: Salicylic Acid (0.50%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Pentylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polysorbate 60, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Menthol, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Sebacic Acid, 1,10-Decanediol, Camphor, Farnesyl Acetate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sarcosine, Niacinamide, Yeast Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Zinc Gluconate, Caffeine, Biotin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Glycine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylpropanediol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947).

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of medibac clearing product system

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

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mediBac clearing®

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

The MediBac Clearing® system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne while addressing the needs of adult skin. Most products and treatments for acne are designed for teenage skin, making them too harsh and irritating for adult acne sufferers. MediBac Clearing® controls acne without compromising skin’s integrity, which means skin is clearer and healthier.

how it works

Dermalogica’s MediBac Clearing® system is formulated specifically to treat adult acne. Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the main factors that contribute to acne.

Great for oily skin!


I really like this masque for a quick refreshed look. I like how tingly and clean it makes my skin feel and I really can tell a difference as soon as I wash it off--my skin looks soo clean! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 though because while it looks great right after applying it, shortly after I notice my skin getting oily again. I feel like other masks may do a better job at preventing oils throughout the day.

Orlando, FL


Extreme skin reaction that led to scarring


I have regularly used Dermalogica cleansers and moisturisers for several years without issue. Recently while traveling I had some cystic acne on my nose and had received this as part of a pack, so decided to try it out. It felt tingly on application, which intensified after about 30 seconds. After tingling became a burning sensation I began to wash it off after about 45 seconds. Over the next day or two, my nose became swollen and red, before blistering and scabbing under the skin. My skin took almost 3 weeks to fully heal but this has left permanent, noticeable depressions on my nose which don't look like they'll reduce. I've never had this kind of extreme skin reaction before from clay masques and have no idea what ingredients in this masque caused it, but I certainly wouldn't use this product again.

San Francisco




Cons: This product does not help with acne. I have not noticed any improvement. Very expensive. Pros: feels very nice on. I feel like my skin is getting a deep clean. I would recommend this for people who's acne is caused by not washing their face adequately. My skin concerns are more complex than this so i don't see much improvement from topical skin care.



Love this Mask!


I love this mask! I am hooked on dermalogica products now!



Love the masque.


I have always had acne/oily skin. Acne is better now since older but have a problem with oil. This works great on my skin for oil control and prevention of any acne breakouts. I wish I had Ilearned about this oil control line years ago. I will continue using the line and this masque.



This is AMAZING!!


This product is fantastic. I suffer from 'adult acne' or really hormonal spots around the mouth, chin and jawline... these are usually cycstic. But I also get whiteheads and they are so sore and red! I went to see a lady at my local Dermalogica and she was brilliant. I told her I was hesistant as I have spent a fortune in the past on spot treatments. I have also been back and forth to the Dr. Well the lady recommends the medibac skin kit for starters and it has been amazing. This product in particular works wonders. I have a few large spots at the moment, and whilst this mask is on, it actually draws out the spot, and you can see it on the surface... it's quite gross but satisfying at the same time! Skin is so soft after and much calmer. 100% would recommend!!! I am now a Dermalogica convert!

Southampton, UK




Helps with acne buy can be very drying.




I have liked all fo the Dermalogica products I have tried so far. I decided to buy this mask because I have stubborn, mild acne on my forehead. The mask is advertised for acne/clearing, but I didn't see any kind of improvement using it 1-2 times a week. I felt clean after washing it off, but I didn't see any other improvements, the price is very high for a mask so I expected more.

Boston, MA


Best mask !


Helped clear my acne !



For everyone with adult acne, oily skin and clogged pores


I have suffered from acne my whole life. Recently I adjusted my birth control and that helped a TON! (I highly recommend doing research, many BC options have testosterone in them and that causes a LOT of acne for women) Anyway. I am going into nursing and just went through our dermis chapter.. I learned a lot about sebum and how it affects our skin. I've been hearing a lot about new 'sebum' targeting treatments and now it all makes sense WHY these are so crucial for stopping acne (especially in adults). Acne is not always caused by dirty pores or hormones like many products lead you to believe. We all produce sebum through our glands... some of us more than others. It's just the way we are. You can use all the sali or benzoyl in the world and it won't soak up or remove the sebum your skin is producing. This mask REALLY DOES absorb the excess sebum on your face. My face is MUCH less oily.. and not just temporarily less oily like charcoal masks do, I notice decreased sebum for days! In turn, this leads to noticably less clogged pores. Which leads to less picking. Less irritation. Less acne. Less scabs. Less everything! I love this mask so much. It is a MUST for anyone with oily skin, clogged pores and acne. As a bonus this also contains a small amount of sali acid which is amazing for exfoliating your skin in a gentle way and providing acne busting medicine to the pimples you already have. If you haven't yet tried a product targeting sebum I highly recommend doing your research and trying one. Or, you can take my advice and try this one. I will be purchasing again and again and plan to gift to my girlfriends who have the same oily skin issues as I do.

Bay Area, California



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1. How do i use the Sebum Clearing Gel and how many times in a week. 2. i am treating acne with Clay Cleanser, Water calming gel during the day and Clear overnight treatment. Do i need to add any other product to totally eliminate the blackheads, brighten and completely clear the acne?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try this regimen: AM Clearing Skin Wash or Dermal Clay Cleanser Multi Active Toner Calm Water Gel Oil Free Matte SPF 30 PM Precleanse Clearing Skin Wash or Dermal Clay Cleanser Daily Microfoliant Multi Active Toner Overnight Clearing Gel Sebum Clearing Mask 1-3 times per week, at night, after exfoliant and before mist Kind Regards, Bernadette


I am 25 and have regular breakouts on my chin, forehead, and around my mouth. My mouth/chin area tends to mainly have large zits (pustules?), and my forehead has the same and also small white bumps (Milia?). Would this be a good mask for me?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Charcoal Rescue Mask to detox the face from clogs in the pore, especially under the skin and even active breakouts. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I suffer from closed comedonal acne around my cheeks, chin, jawline and forehead. I currently use special cleansing gel and daily microfoliant but am considering introducing the medibac masque and overnight clearing gel to try and unclog my pores which are always like little raised bumps. Will medic help with this or will it just irritate my skin more seeing as I don't actually have any obvious pimples.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You might like the Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Wondering if this will become available again, or is being discontinued. Got it as a sample and love!!


Hello Desiree, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I apologize. That item is currently out of stock due to high demand. There is no update at this time. We are doing our best to get it back in stock asap. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I exfoliate with daily microfoliant every day. Can I use this product on the same day? Or on the days I use this masque, should I avoid using daily microfoliant? Thanks


Hello Lou. Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It depends on how sensitive your skin is. You can try them both on the same day to start. If it feels like too much, then try avoid using both on the same day. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can this be used as an exfoliator?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This masque contains exfoliating ingredients. However, you can still use it with Daily Microfoliant or Skin Prep Scrub if you wish. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I have dry skin. However, I have blackheads and a few breakouts on cheeks and nose. Can I use sebum clearing masque only on my cheeks and nose? Will it not make my skin even dryer? If yes, what other product would you recommend? Thanks, Vladka


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

How old do you have to be to use this product?


Hello Jennifer, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Sebum Clearing Masque is for adult acne. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hello, Would this mask be safe while pregnant or nursing? I know some ingredients in acne product lines are recommended against during pregnancy.


Hi Cassia, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Sebum Clearing Masque contains Salicylic Acid, which is not recommended for use during pregnancy. You may prefer Skin Refining Masque. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I have acne and black heads. Can i alternate between Sebum Clearing Masque and Charcoal Rescue Masque? If yes, how do you suggest I alternate. If No, which would be more appropriate? Thank you.


Hi Ade, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can alternate the masques in a few ways. You can use either one, once a week. Alternate each week. Or, you can use one masque exclusively, and when you finish the bottle, switch to using the other masque exclusively. As long as your skin is not sensitive, you will be fine. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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