MISSHA Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask - a must have clay mask for oily/combination skin

If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin like me then you know how difficult it to take care of your skin and try out new products, before you know you will experience some kind of breakout, either due to whether, hormones, cosmetics or some other unknown reasons. In case that happens I have few SOS spot treatments and masks that I occasionally use. One of these products is the MISSHA Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask
, which I discovered a few months back. This product is not a direct spot treatment but rather a mask tightens the skin, absorbs sebum and therefore prevents/dry’s breakouts. I used it on breakout areas (like my cheeks) and individual spots, but if you have oily skin you can use it on your entire face.  

Product description: The Black Ghassoul wash off mask is great for pore cleaning and tightening. It helps control sebum as well as skin troubles. The mask moisturizes and leaves skin with a refreshing feeling. Free of Paraben, Talc, Mineral Oil, and Fragrance.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Moroccan Black Ghassoul, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Charcoal Powder, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Extract Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethylaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77499

I run the formula though CosDNA and there are some red flags: Ceteryal alcohol scores 4 out of 5 as a potential acne trigger and 3 out 5 as a potential irritant, Palmitic acid and Stearic acid score 2 as an acne trigger. I’m not surprised that in contains alcohol as its typical for many acne treatment products. I try to avoid alcohol in skincare but have no real problem using it in spot treatment products and drying masks. The main ingredient is Kaolin, a very famous mineral clay that has been used for centuries; has absorbing, softening, exfoliating and healing properties. True to its name the mask contains Ghassoul which is also known as Marrocan Lava clay. The clay is known to have antibacterial and  soothing properties and has been used in Morocco for century’s as a beauty treatment. Missha wouldn’t be Missha without plant extracts in the formula, you will numerous plant extracts in the ingredient list like Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract.

The product comes with a spatula and the packaging looks hygiene, There is even double cap. There is no smell to the product, no added fragrance. The texture is thick, black, easy to spread (typical clay mask).


You can use it on your entire face but I prefer to use it on acne prone areas and spots. I apply the mask after cleansing on the desired area and let it absorb for about 15-20 minutes. It dries and hardens after 5-10 minutes feeling very thitehnd and slightly  uncomfortable on the skin. After washing of the mask my skin feels very clean and the redness that was there before disappears. I also like to use it as a night spot treatment, its performance is okay a nice alternative to pink powders (like the Enca pink powder).
I think the mask does a good job at absorbing sebum, drying spots, decreasing redness and slightly exfoliating the skin. My skin felt also soft and fresh! I don’t know about the moisturizing claim I found it more drying. The product didn’t break me out or cause any sensitive reaction, I will keep using it for sure. The only negative point maybe the alcohol in the formula, but I would say its good formulated and my face tolerates the ingredient in masks and spot treatments.
If you are looking for a good clay mask for combination oily skin, I would definitely advice this product, it’s also really affordable at 13$. You can also use it as a spot treatment. As always MISSHA doesn’t disappoint me.


-Absorbs sebum

-Diminishes redness

-Slightly exfoliates

-Nice spot treatment

-Leaves skin refreshed and soft


-Contains alcohol

-Can be to drying for dry/normal skin


  1. It sounds great, but I've got normal skin lol So this is too drying for me :/
    Thanks for reviewing it~

    1. Actually I'm currently looking for a more moisturizing clays mask. My skin tends to be dry in the winter. Don't know if I will find a product like that, feel free to suggest

  2. This mask sounds awesome! I'd love to get my hands on this.

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award if you want to check it out.

    XX - Caitlin

    1. Thanks Caitlin for the nomination )) Funny to read Im also bad at hair styling, probably due to my frizzy hair structure :/

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