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2 Ingredient Deep Pore Cleansing Mask Recipe

Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Just 2 Ingredients!) by Primally Inspired

Deep Pore Cleansing Mask


If you notice deep pores on your face, you will love love love this deep pore cleansing mask recipe. While you will notice a reduction in the appearance of your pores almost immediately, there are also other powerful benefits from using this mask that every skin type can benefit from!

  Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Just 2 Ingredients!) by Primally Inspired

The raw apple cider vinegar in the mask restores your skin’s natural pH, which is amazing for all skin types.  If your skin’s pH is out of balance, then you will most likely break out, or your pores will get clogged or your skin might get itchy and dry. But when your skin’s pH is in balance, your skin will be at the perfect place of not too dry and not too oily. That is skin heaven and the apple cider vinegar in this deep pore cleansing mask helps us get there 🙂 

*Important note – make sure you get apple cider vinegar with “the mother.” The bottle should also say RAW apple cider vinegar.  I use THIS kind, which can easily be found at most grocery and health food stores. 


The healing clay (sometimes called green or bentonite clay) in this deep pore cleansing mask recipe is made up of minerals from the earth. It removes impurities from under the skin, giving you one of the best deep cleanings you can get! It also promotes circulation which helps with healthy cell turnover.

I personally use THIS healing clay. THIS is another option from a great company, too!

  Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Just 2 Ingredients!) by Primally Inspired

So as you can see, this deep pore cleansing mask packs a powerful punch! Use it one to two times a week (if you have acne prone skin, you can use it up to 3 times a week) and in two to three weeks, sometimes sooner, you’ll notice far less breakouts, smoother, more even skin and a huge reduction in the appearance of your pores.  It’s easy, it’s very inexpensive and it will seriously give you one of the best facials you can get. Your skin will love you for it!


Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Just 2 Ingredients!) by Primally Inspired

Deep Pore Cleansing Mask Recipe:

Makes enough for 1 mask. Once the ingredients are mixed together, you must apply it right away.


2 teaspoons healing clay (I use THIS)

2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar (I use THIS)

Optional: 3 drops of essential oil (not necessary, but I sometimes use it for an added punch!)

Essential Oil Suggestions:

Lavender for normal or sensitive skin (My favorite! I use THIS one)

Tea tree for acne prone or oily skin

Sandalwood for dry skin

Frankincense for aging or mature skin 



Mix the clay with the apple cider vinegar until it forms a smooth paste.  Add any essential oils if you are using them and mix again.  It’s best to use a non-metal bowl and utensil. The clay works so well at pulling toxins, that it can actually pull the metal out of your dishes. 

Apply the mask to your face, avoiding eyes, nostrils and mouth. Let it dry and harden on your skin for 10 minutes. Leave on for no longer than 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer. I love to use Argan oil (I use THIS Argan Oil) as my moisturizer. You can read more about why I use Argan Oil in my blogpost HERE.

You will feel a tight, pulling sensation while the mask is on your face. Once you rinse it off, your face may look flushed because of the extra blood flow to your face. This is normal (and a sign that it worked well!). The redness will subside in a few minutes, up to an hour, and you’ll be left with beautiful, glowing skin.


How often should you apply this deep pore cleansing mask?

Once or twice a week. If you have very oily or acne prone skin, use it three times a week.


I’ve been using this deep pore cleansing mask faithfully once a week for the past couple of years. Don’t tell him I told you, but my husband also loves using this mask. I usually mix up enough for both of us so we look ridiculous together. But we both are at skin heaven (you know, that wonderful place that’s not too dry, not too oily and no breakouts) because of it! 🙂 If you give this mask a try, keep me posted on your results – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Just 2 Ingredients!) by Primally Inspired
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    I have been doing this for years and love it! So cheap and so effective. I usually do it first thing in the morning, then hop in the shower since it is so messy. Really enjoy your blog!

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    I live in a very rural part of my state. Can I buy these two items on line? Any recommendations? Thanks. I do like your blog also.

    • Primally Inspired

      I live in the middle of nowhere, too Jean so I can definitely relate! Yes, you can buy them online. I actually found Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in the organic aisle of my grocery store, but I got the clay from Amazon.
      Here are the links to both:
      Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: http://amzn.to/1nUGPnR
      Healing Clay: http://amzn.to/1k4RTza

      And a little side note – that healing clay is amazing for wounds or bug bites/bee stings, too!

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    I tried this today and my clay just clumped up and clogged up my silicone wire whip (not really wire). It did not come up creamy like yours. What am I doing wrong? I used the same amount of liquid and clay as you state in the recipe. I still managed to mash the stuff onto my face and my skin feels great but I am hoping to make it easier on myself next time.

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Ashton! It sounds like you need a bit more ACV. Or maybe it started drying up on you (it does dry very quickly!). I just use my finger to stir it around – it seems easier that way. Then I put it on my face right away to dry and harden. But don’t be afraid to play around with the amounts if it’s not creamy. Add a bit more ACV. If you see it’s too liquid-y, add just a bit more clay, etc. Hope that helps!

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      I have been using the clay for years… but I haven’t tried avc yet. Doing it tomorrow! The best way I’ve found to mix it is to put it in a Ziploc and close it and then mash it together. It keeps the mess inside, and also since I always seem to make to much I can just throw it in the fridge for later in the week.

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      Using metal utensils or bowls deactivates the charge in the clay! Try using plastic 🙂

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    This sounds awesome

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    Is this something that you only whip up enough for 1 time use? Or, if you do whip up too much, typically how long could you save it for?

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Kelley! This is only a one time use recipe. It hardens very fast, so you need to use it somewhat immediately. If I whip up too much, I’ll use some on my neck and I’ve even put it on my feet before.

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    i used this last night. The vinegar was so overpowering it burned my eyes. I’m thinking I really don’t need that much vinegar and can use filtered water, or even rose water. Loved the result though even after removing it before a full 10 minutes! Next time I will dilute the vinegar with distilled water or Rose water for sure. Its amazing! My skin was tight, feeling fresh and energized. I followed up with witch hazel for a toner, then jojoba oil mixed with Rose hip seed oil, and frankensence! Woke up this morning to a wonderfully soft face! Thank you!

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    I ordered the clay online from Walgreens. they don’t carry it in the store, I used it last night and I was very pleased with it. Had no problems, used witch hazel afterwards and then coconut oil to moisturize. Excellant results.

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    I used this a few days ago and initially it seemed to cleanse my face really well. I typically don’t break out anymore, maybe one or two. But today, my face just started breaking out like crazy! I seriously haven’t had this bad of acne in a long time and the only thing I’ve done different is use this mask. I’m wondering if maybe it’s really pulling a lot of toxins deep down and this is just the initial side effect? Have you heard of anyone else having this issue and then it gets better?

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Amanda! I’d love to hear from others experience, since I didn’t have this issue. I do know that a lot of people that use coconut oil for moisturizing went through your same experience for 1 or 2 weeks. Coconut oil does a very similar thing where it’s able to get deep down into the pores and pull toxins. A lot of people say that they broke out for a week or two and then after that initial 2 week period, their skin was amazing. If it were me, I think I’d give it 2 weeks and then reevaluate. Keep me posted!!

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      Hey Amanda, I’m an esthetician and have used this mask while experiencing acne. The clay pulls everything up, and if you have more deep rooted acne it will simply pull it to the surface, leaving more noticeable breakouts. You can try to pop them with clean hands if they have a head at the top and sometimes I’ll pull a thin layer on after to clean up my pores (both with water, not apple cider vinegar or you will burn your skin). Hope this helps!

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    I made this mixture and I left it on for about 30 mins then I took it off and my face was bright pink! It went down within the hour and was not even noticable after 2 or 3 hours but I thought my reaction was odd since no one else said anything about it.. it looked like I had a really bad sunburn.

    • Primally Inspired

      Hi Sydney! Yes, this is normal and a sign that it worked really well for you! The redness is from all the extra blood flow to your face. That’s a really good thing because the extra blood circulation supplies oxygen and a lot of good nutrients to your face that will help with cell rejuvenation plus it helps get rid of the toxins that show up on the skin as acne or dry patches. I did mention that you might look flushed in the last sentence of the directions section – but it’s really easy to miss! I should make that bigger so no one gets alarmed or worried about all the redness 🙂

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        I missed where you said that!! Thank you for replying so fast! I am definitely relieved that I’m not having a reaction because I love this mask!!

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    I was wondering if using a derma roller before using this maskwould be an ok idea since the roller creates small ‘trauma’ to the face and causes blood to go to the face too. Do you think it’d be a bit of overkill or a good idea? Of course, I’d use witch hazel and coconut oil afterwards (gotta love that stuff!).

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    Clay works well with Yogurt, Honey and turmeric powder. Cleanses and moisturises at the same time.

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    I love, love, love your website! I can’t say that enough! Thank you so much for the awesome recipes and all the great information, such as this post! When rinsing the mask off, do you let it go down the drain? I read some reviews on Amazon that say it will clog the drain, so I was curious if you had any issues with that. Thanks again!

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Awww, thank you Rachael – your comment brought the biggest smile to my face! I rinse it off with a warm washcloth to get most of it off my face and then splash my face with water to get it the rest of the way off. And then I rinse the washcloth out with water, so I guess it does go down the drain, although very diluted. We’ve never had a problem!

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    I found a powdered clay. Do you think this would be easier to mix with the acv?

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    I am excited to try your mask, but have a question for you, have you had any issues with people who have Rosacea on their face? Thank you for your time.

    • Kelly from Primally Inspired

      Hi Pamela! I haven’t heard one way or the other!

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        I looked on Amazon to find the healing clay, but it says it can’t be found. Is there another healing clay to use? I have bentonite clay, but thought that might be too drying. Thanks for your help. This sounds amazing and am looking forward to using this. Love all your ideas. Now is a great time to try new DIY recipes since we are quarantined. Love ALL your recipes! You are going to make us all look wonderful by the time we can get out in public again. No one will be able to recognize us, or they’ll think we all got work done! Lol!

        • Kelly from Primally Inspired

          hahahaha! I hope so! I love Bentonite clay, but you are right – it can be drying. These days I prefer Kaolin and Rhassoul Clay, mostly because they are the best for anti-aging ha! 🙂 They are much gentler than Bentonite and extremely nourishing to the skin. Now you’ve inspired me to do a mask tonight! Have a wonderful night!!

          Here’s what I have:

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    Sounds great! I might give this a try soon

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    I have had acne prone skin since I was a teenager and I have had the worse-before-it-gets-better affect. The last time I did it I just had two little zits that healed and went away quickly so I’m seeing the results. I too struggle with the strength of the apple cider vinegar but I stand under my ceiling fan to speed the drying and that helps. I use Bentonite clay and I mixed up enough for several weeks. I keep it in an air tight container. I figured with the acidity of the vinegar it should keep just fine.

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    can you make up a larger batch or will it harden? Looks wonderful!

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