In many ways, this clay mask is a small miracle for the skin in need of some purification. It surprisingly delivers on its promise for “virtually blackhead-free skin in only 2 uses.” The kaolin, diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay serve to detoxify the skin of excess sebum and impurities. Salicylic acid at a 0.5% concentration is oil soluable and can therefore penetrate and clean out pores. The formulation also contains propanediol, which not only helps all the ingredients above to penetrate deeper into the skin but also keep the skin hydrated. All of this results in a formula that can give congested skin some relief without drying out the skin as clay masks can tend to do. I would say that this mask is suitable for all skin types. I personally have an oily/combo skin type and I do not believe that this has helped decrease my oil production. It has helped with mild congestion but I don’t think the 0.5% salicylic acid is enough for this to be an effective acne treatment.
The directions advise leaving the mask on for only 5-10 minutes. I believe that if you use a very thin layer, the mask will dry in about ten minutes. In my personal experience, applying a moderately thick layer will yield a better result. However, drying time will increase to about 20-30 minutes, depending on how thick of a layer is applied. After two uses in one week spaced out a day apart, I was able to see most of my black heads disappear with a thicker layered applied. The removal of this product is interesting because it almost offers another function to this mask. After the mask has dried, wet the entire surface of the mask and being massaging the product on the skin. Adding more water as you go, the mask starts to act as a mild physical exfoliator and also begins to emulsify on the skin. Once all the clay has dissolved, the whole thing rinses off easily with warm water. This has got to be one of the more interesting and multi-use ways to remove a clay mask!
Active Ingredient: 0.5% Salicylic Acid
Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Solum Diatomeae/Diatomaceous Earth/Terre De Distomees, Propanediol, Bentonite, Decyl Glucoside, Alchol Denat., Lauryl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Sailicylic Acid, Sodium PCA, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Laureth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)