this shit on a whim. I was trying to pick out enough stuff to get free shipping on an Ulta order when I was buying some gifts for my sister and mother. I figured I'd compare it to Queen Helen's Mint Julep mask, another cheap clay mask, which I actually really don't like.
As you may know, the Mint Julep mask is a sort of cheap cult favorite. I was really disappointed with it, though. First of all, the mint is pointless. It's just there to make your skin tingle, so that you think you can "feel it working", when actually it doesn't do you any good. It just causes low-grade irritation (or burning, if you're sensitive), which damages the skin. Beyond that annoyance, it didn't do anything for me. My skin didn't look or feel any better after I used it. It just felt tight and dry and needed moisturizing.
I have oily/combination skin, which means that sometimes my chin/nose/forehead is oily and other areas are dry, and sometimes it's pretty much all oily. So this type of clay mask should be ideal. It's supposed to absorb excess oil. I've tried other clay masks and charcoal masks . . . never impressed. I just never notice a difference.
But the Freeman Facial Clay Mask with Avocado and Oatmeal was $4 (around $6 on Amazon but cheaper if you can find it locally) so I thought, what the hell. It sounded okay, and instead of irritating ingredients, it has avocado oil, which is a great moisturizer. So I gave it a shot.
As soon as I washed it off, I already liked it better than the Queen Helen shit. My skin did not feel tight or irritated. In fact, I didn't need to moisturize it at all, and I always need to after I wash my face. My skin felt soft and happy and not greasy. My pores were the same. I have big pores and plentiful/prominent blackheads on my nose. They were still there after I washed the mask away. But good enough, there's your comparison - I was ready to tell you that this was a better option than the Mint Julep mask.
BUT THEN . . .
I decided to play with my fun little blackhead extractor tool the next day, but when I looked at my disgusting nose in the mirror . . . well, it was significantly less gross. My pores were way smaller and less visible. I still had some blackheads, but just little ones that were barely noticeable. So there goes my fun blackhead extracting party.
You guys. This is fucking crazy. The tube says that it "purges pores", but everything says it will get rid of blackheads, but I always ignore that, because nothing ever does. Like ever. I have tried tons of shit, but the blackheads have been the same for the last . . . 5 years? 10 years? I don't even know. I gave up. That's just my face. That's the way it is. Except, now it's not. Something got rid of my blackheads! Mind blown.
Using this mask is the only thing I did differently. Otherwise I've been using my usual products - so the mask is definitely responsible. I was a bit worried that my skin would react badly to it, because the fourth ingredient is titanium dioxide, and sunscreen with that ingredient always makes me break out in cystic pimples. But no problem with that so far. I seriously have no complaint with this product. I mean, you realize I am basically here to complain and swear a lot, so if I actually say nice things about some shit, you know I mean it. No, wait, I thought of something: it makes my eyes water a little when I first put it on. Not sure what that's about. But it doesn't bother my skin. I haven't figured out yet how often I should use it; I think I'll start with twice a week and go from there. But if you have oily skin and/or blackheads, I really think this is worth a shot. I am really fucking impressed.
Did I mention it's only $4-7?
Have you tried this before? What was your experience?