It may seem counterintuitive to slather your skin in black soot, especially when you’re suffering from breakouts. But what if that black soot is actually a remedy that could cure acne and penetrates so deep into the pores that it literally pulls out all those dwelling pore cloggers, preventing future breakouts? The black soot I’m talking about doesn’t come from a chimney, it is derived from the Asian skincare trend and it actually is active charcoal. In Asian culture, charcoal is nothing new to be introduced to the skincare regime and for centuries has been used as a powerhouse cleansing element. What charcoal does is that it acts like an impurity agent, it works to draw out all of the deep pore dwelling debris and other funk that could potentially fester and clog your pores, which actively leads to breakouts, and clears up whatever may roam. It may sound iffy in the beginning, but trust me on this one, charcoal will leave your skin feeling so much cleaner, brighter and able to breathe.
I stumbled upon the Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores while in pursuit to finding products that would combat my severe hormonal breakouts in the lower 2/3 part of my face that started 3 months before my 30th birthday. Which you can read all about right here. While I am using the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, before I started using the Origins mask it felt like something was missing. Yes, the Supermud is pretty powerful and it works to bring dirt up to the surface, but it never really feels like it gets down in there. When I found the Bliss Micro Magic Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion Treatment I knew instantly that I wanted to replicate the spa experience, a good exfoliating treatment + active charcoal may just prove to be a novel experience for my skin.
After following the regular cleansing ritual, take a moist, warm wash cloth and proceed to blanket it over your face until it cools down. This provides for pores to open up so the agent can really get down deep into the problem areas. Apply mask accordingly squeezing out very small amounts for each part of the face. Despite that it is a thick consistency, a little goes quite far so be cautioned that you don’t dollop a whole bunch onto your hand with nowhere for it to go. The packaging only states to allow the formula to dry and then rinse off. After you let it sit on your skin for a bit, a stage of mummification sets but it’s really pleasant. I usually get distracted doing something and sometimes the mask will sit for a good 20 minutes before I even think about rinsing it off. No bad smell from this mask, by the way. After I rinse off, pat dry and give it a minute, my skin feels very soft and really clean, almost to the point of pure. While no immediate results pop right there and then, by the next morning my skin appears slightly brighter and more balanced, even in skin tone. Just like anything else, there’s always the placebo effect where the results are immediate but temporary. I rather have real results and wait for it to take effect as a more permanent fix, this mask is just that.
Origins recommends to use this once a week or often as needed. Normally I use twice a week in combination with the Bliss Microdermabrasion treatment, but depending on how severe the sporadic breakouts become I could use this up to three times a week.
Active charcoal is ideal for those who suffer from acne or chronic hormonal breakouts, plus is perfect even for those who have oily/combination skin because the power ingredient has been found to remove toxins and bacteria. It may be considered an unconventional beauty treatment but right now, I don’t think I could do without it. Having actively replaced the Supermud as an actual mask, which Supermud is now solely a spot treater for me, I have noticed a greater difference in my skin than I did when I very first started using the Supermud. Especially in combination with the Bliss treatment. As far as a ‘pore clearing’ treatment is concerned, this is it and I have recommended it to many already.