Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask

My face currently resembles a pepperoni pizza only I'm brown but the zits on my cheek look very pepperoni-like. Angry and red. Why am I sharing this bit of charming information with you? Well, because I am reaching yet again for my trusted Fresh Umbrian Clay mask.

Something in this mask does an amazing job of cleaning my clogged pores and it's a must as a spot treatment for blemishes. I'm not sure what it is about the ingredients in the mask, but it doesn't dry out my skin like most clay masks. True it is drying as all clay masks are, but my skin isn't parched and about to crack when I wash it off.

The instructions say to put it on over a damp face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then wash it off. I sometimes leave it on for a good half hour and I use it ovenight as a spot treatment on blemishes. Blemishes usually stay very long for me. To speed healing time means in my life to reduce the length of a zit's lifespan from 6 weeks to 4. If your zits are as persistent on face-domintion as mine, then this clay mask is a wonderful weapon in your arsenal. The gigantors that now grace my cheek have been getting regular attacks from this face mask and I can already tell the difference. It does a good job of reducing inflammation. Of course, you're going to have to wait for the zit to die but the Fresh Umbrian Clay mask does a good job of reducing the time a zit is alive and thriving.

I've also noticed that with regular use I can curb many blemishes from really rising to becoming a full-on zit. The bump just dies out without becoming a zit. Of course, those persistent bumps are going to get through my mask-attack but for the most part this mask seems to stop bumps from becoming bad problems.

I know this is a fairly expensive clay mask but for me it is completely worth it (sadly the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask did nothing for me so I was forced to get this) but it is such a staple that I cannot be without it.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Anu,

Could you suggest a really good face scrub for zits and blemishes, I think I have combination skin, but more on the oily side.

Also sorry for TMI, but I have recently started breaking out in zits on my back as well. Are you aware of anything that works on breakouts on the back?

Thanks!- T

2:35 PM
Anu said...

hey anonymous:

i don't reccomend using a scrub when you have active zits. i find that it really makes the zit scar or irritates a zit. but i have very pigmentation/scarring prone skin. what i really found effective is using a chemical exfoliant. i found the alpha hydrox AHA souffle with 12% glycolic acid. i used this nightly with a GREAT sunscreen during the day. i love the alpha hydrox because it's cheap and very effective. it got rid of hyper-pigmentation much faster and really helped stop zits from surfacing (pity i don't have it on me). i find that this way i got an exfoliating effect too. i added a physical exfoliant when the blemishes had were no longer inflamed and wouldn't get more irritated either. if you like, you could try the l'oreal microderm abrasion kit which i really liked. but again, i'm not a huge fan of physical exfoliants on the face but that's just my preference/experience.

for acne on the back, what i found worked was to use a face wash on the back that contained salicylic acid. i would also recommend exfoliating and treating with a moisturizer with salicylic acid. this combination worked well for me. also, try to make sure your exfoliant isn't too greasy/oily. that seemed to cause my problems.

12:14 AM

Anonymous said...

Thanks Anu! You've been a great help. :)


10:03 AM
Glossy said...

I really like Fresh products, but haven't yet tried this mask. Now I definitely want to get it!

I recently found your blog, and I LOVE it! I've linked you on my fabulous reads section :)

10:53 AM
Anonymous said...

hi Anu..where can i buy Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle 12% Glycolic from?is it available in india?

8:56 AM
Secret said...

Using clay mask as a complimentary treatment for acne is quite effective in the treatment. It can remove dead skin cells from your skin's surface and reducing the chances of getting acne.
Acne Cures

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