I’ve been dealing with more breakouts than usual over the past six months or so and have been struggling to find the right products for my skin. I haven’t wanted to use anything too drying or harsh, because my skin can be sensitive sometimes, but my normal routine of exfoliating once or twice a week wasn’t doing enough.
The Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin I discovered a few months ago has really helped. It has been so good for treating breakouts and helping keep my skin clear.
Some of the main ingredients are sulfur and salicylic acid, but it somehow doesn’t dry or irritate my skin. If my skin is really going crazy, I’ll apply it all over my face once or twice for a week, and it’ll quickly reduce the size and redness of any bumps. Or, sometimes I’ll spot treat and just apply it directly to blemishes as needed.
A thick paste, the Origins mask, which is available in a full-size tube at Sephora for $26, has a strong sulfur smell, but it isn’t too unpleasant.
And there’s also a smaller single-use size for $4 if you want to test it out before committing.
Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask Ingredients
water\aqua\eau; cetyl esters; zinc oxide; titanium dioxide; cetyl alcohol; cetearyl alcohol; glycerin; glyceryl stearate; peg-100 stearate; camphor; ceteareth-20; salicylic acid; colloidal sulfur; butylene glycol; bentonite; caprylyl glycol; hexylene glycol; phenoxyethanol
The second mask I’m mentioning, boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment, is newer to me, but it’s equally fantastic. While I’ll use the Origins Out of Trouble mask to address active breakouts, the boscia clarifying mask is something I’ll use weekly as more of a preventative measure.
boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment Ingredients
-Activated Bamboo Charcoal: Draws out dirt, oil, and impurities.
-Binchotan White Charcoal Powder: Purifies and balances skin.
-Kaolin Clay: Helps absorb oils and impurities from pores by eliminating dead cells, dirt, and excess sebum from the surface of the skin.
Black Charcoal Pore Pudding:
Water, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Talc, Kaolin, Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, CI77499, Ethylhexylglycerin, Charcoal Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Polysortbate 20, Ceteth-25, Oleth-10, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone.
White Charcoal Pore Pudding:
Water, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Kaolin, Bentonite, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Charcoal Powder, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii extract, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PVP, Hydroxyacetophenone.
Here’s a closeup picture of the boscia mask below. It has alternating layers of black and white charcoal, and the consistency is thick and gel-like. It also has a mild herbal scent.
The black charcoal is detoxifying, and the white charcoal is calming and moisturizing. This is one of the few clarifying masks I’ve tried that doesn’t leave my face feeling extremely tight and dry, and I think it will be perfect for people with combination skin, because it’ll help clear pores without being excessively drying.
The boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment is available at Sephora for $38, and even though I don’t usually like skin products that come packaged in jars, it really works, and it does also come with a tiny spatula that you can use to apply the mask.
I love to relax at night with a little TV and a good mask, and I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for help treating and preventing occasional breakouts and clogged pores.
I’d love to hear your mask recommendations, especially calming ones! Which ones do you like?